Dylan fans travel far and wide to see singer
Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan appears at River Spirit Casino Resort
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.
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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.