Used music equipment donation is encouraged at each event so that we may donate collected items to local school districts and various music teaching programs. When applicable, net proceeds from the annual event are donated to local music in schools programs (in Denver, the Blues in The Schools and Denver Public Schools Music Department). Many of our performers and artists have donated their payouts from the event to these programs. Music education groups are encouraged to set up information tables at our events. Please contact us if you are involved with a music education organization and would like to work with one of our events.
The show is a celebration of Bob Dylan's songs through music and art performed by an all-star cast of musicians local to each region (and some traveling). In addition to art displays, the event consists of an acoustic set performance by various solo and duo performers and an electric set performed by a backing band with guest stars sitting in.
The International Bob Dylan Tribute Festival started on May 24th, 2006 at Denver, Colorado's historic Oriental Theater and successfully continues today (12th annual in 2017). The festival is the vision of Americana singer-songwriter Dewey Paul Moffitt who originally started the event as a 65th birthday celebration in honor of the legendary Dylan, now approaching 76. Moffitt, an original and recurring guest performer on Denver's Last Waltz Revisited, has since fronted several Bob Dylan cover acts (currently Garcia Van Dylan), and continues to host his annual all-star celebration honoring the songs of the recent Nobel Prize winner. Hundreds of internationally touring artists have performed in the event which has also benefited various music related charities over the years.
The festival features a Bob Dylan themed art show in the lobby and walls of the venues. In addition to the Oriental shows, the event has been held in various venues around the Denver and Boulder, Colorado area and a few touring versions have ensued.
In 2017, the festival grew beyond Denver's Oriental Theater and expanded to Ireland, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the U.S. Featured performers included Madeleine Peyroux, Robbie Folks, Jon Langford, Edward David Anderson, and Paris Delane, just to name a few. Look for another expansion of cities and headline performers in 2018 as this event keeps growing.