All along the Walk of Fame

Homegrown folk legend Bob Dylan to be musically honored at the Dakota.

Somewhere below this New York rooftop, Dylan discovered his charming violinist.

Courtesy Columbia Records

Somewhere below this New York rooftop, Dylan discovered his charming violinist.

by Sally Hedberg

What: MN Walk of Fame Honors Bob Dylan

Who: Scarlet Rivera, RamblinâÄô Jack Elliot, Maria Muldaur, John Koerner and Gene LaFond.

When: Oct. 15, 8 p.m.

Where: Dakota Jazz Club

Cost: $40


ItâÄôs not news that Bob Dylan is from Minnesota. There isnâÄôt an apartment complex, coffee shop or bathroom stall in Dinkytown that he isnâÄôt rumored to have done his business in.

Through his timeless meditations, political discourse and constant redefinition of himself, the lone pilgrim has assured generations of soul-searchers of one indelible truth: He will not be forgotten. In Minneapolis, this maxim will soon become a physical truth, one manifested in a concrete star on Hennepin Avenue when he is incorporated into the Minnesota Walk of Fame.

The Walk of Fame, an initiative started by the Hennepin Theatre Trust in August 2009, serves to honor Minnesotans who have earned outstanding notability in the entertainment industry. The debut three installments recognized actresses Marion Ross, Tippi Hedren and Loni Anderson.

To celebrate DylanâÄôs inclusion into the Walk of Fame, the Dakota Jazz Club will host an evening of musical tribute for MinnesotaâÄôs own vagrant folk prophet. And to true Dylan aficionados, the lineup for the night is nothing less than thrilling. WeâÄôre talking some honest-to-goodness folk icons like RamblinâÄô Jack Elliott and Maria Muldaur. Then, of course, thereâÄôs the gypsy violinist.

One of the more endearing fabled Dylan tales involves the lovely and talented street-fiddler, Scarlet Rivera. In 1975, amid rehearsals for his Rolling Thunder Revue tour, her solitary roadside symphony caught DylanâÄôs attention and he decided to give the young woman a trial, one that, in a simple twist of fate, would leave her touring with the band.

âÄúThat day was the day of destiny, absolutely,âÄù Rivera said. âÄúIt changed the course of my entire life.âÄù

Rivera played, toured and recorded with Dylan, most notably on his redemption album, âÄúDesire.âÄù Her connections to Dylan opened many doors to jumpstart a prolific solo career, which continues to this day.

âÄúAll of it, everything is sort of colored and blessed and multiplied by my experience with Bob,âÄù Rivera said. âÄúI could give many credits, but itâÄôs probably the only credit I really need.âÄù

The celebration will provide a remarkable experience for both the attendees and the musicians themselves. Dylan, after all, affected millions of people. Through this special union of people, memories and ideas, perhaps Minneapolis can give the unrivaled Dylan an adequate round of applause.

As Rivera put it, âÄúThere wonâÄôt be another Bob Dylan anytime soon.âÄù