Music icon Bob Dylan and His Band is scheduled to perform in concert at Binghamton University’s Events Center this fall. The concert, part of Dylan’s present nationwide tour of universities and civic centers, will take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17.
Specific details on event ticketing are still being worked out between the University and Magic City Productions, a local concert promotions company that is responsible for bringing Dylan to the Events Center. Complete details will be announced later this week, according to Lauren Coringrato, the concerts chair of the Student Association Programming Board.
Dylan’s official website lists the public on-sale time and date as 10 a.m. on Oct. 9, with a pre-sale requiring a yet-unlisted password beginning at 10 a.m. on Oct. 5.
Coringrato said that the concert was neither organized nor funded by the SA, but that the SA plans to work with Magic City Productions to help advertise it to students.
‘We typically do one big concert in the fall and another big one in the spring each year, but [we] wanted to help promote the Dylan show on campus in addition to the Drake concert that the SAPB is running because we have the resources this semester, and are hoping to expand with more shows in the future,’ Coringrato said.
Vice President for University Programming Aaron Cohn said that he only recently heard of the concert on Friday.
Bob Dylan is a critically acclaimed and commercially successful musician noted particularly for the lyrical poetry of his songwriting, for which he has been nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Dylan’s career began in the early 1960s, when he first came to national attention as a young folk singer who wrote topical songs relating to the political upheavals of the time period.
Known for defying expectations however, his musical ethos quickly evolved to include numerous other genres such as rock, country, blues and even gospel, and over the decades Dylan has become recognized as a seminal and influential figure in the history of American popular music.
In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him as the second-greatest musical artist of all time, behind the Beatles.
He has maintained a steady output of new material throughout his career, including most recently his 2006 album ‘Modern Times,’ 2009’s ‘Together Through Life’ and another 2009 album of Christmas songs called ‘Christmas in the Heart.’
Since 1989, Dylan has also continued to tour frequently, singing and typically playing piano, guitar and harmonica in approximately 100 shows every year on his ‘Never Ending Tour.’
Dylan previously performed on BU’s campus in November 2004 in one of the first concerts ever held in the Events Center, which opened that year. He will now become the first concert act to return to the Events Center a second time.