Washtenaw County's domestic violence shelter, SAFE House.
About five years ago, when local folk musician Brian Lillie produced the first show, it was a small event held in a coffeehouse. He called it the "Bob Fest" and raised about $300. In its current incarnation, Dylanfest serves three purposes: local musicians raise money for a good cause, the audience gets to hear Dylan songs rarely played over the airwaves, and everybody enjoys a monster party a smorgasbord of much of the best of the local music scene.
Dylan has produced somewhere in the range of 500 songs over forty years. Jud Branam of Corndaddy reports that at Dylanfest three years ago, "we had twenty-five acts, each played two songs, and nobody played off Blonde on Blonde, which is a
really essential album in the Dylan collection. It's staggering that you can skip an essential record and still have a great night of music."
Early in the evening, many solo or duo local performers took the stage, starting us out with a kindly, mellow sort of tone. They were names we all knew and quite frankly couldn't believe our luck to see performing together in one venue: Dick Siegel, Chris Buhalis, and Jo Serrapere, just to name a few.