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Bob Dylan Tribute Comes to Nyack Library

Carnegie Room to host cover concert Friday

Fans of Bob Dylan will have a chance to see their favorite anthems performed live Friday night at one of Nyack's most posh venues—the Carnegie Room.

The White Light Songwriter Series will continue with "Blowin' in the Wind," a tribute to the cagey songwriter and his poetic tunes.

The series—which has previously presented tributes to The Beatles, Nina Simone and The Doors—is the project of Rockland music instructor Dylan Kelehan, who operates Dylan's School of Music in Airmont.

"We'll take a bunch of different songs from Dylan's catalogue and perform them," Kelehan said, noting standards like Knockin' on Heaven's Door and All Along the Watchtower are on the set list.

Harmonicas, slide guitar and organs are also key ingredients, Kelehan added.

But there's a twist: Kelehan, who will be tackling guitar, vocals and bass, will be joined by a rotating cast of other Dylan connoisseurs, musicians and local songwriters.

"We have various performers do their own versions of Dylan songs with the house band," Kelehan said. One cover—an acoustic take on Don't Think Twice, It's All Right—promises to impress, Kelehan noted.

"There are so many different performers it never gets old," he continued. During the Nina Simone tribute, Kelehan was joined by the late jazz musician's brother, Sam Waymon. Waymon will return Friday evening, as well.

Though all the songs performed at Dylan night will be covers, the White Light Series has previously allowed for home-brewed pieces to slip in.

"Some of the tributes in the past have had originals," Kelehan said. The Doors night had music inspired by Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek and the others band members.

On the horizon is a Pink Floyd tribute, which, Kelehan says, will perform Dark Side of the Moon front to Back with no reservations. 

"We have lights, percussion, keyboards and background singers," he said.

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The details

What: The White Light Songwriter Series: a tribute to Bob Dylan

When: Friday, April 20 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Room, (59 South Broadway, Nyack)

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased here or at the door.

Contact: info@carnegieroom.org

Kevin Zawacki April 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM
The White Light Songwriter Series has a Led Zeppelin night in the works, too.

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