Sound Advice: KZN gigs (Nov 22-28)

The Reals… saluting Badfinger and Bad Company this week and throughout December.

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BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including a tribute to Badfinger and Bad Company, a solo show by the former lead singer of The Staccatos, and a new, regular, free, Monday big band gig.
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THE fortnightly Music in the Hills event, in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, will feature acts including popular folk-rock group The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters this week, November 22.  Admission is R30.

Starting off the fun at 7pm will be St Charles Junior School. Heather Skorpen is St Charles’ music teacher, and she’ll be bringing her young apprentices to the MiTH faithful, says spokesman Charles Webster.

At 7.30pm the bandstand will be occupied by Ilan Flax, offering a mix of folk, blues originals and covers, using his acoustic guitar, voice and harmonica. He’ll be joined on stage by some “mystery friends”.

The act performing from  8.10 pm is  Ryno Theron, who has played in many Durban bands and released his debut full-length album late last month. His influences include Caspian, Andy McKee and Guy Buttery.

The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters perform from 9pm.

Visit www.mith.co.za for more details and directions.

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ALWAYS in search of fresh ideas for their showband tributes, versatile Durban band The Reals have decided to feature the music of two groups whose names begin with the letter B for their latest show.

Titled Badfinger to Bad Company, the show will first be staged at 2pm on Sunday, November 26, at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Pietermaritzburg branch at the Allan Wilson shellhole.

It then will be seen at the Durban Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo – every Friday to Sunday throughout December, until December 17. Performances will be at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays.

The show’s first half will intertwine the connection between Badfinger and Apple Records, a record label owned by The Beatles. They were supposed to be the next Beatles but a series of tragedies, mismanagement and “rock and roll rip-offs” left Badfinger little more than a sad footnote in musical history.

The show also features Apple-affiliated artists, including The Beatles.

Badfinger, originally known as the Iveys, signed to Apple after several demo tapes received approval from The Beatles. They had top 10 hits in the UK and US, including the song composed by Paul McCartney, Come and Get It.

The show includes Badfinger hits No Matter What, Day After Day, Apple of My Eye and Baby Blue.

The show’s second half highlights the classic rock songs of  British band Bad Company, including Bad Company, Can’t Get Enough, Feel Like Making Love, Good Lovin’ Gone Bad and Movin’ On.

The Reals features Dawn Selby as musical director and on keyboards/vocals, Barry Thomson on guitar/vocals, Jason Andrew on bass/vocals and Mali Sewell on drums/vocals. Included in the line-up is guest guitarist Shaun Dragt.

Tickets for each show cost R150. Book at Computicket or phone Roland at 082 499 8636.

NOTE:  The Reals will present their hit Dire Straits tribute show at the Pietermaritzburg Rhumbelow Theatre, at the Allan Wilson shellhole, at 8pm on Saturday, November 15. Tickets cost R150. Book at Computicket or phone Linda at (033) 342 9878.

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JAZZ band 5h Season will perform from 7pm on Friday, November 24, at Sound Café, 5 Garlicke Drive, Ballito, when admission will be R50 a head.

Jazz band 5th Season will perform in Ballito.

The group plays a wide range of jazz standards and contemporary tunes, as well as South African jazz favourites associated with the likes of Lira and Freshlyground.

The band consist of Brayden Hore (bass), Mthunzi Mchunu (guitar), and Devon Hore (drums), all of whom all studied jazz at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and formed this magical group there.

Their career highlights have included opening for Simphiwe Dhana and Bokani Dyer, and working alongside Heels Over Head.

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STEVE Ashley, former frontman of local band The Staccatos, will perform at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November  24 and 25) and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (November 26)/

The show, titled Timeless, covers his from the 1960s to the 1980s, including songs associated with The Staccatos (remember Cry to Me?), Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, CCR, Journey, Prince, Tom Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Engelbert Humperdinck, Neil Diamond, The Beatles, The Archies and Michael Bolton.

Tickets cost R150. Book at Computicket or phone Roland at 082 499 8636.

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IF YOU are after a sundowner and some good music, varied sounds to wash away the Monday blues each week, consider popping in at Durban’s Berea Bowling Club, on the corner of Brand Road and Ferguson Road, every Monday.

You can attend and play bowls from 4pm (they have floodlights.) There will be club members in attendance to assist anyone new to playing bowls. They also have bowls available. The music, by different acts each week, flows from 6pm to about 9pm.

A full bar is available and food can be bought at the venue.

This Monday (November 27), the attraction is a fine musical trio – Daniel Sheldon, Tom Hare and Gerald Sloane.

The cost is R50 for the music, which includes the bowls (you don’t have to play if you don’t want to). If you require any further information call 082 499 8636.

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IF YOU’RE a fan of big band music, don’t miss the free weekly session at Durban’s bay-side  KuDTa restaurant on Wilson’s Wharf, where music flows from 5.30pm to 7.30pm every Monday.

Band leader George Mari of Durban.

The Monday Big Band is led by popular Durban musician George Mari and showcases the city’s swinging talent.

Featured each week is a 13-member line-up of Durban-based jazz musicians including Burton Naidoo (piano) Llewellyn Chetty (bass), Sbu Zondi (drums), Gerald Sloane (Guitar), Debbie Mari (vocals) and Thabo Sikakhane, Phuti Mofokeng and George Mari (trumpets). Other contributing are Mxolisi Mdlalose, Tim Lewis (saxophones), Kgetsi Mokgetsi, Siyalo Khumalo (trombones) and Tseleng Mokatla (flute).

“The Monday Big Band promises to make Mondays the favourite day of the week with a wide range of repertoire including Little Sunflower, Doxy, Jive Samba, Lullabye of Birdland, South African standards such as Shona, The Mandela Suite, and other original compositions by band members,” says a spokesman.

With occasional change in personnel, The Monday Big Band will feature guest musicians every so often – to be announced.

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