Hoosier Dylan at the Athenaeum

This weekend the Circle City will be privy to a very special Indianapolis music event. Hoosier Dylan at the Athenaeum Foundation on Mass Ave in Indianapolis downtown brings together Indy’s finest musicians to pay tribute to Bob Dylan. Seven of the hottest Indianapolis musicians/ bands plus Indiana’s own Poet Laureate will come together to celebrate the revolutionary poetry and music of Bob Dylan. As the greatest song writer of the twentieth century, Bob Dylan not only changed his generation, but every generation there after who have had the pleasure to discover his words and music. This Indianapolis event will take place for one night only this Saturday, January 9 at 7:30 pm.

Join Jennie DeVoe, Gordon Bonham, Jason Wilber, Tim Grimm, Bobbie Jane Lancaster, The White Lighting Boy and Joyous Garde as they sing their and your favorite Dylan tunes. Norbert Krapf, Indiana’s Poet Laureate will recite Dylan related poems with backing by Bonham and Grimm. As one of the most influential song writers ever, Dylan changed the world and music. He was the first ever folk singer to go electric, and one of the most successful song writers to incorporate political and social commentary into his work and on a large scale. Krapf believes this show is the best vehicle to accomplish his mission from the Indianapolis Public Library to reunite kissing kin, poetry and music.

Each performer will bring their own style to Dylan’s work, a tribute to the many interpretations of his revolutionary style. Jennie DeVoe has a sound that mixes folk blues and rock; her soul tinged vocals will be an even match to Dylan’s message. Gordon Bonham is one of the state’s premier bluesmen. Jason Wilber of the John Prine Band brings an easy going human touch to Dylan’s music. Tim Grimm is a noted actor and award winning singer song writer, who originally conceived Hoosier Dylan. And Bobbie Jane Lancaster has versatility as a Bloomington Americana singer song writer. Plus the hillbilly bluegrass band The White Lighting Boys will be in town from Brown County, and the young rock group Joyous Garde will make the trek from Columbus, Indiana to perform Dylan’s hits. And of course Norbert Krapf will be one hand to recite Dylan related poetry.

The Hoosier Dylan concert has had prior incarnations in November of 2008, January of 2009 and September of 2009. All of these were met with spectacular reception in Danville, Greenfield, Columbus and Bloomington. “I’ve gotten more positive feedback about the Hoosier Dylan shows than anything I’ve been a part of musically,” say creator Tim Grimm. “He’s [Dylan’s] probably the greatest lyricist of the twentieth century. He transcends so many generations and has served as a model for all singer song writers who have followed.” Dylan has a vast musical catalogue that allows for artists of all kinds to interpret them. From folk to country, bluegrass, rock and even blues, Dylan’s music fits the bill for all.

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Hoosier Dylan invokes a musical tradition started by Dylan himself in the mid 1970s. His Rolling Thunder Revue tour consisted of busloads of artists including Joan Baez and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, who traveled the East Coast to play old theatre. Noted poets like Allen Ginsberg would often be on hand, which is why Norbert Krapf is such a welcome addition. Tickets for this Indianapolis art event are $15.00 in advance and $18.00 at the door. For more information, visit the Hooser Dylan official website.

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Hoosier Dylan
Saturday, January 9
Doors at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm

Atheneaum Theatre (Formerly the American Cabaret Theatre)
401 E Michigan St
Indianapolis, IN 46204