Warwick Valley Winery hosts its 16th annual Dylan tribute

| 22 May 2012 | 01:32

WARWICK — Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery will host its 16th Bob Dylan tribute festival on Memorial Day weekend, celebrating Dylan’s music on his 71st birthday. The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on the winery’s outdoor stage. Performers will be playing a mix of Dylan songs, paying homage to Dylan’s music:

Saturday, May 26 Bill Kirchen will return to the winery on Saturday, May 26. Kirchen, “Titan of the Telescaster” was last at the winery in 2009 when he amazed audiences with his powerful guitar solos.

A Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter, Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned more than 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more.

Also joining Kirchen on Saturday are Professor Louie and the Crowmatix and local favorite Uncle Shoehorn to open the Dylan weekend festivities.

Sunday, May 27 Dylan festival veterans, the Kennedys, always give the audience a fantastic show and give the audience a new look at some great Dylan tracks. Pete and Maura Kennedy have loyal followings in both the guitar pop camp and in the singer song writer set. Their ability to perform in a variety of styles ranging from roots rock to soulful acoustic pop has lead to their popularity across the United States. Their high energy style and unbelievable chemistry makes a Kennedy performance a truly singular experience.

“Last year’s set was so good that we had to have them back,” said event organizer and co-owner Jeremy Kidde.

This year, the Kennedys will be joined by Blue Chicken, an all-star band featuring members of The Levon Helm band and Ollebelle. Blue Chicken is fronted by guitar icon Jim Weider.

Rave On, Dead on the Tracks, Anthony Fiore and Rod MacDonald will all be performing on the 27th.

Monday, May 28: Memorial Day Howard Fishman will make his first appearance on the winery stage. He will be joined by the Kennedys, Rod Macdonald and Nik Real, as well as The Reddan Brothers Band.

Essential information Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets but not coolers. Wine tastings, hard cider, and fruit brandies as well as food and soft drinks will be available all weekend at the winery.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information about the festival, call 845-258-4858 or check out the winery's Web site at www.wvwinery.com.m.