Using Greil Marcus’ book THE OLD, WEIRD AMERICA as a touchstone, THE BASEMENT TAPES PROJECT explores the mysterious underground recordings made by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967. The project has been programmed to wide acclaim at a major national venues, including Lincoln Center’s “American Songbook” series, the Steppenwolf Theatre’s “Traffic Jam”; and at The Flynn Center in Burlington, VT.
"I've produced over 100 concerts over the past dozen years. Howard Fishman's Basement Tapes Project show was — hands down — one ofthe greatest single performances I've hosted at my venue. In fact, it was one of the greatest performances I've seen in my life." - Carter Smith, Common Ground Concerts
"Fishman, much like Dylan himself, is loath to tarry very long in any one particular neck of the musical woods. Something of a sonic Zelig, Fishman works backward to get to the root of Dylan's source material, rather than attempting to drag the rustic songs into the 21st century." - David Sprague, VARIETY
"Not a tribute...Aside from offering public performances of music that Dylan refuses to release, it presents an important critical lesson about Dylan's past-into-present musical relationship with The Band while using the songs themselves more as suggestions than scripts." - Grayson Currin, INDY WEEK
"Beautiful and ethereal in a timeless way." - Brett Sigurdson, BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP
"Musically powerful...blew me away." - KEENE EQUINOX