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Quick Takes On Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Gregg Allman, Jimi Hendrix, & Jerry Garcia

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Neil Young will issue his long-unreleased 1976 album, Hitchhiker, later this summer, with Vintage Vinyl News reporting that the set is rumored to drop on August 4th. Save for two songs — “Hawaii” and “Give Me Strength” — the collection, which was recorded over 10 days 41 years ago, features songs that eventually made their way on to Young’s albums, Hawks And Doves, Decade, Comes A Times, Rust Never Sleeps, American Stars ‘n Bars, and Le Noise.

Once again, Bob Dylan is being accused of plagiarism. Dylan, who has battled against allegations that over the past 15 years he plagiarized phrases from Japanese author Junichi Saga and Civil War poet Henry Timrod, is now being accused of lifting key lines from the SparkNotes study guide web site, for his references to Herman Melville’s 1851 classic, Moby Dick during his recent lecture, which was part of the requirements for accepting his Nobel Prize for Literature. (The Los Angeles Times)

In celebration of his life and work, Gregg Allman’s “Laid Back Festival” will return this summer, with Steven Van Zandt and Jackson Browne set to headline the three announced gigs. So far, the cities and venues announced are: September 21st at Holmdel, New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center; September 23rd at Hartford, Connecticut’s Xfinity Theatre; and September 24th at Wantagh, New York’s Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. Peter Wolf and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band will be on board for all three nights, with Steve Winwood set to appear at the Hartford and Wantagh shows. (Billboard)

Seattle’s Jimi Hendrix Park will finally officially open on Saturday (June 17th), with fans welcomed from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The park, which is adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle’s Central District, will feature “a soaring sculpture reminiscent of butterfly wings” with a central plaza, which “doubles as a timeline of Hendrix’s life, with lyrics from his songs ‘Little Wing’ and ‘Angel’ etched into a purple ribbon pictured along the way, and natural attractions include four rain gardens and a butterfly garden.”

Hendrix’s step-sister and Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix will be on hand at the official ribbon cutting. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

The Jerry Garcia Foundation (JGF) will once again take part in Dead & Company’s Charity Outreach Initiative at the Participation Row Charity Village as part of the band’s summer’s concert tour. This year, the nonprofit organization hopes to inspire butterfly garden plantings and interactive art in partnership with the Save Our Monarchs Foundation. The JGF will distribute “free butterfly garden seeds and pollinator seeds to the first 300 people at each concert who visit their tent at the Participation Row Charity Village on the concert tour.”

The audience is invited to participate in a new interactive art project by posting photos of their gardens and nature on the Jerry Garcia Foundation Facebook Page. The photos will be added to a visual art collage and shared on social media with the tags: #SaveOurMonarchs #SaveOurBees #RippleEffect

East Coast fans might want to check out a special gig on Saturday night (June 17th) when Asia — featuring co-founders Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer — takes part in “An Extraordinary Life: An Interactive Celebration of the Life and Music of John Wetton” at Englewood, New Jersey’s Bergen Performing Arts Center. Bassist John Wetton died on January 31st of cancer at age 67. reported, “clips of Wetton will be shown. And Asia fans have been encouraged — via social media and the group’s website, — to send in photos and videos of Wetton, some of which will be shown before and during the show. Wetton will also be the subject of a question-and-answer session featuring Asia members and others.”

Photo Courtesy ofReprise/Greg Allen

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