Jon Brooks, Laura Fernandez, Ariana Gillis, David Gillis, Paul James, Tabby Johnson, Bob Wiseman, Noah Zacharin, Russ Boswell – bass, Blake Howard – percussion.
Hosted by Howard Gladstone
Bob Dylan, the most important songwriter of our generation, has had a profound and formative influence on artists and audiences alike. Each of this evening’s performers will bring a unique interpretation of well-known and lesser-known works of Dylan. On the occasion of Bob Dylan’s 77th birthday, just a year after the songwriter won the Nobel Prize for literature for the first time, when Dylan’s non-stop touring and never ending creativity continues to impress and confound, don’t think twice, join us! This will be a special evening for those who love Dylan, and those who don’t yet.
Songs selected by this evening’s artists include early Dylan classics such as Don’t Think Twice, My Back Pages, Lay Lady Lay, Mr. Tambourine Man, Highway 61 Revisited, Like a Rolling Stone as well as lesser known works such as I Pity The Poor Immigrant, Where Did Vincent Van Gogh, Po’Boy, and many others.
It’s a perilous and irresponsible life that stays faithful to a vocation yet to – by any modern standard – yield anything in return resembling faith or success. But on my best day, the Song is all I know. And, truth be told, most days I don’t feel I know the Song at all. Like beauty, the Song is an eternal mystery and I endure more days considering dropping the sad pursuit altogether for something more secure, more responsible in this world. But I’m stuck. The irreconcilable problem is this: I know no other thing more intimately than the Song – and outside of Kindness, it is the one thing I’ve occasionally touched that Ascends in Gratitude and with true Love and so I stay seeking it more or less blindly. JB
Ariana Gillis has gained Canadian national attention via her recordings and live performances. As a performer she has toured with such artists as Josh Ritter, Eliza Gilkyson, Jeremy Fisher and Ani Difranco, and opened for Patty Griffin and John Prine. Her other appearances have included festival dates throughout North America, a one-year residency at New York City’s The Living Room, and a SXSW endorsed showcase.
Just recently, Gillis worked with multi GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, Joel Moss to produce an EP of her newest work. “Freedom,” the first single off the EP, presents a timely statement surrounding the repression of human rights and false promises in the U.S. and around the globe.
David Gillis has won awards as a guitarist, a songwriter and more recently recognized as a producer. David was won a 2017 CFMA – “Producer of the Year” award for Corin Raymond’s record, “Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams”. David is the recipient of the 2003 Colleen Peterson Song-writing Award and placed in the top 5 in the International Guitar competition in Winfield Kansas. “Bob Dylan’s music and lyrics are like an iv drip from the ether.”
Born in Madrid, Spain, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada: singer, songwriter, pianist, music producer, painter, award-winning illustrator and designer, radio host/producer of “Café Latino” on Jazz-FM.
Paul James is one of the most exciting and energetic Toronto-based Canadian musicians – past, present and future. Paul James has received many music awards during his long career in the music business, including a Juno Award, multiple Toronto Music Awards, The Maple Blues Award, and more. Bob Dylan sat in with Paul’s band, and came to see Paul perform on numerous occasions. Dylan asked Paul to play an acoustic set to open a Toronto show, and Paul soon began to sit in and play with Dylan’s band on numerous occasions. Paul has appeared and toured with Bob Diddley, John Hammond, Lightning Hopkins, and many other greats.
Taborah “Tabby” Johnson is a powerful Canadian singer who began her career in the musical Hair as a teenager; and subsequently became a backing singer for vocalist Rick James. She has been a jazz performer, and a backing vocalist for her sister Molly Johnson’s band Infidels. Tabby is also an actor in film and television, and a stage performer.
Bob Wiseman is the Son of Elaine Wiseman who was the daughter of Herb Winston who was the son of occultist Shilannes Cheslofski whose pickle recipe was stolen by agents of Tzar Nicholas the 2nd. Some say strange powers advanced the Russian Revolution however such stories are probably just total bullshit and there is no such thing as supernatural powers handed down from parent to child and probably no harm will come to you if you choose to laugh at Bob Wiseman’s feeble attempt to play songs by that Bob Dylan guy – who it may be worth saying never made up anything untrue about his origins. BW
Born in Montreal, and residing in Toronto, Noah was given his first guitar and age 9 and is happy to say he still loves writing and performing music. He has been called “a wonderful songwriter and performer, and stunning guitarist” by Paul Mills, and elicited the following comment from Minor 7th – “like Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt, Noah Zacharin possesses a virtuoso command of the guitar… world-wise songwriting”. Noah has released 7 albums/cds of original music, as well as being a published poet.