None of us are getting any younger, but certain things are apparently ageless. And while Bob Dylan may be turning 80, his vast catalogue of songs – songs written over a period now spanning about 50 years – remains as wondrous, relevant and life-affirming as ever. It is a body of work that has, indeed, remained forever young.
St Kilda’s historic MEMO Music Hall celebrates Bob’s 80th with “Forever Young – A Bob Dylan 80th Birthday Celebration”. Backed by a band hand-picked by the maestro Shane O’Mara and performed over two big nights, our million-dollar birthday bash will feature a cast of Melbourne’s finest vocalists and Dylanophiles, each performing songs that are enmeshed in the very fabric of their musical lives. Henry Wagons, Adalita, Mick Thomas, Lisa Miller, Charles Jenkins, Rebecca Barnard and Charm of Finches; these are just some of the artists who will dig deep and give their very best – for you and for Bob. And there are more to be announced.
Coming to the Ruby Carter Jazz Lounge, Nichaud will present Songs For Lovers, choosing some of her favourites from the Great American Songbook. The music will range through swing, blues, Latin grooves, bossa nova and beyond, with songs written by greats like Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Jobim, Mercer and Mancini.
Nichaud will lead a stellar band, with David Rex (alto sax), her illustrious brother, Mark Fitzgibbon (piano), Philip Rex (bass) and Felix Bloxsom (drums). This will be a first-class night of singing and swingin’….our advice is to book now to avoid disappointment.