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Tribute band The Last Waltz Ensemble to perform the music of Bob Dylan and The Band at The Maryland Theatre

Tribute band The Last Waltz Ensemble to perform the music of Bob Dylan and The Band at The Maryland Theatre

January 29, 2009|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

Kris Gloer made it clear that the tribute band he founded, The Last Waltz Ensemble, isn't a Bob Dylan and The Band copy cat.

They don't want to re-create Dylan's look or the exact way The Band hits its notes.

The Last Waltz Ensemble, Gloer said, is trying to re-create the feeling you get when you hear Dylan and The Band play.

"Bob Dylan was the greatest American songwriter ever," Gloer said.

The Last Waltz Ensemble is set for a show Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre. The band is touring ahead of a new studio album, set for release in April - the title is to be determined, Gloer said.

The last Waltz Ensemble formed in 2004 as an outgrowth of Gloer's fascination with "The Last Waltz," the Martin Scorsese documentary about The Band's final concert. It has since morphed into a full-on touring show, which has been going non-stop for the last three years, Gloer said.


Gloer took some time to chat with The Herald-Mail about Dylan, The Band and what it's like paying them.

The Last Waltz Ensemble

Genre - Rock

Hometown - Atlanta

Upcoming performance - 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Tickets cost $25. Go to for ticket information.

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Q&A with Kris Gloer

How old were you when you first heard Dylan?
I can remember hearing "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Blowing in the Wind" very early on, when I was 6 or 7. I was able to start seeing his concerts when I was 14. I was 15 when I got to see him on tour. He and Tom Petty were opening for Grateful Dead.

Have you ever met him?
No, I haven't. I'd like to, though.

There are some tribute bands who try to re-create exactly the artist they're paying tribute. Then there are artists who'd rather convey the gist, without having to mimic. Where do you guys fall?
It's not a reenactment. We just organically try to play their songs. They're not done in a totally different way. We try to give a real vintage treatment to them. You're not going to hear anything out of whack. That's pretty much what we do.

Why did you guys decide to do it this way?
We saw it as the ultimate way to pay tribute to their music. A lot of them are still alive. We're not trying to pay tribute to the kind of jeans Dylan wore or the kind of motorcycle he rode. When you look back in history, Bob Dylan and The Band were the darlings of live, touring music. They were like Madonna when she was at her hottest. Everyone wanted to see that show.

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