A Rainy Wait in Line for Dylan Fans

Posted at: 07/09/2013 3:16 PM
Updated at: 07/09/2013 9:20 PM

One of the biggest concerts in Northland history is taking the stage at Bayfront Festival Park Tuesday, and a dozen people camped out in line hours before the gates opened to get the best seats for the main act, Bob Dylan.

Six hours before the gates open, loyal Dylan fans wait in the rain.

"It's all part of the fun. It's what we do on Bob Dylan show days," said fan Mickey Koch. "It's how we enjoy each other and the concerts."

From Des Moines, Iowa, Koch travels around each summer to see Dylan live in concert. She said she has been to about 20 concerts.

But even in line before Koch, Charles Cicirella. He was in line at 7 in the morning, proudly wearing a Hibbing, Minnesota sweatshirt. He started seeing Dylan in concert in 1986.

The dozen diehard fans all share a love for Dylan, a man, Cicirella says, has changed music history.

"Not only because of how long he's been in the business, but that level of professionalism is unbelievable. He plays small places, he plays big places," said Cicirella.

And they all wanted to see Dylan play in Duluth, where his name dots the city. They said they wait in line to get the best seats.

"You want to be up front, it's a totally different show when you're up front,' said Cicirella.

Despite the rainy weather, the fans said their spirits are high.

"It'll be alright, it will be a good time regardless the weather," said Koch.

WILCO, My Morning Jacket, and Richard Thompson Electric Trio will take the stage before Dylan. Doors open at 4:30 with the music lineup starting at 5:30. Tickets are still available at the gate or at the DECC Box Office.