The Bard is back! Bob Dylan bound for Bethlehem

Music legend Bob Dylan will return in July to Bethlehem for a concert at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, officials announced Monday in a news release.

Tickets for Dylan's July 9 performance, with special guest Mavis Staples, cost $110-$150. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

The 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee headlined Lehigh University's Stabler Arena in 2013. Dylan performed with John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson in 2009 at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.

Dylan's hits include "Blowin' in the Wind," "All Along the Watchtower," "The Times They Are a-Changin," "Like a Rolling Stone," "Maggie's Farm," and "Just Like a Woman." His 37th studio effort, Fallen Angels, is set for release Friday.

Staples is an influential R&B-gospel singer and civil rights activist. In addition to her solo career, Staples garnered fame as a member of The Staple Singers.

Sands on Monday also announced the return of comedian-actor Kevin James (King of Queens, Grown Ups) on Sept. 24 and comedy music group The Dan Band on Oct. 21. Show times are 7 and 8 p.m., respectively.

Tickets cost $49.50-$85 for James; $20 for The Dan Band.

Tickets for all three shows go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, May 20, through,, by calling 800-745-3000 and at the box office, 77 Sands Blvd.