On May 24th, Bob Dylan turns 75 years forever young. One day beforehand, a cross-section of country singers, indie rockers, roots-music newcomers and Americana A-listers will kick off a two-night stand at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, where they'll pay tribute to the birthday boy with the so-called Dylan Fest: Nashville.
Similar to the nationwide Petty Fest shows that have honored the music of Tom Petty over the last decade, Dylan Fest will feature the Cabin Down Below Band — a New York City-based lineup of professional sidemen, producers and music industry vets — and a rotating crop of guest singers. The lineup includes Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Jason Isbell, Emmylou Harris, Boz Scaggs, Wynonna Judd, original Nashville Cat Charlie McCoy, Nikki Lane, the Civil Wars' John Paul White, Holly Williams and Robert Ellis. Dylan Fest will look far beyond the country community for its vocalists, too, with everyone from Kesha to Heart's Ann Wilson also scheduled to take the stage.
Tickets start at $45 and top out at $59.50, with profits going to the Tennessee-based Thistle Farms, a non-profit organization that employs, houses and advocates for women who've survived prostitution, human trafficking and substance abuse.