For Sale: Bob Dylan’s legendary Newport Festival guitar

Dylan at Newport | Photo from the Ochs Archive / Getty Images

Up until 1965, Bob Dylan was gaining incredible popularity on the American folk scene, playing the revered Newport Folk Festival in 1963 and 1964.

When he returned for a third performance in 1965 Dylan did something that would change music history forever: he played his set with a band, through amps, with an electric guitar.

After being introduced by Peter Yarrow, Bob Dylan came on stage and began “Maggie’s Farm” amplified and continued that way for the rest of his fifteen minute set.  The performance brought roars from the crowd.  Possibly boos, possibly cheers, the crowd reaction has be debated for decades.  But one thing is certain: this performance helped turn Dylan into the legend that he is today.  And now the sunburst Fender Stratocaster he used at that legendary gig is up for auction.

dylanelectricguitarAlong with some lyrics found in a guitar case, by New Jersey’s Dawn Paterson (and verified as the actual Dylan guitar last summer on an episode of PBS’ History Detectives) this is a stunning piece of history for sale.  Below, you can watch a video from the legendary performance and if you have some spare cash (a lot of spare cash) maybe you can be a part of this history too.  And if you want to catch the legendary performer in person, there are still tickets available for his show at the XPoNential Music Festival this summer.


Just Anounced: Members of Belle and Sebastian will DJ their own afterparty at Dolphin Tavern

Screen shot 2013-06-25 at 12.11.16 PMAlthough Belle and Sebastian haven’t released a new album since 2010’s Belle and Sebastian Write About Love, the group is touring this summer and will make a stop at The Mann Center Wednesday July 10th with Yo La Tengo.  It’s their first Philly show since that album was released – and since they played the Electric Factory with New Pornographers in 2006 – and while their lovely orchestral folk-pop sound isn’t something you want to miss, the group has a little surprise in store.  After their performance at The Mann, members of the band will be DJing an after party at The Dolphin Tavern from 10 p.m. to 2. (Note: while it hasn’t been announced who from the band is DJing keyboardist Chris Geddes spun at the R.U.B.A. Club in Northern Liberties after their 2002 show at The Tower. – ed.) For more information about the set, click here and below you can watch “I Want The World To Stop” off their most recent album.


Make Music Philly Spotlight: Heyward Howkins


This Friday, hundreds of events will occur all over the city for Make Music Philly, with countless artists from the area and countless genres represented – how do you figure out who to see?  That’s where we come into the picture.  To help you narrow down your choices, we’ll be bringing you Make Music Philly spotlights all week.

One artist you should not miss this Friday is Heyward Howkins.  A folk singer from Philadelphia, Heyward Howkins released his incredible debut LP Hale & Hearty last summer and is already preparing a follow-up.  With quirky yet catchy rhythms and songs that make lyrical references to the greater Philadelphia area, Howkins makes music like no other.  If you’re looking for an original artist and beautiful music, check out Heyward Howkins at Ortlieb’s Longue this Friday at 6 p.m.


Free Download of He’s My Brother She’s My Sister (playing Firefly Festival)

He’s My Brother She’s My Sister are embarking on a long summer tour with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, including a stop at next weekend’s Firefly Festival.  In addition, the folk-rock group have put up a live version of their song “How’m I Gonna Get Back Home” on their Bandcamp.  It’s a swinging blues-folk number about partying a little too hard.  Check it out below and download it for free via their Bandcamp page.