Bye tennis & tunes, hi bowls & beats

Nux Schwartz (left) and Jason Andrew kick off the first “BBC Blues” evening at Durban’s Berea Bowling Club at the corner of Brand Road and Ferguson Road, Glenwood. In spite of the title of this new weekly event, the venue will not only feature blues music every Monday night.


THE fun and games of the weekly Tennis & Tunes event at Durban’s Windsor Tennis Club, Glenwood, is now over – but the organiser of that event, Roland Stansell of the Rhumbelow Theatre group, is to continue elsewhere with a variation of the event.

Now to be called BBC Blues, it will be held every Monday at the Berea Bowling Club on the corner of Brand Road and Ferguson Road, where one can enjoy a game of bowls (bowls and advice provided, if need be) from 4pm every Monday. Visitors then stay on for varied live music from 6pm to 9pm, with a different artist every Monday evening, when the club pub will be open and eats can be bought.

The cost is R50 for the music and the bowls (you don’t have to play if you don’t want to).

And note that, the clumsy event title notwithstanding, it will not be blues only on a Monday – BBC Blues is just a play on words. A wide variety of musicians and music will be performed each week, so methinks, BBC Beat might have been a much better title for the weekly event.

Musician John Skuy.

Anyway, setting the (bowling) ball rolling on Monday, June 5, will be popular singer-guitarist Nux Schwartz and singer-bassist Jason Andrew (of The Reals band) who offer a mixed bag of tunes.

Singer-guitarist bassist John Skuy, who covers everything from folk and pop to rock and reggae, will perform on June 12, followed by Mark Hunt, covering old and new popular acoustic music, on June 19.

The ubiquitous Calli Thomson, who has been the keyboardist, backing vocalist and musical director of many of the shows at the now-defunct Barnyard Theatre in Umhlanga will make music on June 26.

Daniel Sheldon and Gerald Sloane, performing as Take 2, will entertain with varied fare on July 3, followed by singer-guitarist Barry Thomson, of Durban’s popular The Reals band, on July 10.

Richard Haslop, Mike Raftery and Will Wallace will make music as a trio on July 17;  excellent singer-guitarist Rusty Red will perform on July 24; and Rene Tshiakanyi will entertain on July 31.

If you require any further information contact Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.

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