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Bob Dylan & Mavis Staples

Wednesday

Oct 25, 2017 – 7:30 PM

199 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102 Map

  • Bob Dylan
  • Mavis Staples

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Bob Dylan: While other musicians have trouble crossing over to a different musical genre, Bob Dylan has helped define numerous musical styles that have drawn crowds on tour dates spanning half a century. During the early 60s, Dylan pioneered folk music that would smirk in the face of establishment and become the voice of a generation. In the latter half of the 60s, Bob Dylan smirked in the face of folk fans by adopting a hard rocking, electric musical style that added a new dimension to rock music. Since the late 80s, the musician has been playing a continuous string of concert dates on his Never Ending Tour, including tour dates in 2011.

Robert Allen Zimmerman was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on May 24, 1941. While attending his one year at the University of Minnesota, Bob became interested in folk music and, inspired by both Woodie Guthrie and Dylan Thomas, Robert Zimmerman moved to New York City and became Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan's 1962, self-titled debut wasn't commercially successful, but he would gain more notoriety during a trip to the UK later in the year. There he debuted "Blowin' in the Wind" and, upon his return to the US, became more involved in the civil rights movement with fellow musician Joan Baez. This showed in many songs on 1963's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, which became a musical awakening for audiences.

Bob Dylan garnered even more attention through tour dates with Joan Baez and the release of The Times They Are a-Changin' in 1964. However, shortly after the album's release, Dylan became increasingly frustrated with the constraints and expectations imposed upon him by the folk scene and took a huge stylistic leap with Bringing It All Back Home in 1965. The album saw Dylan's first use of electric instruments on an album, and was followed by the use of electric guitars during a tour date at the Newport Folk Festival. Dylan continued to develop his wild electric sound on the albums Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.

After being injured in a motorcycle accident in 1966, Bob Dylan shrank from the public eye while continuing to release albums that experimented with country, rock, and blues. Bob Dylan experienced huge success as a part of the super group, the Traveling Wilburys, which he co-founded with George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. After two hit albums and sold-out tour dates with the band, Dylan followed them up with the critically acclaimed, Oh Mercy, in 1989. His next big hit came in 1997 with Time Out of Mind which saw Dylan nail down an applauded musical style that won three Grammys. With at least one album conquering each decade, Bob Dylan released Modern Times to critical and commercial acclaim in 2006. This was followed by Together Through Life in 2009 and The Witmark Demos in 2010, along with tour dates that proved the music of Bob Dylan will remain timeless.

Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour marches on with summer tour dates in 2011. Mr. Dylan's concert schedule will focus on Europe until July 14, when he will return to the United States. Bob Dylan will visit most of the country before his 2011 tour dates end on August 20 in Bangor, ME, so make sure to check ticket info on Eventful soon.

Mavis Staples: As a member of her family's band, The Staple Singers, Mavis Staples became one of the most popular gospel singers of the 1950s. Due to her father's friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., she became a major voice (literally) in the civil rights movement, performing tour dates at dozens of protests. Both through her work with the Staple Singers and her solo career, Maples has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The success of her most recent album, 2010's You Are Not Alone has led to a number of highly anticipated tour dates in 2011, lasting well into 2012.

A Chicago native, Mavis Staples began singing Gospel in local churches with her family in the late 40s, traveling throughout the South in the early 50s. Their popularity and folk music style led to the group becoming prominent in the civil rights movement of the 60s, covering some of the most popular protest standards of the era at rallies and tour dates. The family band scored a number of hit singles throughout the 70s, including "I'll Take You There", "Let's Do It Again", and "Respect Yourself." While Mavis' solo career began to a sleepy reception, she hit her stride with Time Waits for No One and The Voice, both featuring production and writing assistance from Prince. Staples' 2004 album, Have A Little Faith received rave reviews from critics, as well as once again reigniting her career.

Staples' latest release, You Are Not Alone, has shown that, even though Mavis may not release an album every year, her talent will never cease. Mavis Staples has a number of high profile tour dates in 2011, including appearances at a few remaining summer festivals. For all the latest on Staples concert schedule this year, be sure to check Eventful often.

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