A Tribute to the Music of Bob Dylan at Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” Concert Series on May 16


Bob Dylan could arguably be called the most influential singer/songwriter of the modern age. His career which began in the ‘60s, with what became popular anti-war and civil rights movements’ anthems such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They are a-Changin’.” His career has now spanned more than 50 years; he sold more than 100 million records and won numerous awards, including Grammy and Academy Awards, and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2008, Dylan earned an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his “profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” In 2012, President Barack Obama awarded Dylan the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Mick Marino, who has in past years organized notable “Free Fridays” tribute concerts, such as The Band (2013), The Rolling Stones (2012) and the Allman Brothers (2010 and 2011), has organized this season’s tribute to Bob Dylan. He has assembled an all-star cast of accomplished local musicians. These include:

  • The Don David & Mike Boulware Band: Don David /guitar/vocals), Mike Boulware (guitar/vocals), Michael Derry (guitar/vocals), Ron Thomas (bass/vocals) and Rob Rothschild (drums)
  • Positively 4th Street: Dan Dickhaus (guitar/vocals), Jim Evans (guitar/vocals), John McMillan (guitar/vocals), Gregg McMillan (bass/vocals) and David Church (drums/vocals)
  • The Mick Marino All Stars: Mick Marino (guitar/vocals), Bill Kellogg (drums/vocals), Paul Goble (guitar), Bill Lee (keyboards) and Ron Thomas (bass/vocals)
  • Mark Miale (guitar/vocals) and Tony McMahon (guitar/vocals)
  • The Boulware Family Band: Jackson DeWitt (guitar/vocals), Carolina Boulware (vocals) and Mike Boulware (guitar/vocals)
  • Curt McKenzie (guitar/vocals)
  • Barry Sides (guitar/vocals)

According to Marino, “Bob Dylan is the most prolific songwriter bar none of our generation and generations to come. He has influenced so many musicians and songwriters it is hard to imagine anyone who is involved in popular music not being affected by Dylan. From Johnny Cash to David Bowie, to The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, everyone was paying attention to what Bob Dylan was doing (and still are). He is that influential. So many of his songs were covered by soul artists to bluegrass pickers, to punk rockers. Everyone knows Bob.”

The 2014 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. The concerts will play each Friday night this year from Friday, May 2 through Friday, Oct. 24 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, which is located at 111 E. University Ave. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2014 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.