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Bob Dylan tribute concert coming to the Center for the Arts

The Bob Dylan Tribute Concert, March 2, 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is sure to be a very unique and entertaining evening of all Bob Dylan tunes.

Top-notch musicians from Durango and Pagosa Springs have been assembled to put together a tribute to one of the most important musical figures of our time.

The musicians involved will be Pat Dressen, formally the front man for the Badly Bent, who have graced the stages of many festivals including Four Corners Folk Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and won the highly acclaimed band contest at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2005; Erik Nordstrom of Lawn Chair Kings and Farmington Hill, another of Durango’s finest musicians — an all-around great performer and music enthusiast; David Richter, one of Pagosa’s greatest solo acts who, in 2010, was chosen by Guitar Center Albuquerque as their regional winner and was sent to Phoenix to compete for Guitar Center Player of the Year, finishing as runner up; Robin Davis, a founding member of Broke Mountain who now plays with Durango’s Waiting on Trial — a guitar whiz and a fine fiddler, perhaps best known as a mandolin player since he won the prestigious Rockygrass Mandolin Contest in 2003; and Eli Carpenter, the mastermind behind the event, who in recent years has led his band, Big’ns, all over the Western Slope, playing in pubs and festivals, including the 2010 Durango Meltdown, and as the house band for The Irish Embassy Pub in Durango.

“A while back I had been thinking of doing this tribute night,” said Carpenter, “but wondering how could it be special and original. Then the idea came to me that I could get a few of my friends in the music world who are amazing guitar players and musicians that front bands and play other instruments as well. So, the idea was in place to get five guys to do a mini solo acoustic guitar and vocal set of Bob Dylan songs of our choice, to total 1 hour and 15 to 1 hour and 30 minutes for the first set. There will be an Intermission for 15 minutes, then the next set we will transform into a group. Robin will play fiddle and mandolin, Erik will play electric Fender telecaster, Pat will play drums, I will play my trusty D-35 and some harmonica, and David will play upright bass in a grand finale of alternating vocals and tunes by the one and only Bob Dylan. This night of music is not be missed by the true music enthusiast or Bob Dylan fan. This will be a special night, and we hope to see you there.”

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.pagosacenter.org or by calling the reservations line at 731-SHOW. Tickets will be available at the door, but reservations are highly recommended.

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