The Ghosts of Electricity is the ultimate Bob Dylan covers band, and considering that this is holiday time, perhaps the Ghosts will do songs from Dylan’s 2009 album, “Christmas in the Heart.” More likely, they may rip through “Highway 61,” “It Takes a lot to Laugh,” and “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.” This is the band’s first Ashkenaz show in a year – not counting the impromptu get-together at the club’s Dylan birthday celebration in May – so anything they do will be heavenly. What counts is that the Ghosts, who played their very first concert at Ashkenaz three years ago, teams some of the best improvising leaders from various Dead tribute groups into one all-star electric tribute to Dylan. Guitarists-singers Mark Karan (RatDog, Jemimah Puddleduck), Stu Allen (JGB, Mars Hotel) and Pat Nevins (Workingman’s Ed) play alongside bassist Robin Sylvester (RatDog), drummer Greg Anton (Zero), and keyboardist Mookie Siegel (David Nelson Band).
Why Dylan? As one bandmember states, “For creative genius, simple great songwriting, depth of lyrics and prolificity, Dylan hits home.” Unlike some tribute bands that play a few covers and a bunch of their own songs, The Ghosts of Electricity play only Dylan compositions, including “Visions of Johanna” (the source of the band’s name), “All Along the Watchtower,” and “Like a Rolling Stone,” to name but a few.
When & Where
Ashkenaz is the East Bay's home to world music & dance... established 1973; nonprofit since 1997. We are always all ages! Kids 12 & under are admitted free unless otherwise noted.
All of our online ticket sales are will call. We will have a list of ticket buyers at the door; you do not need to bring a printout of your ticket/order confirmation.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, or 30 minutes before the dance lesson if there is one, unless otherwise noted.
Ashkenaz's Café opens when doors open and offers beer (draft and bottled), wine, kombucha, juices, sodas, coffee and tea, and snacks and light meals (all vegetarian, mostly organic).