FANS of Bob Dylan are in for a rare treat as Eastern Cape-born rock-and-roll showman, Duck Chowles, prepares to front the Centrestage Band to pay tribute to the greatest singer-songwriting poet of his generation, Bob Dylan. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan will be staged for three nights at Old Grey from September 26 to 28.Chowles is a co-owner of the acclaimed national Barnyard Theatre franchise and is well known for his performances as Mick Jagger in his tribute to the Rolling Stones.Chowles called up long-time associate and fellow Bob Dylan fan, Gary Hemmings of Centrestage, and discussed the possibility of putting a band together to cover the hits from the incredible Dylan songbook. “Bob Dylan has been my single greatest musical hero since I was 18 years old,” said Hemmings.“I have enormous respect for Duck’s uncanny ability to perfectly mimic artists down to the tiniest idiosyncrasy, but it was Duck’s unbridled passion for Dylan which immediately sold the idea. “Duck brings a deep sense of understanding of the role Dylan played in shaping musical culture to his performance, along with an ability to copy Dylan’s distinctive vocal stylings associated with different eras of his career to perfection.”He put together a band of like-minded musicians and made the ideal choice of Alan Kozak to act as guitarist and musical director. He is joined by Joe Van Der Linden on guitar, Claire Venn on vocals, Boet Strydom on keyboards, Andrew Warneke on bass and Kevin Mattheus on drums.Some of the Dylan’s songs featured in the show include IShall Be Released, Knocking On Heavens Door, Like a Rolling Stone, Tangled Up In Blue and To Make You Feel My Love.The performances from September 26 to 28 at Old Grey will begin at 7:30pm. Tickets at R160 each and R140 if eight or more are purchased, are available from Computicket or Wendy on 082 661 6921.