Members of the Black Keys, Midlake, Dhani Harrison and more for Dylan Fest New York and San Francisco

By Sarah Weiss

What could be better than singing along to Rolling Stones and Tom Petty tunes with some of the best musicians in the business? Singing along to Bob Dylan songs, of course!

Best Fest – the team that created the sold-out Petty Fests and Stones Fests – will bring the Dylan Fest to New York and San Francisco later this month. Every cent of ticket sales proceeds will go to benefit Sweet Relief, a renowned non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to career musicians in need.

Dylan Fest will return to New York where it originated and will take place at the Bowery Ball Room on November 11 and 12. It’s set to feature Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Doyle Bramhall II, Jason Isbell, Dhani Harrison (son of Beatle George Harrison), Craig Finn and Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, among many others.

Dylan Fest San Francisco is set to take place at the Great American Music Hall on November 20, and will feature Doyle Bramhall II, Sly & The Family Stone’s Cynthia Robinson and Jerry Martini, Elvis Perkins, Eric Pulido of Midlake, Ruby Amanfu and more surprise guests. (Note: Johnny Depp has been known to show up at these gigs!)

All the performances for Dylan Fest will be backed by the Cabin Down Below Band, manned by Alex Levy, Austin Scaggs and Matt Romano.

“We have had a ridiculously amazing time this year, playing with many of our heroes and spreading the gospels of Bob, Petty, and the Stones all over the world,” says Scaggs, co-founder of the Best Fest and Rolling Stone scribe. “We’re so thrilled to end 2013 with a big bang, with Dylan’s music in New York and San Francisco. And we look forward to partnering with Jameson and Sweet Relief in 2014 and beyond.”

Check out our reviews of previous Petty Fest and Stones Fest LA.

To purchase tickets for Dylan Fest NYC, click here, and for Dylan Fest San Francisco, click here.


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