The music legend's links run deep, even here at the Jersey Shore
Where: Bogata Event Center
When: June 22 & 23, 8pm
Bob Dylan, who kicks off the latest leg of his Never Ending Tour this weekend with two shows at the Borgata (June 22 & 23), once sang: "Atlantic City, by the cold gray sea -- there's a voice crying daddy, I always think it's for me." An odd line in a cryptic Dylan song ("Caribbean Wind," an outtake from the 1981 Shot of Love album, which turned up on the 1986 Biograph retrospective), yes, but also perhaps another example of the 66-year-old music man's many Atlantic City-area connections. Here are some others.
Patty Blee: Local singer-songwriter performs weekly at area venues; recorded her debut -- Disguise -- for Scullville's Treasure Records in 2002, which featured Tony Garnier, Dylan's long-time bass player, as well as other notable musicians. Disguise features guest appearance by Augie Meyers -- longtime keyboardist for John Hammond -- who Dylan requested to play accordion and organ on his 1997 album Time Out of Mind.
Janis Joplin: Had same manager as Dylan for a while (Albert Grossman) and performed at the Atlantic City Pop Festival a few weeks before Woodstock in summer of 1969. One of Grossman's other clients -- aside from the Band -- was Todd Rundgren, who has family in Ocean City.
Martin Scorsese: The Oscar-winning film director made the Band's famous rock doc The Last Waltz -- which Dylan appeared in -- and directed 2006's PBS Dylan special No Direction Home. Has been reportedly working on an HBO series on Atlantic City, based on Nelson Johnson's book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City.
John Hammond: His father (John Hammond Sr.) "discovered" Dylan in 1961 and later signed him to Columbia Records. Junior, a veteran blues player, lent some harp work to Patty Blee's album, Disguise. Has been spotted eating at the Point Diner in Somers Point.
LL Cool J: Dylan rapped with Kurtis Blow on the 1986 song "Street Rock." The year before, Blow appeared in Krush Groove with LL Cool J, who performed at A.C.'s Club Harlem in the 1980s and shot the video for "I Need Love" at the Golden Nugget. Performs in A.C. in July.
Twyla Tharp: Choreographed Movin' Out, the musical based on songs of Billy Joel, currently running at Harrah's. Tharp did same treatment to Dylan's songs with last fall's critically panned The Times They Are A-Changin.
Tony Mart's: The Somers Point club was the rock 'n' roll epicenter of the Jersey Shore for many years, especially during the mid-'60s, when Dylan found his new electric band -- Levon and the Hawks -- playing there. The Hawks became Dylan's backing group for his pivotal and tumultuous 1966 world tour and later changed their name to the Band. Tony Mart's closed in the early 1980s.
Levon Helm: Member of the Hawks and later the Band. Has appeared in our area numerous times over the years (see below) performing and recording. Lent talents to the Dixie Hummingbirds Diamond Jubilation album, which was recorded at Scullville Studios (with other members of Dylan's touring band as well as Band member Garth Hudson) in Egg Harbor Twp. back in 2003.
Plus, Danielle Gomes Book Signing at Cuba Libre, Somers Point Summer Beach Concert Series Line-up, and the Album of the Week.
Rock Art Show at Hamilton Mall Feb. 8-10; Horseback Riding on the Atlantic City Beach
Brick House Pub & Grille has live music most Friday nights and a slew of other ongoing enticements throughout the fall.
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"We felt that divine intervention came in some place, to put this group together, because this is a group that didn’t know each other. We didn’t grow up together; we all grew up in different parts of the South, different states. And we all came to New York, around the same time, and moved into the same neighborhood, and we would go in the park everyday and play basketball and start singin’."
For the first family of American folk, Ocean City is a traditional stop on a nationwide tour that’s filled with late-night highways, city skylines and crowds of music lovers both new and old.
The musician and artist will make two special Jersey Shore appearances this weekend , including a show at Borgata and an artist reception in Stone Harbor at Ocean Galleries.
Plus the late Levon Helm's local ties and Drew Toonz
How does it feel — to be a Rolling Stone? “Feels great,” says Wood. “It’s an unbelievable thing that’s been going on for this length of time and we’re certainly covering new ground by being the first rock and roll band to be 50 years old.”
Helm's family posted a message on the veteran musician's Web site Tuesday, stating the Band singer and drummer "is in the final stages of his battle with cancer." He died Thursday afternoon.
Plus the Mummers return to Boardwalk Hall, the Album of the Week ('Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan') and Drew Toonz on Metallica
Martin Scorsese not only directed the 2010 pilot for HBO's Boardwalk Empire, but remains a very important part of the series set in 1920s Atlantic City, serving as executive producer on the first two completed seasons. He also filmed The Color of Money (1986) in A.C. Dylan, on the other hand...
While Hurricane Irene has everybody signing the wrong words to the 1982 Dexy's Midnight Runners No. 1 hit "Come on Eileen," the following songs have likely come to mind for many in the path of the big storm.
"It was a very exciting deal. Ravi Shankar had asked George to help him because Bangladesh had suffered a huge weather-related disaster. And a lot of people were starving over there and he wanted George to help him. Willie Nelson told me, later, that the U.S. Government made them cut all their hemp fields, which they used for many different things ..."
President Barack Obama on Bob Dylan: "The guy is so steeped in this stuff that he can just come up with some new arrangement, and the song sounds completely different. Finishes the song, steps off the stage — I'm sitting right in the front row — comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his head, gives me just a little grin, and then leaves. And that was it — then he left. That was our only interaction"
This doesn't happen normally as most Dylan fans know. He barely talks during shows except to introduce his band. Why in Atlantic City?
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