Bob Dylan to Perform at Boston University Folk and Rock Legend to Play as Part of Dedication Events for New Student Residence

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(Boston, Mass.) — Boston University President Jon Westling has announced that Bob Dylan, the legendary singer, songwriter and musician, will perform at the Armory at Boston University on Commonwealth Avenue, the evening of Friday, November 10. The concert—open only to full-time undergraduate students—is the last in a series of events celebrating the opening of the new student residence at 10 Buick Street. Tickets will be limited to one per student, on a first-come, first-served basis. Distribution will begin on October 29; time and place to be announced at a later date.

The concert will be the first major rock concert at the University since B.B. King performed as part of President Westling’s inaugural events in October 1996. President Westling initiated the concert and other events as a way to involve students in the celebration of the opening of the new student residence. The effort to bring Dylan began last summer with an informal poll of students conducted by the Dean of Students Office asking which performer they would like to have on campus. Dylan, whose enduring songs served as anthems for the civil rights activists and anti-war protesters of the 1960s and whose blend of music, voice and lyric is unparalleled, was voted number one in the poll.

The official dedication of the new student residence will take place on Thursday, October 19 at 12:30 p.m. President Westling, Chancellor Silber, University Trustees, students and staff will participate in a brief ceremony and reception outside 10 Buick Street. Simultaneously, in the George Sherman Union (GSU) Food Court at 775 Commonwealth Avenue, cake will be served to the University community. A special cake party will be held for the residents of 10 Buick Street on Tuesday evening, Oct. 24.

Additional events include:

Presentation of the University’s building program by Executive Vice President Joseph Mercurio (open to BU community). October 25 at 7 p.m. in the GSU Conference Auditorium.

Barbecue for the residents of 10 Buick Street (residents only, plus one guest each). October 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. under the tent in front of 10 Buick Street.

Student Union Programming Council’s Hallows Eve Masquerade (open to BU community). October 28 from 9 p.m., Fuller Building, 808 Commonwealth Avenue.

Presentation by Professor Christopher Ricks on the works of Bob Dylan (open to BU community). November 9 at 7 p.m. in the GSU Metcalf Hall.