Women in Music 2019

Kesha Will Return to the Stage for Two-Night Bob Dylan 75th Birthday Concert

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Kesha performs onstage during Brian Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson at Fonda Theater on March 30, 2015 in Los Angeles,.

Kesha will make a return to the stage in May when she performs at the two-night celebration "Dylan Fest: A Celebration of Bob Dylan's 75th Birthday," an all-star tribute to the folk icon's diamond jubilee. The May 23-24 event at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium to benefit Thistle Farms will feature more than 30 artists performing Dylan's tunes, including Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves, Ann Wilson, Kurt Vile, Wynonna & The Big Noise and Boz Skaggs.

As of press time, the gig will mark Kesha's first public performance since a New York judge dismissed her claims of abuse and "hate crime" against former mentor/producer Dr. Luke last week. Though her name seems odd on the Americana-heavy roster, Kesha lived in Nashville with her mom as a child and has a history with Dylan that dates back to her stripped-down 2011 take on "Don't Think Twice It's All Right" from the Amnesty International USA 76-song Dylan covers collection Chimes of Freedom.

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Performing some of their most beloved Dylan songs, the artists will not only celebrate the singer's DOB (May 24, 1941), but also the 50th anniversary of the release of the first album the "Just Like a Woman" singer recorded entirely in Nashville, 1966's Blonde on Blonde. "We are thrilled and grateful to celebrate the life and legacy of Bob Dylan at the legendary Ryman Auditorium," Best Fets founder Austin Scaggs said in a statement. "To honor Bob and raise money for a wonderful charity is a win-win." Thistle Farms is a Nashville-based charity that helps women who've survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

The Best Fest's house band, the Cabin Down Below Band, will back up a wide range of performers, which will also include City & Colour, Moon Taxi, Brothers Osborne, Dhani Harrison, John Paul White, Nikki Lane, Brendan Benson, Rayland Baxter, Holly Williams, Langhorne Slim, Eric Pulido (Midlake), Ruby Amanfu, Karen Elson, Amanda Shires, Danny Masterson, Bijou Phillips, the Whigs, Cory Chisel, Adriel Denae, Jonathan Tyler, Robert Ellis, Shelly Colvin, Tommy Emmanuel and other surprise guests. Also on the roster is harmonica player Charlie McCoy, one of the original "Nashville Cats," who performed on Blonde, Nashville Skyline and John Wesley Harding.

Tickets for the show go on sale on Saturday (Apr. 15).


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