Award winning Los Angeles singer/songwriters Andy Hill and Renee Safier will be hosting their 23rd Annual Bob Dylan Festival at The Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torino Plaza, on May 5, 2013. 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 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 – as many crowd members come elaborately dressed as characters or scenes from various Bob Dylan songs.
The Torrance Cultural Center is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive, at the corner of Torrance Blvd. and Madrona Ave. The festival will be held in the Torino Plaza. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door (adults) and $10 (under 14 yrs). VIP tickets are available for $100. VIP tickets include: Entry fee, Dylanfest T Shirt,19th Annual Dylanfest DVD, Invite to Post-Dylanfest VIP Party, VIP Hanging Tag (thing you wear around your neck), your name on our "VIP Thank You" Board, PLUS your name goes into a drawing where the winner gets to count off "Like A Rolling Stone"[masked]! 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. No outside food or drinks. The food will be provided by acclaimed Chef Michael Shafer of The Depot and Buffalo Fire Department restaurants in Torrance. Tickets and more information are available at www.andyandrenee.com or call[masked]-9383.
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)