The Dude continues to abide. To the sheer joy of fans of the 1998 Coen Brother’s cult classic The Big Lebowski, it was announced Wednesday that Jeff Bridges & The Abiders will be the headlining act at this year’s Lebowski Fest on April 25 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.
According to a sentiment from the fest’s organizers, America’s favorite stoner in a bathrobe will be playing with his appropriately coined band, The Abiders, and the plan is to imbibe white Russians in a surly manner, throw some rocks, and get loose with an array of Dudes, Walters and Maudes.
The Lebowski Fest, hosted by Live Nation, originally started in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2002. Since its debut, the fest itself has created a bit of a cult following and has traveled the globe to New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Austin, Seattle, London and Edinburgh to appease international fans.
Traditionally, the fest begins with a movie party night with a live appearance of “The Dude” himself, Jeff Dowd, the inspiration behind the movie icon, including other special guest appearances. Rumor has it, Jim Hoosier, known as Liam in the film, will be one of the special guests, and screen credit actors “Corvette Owner,” “Family Waitress” and “Ralph’s Girl” will also grace the stage. The evening will conclude with a sanctimonious screening the film after the musical performances.
This year’s headlining band Jeff Bridges & The Abiders will share the stage with the Kyle Gass Band, one half of the formidable Tenacious D, to start off the 2014 Lebowski Fest. This is not the first time Bridges has made an appearance at the event. In 2005 and 2011, he showed up and sang The Man in Me, a Bob Dylan classic and a signature song off the movie soundtrack, a recording of which is on display below.
Bridges is no stranger to music and often times vacillated between pursuing a career as a musician and following acting pursuits. He played a very convincing role as an aging, washed-up country music has-been in Crazy Heart, where Bridges showcased his musical abilities for the first time on-screen, for which he earned an Academy Award for best actor in 2009. In 2011, he signed a recording contract with Blue Note Records/EMI Music Group, and released The Dude Abides: Jeff Bridges Delivers a Self-Titled Album.
In characteristically dude fashion, a legendary bowling party precedes the movie party on the following night. Dowd is locked in as a special guest for a second night in a row, as is Hoosier, and Barry Ash, the bowling advisor for the film, will also make an appearance and share his quintessential bowling ettiquette. Costume and trivia prizes will also be awarded at the gathering of “dude”-clad bowlers. Ticket prices include bowling admission and shoe rental.
So, don your bathrobe or paint your toenails green and get in shape for two consecutive nights of white Russian drinkin’ and slurred words. With Jeff Bridges & The Abiders headlining the 2014 Lebowski Fest, the party intends to be as memorable as the legendary late 90’s film.
By Stacy Feder