What could be more American than baseball , Bob, Willie and John?
Three of the U.S.'s most iconic artists: Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, are suiting up for a tour of minor-league baseball parks this summer starting--when else--July 4th weekend.
The 2009 Ballpark Tour starts July 2 in Sauget, Ill., according to rollingstone.com, and lasts until Aug. 15. Tickets are general admission and are all $67.50. Kids under 14 are free. (What a smart way to cater to families and try to get younger kids interested in these acts).
We didn't know this, but apparently Dylan is quite the baseball nut and has even devoted time on his radio show to talking baseball.
They aren't the first artists to attempt such a feat. Live and Counting Crows toured minor league parks a few years ago, as has Def Leppard. It's an alternative to playing amphitheaters and gives a homespun vibe to the shows. Plus, it allows the tour to visit many tertiary markets it might otherwise skip because there isn't an appropriate venue i that town.
Bob Dylan/John Mellencamp/Willie Nelson
July 2 - Sauget, IL @ GCS Ballpark
July 4 - South Bend, IN @ Coveleski Stadium
July 8 - Louisville, KY @ Louisville Slugger Field
July 10 - Dayton, OH @ Fifth Third Field
July 11 - Eastlake, OH @ Classic Park
July 13 - Washington, PA @ Consol Energy Park
July 14 - Allentown, PA @ Coca-Cola Park
July 15 - New Britain, CT @ New Britain Stadium
July 19 - Syracuse, NY @ Alliance Bank Stadium
July 21 - Pawtucket, RI @ McCoy Stadium
July 23 - Lakewood, NJ @ FirstEnergy Park
July 24 - Aberdeen, MD @ Ripken Stadium
July 25 - Norfolk, VA @ Harbor Park
July 28 - Durham, NC @ Durham Bulls Athletic Park
July 29 - Sevierville, TN @ Smokies Park
August 4 - Round Rock, TX @ The Dell Diamond
August 5 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Whataburger Field
August 7 - Grand Prairie, TX @ QuikTrip Park
August 11 - Glendale, AZ @ Camelback Ranch
August 12 - Las Vegas, NV @ Cashman Field
August 14 - Fresno, CA @ Chukchansi Park
August 15 - Stockton, CA @ Banner Island Ballpark