Bob Dylan Hitting State Fair Circuit (And Other Venues Too) In August

Folk rock legend to kick off current Never-Ending Tour leg August 10 in Des Moines, Iowa.

After spending most of the summer in Europe, Bob Dylan will return to the U.S. for a series of gigs in the West and Midwest this August — just in time for state fair season.

While the state fair circuit is typically the vestige of country artists and has-been rockers, Dylan has shown no aversion to playing amongst the hog barns and midways in the past. This stretch of his Never-Ending Tour, which he started in 1988 and hasn’t let up on since (with the exception of a few months off here and there), will kick off with fair dates in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois and wrap up in Lancaster, California, on August 25.

The 60-year-old folk rock legend, who won an Oscar this year for “Things Have Changed,” hasn’t released an album since 1997′s Grammy-winning Time Out of Mind. In addition to “Things Have Changed,” from the “Wonder Boys” soundtrack, Dylan recently released “Return to Me,” a pop standard popularized by Dean Martin, on The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs (see “Dylan, Stones, Sinatra On ‘Sopranos’ Soundtrack” ).

Dylan’s touring band features guitarist Charlie Sexton and multi-instrumentalist and musical director Larry Campbell, along with bassist Tony Garnier and drummer David Kemper.

Bob Dylan tour dates, according to Columbia Records:

  • 8/10 – Des Moines, IA @ Iowa State Fair
  • 8/11 – Sedalia, MO @ Missouri State Fair
  • 8/12 – Springfield, IL @ Illinois State Fair
  • 8/14 – Little Rock, AR @ Riverfest Amphitheatre
  • 8/15 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
  • 8/16 – Wichita, KS @ Century II Convention Center
  • 8/18 – Pueblo, CO @ Colorado State Fair
  • 8/19 – Vail, CO @ Gerald Ford Amphitheatre
  • 8/23 – Sun City West, AZ @ Sundome Center
  • 8/24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel – The Joint
  • 8/25 – Lancaster, CA @ Antelope Valley Fair