Bob Dylan fans are already voting with their VISA cards: They think Riverfront Park is a fine site for a Dylan concert.
More than 1,600 tickets flew out the box office window on Friday, the first day of ticket sales for Dylan’s June 7 show at the Lilac Bowl in Riverfront Park. The capacity of the site is 5,000, and based on that pace, the show should sell out, according to Amy Haynie of G&B; Select-a-Seat.
“I didn’t anticipate it would sell so fast, especially for a general admission show,” she said.
Obviously, ticket-buyers didn’t think twice before deciding: It’s all right.
Dylan has been one of the most influential voices in American music since 1961. He recently starred in his own “MTV Unplugged” special.
The show was originally planned for the Spokane Opera House, a more traditional concert site. However, promoter Gwen Tollefson of Promotion Consultants Inc. said the Riverfront Park site was picked because the capacity is nearly twice as large as the Opera House and because “people enjoy outdoor shows in the summer.”
Ticketed concerts are nothing new for Riverfront Park, according to park manager Hal McGlathery. In recent years, the park has been the site of a Curtis Salgado concert, a Scottish Festival show and various radio station concerts.
But nothing like Wednesday In The Park With Bob.
“We’re definitely breaking new ground here,” said Tollefson. “There’s been nothing of this magnitude.”
Contrary to previous announcements, there will be no opening act. Tickets cost $25, or $10 for children 13 and under. The show starts at 8 p.m.
A sturdy fence will be erected around the Lilac Bowl, at the expense of the promoter. In fact, all the costs of staging the show will be at the expense of the promoter, said McGlathery.
“We’ve got a whole bunch of production questions to figure out,” said Tollefson.
Meanwhile, promoters and ticket-buyers alike are hoping that a hard rain is not going to fall.
Tickets are available at all regional G&B; Select-a-Seat outlets, or by calling 325-SEAT or (800) 325-SEAT (credit cards only).