Friday, July 15, 2005

Green Mountain "Bob Dylan Wanna-Be" Contest

Tomorrow night (7/16) the second annual Green Mountain "Bob Dylan Wanna-Be" Contest hits Montpelier. Hey, there is good reason why they call this town Mont-weird-ler and it'll be on display at the Unitarian Church.

Here is the contest's description:

Calling all Dylan-tantes! If you can yowl, growl, grumble or mumble your way through a classic Dylan song, then you’re our Bob...or Bobette! The Howard BEAN CafĂ© at Riverwalk Records challenges you to enter its Second Annual Green Mountain Bob Dylan Wannabe Contest, scheduled to be held 7-9 p.m., Saturday, July 16 at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier.

Eighteen brave Zimmermen and Zimmerwomen competed in last year’s September 11 event that was won by The King Of The Bobs, Derrick - "She Belongs To Me" - Semler. Bob buffs: this July marks the 40th anniversary of Bob’s controversial electric performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.

I didn't make it to last year's contest and probably will miss it again this year but from what I've heard it was actually a fun evening. Contestants didn't really take it too seriously with as many comical entries as there were talented ones. One entrant even had a lady in lingerie join him on stage with angel wings to mock Dylan's connection to Victoria's Secret.

If there are any pictures of the show in the paper on Sunday, I'll post them here.

UPDATE: We have a winner!

From the Times-Argus:

Jeff Shannon of Barre performs his winning rendition of "Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues" during the Great Green Mountain Bob Dylan Wanna-Be Contest at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier on Saturday night. Over 200 people turned out to hear 21 performers vie for the title in the second annual contest presented by the Howard BEAN Cafe at Riverwalk Records. Jim Thompson took second place and David Farnsworth was third.

I missed it as we went to see The Wedding Crashers instead. As lame of a choice as that sounds, it was a damn funny movie.


Anonymous said...

I thought the town it was called 'Montpeculiar'.

Anonymous said...

I thought the town was called 'Montpeculiar'.

Flatlander said...

That works too.

Montpeculiar. Montweirdler. Vermonsters. They all get you to the appropriate description.