[Classic_Rock_Forever] Andy & Renee's 22nd Annual Bob Dylanfest, May 19th!


featuring ANDY HILL & RENEE SAFER plus many special guests,
at St. Anthony School, EL SEGUNDO, CA
MAY 19, 2012, from Noon til 8:00

Award winning Los Angeles singer/songwriters Andy Hill and Renee Safier will be hosting their 22nd Annual Bob Dylan Festival at St. Anthony School in El Segundo on May 19, 2012. The event is also a fundraiser for the School. What started out as a small once-a-year backyard party where a loose conglomerate of close friends would take turns performing Dylan classics all day and well into the night (or until the cops came), has evolved into a full-blown music festival attended by hundreds of fans and featuring many of L.A.’s top musicians. Besides Andy Hill and Renee Safier and their band Hard Rain, artists who will be playing this year include top L.A. session guitarist Marty Rifkin (who has toured with Bruce Springsteen), and over 50 of LA’s top musicians.

The musicians will perform interpretations of material that covers a broad spectrum of Dylan’s musical styles. What goes on in the audience has become almost as much of a spectacle as what happens on stage â€" as many crowd members come elaborately dressed as characters or scenes from various Bob Dylan songs.

Andy & Renee, along with their band Hard Rain, have taken their unique sound and multi-instrumental skills (as well as being riveting vocalists, they both play guitars and keyboards) to venues large and small all over the world. Local Southern California highlights include House of Blues and the El Rey Theatre in Hollywood, and the Hermosa Beach Civic Center. They have also played at Kerrville and Napa Valley Folk Festivals, Sierra Songwriter’s Festival, and were headliners at the Bob Dylan 60th Birthday Festival in Alba, Italy, along with Michelle Shocked, Bruce Forbert and long-time Dylan sideman Bucky Baxter. They have a PBS Special that will be aired in May, a live concert video shot at the University of Colorado.
Their eleven independent CD releases have won them countless awards, including: LA Music Awards “Americana Group of the Year”, Semi-finalists in the 2011 ISC International Song Competition (over 16,000 entries from 37 different countries), Best Duo/Group at the International Acoustic Music Awards, Qweevak.com “Top-40 CDs of the Year, runner-up for best folk act at the Crossroads Music Awards, and a two year run in the Musician Magazine “Best Unsigned Band” Semifinals. They have a PBS Special that will be aired this May featuring music from their CDs. Their CD, “It Takes A Lot To Laugh”, a musical tribute to Bob Dylan, has earned them 4-out-of-4 stars from many Dylan websites. A cut from that CD was featured on the BMG international release “May Your Song Always Be Sung, Vol. 3. In 2005, Renee Safier, showcasing her prodigious blues and jazz vocal chops, won the Telluride Blues Festival Acoustic Blues Competition, receiving a rousing response from the 12,000-plus festival crowd.

St. Anthony School is located west of Sepulveda Blvd, between Grand Ave. and El Segundo Blvd. at 233 Lomita, in El Segundo. Tickets are $25 (adults) and $10 (kids 6-12yrs.). Patrons can bring a blanket or lawn chair, but seating is available. Food and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase. Tickets and more information are available at www.andyandrenee.com or call 310-324-3663.

Find Dylan Fest performances on YouTube:

Dylan Fest Reviews:

“Wherever you look, there is an air of magic. People are laughing and singing along with performers and reciting words that flowed from a collective soul, music and images from one mind, shared at this moment in a festival tribute to Bob Dylan. Andy Hill & Renee Safier have created an annual event with a stellar line-up…” (Celebrating the Music of the Man from Hibbing, Minnesota -- Random Lengths, May 2009)

Praise for Andy & Renee’s Dylan Tribute CD, It Takes A Lot to Laugh:
"...Safier's voice oft drips with an aching sensitivity filtered through delicate beauty and a fragility that would break and disappear in less capable hands...Hill's cuts drenched in prairie sod, the workingman's lament, and a salt-of-the-earth sprechestimme.. â€" Folk Acoustic & Music Exchange.
“Their selection of material is impeccable and impressive, frequently departing from the obvious in order to include the excellent.” â€" 5 out of 5 stars â€" Cosmik.com
5 out of 5 stars â€" “Best Dylan tribute album I've heard in a long time.” -- Steve Sevek, producer of Thinking About Bob Dylan CD

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