Today is Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday, so last night in Nashville many notable musicians gathered to pay tribute at the Ryman Auditorium for the first half of a two-night event called Dylan Fest. Among them was Kesha, who followed up her performance of “It Ain’t Me Babe” at the Billboard Music Awards with a run through “I Shall Be Released” — a timely selection given her recent battle to get out of her record deal. Watch her powerful performance below.
Here’s last night’s whole setlist:
And although video evidence is scant, here’s photographic proof that Kurt Vile was there:
The second installment of Dylan Fest is tonight at the Ryman.
UPDATE: Here’s footage from night two, with the full cast of performers joining together to perform “You Ain’t Going Nowhere.”