John Fullbright, Jimmy LaFave, J.D. McPherson, John Moreland and more to play May 20 Tulsa concert celebrating Bob Dylan

By | April 13, 2016

NewsOK

TULSA – The Bob Dylan Archive announced today that Tulsa’s iconic Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main, will host a concert celebrating Bob Dylan on Friday, May 20.

Produced and curated by renowned Oklahoma musician and producer Steve Ripley, “On a Night Like This” will feature 30 artists who will perform some of Dylan’s greatest hits. Tickets go on sale Friday.

“I’ve been fortunate to have worked with a lot of great people in the music business,” said Ripley in a news release. “The Tractors project was by far the biggest success of the things I’ve done, but, for me, all of that pales in comparison to having played guitar with Bob. The show at Cain’s will be an evening of celebrating Bob’s music. We’ll be there to serve those songs. I can’t imagine any other thing that would have pulled me ‘out of retirement’ from down on the farm.”

As previously reported, The Bob Dylan Archive was acquired in March by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and The University of Tulsa under the stewardship of TU’s Helmerich Center for American Research. Comprised of more than 6,000 items spanning nearly 60 years of Bob Dylan’s unique artistry, career and worldwide cultural significance, the archive includes decades of never-before-seen handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence; films, videos, photographs and artwork; memorabilia and ephemera; personal documents and effects; unreleased studio and concert recordings; musical instruments and many other items.

Catching the attention of fans and media worldwide, The Bob Dylan Archive and Guthrie Green teamed up to develop the concert as a way for fans to experience a Dylan-filled night and fulfill the appetite of many who are anxious to be a part of this historic event in Tulsa.

“The staff of GKFF and Guthrie Green are thrilled to work with Steve Ripley to produce this concert,” said Stanton Doyle, senior program officer at the foundation, in the news release. “As curator, he has put together an incredible house band and, combined with the lineup of the best Oklahoma artists, the concert should truly be remarkable. We anticipate this concert will draw an audience from around the region.”

The concert has a talented lineup of artists from across the region:

  • The House Band including Steve Ripley, John Fullbright, Fats Kaplan, Davey Faragher, Pete Thomas, Terry Ware, Daniel Walker, Jimmy Karstein, and the McCrary Sisters
  • Special performances by John Fullbright, Jimmy LaFave, J.D. McPherson, John Moreland, Elizabeth Cook, Red Dirt Rangers, and many more

“To sing Bob Dylan songs just blocks away from his hero Woody’s words and in soulful Tulsa, Oklahoma makes for a pretty potent rock and roll cocktail,” said LaFave in the release. “Mama take this badge off of me. I am honored to be a part of the tribute.”

Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the show. Tickets will be available at the Cain’s Ballroom box office and at www.cainsballroom.com.

About Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is one of the world’s most influential and groundbreaking artists. In the decades since he first burst into the public’s consciousness via New York City’s Greenwich Village folk music scene in the early 1960s, Bob Dylan has sold more than 125 million records around the world and amassed a singular body of work that includes some of music’s most popular and acclaimed songs and recordings. He continues to traverse the globe each year, performing nearly 100 concerts annually in front of audiences who embrace his new creations with the same fervor as his earlier work. Bob Dylan was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor, in 2013 and the National Medal of Arts in 2009. He was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”

He is also the recipient of France’s Officier de la Legion d’honneur, Sweden’s Polar Music Award, doctorates from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and Princeton University, as well as numerous other honors. In recent years, his success as an author and visual artist has further burnished his popularity and acclaim. For more information, go tobobdylan.com.

About The Bob Dylan Archive
In 2016, George Kaiser Family Foundation and The University of Tulsa acquired The Bob Dylan Archive. The Archive is permanently housed in Tulsa, under the stewardship of TU’s Helmerich Center for American Research. Comprised of more than 6,000 items spanning nearly 60 years of Bob Dylan’s unique artistry, singular career and worldwide cultural significance, the archive includes decades of never-before-seen handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence; films, videos, photographs and artwork; memorabilia and ephemera; personal documents and effects; unreleased studio and concert recordings; musical instruments and many other items. Ultimately, a permanent exhibit space for the archive will be designated near the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District, which houses a museum dedicated to American folksinger and Oklahoma native Woody Guthrie. Guthrie was one of Dylan’s most significant early influences, even inspiring one of Dylan’s first tracks, “Song to Woody” on his 1962 self-titled album. To learn more about the Bob Dylan Archive, go to  bobdylanarchive.com.

-BAM