Dy­lan fans travel far and wide to see singer

No­bel Prize win­ner Bob Dy­lan ap­pears at River Spirit Casino Re­sort

Tulsa World - - Metro&region - By Reece Ris­tau

Grow­ing up as a teenager in the late 1960s, Loren Evans didn't take an im­me­di­ate lik­ing to Bob Dy­lan like many young peo­ple at the time did. Evans didn't un­der­stand Dy­lan's sound.

Then a friend sug­gested that he fo­cus solely on the lyrics of songs like “Blowin' in the Wind” and “Mr. Tam­bourine Man.” The “free-wheel­ing” spirit of the words struck a chord, said Evans, now 64.

“He's sort of in the Woody Guthrie vein,” the Sa­pulpa man said of Dy­lan's folksy coun­ter­cul­ture mu­sic and lyrics.

Dy­lan fans like Evans got to ru­mi­nate on those No­bel Prize-win­ning lyrics Fri­day night dur­ing a concert at the River Spirit Casino Re­sort.

Dy­lan took the stage in a white jacket shortly af­ter 8 p.m., kick­ing things off with “Things Have Changed.” He and his four band mem­bers then played “It Ain't Me Babe” be­fore go­ing into “High­way 61 Re­vis­ited” and “Sim­ple Twist of Fate,” at which point he broke out the har­mon­ica.

Clau­dia Franks and her hus­band drove from Spring­field, Mis­souri, to catch the show. The cou­ple used to live in Cal­i­for­nia and would fol­low Dy­lan from city to city on the West Coast. As a re­sult, they've seen him some 40 times.

“It's been an in­ter­est­ing jour­ney,” Franks said.

Evans, who was see­ing Dy­lan for the fourth time, said much of who he is to­day is the re­sult of Dy­lan's mu­sic.

“He opened a lot of doors for me,” Evans said.

Dy­lan's legacy will soon be

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per­ma­nently tied to Tulsa with the open­ing of the Bob Dy­lan Cen­ter, the fu­ture home of the Bob Dy­lan Ar­chives. The cen­ter, set to open in 2021, will in­clude thou­sands of doc­u­ments and phys­i­cal items, from hand-writ­ten drafts of songs to gui­tars and leather jack­ets.

In June, plan­ners an­nounced that the new cen­ter will be con­structed on what is now a park­ing lot at the cor­ner of Archer Street and Martin Luther King Boule­vard in the Tulsa Arts Dis­trict, just east of the Hardesty Arts Cen­ter.

The Ge­orge Kaiser Fam­ily Foun­da­tion re­port­edly paid an es­ti­mated $15 mil­lion to $20 mil­lion to bring the ar­chives to Tulsa.

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