American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, a stunning announcement that for the first time bestowed the prestigious award on a musician. (Oct. 13)


Few days remain until once-in-a-generation wordsmith Bob Dylan reunites with his faithful Iowa followers for a one-night only show at Stephens Auditorium in Ames.

Here’s a look at need-to-know security, ticket and show information ahead of the legendary songwriter’s return.

Security: Organizers at Stephens Auditorium said in a news release Thursday that all concert-goers will pass through a metal detection system and mandatory bag check before entering the venue on Tuesday night.

Prohibited items, as outlined in the release, include: Firearms, knives, chains, studded bracelets, hard containers, laser pointers, professional cameras, hairspray, pepper spray and mace.

Due to the increased security, doors to the venue are set to open at 6 p.m., 90 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

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Will call: In hopes of preventing box office congestion, concert-goers with will call tickets are being asked to visit a temporary ticket trailer — to be located outside the north doors of the venue — to claim tickets before entering security lines.

For scalping prevention, patrons who purchased tickets in the orchestra pit or first 10 rows of the venue will be asked at will call to present identification and the credit card used to purchase the ticket. Those patrons will then be escorted into the auditorium.

The ticket trailer opens at 6 p.m.

“The Iowa State Center will also be asking ticket holders to enter specific doors based on ticket locations in order to streamline the search and entry process,” the release said.

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At the show: A traditionally polarizing live performer, the reaction for this run of Dylan’s so-called “Never Ending” tour has been welcoming.

Typically playing around 20 songs this season, including encore, the Salt Lake Tribune called Dylan’s 2017 show “left you craving more.”

“After finishing a number, he would pause with a hand on a hip, as if asking the crowd to acknowledge his total badassery. Which they did, often,” the Utah review reads.

It continues: “The guy seemed to really be enjoying himself, honing a sense of actual fun that’s been missing at many of his shows over the past 30 years.”

Tracks in the setlist for this run include classics “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Highway 61 Revisited,” as well as “Thunder on the Mountain,” “Summer Days” and “Early Roman Kings.”

Mavis Staples, the celebrated 78-year-old Grammy Award-winning performer, is set to open the show.

Parking and tickets: Free parking is available at the Iowa State Center lots, just south of Stephens Auditorium (11900 Center Dr., Ames). Less than fifty tickets remained Friday via More information is available at  

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