KZN gigs (June 28-July 4)

Durban musician Steve Fataar is among many local acts performing at a Westville benefit concert on Sunday (July 2).

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BILLY SUTER reports on a mix of gigs lined up for in and around Durban this and next week – including a star-packed benefit concert in aid of funds for local musician Riaan Jacobsz, who suffered a stroke.
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THREE diverse music acts have been secured for this week’s Music in the Hills (MiTH) event, in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, on Wednesday (June 28).

The music starts with a 7pm open-mic session, then singer-guitarist Chesco will perform from 7.30pm. Chesco is predominantly a theatre writer and performer. He is influenced by old blues and cool jazz, and is said to offer some funked up originals and a mix of folk and old rock covers.

The 8pm act is Appetite for Distruction (correct spelling), a trio featuring Hushern on bass and vocals, Codey on drums  and Prithesh on lead guitar and vocals . They are said to offer a good rock mix.

At 9pm, the spotlight will be on Calico, offering funk, blues and alt-rock, even a bit of grunge.  Expect covers of songs associated with The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro, Cage the Elephant and Incubus.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. An opportunity for musicians to share the joy of their music with a friendly audience which includes fellow musicians – who have all “been there” too. (Non-musicians welcome too!)

Whether you’re a newbie looking for your first opportunity to perform publicly, or a more experienced/mature musician simply looking for people who are as passionate about music as you are – come along and join the fun. Visit www.mith.co.za for more details and directions.

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SEASONED Durban musicians Stuart Mey and Bruce Boome, performing as The Elderly Brothers, are making music every Wednesday at the German Club in Westville, 7 Barham Road, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

The performers, also members of the showband The Handsome Devils, offer a mixed bag of golden oldies. Admission is R50 at the door.

Also note that the German Club is the venue for a benefit concert, from 2pm to 9pm on Sunday (July 2), in aid of funds for local musician Riaan Jacobsz who suffered a stroke, aged 44, earlier this year.

He has been left with brain damage. He cannot walk, can’t dress himself, is still learning how to talk, and is in a wheelchair. After being in ICU and hospital for 12 weeks he went to a stepdown facility, but now needs intensive rehabilitation.

Those attending Saturday’s concert are asked to make a donation at the door towards medical costs for Riaan.

Performers lined up to entertain for this good cause will include Steve Fataar, Rusty Red, Nux Schwartz, Rob Warren, Garth Warren, Barry Thomson, Aury Livingstone, Angus Burns, Ross Meintjies, Nick van den Berg, Alan Hobbes, Tomislav, Gordon Jackson and , among others.

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POPULAR Durban band The Black Lapels has a new showband entertainment that debuts this weekend at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre , 42 Cunningham Road, Umbilo, this and next weekend – at 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm and 6.30pm Sunday.

The show is California Sunshine, a tribute to the birth of the Los Angeles music scene, featuring Rob Warren on guitar and vocals, Garth Warren on bass and backing vocals, Gareth Gale on drums and percussion, andLuke Wynguard on guitar and vocals.

Expect songs associated with The Band, The Eagles, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jackson Browne, Van Morrison and others.

These artists and their music defined an era: set the tone, so to speak, for a generation of hippies, beatniks, bohemians, artists, poets, protesters, lovers of excess and freedom to live and love by. Ultimately the mainstream found them too. So that’s pretty much all of us.

Tickets cost R150 each and booking at at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

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SINGER and pianist Cat Simoni performs Cat Rocks at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof.

Expect a mix of hits by Cream, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Queen, Led Zeppelin and Marc Cohn, among others. Also on the bill are songs associated with Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Eric Clapton, Def Leppard and Heart. 

Tickets cost R150 each. Book at Computicket outlets or phone Roland at 082 449 8636.

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LOVERS of music are in for a treat at this week’s free Sol Sunday Sessions at Northwood Crusaders Sports Club, from noon on Sunday (July 2).

Carmen Rodrigues will start the live music flow at 1pm, after which Donovan Seagreen will entertain from 2,30pm, followed by Parable Fifteen from 4pm.

Expect a fun afternoon out for the whole family, with good music, good food and loads of drink specials and giveaways.  Entrance is free and there is plenty of parking and seating. Children are welcome.

Crusaders is at 10 Ranleigh Crescent at the bottom of Swapo Road/Broadway in Durban North.  Background music will flow from noon, with the first act up at 1pm. For more information contact (031) 563 0824.

Also on Sunday (July 2), note that Pierre de Charmoy will be among acts performing at Nottie’s Hotel, Nottingham Road, from 10am.

Kech Sanchez and Dave Starke are also lined up to make music at this monthly event, for which tickets cost R75 (R25 for under-12s). More information at 033 266 6151.

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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 continuing elsewhere with a variation of the event.

Now called BBC Beats, it is 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.

Take 2 – Gerald Sloane (left) and Daniel Sheldon – perform at Durban’s Berea Bowling Club from 6pm on Monday (July 3).

Visitors are encouraged to 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, which includes the bowls (you don’t have to play if you don’t want to). And note that 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..

This Monday (July 3), the spotlight will be on Daniel Sheldon and Gerald Sloane, performing as Take 2. They will be 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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