Fresh off rocking MetLife Stadium in the historic Cortaca Jug football game played the day before, members of the Ithaca College community had the opportunity to rock — and roll — in the Athletics and Events Center as music legend Bob Dylan brought his fall tour to campus on Sunday, Nov. 17.
In collaboration with concert promoter DSP Shows and Madison House Presents, the performance provided more than just an entertaining show for the near sell-out audience of 4,267. It provided an opportunity for the college to partner with a local organization and for IC students to hold professional roles in helping make for a memorable evening.
Mary Jo Watts, learning application coordinator in Information Technology, has been to over two dozen Dylan shows, in a variety of venues large and small. She said she had warned friends seeing him live for the first time that he doesn’t just duplicate his records, and that they might not recognize what song he was playing until a minute or two into it.
“I know Bob Dylan is an acquired taste, but this was one of his finest performances that I have seen,” said Watts. “While the set list may not vary from show to show, each one is different because of the improvisation of Dylan and his band within each song. He gets criticized by some for his voice, but on this night his singing was good and his harmonica work was phenomenal.”