Sound Advice: KZN gigs (Aug 9-15)

Getting into the swing of things for the Point Yacht Club’s birthday celebrations on August 9 are sailors Siya Vato and Hannah Fokkens, together with South Jersey Pom Poms band members Jochen Zeller and Belinda Henwood.

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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 bay-side holiday event, a showband tribute to Elvis Presley and a mixed bag of music in Hilton.
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NOTE: To have your gig included in this weekly guide (published at noon each Tuesday) mail info and pictures, by noon on a Monday of the relevant week, to sosuterbill@gmail.com

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POPULAR Durban band South Jersey Pom Poms – which recently composed and recorded the music used in the hit KickstArt children’s musical, James and the Giant Peach – will perform from 3pm on Wednesday  (August 9), the public holiday, at Durban’s Point Yacht Club.

They will be there as part of the club’s 125th birthday celebrations, billed as Band on the Bay.

For one evening only, sit on the banks of the club, gazing out over the Durban marina as the sun sets and enjoy this quirky band.

Continuing with the bay series theme, the Anchorage Restaurant, headed up by chef Markus Banziger, will offering burgers and bunnies, and to compliment this The Standeaven Craft brewery will offering their liquid pride and joy.

The Anchorage Restaurant iwill be open and the yacht club has a fully stocked bar offering a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.

The entrance fee is R60, which also gets you a free beer or cider. Parking is R20 for the afternoon, in the club’s safe parking area.

For  tickets visit Quicket, searching for Band on the Bay August.

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MIKYLE Naidoo, a self-taught musician who started playing during high school at Maritzburg College, kicks off the entertainment at this week’s Music in the Hills (MiTH), in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, on Wednesday (August 9).

Scheduled to perform from7.30pm to 8pm, Mikyle is a guitarist who feels an intimate connection with the audience. He plays folky music with splashes of pop and blues. His favourite musicians are John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and Jack Johnson.

. The band Cravan performs at Music in the Hills (MiTH) on Wednesday (August 9). The venue is a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton.

 Lined up to entertain from 8pm to 9pm is Michaela-Skye Callop, a 16-year-old who performs regularly at St. Ives and Bishopstowe. She is a student of Hector Houston and her repertoire includes songs associated with Norah Jones, Etta James, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Amy Winehouse. 

The 9pm band choice, performing for an hour, is Cravan, a newly formed duo that sings original songs as well as covers of lesser known material.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. It provides an opportunity for musicians to share the joy of their music with a friendly audience that 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 – pop along and join the fun. Visit www.mith.co.za for more details and directions.

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DOUG Weich, a popular Durban-based Elvis Presley tribute artist, backed by an eight-member band, will present a new show, Elvis and Me: The Priscilla Story, at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre, 42 Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (August 11 and 12) and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (August 13). Performances on August 18, 19 and 20 are also scheduled.

The production will then be staged at the Pietermaritzburg branch of the Rhumbelow, at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, September 10.

Durban’s Doug Weich.

The show, seen through Priscilla’s eyes, tells the story of the relationship between her and Elvis – from when they first met until the star died 40 years ago, on August 16, 1977.

The band features Wade Wight on keyboards and backing vocals, Evan Cullum on piano and backing vocals, Glen Turrell on bass, Andy Turrell on drums, David Knott on lead guitar and Kirsty Madgin on sax. Claire Rowlett and Sandi  Da Cunha are on female vocals (representing Priscilla Presley).

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

NOTE: See my interview with Elvis tribute artist Doug Weich on this site – under MUSIC.

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MUSIC by Salty Dog, Graham Boyle, Gary McKenzie of The Gee Jays, Kate Vink, Lance Goldman, Clyde Lawrence and Ruby Peyton will be heard at a special fundraiser event planned to start at noon on Sunday (August 13) at the Portguese Church Hall in Durban’s Argyle Road (opposite Mr Mozzie’s).

The event is to raise funds for Peter Constantine Morris , a former Zambian who now lives in Durban. Peter who has, at all times, done voluntary charity work, especially for retirees in distress, took ill two months ago and has been in high-care since . Although not a muso, Peter has always supported local music.

Admission to Sunday’s gig is R100. Phone Graham Boyle at 083 453 4108 for more info, to reserve a table, or to offer donations.

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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.

John Skuy (right) and James Carlsen of The Gentry.

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 (August 14), the spotlight will be on a reunion of sorts ,spanning 20 years of stage sharing… John Skuy and James Carlsen of The Gentry look forward to performing acoustic favourites.

Looking ahead, the August line-up at BBC Beats will include Lee Vee (August 21) and Callie Thomson (August 28).

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

 

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