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5th Annual
Bob Dylan Birthday
Party and Concert

Saturday, May 22nd, 7:00 PM
$12 advance, $15 door, $12 seniors

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 held on Saturday, May 22 at 7:00 pm, 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, Dan Engler, Gary Every, Vyktoria Pratt Keating, Chris Seymour and Don Whitcher – performing all Dylan songs all night long.

Bob Dylan Birthday Party Show 2009

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 the new acoustic trio of William Eaton, Dan Engler 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,” says Neri.

One very popular part of the show for the past four years, and will definitely be 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.

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