By Kyra Gillespie
Scores of Bob Dylan fans packed out the Bunjil Place Studio for the highly-anticipated show DYLANesque – the Bob Dylan Story on Thursday 24 May.
Taking place on the Bob Dylan’s 77th birthday, front man Jeff Jenkins and his band of seasoned musicians put on an unforgettable tribute performance to the legendary Bob Dylan.
The two-hour narrated concert took the audience through the unforgettable songs and events that shaped Dylan.
Opening with the backdrop of the Gaslight Café in New York City’s Greenwich Village – the venue where Dylan first performed – Jenkins told the story of the small-town country boy who hitchhiked to the Big Apple with only $10 in his pocket.
With his wispy hair and Ray Ban-style sunglasses, Jenkins not only sounded just like Dylan, but looked like him too.
Anyone who attended on the night would agree the glass of red wine propped near Jenkins’ swinging guitar was as much a presence on the stage as the rest of the band.
The wine glass was like Chekhov’s gun: ready to go off at any moment. The audience held their breath through all the near-misses.
There was a roar of laughter mixed with a sigh of relief when the glass (which was fortunately plastic) was finally knocked over onstage.
Jenkins started out performing Dylan’s hits of the ‘60s solo and was joined by his four-piece band when they went electric with hit track It Ain’t Me Babe.
The show, written, produced and performed by Jenkins had the audience in stiches as he recounted some of Dylan’s most famous one-liners and counter-cultural musings.
The music traversed the great musician’s whirlwind life, exploring the transformation of his sound alongside the likes of Baez, Knopfler and the Travelling Wilburys.
From hits like Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright to lesser-known songs such as Blind Willie McTell, there was something in the show for everyone.
The electrifying group gave everything they had to the performance.
The notoriously-long protest song Hurricane even had an extra verse squeezed in at some point.
If you want to see a Bob Dylan performance I wouldn’t wait for the man himself to come to our shores.
Receiving a standing ovation, the men behind DYLANesque would surely have made Bob Dylan proud.
The Bob Dylan Story was truly an unforgettable masterpiece.