The Bob Dylan Birthday Party

Fifth annual event bigger and better than ever

Is Bob Dylan coming to Cottonwood Arizona? Maybe! Even if he doesn't show, you will enjoy Dylan's music played by some of the best artists in Northern Arizona.

The fifth annual Bob Dylan Birthday Party & Concert will be Saturday, May 22, at 7 p.m., at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood.

"The show has grown enormously," says Joe Neri, the show's producer and co-owner of The Well Red Coyote bookstore, "starting out in 2006 as a small acoustic show in our bookstore and evolving into a major stage show at the Old Town Center for the Arts. And this year's event will be the biggest and best yet!"

Neri and the Mystery Tramps, his backing band for the Dylan shows, will be joined by a long list of some of the best musicians and performers in Northern Arizona - Alexander, Scott Beck, William Eaton, Gary Every, Vyktoria Pratt Keating, Chris Seymour and Don Whitcher - performing all Dylan songs all night long.

The Mystery Tramps are Neri on guitar, Debra Windsong on harmonica, Keys Marsh on keyboard, Hutch Hutchinson on bass and Ed Tortorello on drums.

Every show has been different, with hundreds of Dylan songs to choose from, and every show is full of surprises. This year's show will feature a new acoustic group that features William Eaton and Don Whitcher, as well as a great rendition of Subterranean Homesick Blues by poet Gary Every.

"And, we always sing 'Happy Birthday' to Bob Dylan, and then break for birthday cake," Neri says.

One very popular part of the show for the past four years, and definitely included in this fifth annual show, is an audience participation singing of Desolation Row, with Neri singing the first two and the last verses of this 10-verse Dylan epic and individual members of the audience coming on stage to sing the middle verses.

Old Town Center for the Arts is located at Fifth Street and Main in Old Town Cottonwood. Tickets for the fifth annual Bob Dylan Birthday Party are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and $12 for Seniors.

Tickets are available online at showtix4u.com. Tickets are also available in Cottonwood at: La Bella Café (right next to OTCA), Jerona Java Café, Desert Dancer; and in Sedona at: The Well Red Coyote, Crystal Magic, and Golden Word Bookstore. 

For upcoming events, visit www.oldtowncenter.org. For further information, contact Elena Bullard at (928) 634-0940.

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