Sound Advice: KZN gigs (Aug 23-29)

Members of the band paying tribute to Pink Floyd at Durban’s Norwegian Hall on Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26.

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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 Pink Floyd tribute, a campus Guitar Showcase event and a fun celebration of Woodstock.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

LARRY Amos, widely regarded as one of the finest blues guitarists in the country, takes the 9pm slot the Music in the Hills (MiTH) meeting this week – in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, on Wednesday (August 23).

Amos, who will entertain until 10pm, was the driving force of Baxtop, an original blues-rock band for which he wrote, playing lead guitar and handling vocals.

Larry Amos performs at Music in the Hills (MiTH) on Wednesday (August 23). The venue is a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton.

From 7pm to 7.50pm on Wednesday, Treverton College music pupils will perform. Vusi Fakazi and Sylvia Wu will be on piano and voice; Sne Fakazi will sing solo and with Vusi Fakazi; Barrie Ferreira and Tasmin Reed will perform a piano and vocal duet; Annabelle Eedes will perform a vocal solo; Khumo Pege will entertain with saxophone solos, and Asanda Makhubo will offer vocal solos.

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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THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the second level of the Shepstone Building on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal presents Guitar Showcase from 6pm on Wednesday (August 23).

Demi Fernandez.

This show will feature the jazz guitar faculty and students of UKZN presenting both popular and original works. Participants will include Demi Fernandez, Nick Pitman and Josh Swanson.

This concert is part a series of instrumental showcases planned over the course of the year.

Doors will open at 5.30pm and admission is R70 ( R45 for pensioners and R20 for students). More information from Thuli at 031 2603385.

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THE Reals band, with Marion Loudon as guest vocalist, once again revives its popular Woodstock showband entertainment at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (August 25 and 26) and 2.30pm and 6pm on Sunday (August 27) at the Durban branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, in Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road.

The show will commemorate the 48th anniversary of the “three days of peace and music” celebration, ‘at which 32 acts performed to an audience of 400 000 young people. It took place from August 15 to 18, 1969, on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in the New York town of Bethel.

Creedence Clearwater Revival were the first act to sign a contract and this persuaded other big acts to follow suit.

The Reals features Barry Thomson on guitar and vocals), Dawn Selby on keyboards and vocals, Mali Sewell on drums and vocals) and Jason Andrew on bass and vocals.

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

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PINK Floyd fans are in for a treat if they pop along to Durban’s Norwegian Hall, 214 St Thomas Road, this weekend – Wish You Were Here: A Pink Floyd Tribute is being presented as supper theatre by a group of local musicians.

Performances are scheduled for 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday (August 25 and 26), and the show will then be staged at the Allan Wilson shellhole, Pietermaritzburg, on September 1. Admission is R150 and booking is by phoning 081 755 9479  or 076 536 9658.

Durban band Templar Funk is building a reputation for audacity. Nonetheless, in this case they’re calling in some distinguished friends to lend a hand. Templar Funk is a three-piece rock band, consisting of bassist Neil Ford and singer-guitarists Steven Squier and Ross Tapson.

They form the core of the lineup that will be doing the show, their guests including Dulcie Erasmus on keyboards/vocals, Grant Halliday on drums and Martin Sigamoney on saxophone.

The show will explore aspects of the Pink Floyd repertoire that haven’t been extensively covered, even by Pink Floyd themselves, so fans can expect to hear well-loved classics that they may never have heard performed live before, says Ross.

Tracks from the albums Wish You Were Here and Momentary Lapse of Reason are among highlights of the evening.

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BRUCE Boome, formerly of hit bands Four Jacks and a Jill and Copperfield, teams with Bryan Payne to entertain at a British Pub Night entertainment at the Assegai Moth Hall, 110 Assembly Road, Bluff, Durban, at 5pm on Saturday (August 26).

To book or for more information contact Maureen at 073 057 2414.

Bassist Ildo Nandja… free farewell concert on Saturday.

Also of note on Saturday is a free farewell concert with bassist Ildo Nandja, to be held from 4pm to 11pm at the Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown.

The restaurant, in association with Concerts SA, will be wishing Nandja a fond farewell before he sets off the complete his studies, as he has been accepted into the Masters programme at the Fontys Academy of Performing Arts in the Netherlands.

Recognised as an outstanding and disciplined bass player and soloist, Ildo has collaborated with
countless established local and international musicians.

Joining him on stage on  Saturday  will be Shem Mahabeer on keyboards and Sbu Zondi on drums.

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THE Leon Scharnick Quartet performs from 7pm on Saturday (August 26) at The Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, when admission is R70.

The performance is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities.

Sax ace Leon Scharnick.

Alto saxophonist Leon Scharnick is one of South Africa’s most exciting and promising young jazz musicians. Having started playing piano as a child, he picked up the saxophone at the age of 19 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Over the course of his musical journey he has performed with a number of prominent musicians and musical outfits. Some of these include Kirk Whalum, Zim Ngqawana, Andile Yenana, Brian Thusi and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.

He will perform at the Jazzy Rainbow with Dalisu Dlazi on upright bass, Sanele Phakathi on piano and Bucco Xaba on drums.

For bookings or more details phone 031-3038398

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DURBAN vocal trio The Gee Jays – Gary McKenzie, John Didlick and Grant Bell – will perform Our Way at the Rhumbelow Theatre at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, Pietermaritzburg, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (August 27) .

The team, which plans to bring the same show to Durban early in September, has been performing together for 32 years.

Our Way is a sentimental journey that includes hits associated with Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Bill Haley and the Comets, Dean Martin, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Simon and Gadfunkel, Robbie Williams, Engelbert Humperdinck, Louis Armstrong, Frank Ifield and others.

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

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BBC Beats is held every week at the Berea Bowling Club on the corner of Brand Road and Ferguson Road, Durban, 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.

On Monday, August 28, the spotlight will be on popular singer-keyboardist Calli Thomson performing a variety of popular songs.

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.

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

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