Almost seven years ago Alex Levy (ex Epic Records and Rolling Stone executive) started assembling a tribute party to Bob Dylan called, Dylan Fest. The idea was simple, get a backing band and a lot of great singers (past performers include Norah Jones, Steely Dan, Kings of Leon, etc) to pay tribute to the artist. Well, the idea has been applied to Tom Petty and BAM! this Wednesday Petty Fest will come to San Francisco’s The Fillmore for the first time ever.
The billing already includes a pretty stellar cast including performances by Nick Valensi of The Strokes, Boz Scaggs, Chuck Prophet, Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers, Tim Bluhm of The Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm, Matt Sorum & Ace Harper, Butch Walker, Ryan Miller of Guster, Jesse Malin, Har Mar Superstar, Jenny O., Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Ewan Currie of The Sheepdogs and Howlin Rain, with many more surprise guests.