Preview: Monsters of folk
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Bob Dylan: The Godzilla of modern folk, Dylan brought the musical movement to larger venues in the 1960s. Though it took his once-controversial transition from folk singer to a more plugged-in rock figurehead to keep filling arenas and festival grounds, the genre continues to inform his music, especially in his lyrics. Look no further than the Titanic story he tells on the 14-minute title track of new album, Tempest. (Just don’t look for it on the set list.)
Mark Knopfler: If you haven’t been following the former Dire Straits leadman’s career after the 1980s rock hit “Money For Nothing,” you’d be surprised to hear his Americana comfort zone. Knopfler, like the man he’s opening for, is tangled up in blues, country and, yes, folk, which you can hear on his recently released double album, Privateering.
Eddie Vedder: While the Pearl Jam frontman may have the least folk cred of the bunch, he’s making up for it by virtue of performing a good chunk of his set with just a ukulele. But fret not, old-schoolers. Vedder not only moves his two-hour-plus show into a full-band segment, but incorporates a healthy number of Pearl Jam songs and covers.
Glen Hansard: Arrive early for the guy from the movie Once and The Swell Season, whose solo album, released earlier this year, deserves your attention, and who will be making his Vegas debut opening for Vedder. Bonus: Earlier tour stops saw the Irish singer-songwriter joining Vedder onstage for a few songs. MIKE PREVATT
BOB DYLAN, MARK KNOPFLER Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Mandalay Bay Events Center, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 632-7777, $59.50-$129.50. EDDIE VEDDER, GLEN HANSARD Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 8 p.m.; The Pearl, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 942-7777, SOLD OUT.