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Joan Osborne’s DYLANOLOGY : feat. Special Guests Anders Osborne & Robert Randolph * All Dylan * Full Band * Two Sets *

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Scott Stapp of Creed

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Rob Delaney

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85 South Show feat. DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller & Chico Bean

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Scary Mommy Live – The Mother of All Comedy Shows

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Janis Ian & Livingston Taylor

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Hot Tuna Electric plus special guest Dave Mason

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An Evening of Stand Up Comedy with Jeremy Piven

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Reggie Watts

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Stuff You Should Know

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Leslie Jones

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Lil Duval: Living My Best Life Tour

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Doughboys Podcast Live

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Christina P: Ride or Die Tour

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Anjelah Johnson: Technically Not Stalking

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Jen Kirkman

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Not Another D&D Podcast

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Pablo Francisco

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The Second City Greatest Hits (Vol. 59)

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Sun Sep 15th - 7:00PM
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Criminal Podcast – LIVE SHOW

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Tue Sep 17th - 7:30PM
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The Waterboys

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Kevin James

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Dave Attell

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Rick Wakeman: Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour

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STEVE HACKETT: GENESIS REVISITED ‘SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND’ (in its entirety) PLUS SPECTRAL MORNINGS Anniversary Celebration

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Jim Gaffigan: Secrets and Pies Tour

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Jim Gaffigan + Pears Book

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Graveyard

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Bob Marley Comedian

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Michael Blackson

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Mike Marino: Make America Italian Again

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Maz Jobrani

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Big Thief

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Jesse Cook

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The Moth

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Adam Rippon: Beautiful On The Outside Book Tour

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Fri Oct 18th - 7:30PM
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Ryan Hamilton

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Tower of Power

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Tue Oct 22nd - 8:00PM
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Kreeps with Kids: Comedy Tour

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Sat Oct 26th - 7:00PM
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Jónsi & Alex Somers – Riceboy Sleeps w/ Wordless Orchestra

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Jim Jefferies

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SiriusXM Coffeehouse Tour featuring Joshua Radin & The Weepies

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Sun Nov 3rd - 7:00PM
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U Up? Live

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Tue Nov 5th - 7:30PM
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Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin: Together On Stage

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Wed Nov 6th - 8:00PM
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Todrick Hall: Haus Party

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Thu Nov 7th - 8:00PM
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Nicole Byer

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Sat Nov 9th - 7:00PM
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Sat Nov 9th - 9:45PM
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Why Won’t You Date Me? Live Podcast with Nicole Byer

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Sat Nov 9th - 9:45PM
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Postmodern Jukebox: A Very Postmodern Christmas

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Wed Nov 13th - 8:00PM
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Monster Energy Outbreak Presents: Andrew Schulz Matador

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Sat Nov 16th - 7:00PM
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Lore Podcast Live

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Wed Nov 20th - 7:00PM
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Trisha Yearwood

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Fri Nov 22nd - 7:30PM
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Maria Bamford

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Sat Nov 23rd - 7:00PM
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JUDY COLLINS – WINTER STORIES – With Jonas Fjeld and Chatham County Line

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Sun Dec 1st - 7:00PM
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Devendra Banhart

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Wed Dec 4th - 8:00PM
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Chris Botti

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Fri Dec 6th - 8:00PM
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Sal Vulcano

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Thu Dec 12th - 7:00PM
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Lea DeLaria

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Sun Dec 15th - 7:30PM
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My Dad Wrote A Porno World Tour 2020

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Thu Apr 9th - 7:30PM
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Bio

On Songs of Bob Dylan, Joan Osborne unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon The Bard’s celebrated canon. With performances honed by the t

On Songs of Bob Dylan, Joan Osborne unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon The Bard’s celebrated canon. With performances honed by the time Osborne spent polishing them during “Joan Osborne Sings The Songs Of Bob Dylan” —  two critically acclaimed two-week residencies she performed at New York City’s Café Carlyle in March 2016 and 2017, the seven-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling singer and songwriter, whom The New York Times has called “a fiercely intelligent, no-nonsense singer,” winds her supple, soulful voice around Dylan’s poetic, evocative lyrics, etching gleaming new facets in them along the way.

“I try not to do a straight-up imitation of what someone else has done,” Osborne says. “Like if you’re going to sing an Otis Redding song, you’re never going to out-Otis him so you shouldn’t even try. So I always try to find some unique way into the song, and also to pick songs where the intersection between the song and my voice hits some kind of sweet spot. It was a joy being able to sing these brilliant lyrics. It’s like an actor being given a great part. You are just so excited to say these lines because they’re so powerful that it lifts you up above yourself.”

The album spans Dylan’s beloved standards from the ’60s and ’70s (“Masters of War,” “Highway 61 Revisited,” “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” “Buckets of Rain,” “Tangled Up In Blue”) to some of Osborne’s favorites from his later albums, including “Dark Eyes” (from 1985’s Empire Burlesque), “Ring Them Bells” (from 1989’s Oh Mercy), “Tryin’ To Get To Heaven” (from 1997’s Time Out of Mind), and “High Water” (from 2001’s Love and Theft). “His versions are legendary and I’m not trying to improve on them,” Osborne says. “I’m just trying to sing beautiful songs and let people hear them. It’s about trying to give a different shade of meaning to something that’s already great. I happen to think Dylan is a great singer, but I will never, in a million years, sound like him, which almost made it easier.”

Unconstrained by any notion of trying to imitate or surpass Dylan, Osborne felt free to play with the songs’ arrangements, a process that was also enabled by the virtuosity and versatility of Osborne’s collaborators, guitarist Jack Petruzzelli (Patti Smith, The Fab Faux) and keyboardist Keith Cotton (Idina Menzel, Chris Cornell), who performed with her at Café Carlyle, and with whom she co-produced the album. “They bring this wealth of skills to the table,” she says. “Any crazy idea we came up with, they could do. So it was wonderful to have that level of musicianship at my fingertips.” Half the songs were recorded with the trio and the other half feature a full band.

In Osborne and her musicians’ hands, Dylan’s songs take on varied new shapes. His rollicking, bluesy classic “Highway 61 Revisited” gets a propulsive, radical makeover with a Middle Eastern vibe inspired by the song’s biblical imagery. The raucous, brass-band driven “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” (featuring the famous line “Everybody must get stoned”) is reinvented with a smoky, slinky late-night jazz-club feel that puts an entirely fresh spin on the song. “It allowed me to take a lyric that I think has been interpreted as very jokey and about just getting wasted and reframe it in a way where it has a bit of a different meaning,” she says. “Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn),” a song popularized by Manfred Mann, is subtly rearranged to bring out the gospel flavor, endowing it with a celebratory air that fully suits the song. “We’ve been opening our show with it and it’s just a wonderful ‘joyful noise’ sort of moment,” Osborne says.

On “Ring Them Bells,” Osborne retains the spiritual overtones of the original, though the song takes on new resonance given today’s political climate. “Oh Mercy is such a touchstone album for me,” she says. “I sang ‘Ring Them Bells’ at a couple of benefits for firefighters’ families right after 9/11 and, in that context, it was apparent how a song like that has the power to grab people’s emotions when we’re facing huge challenges. We’re living in a moment like that now, where there’s a lot of uncertainty and fear about what’s happening in the world. So it feels like the time to bring out a song like this. I’d say the same thing about ‘Masters of War.’ We need to hear the most powerful, political songs. We need to hear our great writers and poets talking about these times.”

Making Songs of Bob Dylan sprung from an idea Osborne had been toying with for some years: to record a series of Songbook albums, akin to Ella Fitzgerald’s eight-album series where the jazz singer interpreted the songs of Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and others classic American Songbook writers. “I always thought it would be really interesting to update that idea and do something similar myself,” she says. So when she received the call from Café Carlyle, an intimate Upper East Side institution known for headlining performances by legendary interpretive singers like Judy Collins and the late Bobby Short, Osborne thought it might be the perfect venue to test it out. “I chose to start with Bob Dylan because of his stature as a writer,” she says. “And also because he has so many incredible songs. I’d never run out of ideas for different tunes to try.”

“Joan Osborne Sings The Songs Of Bob Dylan” was a smashing success with both fans and critics, who called it “magic,” and praised her as having “a style and wisdom that is all her own, which allows you to hear each of these brilliant songs as if for the first time.” The New York Times noted that “at every point in the evening, you had a sense of Ms. Osborne as an artist who knew exactly what she was doing.” Of course Osborne is no stranger to interpreting songs in a wide variety of genres. In addition to releasing a string of studio albums featuring her frank, expressive original songwriting (the 3x-platinum, 6-time Grammy-nominated RelishRighteous LovePretty Little StrangerLittle Wild One, and Love and Hate), Osborne has also made three albums of soul, R&B, and blues covers (How Sweet It IsBreakfast In Bed, which also features originals, and the Grammy-nominated Bring It On Home). AllMusic has called her “the most gifted vocalist of her generation and a singer who understands the nuance of phrase, time, and elocution.”

The Kentucky native famously got her start performing her own songs in New York City’s downtown rock clubs, around the time that she began to rediscover Dylan’s work with Oh Mercy. “When you’re playing in the nightclub scene in Greenwich Village, his trail is everywhere, and not just because he played in the same places, but because people still perform his music every night. He’s part of the American musical education you get, whether you’re learning about him in some music conservatory or by playing in bars five nights a week. During those years I started to become more familiar with his music. And at the point when I was starting to arrange my own stuff and make my own recordings, hearing records like ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ or ‘Highway 61 Revisited,’ I thought, ‘Wow, that just has such an immediacy and freshness. How did he do that?’ It’s interesting to dig into it from that aspect, when music is your livelihood.”

In 2003, Osborne joined the surviving members of The Grateful Dead and had the chance to sing with Dylan, their co-headliner. “We performed ‘Tears of Rage,’ a song Dylan co-wrote with Richard Manuel,” Osborne says. “He came up to me after the show and said, ‘You know, I never liked that second verse, but I rewrote it. What do you think of these lyrics?’ And he read me the alternate lyrics that he’d apparently just written on this scrap of paper. I was so flabbergasted that Bob Dylan is standing there, we’re both sweaty from performing on this hot summer day in Indiana, and he’s asking me what I think of his lyric changes for this classic song. And all I could do was just say, ‘Oh yeah, that sounds good. I can hear that.’”

And what does Osborne think Dylan himself would think of her album? “Well, I would hope that he wouldn’t get pissed at me,” she says with a laugh. “I don’t think so. I mean, why write a song? He just released his third album of standards, so he must understand that a song desires to be sung, no matter who wrote it. It continues to live only if people sing it.”

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