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The tunes of legendary music con and Duluth-native Bob Dylan comes back to life live next weekend when The FreeWheelers performa a tribute concert at Zumbota’s State Theatre. Photo from Sony BMG Music Entertainment

Tribute shows breathe fresh life back into songs found in the musical catacombs of iconic artists and memorable sound.

Crossing at Carnegie Director Marie Marvin says tribute bands give people the chance to “relive the fun times we had growing up.”

Zumbrota’s State Theatre will house two different tribute concerts performed by bands known for their uncanny impersonations of the music they bring back.

See the Fabulous Armadillos pay homage to some of the biggest musicians never known in “Songs by the Wrecking Crew.”

The show 7:30 p.m. Friday April 29 celebrates a group of musicians who performed for studio recordings of some of the biggest names in 1960s and 1970s music.

The music of Bob Dylan will be heard at the theater when the FreeWheelers take the stage for a 7:30 p.m. show Saturday April 30.

Describing the upcoming music as the soundtrack to our youth, Marvin adds audiences sing along because “of course they know all the words.”

She went on to say most of their tribute artists, whether Fabulous Armadillos, Collective Unconscious, Mick Sterling, Pamela McNeill or Terry Lee Goffee typically have shows in much larger venues.

“They come to Zumbrota because our audiences love them so much and that energy is always evident,” Marvin said. “It just fills the theater, every time.”

The Fabulous “Wrecking Crew”

Past Fabulous Armadillos shows include “Lucky Sevens,” “Stadium Rock,” Motown hits and, combined with Collective Unconscious, tributes to the Eagles and the Doobie Brothers.

Their upcoming performance celebrates the studio artists whose talents helped make hits over 50 years ago, but whose names weren’t really known by fans.

“The really interesting thing about this show is that it’s a tribute to those musicians as much as to the hit songs themselves,” Marvin said.

“The Wrecking Crew” was a nickname coined by famous drummer Hal Blaine for a select group of musicians who played anonymously on hundreds of huge hits by artists including the Beach Boys, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Carpenters, Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Monkees, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Righteous Brothers, Jan and Dean, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond and many more.

In fact, a film about the anonymous musicians was produced documenting their musical journey. The rockumentary “The Wrecking Crew” was released last year.

“As always, the Fabulous Armadillos will bring along a wealth of special guests, so they can perform spot-on recreations of the songs,” Marvin said.

Tickets for “The Wrecking Crew” are $34 in advance, $38 at the door. Reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve tickets, visit, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota.

FreeWheelers deliver Dylan

The FreeWheelers recreate the tunes of the master music maker and have even won awards for their Dylan tribute show.

The group is based out of Dylan’s hometown of Duluth.

“The bands and artists performing are just so talented that people listening get the sense they are hearing the original band that made the hits, but in an intimate setting that just isn’t possible even with the big-name bands that are still performing,” Marvin explains.

“It’s about great music, but it’s also about the memories that the music brings back for us and sharing those good feelings with each other,” she said, adding there’s just something about being in a vintage theater and part of an enthusiastic audience listening to a live performance, that makes “for a magical experience.”

Tickets for the Dylan concert are $18. Call 507-993-4878 for more information or visit

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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