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Slovenian Bob Dylan performs to full house in Cleveland and Washington

Washington, 8 May - Singer-songwriter Vlado Kreslin, the Slovenian Bob Dylan, received a standing ovation for his recital at the Slovenian Embassy in Washington on Tuesday after performing to a full house in Cleveland on 3 May.

Washington, US
Singer-songwriter Vlado Kreslin performs at the Slovenian Embassy in Washington.
Photo: STA

Washington, US
Singer-songwriter Vlado Kreslin performs at the Slovenian Embassy in Washington.
Photo: STA

Cleveland, US
Singer-songwriter Vlado Kreslin performs at the Slovenian National Home in Cleveland.
Photo: STA

Washington, US
Singer-songwriter Vlado Kreslin performs at the Slovenian Embassy in Washington.
Photo: STA

Washington, US
Singer-songwriter Vlado Kreslin performs at the Slovenian Embassy in Washington.
Photo: STA

The concert in Washington drew a diverse crowd of American Slovenians, Americans and diplomats. It was held as part of the European Month of Culture, occasioned for the seventh year by 9 May Europe Day.

"The concert at the Slovenian National Home was pure rock, while there was also a bit of a literary evening in Washington," Kreslin told the STA after the gigs.

"They all whistled to me," he joked in commenting on the audience's reaction to his recital, which featured music and excerpts from his poetry.

Kreslin in fact won a standing ovation. The audience included many of those who grew up with his music and who consider him an item of Slovenian cultural heritage that links generations at home and worldwide.

Ambassador Stanislav Vidovič said the concert was a tribute to late Vladimir Pregelj, the Slovenian-born long-serving Library of Congress researcher, who was the foreman of Watergate grand jury in the 1970s.

The concert was also attended by Pregelj's wife Lea and son Marko.

On 3 May, Kreslin performed a charity concert at the Slovenian National Home in Cleveland, along with Slovenian acts Gal Gjurin, Alpski Godci and Sivi Dež. They draw a crowd of more than 200.

The funds raised will go toward maintenance of the Slovenian Museum and Archives at the National Home, said Luka Zibelnik, the head of the Center for Slovenian Studies at Cleveland State University, who helped organise Kreslin's latest tour.

Kreslin has performed in Cleveland before, while this time he also perked up a naturalisation ceremony for new US citizens at the Cleveland public library. One of the songs he played was John Lennon's Imagine.

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