After two hugely successful sold-out Petty Fests in Nashville and Austin – featuring Kings of Leon, Emmylou Harris, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Trisha Yearwood, Joy Williams of Civil Wars, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellem, Charlie Sexton, Doyle Bramhall II, Butch Walker, Karen Elson, Danny Masterson, Jakob Dylan and many, many more – the Best Fest sponsored by Jameson is proud to announce upcoming Dylan Fests in New York and San Francisco. Once again, every penny of ticket sale proceeds will benefit Sweet Relief. In the past year, the Best Fest has teamed up with Jameson Irish Whiskey and Sweet Relief to help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to help provide financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability or age-related problems.
The Best Fest is honored to bring Dylan Fest back home to New York, where it was created and has been an annual tradition since 2001, and thrilled to debut Dylan Fest in San Francisco.
The first Dylan Fest San Francisco will happen at Great American Music Hall on November 20 and features Doyle Bramhall II, Sly & The Family Stone’s Cynthia Robinson and Jerry Martini, Elvis Perkins, Eric Pulido of Midlake, The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and Tad Kubler, Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, Kelley Stoltz, Ruby Amanfu, Nicki Bluhm, Tim Bluhm, Boots Riley, Lukas Nelson, Chuck Prophet, Rayland Baxter, The Whigs, Danny Clinch, Josh Lattanzi of The Candles, Chase Cohl and Neal Casal, among many others.
As is tradition at the Fests, these shows will also offer a handful of very special surprise guest stars.
All the performances will be backed by your hosts for the evening: the legendary Cabin Down Below Band.
Over the past year, The Best Fest Sponsored by Jameson has travelled the world with artists like Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, Johnny Depp, Ke$ha, Lucinda Williams, Perry Farrell, Heartbreakers’ guitarist Mike Campbell, Father John Misty, Phosphorescent, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sarah Silverman, Aimee Mann, Juliette Lewis, Matt Sorum, Fran Healy of Travis, James Vincent McMorrow, The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi, Harper Simon, Gavin Rossdale, Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, Regina Spektor, Cyndi Lauper, John McEnroe, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte and many others.
"We have had a ridiculously amazing time this year, playing with many of our heroes and spreading the gospels of Bob, Petty, and the Stones all over the world," says Austin Scaggs, co-founder of the Best fest. "We’re so thrilled to end 2013 with a big bang, with Dylan’s music in New York and San Francisco. And we look forward to partnering with Jameson and Sweet Relief in 2014 and beyond."
About The Best Fest:
Ten years after celebrating Bob Dylan’s 60th birthday, "The Fest" – Dylan Fest, Petty Fest and Stones Fest – has become a New York tradition, with sold-out celebrations at Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Webster Hall and Irving Plaza. The New York Times described The Fest as "one the most jubilant events of the year," and Rolling Stone touted it as "an experience that is equal parts concert and celebration." Now proudly sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey, The Best Fest travels the world producing their one of of a kind rock and roll shows and giving 100% of the ticket sale proceeds to Sweet Relief and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
About Jameson Irish Whiskey:
Jameson Irish Whiskey is a smooth and perfectly balanced triple distilled Irish Whiskey rooted in Irish heritage dating back to 1780 when legendary John Jameson released his first cask. The brand’s success comes down to the skilled distillers that ensure Jameson’s unique taste and the communities who have supported its handcrafted quality for hundreds of years. Reliably timeless and simple, Jameson is best enjoyed during great times with great friends.
The world’s No 1 selling Irish whiskey and is amongst the elite of the fastest growing international spirit brands in the world. The success of the Irish brand is down to its great quality and smooth taste, coupled with a fantastic heritage, established in 1780 by the legendary John Jameson. It has all the quality credentials to allow it be consumed straight, but is versatile and is equally great when mixed.
About Sweet Relief Musicians Fund:
Since 1994 Sweet Relief has been offering vital assistance to professional musical artists in need. Many prominent musicians, professionals and music fans have contributed enthusiastically to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.