Bob Dylan tribute at Fager’s Island

(May 15, 2015) For the fifth annual Bob Dylan tribute at Fager’s Island on Wednesday, May 20, “Don’t Think Twice,” “It’s All Right” so come out to see five local songwriters perform his classics on stage together “Like a Rolling Stone,” beginning at 8 p.m.

Commemorating his 74th birthday four days later, performers include Nate Clendenen of Eastern Electric and Saltwater Stringband (Ocean City), Nancy Micciulla Curry of Ginger (Rehoboth Beach, Del.), Sean Loomis of Drymill Road (Winchester, Va.), Darin Engh of Opposite Directions and Saltwater Stringband (Ocean City) and Chris Demone of Test Kitchen (Salisbury).

“If you’re a fan of live music, this is a great opportunity to see some great performers all in one place,” said event organizer, Nate Clendenen. “And of course, if you’re a Bob Dylan fan, you’ll be able to hear some fresh takes on some timeless music.”

In addition to the five scheduled performers, a few special guests invited by Clendenen will play a couple Dylan favorites along with original and cover material at the 60th Street venue.

“Everyone is playing their favorite Dylan material, which is always different and from all parts of his career,” Clendenen said. “To me, it’s interesting to see which songs each performer will pick to play. I feel like that says a lot about where we all come from musically.”

This event is the only time this year these songwriters will be performing together in one place. All musicians will be on stage at the same time and they will also take turns playing solo.

“Not only will the audience be able to see all the night’s performers, but that will leave us the opportunity to spontaneously sit in on different songs with each other,” Clendenen said. “This is a common performance format [in ‘the round’] within the songwriter world, yet seldom seen elsewhere.”

The performers are musical friends of Clendenen and he is excited to be joining them on stage. Since they are all full-time performers, the songwriters rarely have opportunities to see each other play due to their busy gig schedules.

Micciulla, a performer at this year’s concert, was involved with another Dylan tribute up in Philadelphia a couple years prior and comparable events take place all over the country. Micciulla was talking to Clendenen about it and he thought it would be a good idea to create a similar event in the area.

Clendenen’s first organized Dylan tribute took place at the Market Street Inn in Salisbury five years ago, which is a place he played in while growing up in high school and college. Fager’s Island was “into the idea” for its second year and the event has taken place there ever since.

“Bob Dylan is such an influential and prolific songwriter not only to fellow singers and songwriters, but to people in every genre,” Clendenen said. “He is certainly a living legend and has so much material spanning over 50 years. His effect on music in general is undeniable.”

Admission is free to the tribute show. Food and drink specials include $5 craft beer pints. Music starts at 8 p.m.

For more information, contact Clendenen at booking@denenmusic.com or call 202-288-4161.

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