BOB DYLAN AND HIS BAND RETURN TO BETHEL WOODS WITH BEN HARPER
Tickets on Sale Monday, July 9 at 10:00 a.m.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts welcomes back Bob Dylan and his Band, the man known for revolutionizing perceptions of the limits of popular music in the Sixties with songs such as “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changing’.” The American roots-rocker with a message, Ben Harper will open the show on Sunday, September 2 at 8:00 p.m.

Reserved seat tickets for Bob Dylan are $55.00 – $141.50, $31.50 for lawn and go on-sale Monday, July 9 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.BethelWoodsCenter.org, the Bethel Woods Box Office, Ticketmaster, or by phone at 1.800.745.3000. New all-In ticket prices show at a glance exactly what you will pay for your ticket. No added charge for general admission parking upon arrival. Just park and go.

Bob Dylan’s influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to perform, thereby redefining the vocalist’s role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock. And that just touches on the tip of his achievements. Dylan’s force was evident during his height of popularity in the ’60s — the Beatles’ shift toward introspective songwriting in the mid-’60s never would have happened without him — but his influence echoed throughout several subsequent generations, as many of his songs became popular standards and his best albums became undisputed classics of the rock & roll canon. Dylan’s influence throughout folk music was equally powerful, and he marks a pivotal turning point in its 20th century evolution, signifying when the genre moved away from traditional songs and toward personal songwriting. Even when his sales declined in the ’80s and ’90s, Dylan’s presence rarely lagged, and his commercial revival in the 2000s proved his staying power.

Folk, blues, hard rock, country, jazz and reggae are just a few of the genres that singer, songwriter and guitarist Ben Harper has delved into throughout his career. His eclecticism has made him hard to categorize, and he’s played alongside all types of other performers (as a participant in the H.O.R.D.E. festival, as well as guesting on albums by artists as diverse as John Lee Hooker and Beth Orton).

Raised in a musical family, Harper (born Benjamin Chase Harper on October 28th, 1969 in Pomona, California) picked up the guitar at an early age and began performing publicly at 12. Shortly after appearing alongside Taj Mahal at a concert in 1992, Harper signed with Virgin Records. His first album, Welcome to the Cruel World, introduced him as a folk-rocker with a soft, evocative voice and politically charged lyrics. Songs like “How Many Miles Must We March,” “Like a King” and “I’ll Rise” (with lyrics by Maya Angelou) demonstrate his Woody Guthrie-like propensity to write simply structured songs with sociopolitical messages.

For more information please visit BethelWoodsCenter.org or call 1.866.781.2922.

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About Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and The Museum at Bethel Woods:
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY.  Located just 90 miles from New York City on a lush campus featuring bucolic countryside views, the center is comprised of the Pavilion Stage amphitheater that accommodates 15,000, an intimate 440-seat indoor Event Gallery, and the award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods.  The center offers a diverse selection of popular artists, culturally-rich performances, and educational and community programs that inspire creative expression and civic engagement to enrich the human spirit.  Bethel Woods is exemplary in its efforts to engage, inspire and advocate for the accessibility of the arts for all ages and to connect with community partners to broaden programmatic reach and to strengthen support and resources for its activities.

The Museum is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) educational corporation which is dedicated to the study and exhibition of the social, political and cultural events of the 1960s, including the Woodstock festival, and the legacies of those times, as well as the preservation of the 1969 Woodstock festival site. More than a nostalgic celebration of a colorful decade, the award-winning Museum provides a focus for deeper issues and lessons of the decade.  The Museum features include a permanent exhibit space, Special Exhibit Gallery, Corridor Exhibit Gallery, Museum Theater, Event Gallery, Woodstock Monument, retail store and café. The Museum is located at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. For more information please visit www.BethelWoodsCenter.org.

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