Legendary folk-rocker Bob Dylan performing at Ithaca College would be big news in any year, but the event takes on greater meaning this year as the college begins to implement its strategic plan. The concert encompasses several of the themes and goals of Ithaca Forever, including community partnerships, utilization of all parts of the IC campus, and prioritizing experiential learning for students.
“Bob Dylan is known to be very bold in the music industry, and we believe we have a strategic plan that is very bold and not your standard off-the-shelf plan,” said Bill Guerrero, vice president for finance and administration. “What could be a better way to help launch Ithaca Forever?”
The November 17 show is presented by local concert promoter DSP Shows and Madison House Presents. DSP Shows president Dan Smalls heard from Dylan’s manager in fall 2018 that he was interested in doing a college tour and Smalls suggested Ithaca College as a stop. Smalls said the Athletics and Events Center is ideal for a show like this because of its large capacity and the ability to change the floor layout depending on ticket sales. The Athletics and Events Center has a maximum capacity of 6,700. By comparison, the State Theatre in downtown Ithaca can accommodate 1,600 and Cornell University’s Barton Hall holds 4,800.