Bob Dylan is Cal U.-bound

February 26, 2013
Bob Dylan, shown performing in London in June 2011, is coming to California University of Pennsylvania. - Associated Press

For the third time in seven years, Bob Dylan will be appearing in Washington County.

The legendary singer-songwriter has been booked for an April 13 appearance at California University of Pennsylvania’s 6,000-seat convocation center.

Tickets for Cal U. students, staff and faculty will go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday and will be available to the general public at 10 a.m. Saturday through Ticketmaster outlets. Members of the Cal U. community must visit the convocation center box office in person to purchase tickets. Sales are limited to two tickets per student ID.

The stop at Cal U. is part of a tour of colleges and universities Dylan is undertaking in the spring and “the location of the convocation center at Cal U. – on the campus of a major university, and easily accessible to college students from both Pittsburgh and Morgantown, W.Va. – makes this venue ideal for a tour that’s targeted toward students,” said Michael Silva, the convocation center’s general manager, in a news release.

The Los Angeles band Dawes will be opening the show. The Newsboys, a Christian rock group, will be headlining an April 11 concert at the convocation center, which opened in 2011 amid much controversy over its size and cost.

The 71-year-old Dylan, who has toured almost constantly over the last 25 years, played at Consol Energy Park in North Franklin Township in 2006, on a bill that included blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan and country musician Junior Brown. He returned in 2009 on a tour of minor league baseball parks with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp.

Dylan also made several appearances at what was then called the Star Lake Amphitheatre outside Burgettstown in the 1990s.

Brad Hundt came to the Observer-Reporter in 1998 after stints at newspapers in Georgia and Michigan. Brad holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from George State University in Atlanta, Ga., and a master’s in popular culture studies from Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. He has covered the arts and entertainment for the O-R, and also worked as a municipal beat reporter. He now serves as editorial page editor.

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