Sound Advice: Gigs (July 12-18)

Paul Arthur of The Eden Rock Blues performs in Hilton on Wednesday (July 12).

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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 soul tribute show and a mixed bag of sound in Hilton.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

PIETERMARITZBURG musician Byron Love is the first act up at this week’s Music in the Hills (MiTH) event, in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, on Wednesday (July 12).

Love, who will be performing from 7.30pm, started out on the local pub circuit soon after completing his compulsory national service. He has been gigging ever since, with stints in Durban, Ballito, Margate and along the South Coast.

Byron performs covers and also writes his own material. His first album, The Byron Love Consortium – Free Rebel, was released in 2013, and he is now in the studio working on his second collection, an experiment with atmospheric acoustic music.

Scheduled to entertain from 8pm on Wednesday is The Eden Rock Blues, led by Paul Arthur. This is a traditional blues-rock band that performs a strongly drum-and-bass-driven repertoire with Paul himself providing raspy vocals, searing lead breaks and properly bluesy electric rhythm in-between.  More recently, keyboards have been added – often in the form of Hammond organ.

Paul travels between South Africa this fine blues outfit.

At 9pm on Wednesday, the spotlight will be on Not Fat Just Fluffy, a band from Durban, formed in February 2015.

The band plays several genres and major influences include The Raconteurs, Black Pistol Fire, Yellow Card and The Audition.

Band members include Jasmin Pillai on lead vocals and guitar, Garryd Smit on lead guitar, Tasha Smith on keyboards and backing vocals, and Jordan Pillai on drums.

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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A SALUTE to soul music, an amusing musical revue centred on botox, and two children’s productions are among the entertainment offerings scheduled for Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre this month.

First up is Gotta Lotta Soul, to be presented from Friday to Sunday, this and next weekend (July 14 to 16 and July 21 to 23) at the Umbilo branch of the theatre, at 42 Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road.

Featuring Percy Smith and Marion Loudon on vocals, Calli Thomson on keyboards, Andy Turrell on guitar and drums, and Jill Murraybrown on bass, the show will be staged at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays, with an additional 6.30pm performance on Sunday, July 23.

The venue opens 90 minutes before the show for a bring-your-own picnic meal.

Gotta Lotta Soul is labelled as a celebration of American soul music. It features songs associated with, among others, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Ruth Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and Wilson Pickett. Also saluted are novelty artists such as Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, the Blues Brothers and James Brown.

Tickets cost R150 each and seating is at tables of eight. To book, or for more details phone Roland at 082 499 8636.

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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.

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). A wide variety of musicians will perform each week.

This Monday (July 17), the spotlight will be Richard Haslop, Mike Raftery and Will Wallace, followed by excellent singer-guitarist Rusty Red on July 24 and Rene Tshiakanyi on July 31.

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

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