Rock with DYLANesque

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries com­bined with mu­sic hits make “DYLANesque” a show not to be missed for Bob Dy­lan fans.

The rock n’ roll show will ap­pear at the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre on Sun­day, Novem­ber 18 at 2.30pm.

From the hum­ble be­gin­nings of his ca­reer to piv­otal re­la­tion­ships and break-ups and trail­blaz­ing of the 60s and 70s, mu­si­cian Jeff Jenk­ins and his elec­tri­fy­ing four-piece band have cre­ated an au­then­tic show packed with over 40 of Dy­lan’s hit songs.

Writ­ing orig­i­nal songs and per­form­ing in the Yarra Val­ley, Jenk­ins ad­mits to be­ing not much of a Bob Dy­lan fan prior to “DYLANesque”.

How­ever, spurred on by com­ments that he sounded like the hit-maker, Jenk­ins started look­ing into his mu­sic and was quickly as­tounded by “the in­cred­i­ble cat­a­logue” and his in­flu­ence on other top artists.

The re­sult is a show which has toured across South Aus­tralia, New South Wales and Victoria for the past two years.

Jenk­ins opens the show with a tale from 1961, when an in­trepid teenager hitch­hiked his way from Du­luth, Min­nesota to New York City with only a gui­tar, $10 and “just an ab­so­lute be­lief in him­self”.

“I read ev­ery­thing I could get my hands on about Dy­lan and worked all the fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries about him into a show that I knew would make a great rock n’ roll show,” he said. “Dy­lan is an in­trigu­ing sub­ject be­cause of his con­stant evo­lu­tion as an artist, im­mense cat­a­logue of work and his per­son­al­ity; he’s a man who will al­ways march to the beat of his own drum.”

Hav­ing writ­ten hits rang­ing from “Knock­ing on Heaven’s Door” to Adele’s 2008 hit “Make You Feel My Love”, Jenk­ins be­lieves “even peo­ple that don’t con­sider Bob Dy­lan fans should come along”.

Tick­ets are $48 for adults, $44 for con­ces­sion, $40 for mem­bers and groups, and $25 for youth un­der 18.

For book­ings or fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre box-of­fice on 5624 2456 or visit wgac.org.au.

Left: Jeff Jenk­ins is look­ing for­ward to bring­ing rock n’ roll show “DYLANesque” to the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre on Sun­day, Novem­ber 18 at 2.30pm.“We just love per­form­ing our show, we’d do it in a tent,” he says. “But th­ese big arts cen­tres…it’s a thrill. It’s just so much fun. Au­di­ences re­ally get into it.”

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