Dylanfest 2015, a fundraiser to benefit Instruments of Change®, will present two great concerts featuring Bob Dylans music. Sunday May 24th will feature the Gospel Music of Bob Dylan and take place at First Presbyterian Church of Denton (University and Hinkle) beginning at 7PM. Monday May 25th (Memorial Day) the performance at Dan's Silverleaf (103 Industrial in Denton) will feature music from Bob Dylan’s entire recording career. Music begins at 5PM and concludes at 8PM.
Instruments of Change® was founded in 2007 by Mike Steinel, Beverly Hoch, Ardith Grandebouche, and Andrew Bluementhal, IOC brings musical instruments and instruction to at-risk children throughout the world. In 2008 and 2009 IOC traveled to South Africa and began a music academy in Homevale. In 2011 an IOC team traveled to Haiti and began a similar program. By collecting donated instruments and raising funds through activities such as Dylanfest, IOC continues to support programs that bring music and music education to some of the most poverty stricken areas of the planet. Plans to travel in 2014 to Israel and present two music camps in Gaza were abbreviated due to the "Israel-Gaza Conflict" but last August a team of five led by Beverly Hoch did deliver instruments to Moshav Yitav a community populated by Ukranian and Russian Jews who have emigrated to Israel for greater religious freedom. In 2016 IOC® plans to revisit communities in South Africa to continue work with the various programs it started in 2008. Funds from Dylanfest 2015 will also be used to upgrade the rhythm instruments for the Denton Christian Pre-School.
Dylanfest will feature Tex Zimmerman and His All Star Revue. Its founder, UNT jazz professor Mike Steinel, leads the group using the stage name Tex Zimmerman and states "our repertoire is drawn from Bob Dylan’s musical career that has spanned 5 decades. We play songs from all the various phases of his career including: acoustic folk, folk rock, hard rock, rockabilly, gospel, country swing and everything in between." He will be assisted by vocalists Rosana Eckert, Gary Eckert, and Bruce Wermuth. Guitarist Paul Metzger, bassist Jeffry Eckels, and percussionist Steve Barnes make up the rhythm section. Special guests include Jennifer Barnes (Director of the UNT Jazz Singers), Beverly Hoch (TWU professor of voice), Ginny Mac, Link Chalon, and the Dylanfest Gospel Choir (May 24 only).
This year’s Dylanfest will also include a night of Bob Dylan's Gospel music (Sunday May 24), hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Denton. Unknown to many, is the fact that Bob Dylan in 1980 converted to Christianity and produce three back-to-back highly regarded albums of what would now be called Contemporary Christian music. Music for the Dylanfest Gospel concert will be drawn from those albums and interspersed with scripture.
Both concerts are free with a donation. Seating is limited at Dan's Silverleaf - call 940-591-6782 by May 24 to reserve a table.