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      Date(s) - 06/22/2024
      7:30 pm

      Memorial Park


      A woman conducting a symphony

      Rachael Worby, Music and Artistic Director of MUSE/IQUE (Photo – Haoyuan Ren)

      When Bob Dylan plugged in his guitar for an electric set at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, he changed the conversation about the rules of music and art forever. With his stunning “betrayal” in Newport, Dylan challenged the conventions of folk and propelled the genre into thrilling new territory.

      MUSE/IQUE’s next show of their 2024 season is The Judas of Folk – Dylan Plugs In. It traces the progression of folk music from its traditional roots to its role as the music of movements and protests, to Dylan’s bold swing and beyond. The concerts take place on June 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm at Pasadena Memorial Park (outdoors) led by Artistic and Music Director Rachael Worby.

      Joining Rachael Worby and the MUSE/IQUE orchestra onstage as guest performers for these concerts are Ira Ingber, Chris Pierce, Gabe Witcher, LaVance Colley, Rachel Gonzalez, and DC6 Singers Collective. Ingber formed a band for Dylan himself for the albums Empire Burlesque and Knocked Out Loaded, can be heard on “Shadow Kingdom,” and has worked on a wide variety of projects with Van Dyke Parks and Danny Elfman.

      The MUSE/IQUE program The Judas of Folk – Dylan Plugs In features the music and artists that influenced Bob Dylan and, in turn, the music and artists he influenced. Genres include early folk and blues from artists like Woodie Guthrie and Odetta, but also rock ‘n’ roll from Little Richard. MUSE/IQUE untangles some of the mystery that led up to that fateful electric set at Newport and celebrates the evolution of the folk genre with Bob Dylan as the prism. Music includes “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Forever Young,” “It Ain’t Me Babe,” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” The program also features songs that bridge the Rock n Roll, Folk, and Rock eras that are part of the music that influenced Dylan and that Dylan influenced. Songs by or made popular by Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, The Weavers, Pete Seeger, Sam Cooke, Little Richard, Odetta, Joan Baez, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, all the way up to Tracy Chapman. These include “This Land is Your Land,” “We Shall Overcome,” “The House of the Rising Sun,” “A Change is Gonna Come,” “Lucille,” “Water Boy,” “Time is on My Side,” “In My Life,” and “Give Me One Reason.”

      Bob Dylan is one of our culture’s most influential and groundbreaking artists. In the decades since he first burst into the public’s consciousness via New York City’s Greenwich Village folk music scene in the early 1960s, Bob Dylan has sold more than 125 million records around the world and amassed a singular body of work that includes some of the greatest and most popular songs the world has ever known.

      > Free reservations for The Judas of Folk – Dylan Plugs In are now open. Visit muse-ique.com to learn about attending MUSE/IQUE events and to explore membership plans.


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