Who is crazy enough to play a concert on the night of the presidential election? Bob Dylan, rock's most enduring protest singer. He will give his first-ever performance on the campus of the University of Minnesota, which he attended briefly in 1959-60, on Nov. 4 at Northrop Auditorium. There is no opening act. The concert is set for 8 p.m., when the polls close.
The Minnesota icon hasn't shied away from commenting on elections. He has endorsed Democratic Sen. Barack Obama. And in 2002, appearing in St. Paul a few days before the U.S. Senate elections, Dylan dedicated a song to Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone, who had just died in an airplane crash.
Although Dylan has toured steadily for the past two decades, he has not performed in the Twin Cities since October 2006.
Tickets for his concert, priced from $58.50 to $78.50, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Northrop box office, 612-625-2345 and www.northrop.umn.edu. There will be a $20 discount for university students for a limited number of tickets.