All-star Bob Dylan tribute show hits New York

Sonic Youth, J Mascis and My Morning Jacket all play

An all-star cast of musicians gathered at New York‘s Beacon Theatre last night (November 7) to celebrate Todd HaynesBob Dylan biopic ‘I’m Not There’.

Although contributor Cat Power was absent from the proceedings, My Morning Jacket, Calexico, Yo La Tengo, Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis turned up to play their favourite Dylan songs.

The acts were accompanied by The Million Dollar Bashers, a house band put together by Sonic Youth‘s Lee Ranaldo, featuring J Mascis on guitar and ‘Blonde on Blonde’-era Dylan collaborator Al Kooper among others.

Actor Heath Ledger, who plays one version of Dylan in ‘I’m Not There’, introduced several acts, including the ramshackle Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros.

Hip-hop troupe The Roots earned a standing ovation when they reprised their arrangement of ‘Masters Of War’, which set the song’s first verses to ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ before referencing Jimi Hendrix‘s ‘Machine Gun’ while sousaphonist Tuba Gooding Jr. hopped into the crowd with his brass.

The following songs were performed:

‘When The Ship Comes In’ (Marcus Carl Franklin)

‘Billy 1’ (Calexico)

‘Goin’ To Acapulco’ (Jim James and Calexico)

‘Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)’ (Joe Henry with Calexico)

‘Long Black Veil’ (Mark Lanegan with Calexico)

‘All I Really Wanna Do’ (Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros)

‘It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry’ (Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty with the Uptown Horns)

‘As I Went Out One Morning’ (Mira Billotte and the Million Dollar Bashers)

‘Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright’ (Ian Ball and Olly Peacock)

‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ (Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks)

‘Rainy Day Women #12 & 35’ (Terry Adams)

‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ (Yo La Tengo)

‘Fourth Time Around’ (Yo La Tengo)

‘Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You’ (My Morning Jacket)

‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’ (Mason Jennings)

‘Pressing On’ (John Doe)

‘Buckets Of Rain’ (Jimmy LaFave)

‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ (Tift Merritt)

‘Can’t Leave Her Behind’ (Lee Ranaldo and the Million Dollar Bashers)

‘Santa Fe’ (J Mascis and the Million Dollar Bashers)

‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’ (John Doe and the Million Dollar Bashers)

‘Masters Of War’ (The Roots)

‘All Along The Watchtower’ (The Million Dollar Bashers and guests)