Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will perform at Bass Concert Hall on the University of Texas campus on March 16. Tickets, $59.50 to $129.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via texasperformingarts.org.
This is Dylan’s first show in Austin since a May 2015 appearance at the same venue.
The Bass show date falls right in the middle of South by Southwest’s March 11-20 run in Austin. It is not yet known if Dylan could perform or speak at SXSW, but he is absent the day before and the day after the Austin show.
Charlie Sexton, musician/producer from Austin and longtime guitarist for Dylan, who performs Monday night at ACL Live as part of the Arc Angels reunion, confirmed to the American statesman that he does not wouldn’t be in Dylan’s band for the Bass show.
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Sexton toured with Dylan for most of the 2010s. When Dylan resumed touring in November 2021 after nearly two years away during the pandemic, Nashville guitarist Doug Lancio was in Sexton’s usual spot. Sexton was on the road with Elvis Costello’s band at the time.
Sexton played guitar on Dylan’s latest album, 2020’s “Rough and Rowdy Ways.” Dylan played most of the new album at his recent gigs.
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Five other concerts in Texas precede the Austin date: March 8 in Lubbock, March 10 in Irving, March 11 in Sugar Land and March 13 and 14 at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio. After Austin, Dylan heads to Louisiana for shows March 18 in Shreveport and March 19 in New Orleans.
Could Dylan go through Hole in the Wall while he’s there? Who knows, but a painting he made in 2020 on UT’s campus bar is currently on display in a London art gallery.
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“Rough and Rowdy Ways,” released in June 2020, was Dylan’s first record of new original material in nearly a decade, following several albums of interpretations of American standards. His first single was the very famous “Murder Most Foul”, a 17-minute track which is the longest original song Dylan has ever recorded.