Bob Dylan will officially reopen Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre.
Yes, his whereabouts on Sept. 4 will be positively Port Chester.
His website announced just now that he will play the first show at the newly refurbished Port Chester landmark on Sept. 4. Bobdylan.com has announced that tickets to the performance will go on sale on Aug. 17 at 10 am EDT. Pre-Sale tickets will be available through Dylan’s site on Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. EDT.
With 1,800 seats — priced at $65 on the ticketfly website — the Cap is likely the most intimate spot to catch the iconic performer. And tickets will fly.
Sounds like a home run for Peter Shapiro, the thirty-something promoter who has big plans for The Capitol, a former movie house that became a psychedelic rock hall with pitch-perfect acoustics in the late ’60 and ’70s.
“It’s a great gift for the Capitol Theatre and fans of live music,” says Shapiro, one of the partners in the hybrid venue-alley Brooklyn Bowl. “It’s going to give the theatre a lot of positive momentum from the beginning, and I think that is something that will benefit all of the shows that come after Sept. 4.”
Tickets will be available at ticketfly.com or 877-4-FLY-TIX (435-9849). Admission to the show is 18+.
The Cap fell into disrepair and of late was a catering hall, until Shapiro floated a plan last December to bring big acts back to Port Chester, which was once the stomping grounds for The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. Simon and Garfunkel (and, yes, Dylan) used The Cap as a rehearsal hall before heading out on tour. And The Rolling Stones and David Bowie filmed MTV videos there in 1997, in the venue’s last gasps.
Shapiro has reportedly put $2 million into restoring the great domed hall, and the venue’s Facebook page shows the high-tech speaker array that awaits Dylan on Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day.
Dylan’s Capitol date comes a week before his new studio album, “Tempest,” is released. It has ten new and original Dylan songs, and marks the 50th anniversary of his debut album, released by Columbia in 1962.
He received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, this year, is a Kennedy Center honoree and won a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”
Dylan knows a good hall when he hears one. He has rehearsed at The Capitol, and at Poughkeepsie’s Bardavon 1869 Opera House, two halls known for their acoustics.
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Here’s another look at the lineup, leading with Dylan.
9/4/12 Bob Dylan
9/7/12 The Roots/Bob Weir solo (A Benefit for HeadCount) (followed by DJ ?uestlove’s Cap Train Party)
9/8/12 Hugh Laurie with The Copper Bottom Band
9/9/12 Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang
9/14/12 The Roots/Dirty Dozen Brass Band (followed by DJ ?uestlove’s Cap Train Party)
9/15/12 Big Gigantic
9/19/12 J Geils Band
9/21/12 The Roots/Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (followed by DJ ?uestlove’s Cap Train Party)
9/22/12 Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Robert Cray
9/25/12 Dirty Projectors
9/27/12 David Gray
9/28/12 The Roots (followed by DJ ?uestlove’s Cap Train Party)
10/3/12 Regina Spektor
10/9/12 Ben Folds Five
10/10/12 Fiona Apple
10/11/12 Warren Haynes Weekend
10/12/12 Warren Haynes Weekend
10/13/12 Blues Traveler/Spin Doctors
10/17/12 Umphrey’s McGee
10/20/12 Psychedelic Furs w/ The Lemonheads feat. Juliana Hatfield
10/25/12 Al Green
10/27/12 Indigo Girls with full band
11/8/12 Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group
11/10/12 Justin Townes Earle
11/20/12 Ray LaMontagne
11/27/12 The Moody Blues
11/28/12 The Moody Blues
12/27/12 My Morning Jacket
12/28/12 My Morning Jacket
12/29/12 My Morning Jacket
12/30/12 Steve Miller Band
12/31/12 Steve Miller Band
1/11/13 Roger Hodgson of Supertramp
2/2/13 Citizen Cope
4/13/13 Herbie Hancock