• On Monday, May 16, 7 p.m., at Eastwood’s Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., local musicians will pay tribute to Bob Dylan, as one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th century approaches his 70th birthday on May 24. Todd Hobin, Loren Barrigar, Mark Nanni, Mark Hoffmann, Leo Crandall, Colin Aberdeen and more will take the stage, plus a performance from Professor Louie and the Crowmatix with former Dylan drummer Gary Burke and former Dylan bandleader Rob Stoner. Admission is $29; visit www.brownpapertickets.com or call (800) 838-8006 for tickets. For information on the show, call 263-2254. Read the exclusive New Times interview with Rob Stoner online at www.syracuse newtimes.com.
• The Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation will present the 12th annual Vocal Jazz Jam Workshop on Saturday, May 14, 2 to 5 p.m., at Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St. Aspiring jazz singers can learn tips from professional jazz vocalist Nancy Kelly and pianist Rick Montalbano, associate music director for the CNY Jazz Orchestra, with participants getting advice on posture, tone, key placement and more. Participants are encouraged to prepare something from the “Great American Songbook” before the workshop and all ages are welcome. Cost is $3 with a student ID and $6 for all others.
Jazz Central also hosts the Stars of Tomorrow Cabaret on Sunday, May 15, 7 p.m., as singers from the workshop perform with the CNY Jazz Trio, which features Montalbano on piano, Darryl Pugh on bass and drummer Larry Luttinger. Admission is $5 with a student ID and $10 for all others. For information, call 479-5299.
• A fundraiser for the 2011 New York State Blues Festival will be held on Saturday, May 14, 6 to 9 p.m., at Paper Mill Island, 136 Spensieri Ave., Baldwinsville. Local blues musicians slated to perform include George Rossi, Jerry Neely, Mark Hoffmann, Phil Petroff, Pete McMahon, Skip Murphy and Carolyn Kelly. Admission is free. Paper Mill Island will also sell advance VIP tickets to the otherwise free Blues Fest, scheduled for July 8-10 in Clinton Square. Blues Club tickets, selling for $60 per day of the festival, will feature VIP seating, beer, soda and two food buffets. The festival is bringing in Dana Fuchs, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Mike Roberts, J.W. Jones, Mark Doyle, The Super Delinquents and others to the festival stage this year. For more information, visit www.nysbluesfest.com.
• Mark Zane fans will get crazy this weekend with his next pair of performances. The acoustic singer-songwriter and his friends will perform a no-cover gig on Friday, May 13, 8 p.m., at the new Pelican Pete’s Pub, 3251 Milton Ave., in the Fairmount area. Call 414-7250 for information.
Then on Saturday, May 14, 8 p.m., Zane and his outfit will visit Kellish Hill Farm, 3192 Pompey Center Road., Manlius, part of a musical evening that also features Donna Colton and Sam Patterelli. The $10 cover charge benefits the farm. For Kellish information, dial 682-1578.
• Touring comedian P.J. Walsh takes his talk to from the White House to The Redhouse, 201 South St.. on Friday, May 13, 8 p.m. His one-man show covering his journey from screw-up kid to U.S. Navy veteran is titled “Over There: Comedy is his Best Weapon.” Tickets are $16.50 for adults, $12.50 for students and seniors. For more information, call 425-0405.
—Compiled by Jessica Novak
The way they were: Bob Dylan (center), his former bandleader Rob Stoner (left) and Alan Ginsberg (right) chow down. Stoner pays tribute to his old boss Monday at the Palace Theatre.