In addition to performances by various artists of songs Dylan sang when he famously "went electric" at Newport, R.I., guitarist and songwriter Taylor Goldsmith of Los Angeles indie rock band Dawes got to strap on the Fender Stratocaster that Dylan played the day he fully transitioned from acoustic folkie to newly electrified rocker.
The cheers and boos Dylan received that day have been debated endlessly in the ensuing half-century.
The guitar sold at auction in 2013 to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for $965,000 — the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction — and Irsay lent it to the festival for this year's Dylan tribute.
Goldsmith and Dawes played "Maggie's Farm," the song Dylan opened his set with a half-century ago. Another connection between the two performances was the presence this year with Dawes of organist Al Kooper, who had been part of the band that backed Dylan in 1965.
Goldsmith's connection to Dylan's legacy from the mid-'60s also includes his participation as one of the members of the band assembled by producer T Bone Burnett to set previously unpublished lyrics to music for the 2014 album "Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes."
Other performers at this year’s Dylan salute included
Dylan did not attend.