Tex Zimmerman is back for his sixth Memorial Day gig at Dan’s Silverleaf.
Dylanfest 2014, the brainchild of University of North Texas music professor Mike Steinel, continues the mission on Monday. As Tex Zimmerman, Steinel not only swaps his usual trumpet for a guitar; he also assumes the persona of a Southwestern incarnation of Bob Dylan to benefit Instruments of Change.
Dylanfest starts at 5 p.m. Monday at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St.
Dylanfest features Tex and His All-Star Revue. The revue isn’t too shabby: vocalists Rosana and Gary Eckert, Bruce Wermuth and Jennifer Barnes. Paul Metzger plays guitar, and Jeffry Eckels on bass and Steve Barnes on drums make up the rhythm section. Special guests include Beverly Hoch, a voice professor at Texas Woman’s University, musician Paul Slavens and Denton Mayor Chris Watts.
“Our repertoire is drawn from Bob Dylan’s musical career that has spanned five decades,” Steinel said. “We play songs from all the various phases of his career, including acoustic folk, folk-rock, hard rock, rockabilly, gospel, country swing and everything in between.
“We will be playing all the old favorites, but we have some surprises in store,” Steinel said. “We are very excited that our new mayor, Chris Watts, has graciously donated his services as a featured vocalist. It should be great fun, like all the events we’ve had in the past.”
Instruments of Change was founded in 2007 and brings musical instruments and instruction to at-risk children throughout the world. In 2008 and 2009, the nonprofit traveled to South Africa and began a music academy. In 2011 a team traveled to Haiti and began a similar program.
By collecting donated instruments and raising funds through activities such as Dylanfest, the nonprofit continues to support programs that bring music and music education to some of the most poverty-stricken areas of the planet.
This year, an Instruments of Change team of 12 will travel to Israel to present two music camps: one at Ibin Absorption Center, which houses 600 Ethopian families, and another at Moshav Yitav, a community populated by Ukranian and Russian Jews who have emigrated to Israel for greater religious freedom.
The entry fee is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $7 for students.
— Lucinda Breeding