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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Long live Bob Dylan

Categories: Indiana University, Live Music

We saw the 68-year-old phenom known as Bob Dylan (www.bobdylan.com) last night at the IU Auditorium (www.iuauditorium.com and see paragraph below) from the 2nd row.  He played a marvelous & tight 17-song set highlighted by The Man In Me, Baby Blue, Hwy 61 & Thunder On The Mountain. New songs I enjoyed were Beyond Here Lies Nothin' & Jolene (did in the encore along with Rolling Stone & Watchtower). Bob can still bring the rock-n-roll & his band is as good as it gets. It was obvious they were having a blast up there. 

Built as a Federal Works Agency Project under the Roosevelt Presidency and opened on March 22, 1941, the Indiana University Auditorium--located in the heart of Indiana University's Bloomington campus--has been host for the last sixty years to the world's top performers, from the Metropolitan Opera and Les Miserables to Bill Cosby and Mikhail Gorbachev. The Auditorium is also home to Thomas Hart Benton's "Century of Progress" murals, painted for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, the priceless Dailey Family Memorial Collection of Hoosier Art, and two Robert Laurent sculptures.

I totally recommend going to a show at the auditorium.  It's a wonderful venue.

Mike McAfee

Mike McAfee

The Executive Director of Visit Bloomington, Mike blogs primarily about outdoor recreation and live music.