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Dylan Days taps Range roots

Wed, May 19th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

HIBBING, Minnesota - The 9th annual Dylan Days event in Bob Dylan's hometown

will be May 27-30 and organizers are "bringin' it all back home."

"This year our mix of music, art, literature and theater will take on even

more of a hometown feel," said spokesman and co-organizer Aaron Brown.

"We're showcasing the Minnesota arts community with the hopes of exploring

the connection between Bob Dylan and the Iron Range."

Hundreds of visitors are again expected for all or part of Dylan Days

activities. Popular events include live music, the Dylan Days literary

showcase featuring the original winning one-act play, the singer/songwriter

contest and the Bobby Zimmerman interpretive bus tour. Authors, musicians

and artists will be on hand throughout the long weekend interacting with

guests and doing their own exploration of Hibbing.

"The true magic of Dylan Days is the connections that people make on their

own and the sense of community, both among Dylan's fans and in Hibbing,

where our history and arts community always manage to surprise people," said


A complete schedule with times and locations is available at Most events are free with the purchase of a $5 Dylan Days

button while others have a modest ticket price. This year's button features

a picture of Dylan's elementary school class photo at the former Alice

School in Hibbing.

Dylan Days 2010 is dedicated to the memory and legacy of B.J. Rolfzen, who

passed away last year. Rolfzen was a longtime high school and community

college English teacher in Hibbing whose students included thousands of Iron

Range men and women, among them Bob Dylan. In honor of Rolfzen, on May 27

Dylan Days welcomes guests and supporters with a welcome reception and a

tour of Hibbing High School's new museum room. A special plaque

commemorating Rolfzen and the winners of the Dylan Days writing contest that

now bears his name will be unveiled. That night Dylan Days regulars The

Grunt Monkeys from Anchorage, Alaska will entertain the masses at Zimmy's.

On Friday, May 28 the Dylan Days literary showcase takes place at 3 p.m. at

the Hibbing Community College Theater. The winning one-act playwright

contest play "Armigideon" by Sandra Dempsey will be given its world premier

stage presentation featuring Iron Range actors and accomplished Minnesota

theater director Mike Ricci. In addition, winners of the fiction and poetry

contests from all over the country will be invited to share excerpts from

their work.

After the literary showcase, the much anticipated Dylan Days

Singer/Songwriter contest takes place at Zimmy's at 7 p.m. Local and

national musicians will take the stage to compete for a guitar and other

prizes performing one Dylan song and one original.

On Saturday, May 29, the fan favorite Bobby Zimmerman interpretive bus tour

will take place. In addition Zimmy's hosts the Dylan Days postal

cancellation, author and past Dylan Days speaker Bill Meissner will sign

books, a special "bonus" singer/songwriter contest for last-minute entries

will take place and other events around town.

That night, the Dylan Days Benefit Concert featuring The Big Dipper Jazz

Band, a new group of seasoned northern Minnesota musicians will take place

at the Hibbing Memorial Building Little Theater, the site of Bob Dylan's

first paid gig. Gene LaFond, a past Dylan Days headliner, will serve as

emcee and the Duluth band The Wheeler Dealers will open. Afterward, Bob

Dylan birthday cake and more music from the Wheeler Dealers and others will

happen at Zimmy's.

Sunday morning, May 30, brings the Dylan Days farewell brunch at Zimmy's.

Many visitors form lasting bonds with people from all over the world during

their time in Hibbing and like to say goodbye in style on the event's last

day. This year, Dylan's birthplace of Duluth is hosting an interpretive tour

of that city's Dylan history that same afternoon. Find out more at

Throughout Dylan Days you can catch the entrants in the Dylan Days Visual

Arts Contest at Zimmy's, see artwork and other displays as part of a student

art exhibition/contest at the Hibbing Public Library (proceeds benefiting

the Friends of the Library) and additional events involving area businesses.

Other surprises are also possible. For up-to-the-date information see, see the Dylan Days special section in the Hibbing Daily

Tribune the week of Dylan Days or pick up a copy of the annual Dylan Days

literary journal and program "Talkin' Blues." Dylan Days is also on Facebook

(/dylandays) and Twitter (@dylandays).

Dylan Days of Hibbing, Minnesota is a nonprofit organization focused on

honoring Dylan and supporting the arts community of Hibbing and the Iron

Range. The Dylan Days Benefit Concert and Hibbing Arts Council also support

Dylan Days efforts. Dylan Days began informally as a Bob Dylan birthday

party at Zimmy's in 1991 and became a Hibbing city-wide event in 2001.

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