PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Fifty years into his career as a re cording artist and a week away from release of an extraordinary new CD, Bob Dylan spent his Tues day evening where he seems to feel most comfortable -- on a stage.
In this case, he marked the grand reopening of a refurbished theater in a gritty village 35 miles northeast of New York City -- Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre
At 71, the re nowned songwriter is a road warrior. Tuesday was his 50th gig out of 87 scheduled this year. [He’ll be at Mountain Park in Holyoke Friday evening at 8].
Next week, Dylan releases "Tempest," a wide-ranging disc filled with the lyrical dexterity he’s famous for that’s getting such an advanced buzz that the Los Ange les Times website published a lengthy blog post on just one of its songs.
He has yet to try out any of the "Tempest" songs before a live audience.
It was a high-wattage reopening for the Capitol, which opened as a movie venue in 1926 but turned to rock ‘n’ roll in the late 1960s and hosted the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and Janis Joplin. It closed in 1976 and, except for a brief revival in the early 1990s, has been largely quiet except for bar mitzvahs and corporate parties.
Promoters behind New York City’s Wetlands Club came in to refurbish the theater and present an ambitious schedule of pop music for the rest of 2012.