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Liner Notes: Dylan tribute night returns

Classic folk-rock songs May 21 at Murphy’s.|

Dylan in the alley

The second annual Bob Dylan Night is being held Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. Down the alley at Murphy’s Irish Pub. Like last year, the show will feature a score of local musicians honoring one of their musical heroes. Unlike last year, when organizers were concerned about public sing-alongs amidst the pandemic, Dylan’s more beloved songs will be offered this year with crowd participation encouraged.

Some songs will be performed in stripped-down manner and others will be played with a full band. Selections will run from Dylan’s first album, released in 1962, to much more current compositions. Your early arrival is encouraged.

Vile in the Barn

Gundlach Bundschu Winery has been offering excellent live musical presentations at the winery on the east side of the valley for a few years now. They have two excellent stages: an amphitheater with gorgeous views of the original Rhinefarm vineyards, and a much more intimate space simply referred to as the Redwood Barn.

On May 15, for the music lovers of the North Bay, GunBun presents Kurt Vile. He is the ex-front man for the band War on Drugs. With that band, he was the songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer.

Now touring as a solo artist, he brings along a backup band known as the Violators. He comes to town promoting a new album called “(watch my moves),” a new collection of songs with an acoustic-guitar-based, indie feel.

This chance to see “Philly’s Constant Hitmaker” begins at 6 p.m.

Bluegrass at the Depot

When the Northwestern Pacific Railroad depot was first built around 1875, there was no rock and roll, no hip-hop, no blues even…but there did exist the earliest roots of bluegrass. Tomorrow afternoon, the Sonoma Valley Historical Society is holding its “Sonoma in Quilts” show. In addition to all sorts of activities celebrating Sonoma, there will be live bluegrass music played by the Bloomfield Bluegrass Boys. This event starts at 2 p.m. at the Depot Museum, 270 First St. W.

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