No tickets available? Find a Bob Dylan-related event to get your fix

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

Not every Bob Dylan fan in Japan is going to nab a ticket for the musician’s many shows, but don’t worry — Dylan fever can be sated in other ways.

Umeda Akaso in Osaka’s Kita Ward will screen “The 30th Anniversary Celebration” on April 15 (7:30 p.m.; ¥500; www.akaso.jp). That film chronicles a commemorative concert that took place at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1992. The film will be shown on a 300-inch monitor with a sound system that aims to make you feel like you’re in the crowd. The concert itself features performances by Dylan and musicians covering his material, including Stevie Wonder on “Blowin’ In The Wind,” Tracy Chapman on “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” and Eric Clapton on “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.”

Tokyo fans who find themselves without tickets have a great second option in tribute artist Tokyo Bob. He will host an afterparty event with his Jokermen band at Akebono Back In Town in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward on April 29 (6:30 p.m.; ¥2,700, reservation required; homepage3.nifty.com/backintown) The city’s own Bard regularly performs covers of Dylan songs, and even participated in a tribute album titled “May Your Song Always Be Sung — The Songs of Bob Dylan Vol. 3,” coupling his name with veteran artists such as Rick Danko of The Band.

The Jokermen consist of Shoichi Aoyagi on bass, Kensuke Horie on drums, Masayuki Shimizu who works with computers and synths, and Naoto Amano and Minoru B Good on guitars. Since the event is coming at the end of the tour, expect die-hard fans to be out in full force as they bask in the afterglow of a month of concerts. Of course, newly converted fans will be welcome as well — just make sure to reserve a ticket. The event comes at the start of Golden Week. What better way to celebrate?