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May 24, 2012

Dylan fans celebrate May 24

LONDONDERRY — Legendary musician Bob Dylan turns 71 May 24. Area fans will honor his birthday with a special event at Whippersnappers in Londonderry.

The third annual fundraising/celebration "Bob Dylan Birthday Bash" is set for May 24 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Whippersnappers, 44 Nashua Road, Number 13.

The night benefits the Brad Delp Foundation, and also the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Delp was the front man of the band Boston, whose vocals took the popular group to the top of the music charts in the 1970s and 1980s.

Delp died in March 2007 at his home in Atkinson.

Now fans will gather not only to honor Dylan, but also the charity in Delp's name.

Headlining and organizing the event is musician and historian Bobby Livingston, who has been planning Dylan-based charity events since the 1990s and performs his own Dylan-tribute style show.

Area musicians also slated to perform include Mama Kicks, Lisa Geyer, Charlie Farren and Laurie Geltman.

Geltman, a former Boston Music Award winner, said the music of Bob Dylan touched her life and the lives of so many.

"The music of Bob Dylan touches the soul," Geltman said, "and when you mix that with Brad Delp, who was pure soul, you've got the perfect evening for me to lend my support."

Others scheduled to appear include Woody Geissmann of the Del Fuegos, members of Delp's former band Beatlejuice, Raising Scarlet and other special guests.

The only restriction for the evening is that all of music performed must be written by Bob Dylan.

"Spreading the songs of Dylan through benefits like this is a passion," Livingston said.

He hopes to raise critical funds to support the two charities.

There will be a $20 donation as a cover charge. There will also be an auction of memorabilia items.

The Brad Delp Foundation will receive half the funds raised to award music-related grants, scholarships and funds for school music programs.

The other half will be given to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

For information, contact Livingston at (239) 285-8534 or visit facebook.com/DylanBirthdayBash.

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