Crossroads Music in Amagansett will present a concert by the Complete Unknowns, a band that celebrates the music of Bob Dylan, on Wednesday at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Tickets are $20, or $18 for members, with prime orchestra seats at $40, $38 for members. The show will begin with a guitar performance by Matty Liot at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, a preview mini-concert will be held at Innersleeve Records in Amagansett at 6 p.m.
The band is made up of Michael Weiskopf on guitar, harmonica, and vocals; Randolph Hudson III on guitar, synthesizer, and vocals; Klyph Black on guitar and vocals; Jim Lawler on drums; Stuart Sherman on keyboards, and Taka Shimizu on bass and vocals.
Mr. Weiskopf also writes and performs original music. His second release, “Suffering Fools,” was released in April.
Patrons who preorder a prime orchestra seat will receive a free CD. They can choose from “Suffering Fools” or “Second Time Around,” by Mr. Black’s band, Black and Sparrow.
The Complete Unknowns recently appeared at events marking Mr. Dylan’s 73rd birthday, including the annual festival at the Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery in Warwick, N.Y., and at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Manhattan. On Monday the band, now in its sixth year, will perform at the renowned Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village.
“To me, that’s sacred ground,” Mr. Weiskopf said of the venue that Mr. Dylan visited upon arriving in New York from his home state of Minnesota in the early 1960s. “He got into Manhattan right off the George Washington Bridge, took the subway downtown, and the first place he went into was Cafe Wha?”
At Guild Hall, the audience can expect a broad mix of songs from Mr. Dylan’s five-decade-plus catalog. In the 50th-anniversary year of the albums “The Times They Are a-Changin’ ” and “Another Side of Bob Dylan,” songs from those releases will be offered. “Some acoustic stuff, some really deep tracks” are also in store, Mr. Weiskopf said.
With anniversaries of even greater significance approaching — Mr. Dylan “plugging in” and playing electric guitar with a rock ’n’ roll band at the Newport Folk Festival and the albums “Bringing It All Back Home” and “Highway 61 Revisited,” all in 1965 — the Complete Unknowns are acknowledging these seminal albums and events that, Mr. Weiskopf observed, “twisted the folk and rock worlds on their head.”
While Mr. Weiskopf is unavoidably the focal point of the group, performing the lead vocal and playing acoustic guitar and harmonica as Mr. Dylan does, he is quick to credit the musicians around him. “Everybody that plays in the group brings something of the music that is so important in what Dylan does,” he said. He referred to “all the great players that have joined him over the years,” such as Mark Knopfler and the late guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Jerry Garcia. “Between Klyph and Randy,” he said, “someone can summon one of those voices.”