Katie and I drove out to Oberlin College yesterday morning. Nobody was home, so we looked around for a couple of hours, had lunch, and left. On the way home we saw Bob Dylan at the Plain Dealer Pavilion in Cleveland.
Oberlin doesn’t have tours or information sessions on weekends in the summer, but yesterday was the only day we could be there. In truth, Oberlin was added after we knew we were going to the Dylan concert, so we took what we could get.
The concert itself was fantastic. Bob and the band were very sharp and I believe they were recording it since there were mikes pointing out to the audience. Dylan played guitar on the first five songs in the setlist and this was the first time we had seen him do this in the five concerts we’ve been to in the last three years. That was a thrill, as was his ending the evening with a performance of Blowin’ In The Wind.
Here is the setlist:
- Cat’s In The Well
- Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
- Watching The River Flow
- It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
- To Ramona
- The Levee’s Gonna Break
- My Back Pages
- Honest With Me
- Spirit On The Water
- Things Have Changed
- When The Deal Goes Down
- Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
- Nettie Moore
- Highway 61 Revisited
The encore was:
The traffic leaving the parking lot was horrendous and was compounded by some brilliant person allowing cars to enter the lot just as hundreds of us were trying to leave. The people coming in got all annoyed, but, frankly, it wasn’t a really smart thing to attempt right as the concert broke. It took us an hour to get out of the lot, work our way across the city, join in the traffic leaving the baseball stadium, and get up to speed on I-90 heading home. It was a long trip, but I felt fine.
We rolled in the driveway at about 3:35 AM and I slept rather late this morning.
I now have to hit the road in 45 minutes for a six hour drive, which is why I really wanted to get home last night, if I was able. The scheduling is not ideal, but sometimes you just have to be where you need to be.
Also See: The Cleveland Plain Dealer concert review “Dylan serves up another legendary show in rock’s hometown”.