I’m a pretty major Bob Dylan fan, so putting him in a ballpark gets me 50% of the way towards my personal Nirvana (the remaining 50% would be covered by including corned beef sandwiches and a complicated brunette with a dark rhythm in her soul, though not necessarily in that order). For now we have the first half:
Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp will share the bill during a U.S. summer tour of minor league baseball parks, beginning July 2 at the GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill., and wrapping Aug. 15 at the Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif.
The upcoming 22-date tour marks the second time over the past 24 years that Dylan, Nelson and Mellencamp have shared the staged, according to a news release.
Most of the ballpark concerts will general admission seating, with tickets priced at $67.50. Children under the age of 14 will be given free admittance if accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Tickets go on sale beginning May 2 at select ballpark box offices and through ticketmaster.com.
I have grown to appreciate Willie Nelson in recent years, so this sounds doubly excellent. Mellencamp? Eh. No ill will or anything, and a mix CD containing his hits is a surprisingly satisfying listen, but I’m pretty sure I could die content without having seen him live. Maybe he’ll get sick and they can swap in Tom Petty or someone.
The only hiccup: they’re not playing Columbus, despite the fact that we have a shiny new AAA park. Maybe because of it. I don’t know. Anyway, I suppose it’s worth driving to Dayton.