Bob Dylan. American legend, figurehead of social unrest, and a groundbreaking lyricist. Unless you’ve been living on a deserted island for the last few decades, you’re probably familiar with the artist. But did you know that on Friday, August 17th, he’s performing at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center? We’re very excited to host such a renowned musician in our facility, one who has had a great deal of influence on the American music industry and culture for the last five decades.
Born in 1941, Dylan has been called one of the most important figures in 20th century music. Hailed by some as even more influential than the Beatles, he opened the subject matter of popular song to encompass poetry, stream-of-consciousness, diary entries and a multitude of other subjects. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, during which he acted as a sort of reporter and reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of his earlier songs, like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin” became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements.
While Dylan’s success is owed to a number of attributes, he is often times most celebrated for his songwriting. With lyrics that incorporate a variety of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences, he has consistently defied pop music conventions. His recording career spans fifty years, with albums that have embraced numerous traditions in American song, from folk and blues to county, gospel, rock and roll, Irish folk music, jazz and swing.
Dylan has been steadily touring since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. With a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has also received an array of awards throughout his career, including Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Awards.
Now is your opportunity to experience one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed musicians. Join the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center as we host An Evening with Bob Dylan & his Band on Friday, August 17th, 8:00pm in the Barnett Arena. It’s history, it’s American nostalgia, it’s an evening you won’t forget.