In December 1974, Bob Dylan returned to Minnesota with a pile of tape from New York recordings and gathered local musicians to re-cut what would arguably become his most respected album to date, Blood on the Tracks. Tonight (July 1), many of the players associated with the local sessions, including Peter Ostroushko and Kevin Odegard (author of the book, A Simple Twist of Fate, about the recording) will regroup as a Dylan tribute band for an outdoor show at 7 p.m. at the fine Wolfe Park Amphitheater at 3700 Monterey Drive near Excelsior and Grand in St. Louis Park. Dan Israel and other like-minded acoustic artists, such as Peter Lang, will join them, and the opening act will be the KO Band featuring Bobby Z (of Prince’s early bands).
Expect plenty of Dylan tracks and some from a couple of excellent 1970s albums by Odegard, recorded with production help from David Zimmerman, Bob’s brother, who had also helped assemble the 1974 Dylan sessions, and recently re-released. The St. Louis Park location is not by coincidence–Bobby Z Rivkin and his brother, David, grew up in St. Louis Park in an era and creative climate that also spawned the Coen brothers and Al Franken. For more info on the show, call 952-924-2567.