Originally Published: September 22, 2016 11:48 p.m.
Bob Dylan fans might not want to miss this.
The Folk Sessions, a locally-based music series that hits several Prescott venues every year, will kick off its annual collaboration with the Prescott Center for the Arts on Sept. 30 with a Dylan tribute featuring about nine Arizona folk groups.
Folk Sessions producer and organizer Tom Agostino said about half of the talent is from the Prescott area while the other half hails from the Valley. Agostino will be one of those Prescott musicians.
“My wife and I do a little duo with guitar and vocals,” he said. “What’s nice about this show is everyone that’s playing will be sitting in with your group.”
For example, the fiddler for one group might jump in with another group just to add a little additional flavor to the performance.
This is fitting considering Dylan has frequently incorporated various talent throughout his music career and is famous for completely improving aspects of his songs on the spot, sometimes changing the keys or taking unusual tangents.
“That’s what is so cool about [Dylan],” Agostino said. “He’s always exploring new music.”
Adding to the playful nature of such a show is that the audience will be encouraged to sing along. To assist the crowd, the lyrics of each song will be projected onto the stage.
“A thing that performers like about our auditorium is it’s really intimate,” said Robyn Allen. “We have 200 seats, but it feels like the audience is right up in front of the stage.”
Agostino anticipates there will be about five Folk Session shows at PCA in the next 10 months.
Following the Dylan tribute will be the 7th annual Cowboy Christmas show in December.