Donald Fagen Joins Dylan Fest
Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen has joined the lineup for this week’s Dylan Fest shows. As previously reported, the two-night birthday tribute to Dylan will take place at New York’s Irving Plaza on May 24 and 25. Other acts slated to appear include: the Whigs, Boz Scaggs, the Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti, Adam Green, Guster’s Ryan Miller, Dawes’ Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Cory Chisel, Nicole Atkins, Justin Long, Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte, among others.
Fagen will perform with the evening’s house act, the Cabin Down Below Band, an ensemble named after the popular speakeasy-style bar owned by musician Jesse Malin. This year’s Dylan Fest will also pay tribute to Levon Helm. Though Fagen seems like an odd addition to the big, he has a long history and deep connection to The Band drummer: Fagen married the mother of Helm’s daughter Amy and was a regular presence at his Midnight Rambles.