The Bob Dylan-Martin Benjamin Connection

November 16th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

It’s been a long time since Bob Dylan played Albany’s Palace Theatre. Oh, he’s played plenty of bigger Greater Nippertown venues in recent years – Tanglewood, SPAC, the Times Union Center and others – but on Friday evening (November 17) he’s returning to the considerably more intimate Palace Theatre.

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Nippertown contributing photographer, Union College professor of visual arts and BIG Dylan fan Martin Benjamin was at the Palace back in April of 1980 when Dylan rolled into town for a two-night stand during his born-again Christian tour. Benjamin managed to smuggle in a camera and take a few surreptitious shots, including the one at the top of this story.

And that photo is now included in Dylan’s latest release, Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13, 1979-1981, which was released earlier this month in a variety of configurations, including a sprawling eight-CD set.

Will we hear any of Dylan’s gospel-era selections in concert on Friday? Who knows? He’s Bob Dylan. He does what he wants, and he doesn’t play by anybody else’s rules…

But if you want to get a taste of Dylan’s current musical powers and inclinations, give a listen to his concert performance at The Anthem in Washington, DC on Tuesday evening (November 14):

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Dylan Through the Years: Through the Lens of Martin Benjamin

BOB DYLAN & HIS BAND
With Mavis Staples
The Palace Theatre, Albany
Friday (November 17), 7:30pm
$52.50, $82.50 & $119.50