GAMBIER — The old stones of Quarry Chapel will ring with the music of Bob Dylan when Howard Sacks and Daniel Mark Epstein explore the 20th-century catalogue of the American music icon on Sunday at 3 p.m.

The free concert is hosted by the Friends of Quarry Chapel at 10930 Quarry Chapel Road, Gambier.

The entertainers, both of Gambier, are long-time Dylan aficionados. Sacks, professor emeritus of sociology at Kenyon College, is a student of American folk music and the author of “Way Up North in Dixie: A Black Family’s Claim to the Confederate Anthem.” Epstein is a prolific author and poet whose work includes the Dylan biography “The Ballad of Bob Dylan.”

“Dylan began recording as I was entering my teens,” Sacks said, “and his music spoke powerfully to me about the changes I was experiencing in my life. Over the past 50 years, his words and music have continued to inspire.”

The concert will include songs from recordings made from the 1960s into the 1990s, according to Epstein.

“We’ve chosen songs that will show the breadth and depth of Dylan’s genius.” The musicians “cut our teeth on the same kinds of music — American folk and blues music,” he added.

Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016 and has recorded more than 60 albums.

The chapel is included on the National Register of Historic Places and dates to the early 1860s.

A restoration project concluded in 2009. The Friends of Quarry Chapel is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and sharing of Quarry Chapel, which is available for a range of events, including weddings. For information, visit and send email queries to



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