I: EDLIS PARTIES & GATHERINGS
1. What is EDLIS Parties & Gatherings?
2. When and where do the gatherings take place?
3. What do I need to do?
4. What is a rec.music.dylan flower?
5. Are there regular meetings of Dylan fans in my area?
Part II: EDLIS TICKETS & RIDES
1. What is EDLIS Tickets & Rides?
2. How can I buy tickets or sell extras? How can I organize a carpool?
Part III: LINKS
1. Isis' Meeting Announcements and Classifieds
2. John Nye's Bob Dylan Network
EDLIS PARTIES & GATHERINGS
|1. What is EDLIS Parties & Gatherings?|
EDLIS Parties & Gatherings consists of Dylan fans from all over the 'Net (and the world) who are interested in meeting other fans. They often plan to meet before and after concerts, although the gatherings are certainly not restricted to when and where Dylan performs. Regular meetings, as well as special Dylan-inspired events, are common in cities and towns throughout the world.
Dylan fans have volunteered to serve as contacts to help people attending
the same shows, and/or living in the same areas, to get in touch with one
another. However, those wishing to meet up are responsible for planning
the gatherings, including choosing the places to meet, deciding upon meeting
times, and providing directions to the meeting places. EDLIS Parties &
Gatherings will help out as much as possible; please do not hesitate to
use our resources.
|2. When and where do the gatherings take place?|
The location and starting time of the gatherings are entirely up to those planning them. However, unless otherwise specified, all pre-concert lunches will commence at 12:30, pre-concert drinks at 18:00 (6:00 pm), and apres concert drinks immediately after the concert. Should the apres gathering place close early, people often go to a hotel bar where concert-goers are staying.
find just purchasing concert tickets, cadging rides, and sleeping on people's
floors is still a strain on their budgets. In the past it has not been
uncommon for people to come to a rec.music.dylan lunch already having eaten,
and simply having a drink or two. Little enough expense, but you get the
same meeting and chatting and trading of interesting illegal aurally-stimulating
|3. What do I need to do?|
enthusiasts wishing to meet up are responsible for planning the gatherings,
but EDLIS Parties & Gatherings Agents are very willing to help. All
planned gatherings should be posted at the EDLIS Parties & Gatherings
notice board, just click on Emergency Information there.
(Use their subject header conventions so your post is clearly dated, for example 20031225 12:30 Santa's Cafe North Pole.)
If you will be attending an upcoming Dylan concert and there is not already a rec.music.dylan gathering planned for before and after the show, why not plan one? It doesn't take a lot of organization, just a suggestion of a cafe, pub, restaurant, or other eatery/drinkery nearby the concert venue. Give the EDLIS Parties & Gatherings Agent the address and telephone of this meeting spot, and also post it on their notice board so it is viewable immediately by anyone. Directions, hours of operation, and any other information about the gathering place are always appreciated by all who plan to attend.
If you will be attending a gathering, always telephone and check all is in order. Sometimes a venue is arranged for somewhere that is closed. Reassure yourself the place exists. Sometimes a place is chosen that is not open at the required time or day, but the organizers have noticed and left a message of an alternate gathering. Telephone and check, it does no harm and might be informative.
you see a planned gathering place which looks foolish to you -- too far
from the venue, gone downhill recently, or something similar -- please
advise email@example.com and suggest
a more sensible place. Same goes if you are under the legal drinking age
-- if the gatherings are planned for bars aand you worry about getting in,
please let us know. It is quite possible there are others in your situation.
|4. What is a rec.music.dylan flower?|
It is customary to wear a flower so that others from rec.music.dylan can recognize you. The type and colour of flower is entirely up to you, as is where you wear it. Most choose to wear a red rose or carnation on their lapel. Any kind, colour, and flavour will do, we have seen sweet red roses, dried wilted carnations, even large bouquets of every flower imaginable! Be inventive! For some informative and stimulating posts relating to the rec.music.dylan flower, check out Blind Willie's EDLIS Things Twice.
recommended! Even if you cannot attend the gatherings, do wear a flower.
It will make it a lot easier for other rec.music.dylan'ers to recognize
you, and for you to recognize them. It is also a very good conversation
piece... while rec.music.dylan'ers will recognize you by it, and others
not in-the-know have been known to inquire about it.
|5. Are there regular meetings of Dylan fans in my area?|
Even if Bob Dylan is not currently performing in your area, this does not necessarily mean that Dylan enthusiasts are not meeting up. There are regular gatherings in all corners of the world... Austria, Canada, England, the United States, and Germany, to name just a few. Dylan cannot be everywhere, but there is no reason for rec.music.dylan'ers not to meet up. I assume nobody will forget the famous Never-Beginning Tour in the summer of 1997? Dylan did not show, but the gatherings went forward with quite high attendance, attending concerts and queuing for stage lip did not come into it so everything was much more relaxed and no one left anything early or arrived late.
fans currently meet on a regular basis in the following areas:
Castle, Lower Austria
The gathering of a Bob Dylan group known as the "Trainload of Fools" meets monthly in Victoria, British Columbia. This group has been meeting since 1986, and gathers to view videos (old and new), listen to a wide range of recordings. and have discussions on a wide range of topics. Past meetings have included guest speakers Paul Williams and Bill Strange. Examples of topics for discussion in the past include "Shot of Love" and "Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts." For more information about "Trainload of Fools" and/or the next gathering, e-mail Eric.
East Sussex, England
upon Tyne, England
Molton, Devon, England
(Paris area meeting), France
Thüringen [Erfurt] and Nordrhein-Westphalen, Germany There are now two local area meetings in Germany, one of which is still in its early planning stage.
Bob Dylan fans and collectors wishing to meet others of like mind on a monthly basis in central Germany should contact Simon Kendal on 0361 6700 566 or 0361745 8097. We meet in The Dubliner pub on the Angerbrünnen in Erfurt at 20:00 on the last Thursday of each month. Fans of Van Morrison, Richard Thompson, Neil Young etc. are most welcome to join us. For up to date information ask EDLIS' UncleM@bigfoot.de [bounced 20030704]
Garda Lake, Italy
i Rana, Norway
Each year, there is a Bob Dylan birthday costume party in Missoula, Montana. The costumes should be based upon one of the following:
The Highway 61 group meets regularly at the Castle, 650 West Sunset Road, Henderson. For up to date information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org [bounced 20030702] or Rod Belford at (702) 220-9194.
Bank, New Jersey
Annual Bob Dylan Holiday Choir 1992-
Westlake Center's fountain @ 4th Ave & Pine
Each year fans gather to share holiday cheer with the shopping masses by singing beloved Bob Dylan songs to the melodies of beloved Christmas carols. Join in as we entertain the crowds with "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" sung to the tune of "Little Town of Bethlehem," "The Times They Are A-Changin'" to the tune of "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," and "Don't Think Twice" to the tune of "Deck the Halls." If you don't sing you can still enjoy the crowd as they entertain us with such exclamations as "Oh, yeah Dylan! He's that old dude like the Beatles." Report from 1997 [no longer available at http://www.halcyon.com/anitar/eventrep/dylan97.html] For more information, contact email@example.com [bounced 20030703] or Sinus Rob, 206 322-6834.
International Bob Dylan conventions take place every few years in various places in the United Kingdom.
If there is not already a group of Dylan fans in your area which meets regularly, why not organize one? Post your interest in forming a group of Dylan enthusiasts (as well as your home city/town) on the UseNet Newsgroup rec.music.dylan. After making plans, please inform EDLIS Parties & Gatherings of the gathering details, and of course post to the notice board.
EDLIS TICKETS & RIDES
|1. What is EDLIS Tickets & Rides?|
Tickets & Rides recognizes that for every Dylan concert, there are
fans scrambling for much-desired tickets, and other fans with spare tickets
who are in the need of buyers. In addition, there are fans attending the
concerts who are looking to carpool to and from the show with others from
their area. (Not only is this both monetarily and ecologically sound, but
it is also an excellent way to meet other Dylan fans in your area.) EDLIS
Tickets & Rides aims to provide assistance to all such Dylan fans.
|2. How can I request needed tickets or advertise spare ones? How can I organize a carpool?|
When you hear about a Dylan show you wish to attend, there are often several ways you can purchase tickets. For most shows, these include: at the box office, through a ticket agency (e.g. Ticketmaster), and by mail order (note: mail order is currently only available for US shows). Further information regarding concert dates and ticket sale dates can be found on Bill Pagel's Bob Dates. Concert dates can also be found on the official Bob Dylan website, bobdylan.com.
Between the time when tickets go on sale and the date of the concert, there are often people who find themselves with spare tickets. Alternately, others are looking to purchase tickets. EDLIS Tickets & Rides offers a free automated ticket and ride co-ordination for Dylan fans to advertise spare concert tickets, request tickets, or offer to carpool with other Dylan fans. Simply go to the Pool during a tour to post your offer/request, or to read about ticket and ride offers/requests posted by others.
No real Dylan fan would charge more than face value plus standard additional charges such as Ticketmaster charges for a ticket. EDLIS Tickets & Rides is strongly opposed to scalping.
that in if you are looking for tickets and are unable to find any before
the concert, you may still want to consider attending. Try showing up early
at the venue. There are often fans at the door selling tickets they cannot
use. And other opportunities might avail themselves. Fans get upgrades
and end up with too many tickets, people don't show who have others holding
tickets for them. . .
|Last, but not least, enjoy the shows and meet new people!|