Sound Advice: Gigs (Dec 21 to 28)

The Black Lapels – from left are Gareth Gale, Rob Warren and Garth Warren – unite with guest guitarist Rusty Red for their Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute in Ballito.

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BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including a feast of festive fun from The Reals, a Creedence tribute from the Black Lapels and a madcap mix from Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert.
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’TIS the season to be jolly, so why not consider checking out The Reals in festive mood with Christmas Fun, to be staged at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday?

Barry Thomson of The Reals.

This show features Barry Thomson on guitar and vocals, Dawn Selby on keyboards and vocals, Jason Andrew on bass and vocals, and Andy Turrell on drums and percussion.

“Following our crowd-pleasing formula, our festive fare includes some jolly Christmas singalong favourites and hit songs from The Reals’s most popular tribute shows of 2017, including their tributes to Fleetwood Mac and Dire Straits,” says a spokesman for the theatre.

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

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HEAD for Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, this week for Aaron & Lisa @ Tina’s.

The show has these two Durban theatre darlings free-wheeling from one fun sketch to the next, as the mood takes them. The two seasoned players delve into their treasure trove of nonsensical comedy gems and songs, to extract scenes you will either remember as old friends, or encounter afresh as new acquaintances.

Performances are at 8pm until Saturday, plus there are 2pm performances on Saturday and Sunday (December 23 and 24).

my review of the show is under ‘Theatre’ on the cover page of this site.

Book by calling Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636. Show tickets cost R180 each, and dining is optional. Seating is at tables of six.

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DURBAN band The Black Lapels present their Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute show at The Pumpkin Theatre, La Montagne Resort, Ballito, on Friday and Saturday, December 22 and 23.

Be transported back to the late 1960’s and early 1970s with Rob Warren, Garth Warren, Rusty Red and Gareth Gale as they perform their fine musical tribute to the legendary band that gave us such hits as Bad Moon Rising, Hey Tonight and Down on the Corner.

 

Tickets cost R135 and can be booked online at webtickets.co.za or at the La Montagne Resort. All ticket holders will be entitled to a 10% discount on their dinner bill at The Crayfish Inn.

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NOTE that 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, is taking a break until January 8 as some band members are appearing in Durban shows over the next few weeks..

The group 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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