Patti Smith is set to pay tribute to Bob Dylan on the music legend’s 80th birthday in May at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park’s outdoor Spring Festival.

Spring Festival, which is held in Tivoli, New York, will take place during the last two weekends in May, i.e. 20-23 and 27-30. Smith will perform on the 22nd, two days before Dylan turns 80.

Smith will be joined by her longtime bandmate Tony Shanahan. They will perform Dylan songs and recite poetry.

Kaatsbaan members can purchase pre-sale tickets now, while tickets to the public go on sale on March 8 on Kaatsbaan’s website. Digital tickets go on sale on May 1.

“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,” executive director Sonja Kostich said in a statement.

She added, “During the nine-week Summer Festival, Kaatsbaan was able to support over 100 New York-based artists. 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.”

(Photo: Beni Köhler)

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