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Patti Smith to play special show for Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday


Patti Smith has announced her plans to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday with a special socially-distanced show in New York this spring.

The singer-songwriter is scheduled to perform alongside her longtime bandmate Tony Shanahan on May 22md according to Rolling Stone. The concert takes place just two days before Dylan turns 80 on May 24th, with the pair due to perform “original songs and poetry as well as works by Dylan”. Attendance for the performance will be limited, and those who attend will have to be socially distanced.

The show is part of Kaatsbaan Cultural Park’s outdoor Spring Festival, held at a 153-acre campus in Tivoli, New York, across the last two weekends in May (20-23 and 27-30). It’s reported that the venue will be admitting less than three per cent of its usual capacity. There will be spaced-out seating, mandatory masks and timed arrivals all in place for the event.

“Following the success of our 2020 Summer Festival, which was a direct response to the challenges facing our industry at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are thrilled to present this inaugural Spring Festival. During the nine-week Summer Festival, Kaatsbaan was able to support over 100 New York-based artists,” explained executive director Sonja Kostich.

“This spring, the greatly expanded program will not only support artists in dance but also across music, poetry, visual and culinary arts, as well as the invaluable individuals who work behind the scenes to make a festival come to life. Kaatsbaan is also committed to the health and vibrancy of our local economy, with the Spring Festival providing opportunities for local economic growth that includes exciting new partnerships.”

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