Address: 1626 London Road #779, Duluth, MN 55812
Latitude/Longitude: 46.801162°, -92.075213°
Start Date: May 20, 2017
End Date: May 21, 2017
Web site: click here
Phone: (218) 428-9686
Built in 1915, the Duluth Armory was used as a military training facility for the Minnesota National Guard and Naval Militia. The building also served as the entertainment and cultural building for the entire upper Midwest area. Some of the famous folks that were on stage there were Liberace, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, Bob Hope and Harry Truman.
The story that lives on today happened in January 1959 when Buddy Holly and Friends held their Winter Dance Party at the Duluth Armory. Holly died two days later in an infamous plane crash known as “the day the music died”. Local musician, Bob Dylan saw Buddy Holly at the concert in Duluth.
So after 100 years, the Duluth Armory needs renovation. That work is being organized by the Duluth Arts & Music Center (AAMC). Their plans are to open the building with a variety of uses, retain its historical significance and be remodeled into a place where young and old can enjoy art and music. One of the most meaningful efforts by the AAMC is the Music Resource Center which is a free after-school program for students in sixth to twelfth grades. This music program provides private lessons, instruments and recording equipment to kids that would not otherwise have access to such an experience. The students put on a performance at the end of their learning and even record a CD of their work.
To raise funds for the renovation of the Duluth Armory, the Dylan Fest Concert on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 will support the Armory Music Resource Center and its efforts. It will be held at the Duluth Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth and all the details will be at the website. A great event for Dylan music lovers and a celebration of his legacy!
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