Sound Advice (March 14-20)

The Bone Collector, aka Dr Eugene Viljoen, orthopaedic surgeon. He performs alongside The Car Guard, aka Corrie Pretorius (businessman) in Hilton.

BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. This week there are gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including supper shows and a campus comedy-and-jazz gig.

A BAND formed in 2011, The Name On The Drum (TNOTD for short), takes to the bandstand at 8pm today (Wednesday, March 14), at the Music in the Hills (MiTH) gathering, now being held fortnightly in Hilton.

The venue is a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton.

TNOTD features Ben Bruzas (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Mike Wartnaby (guitar, ukulele), Liam Barnard (bass) and Nat Bruzas (drums, vocals). The team performs a mix of original alternative rock, punk and indie as well as a variety of covers.

Influences include Rise Against, Frightened Rabbit, Blink 182 and Kodaline. Their songwriting is heavily influenced by current world issues, and changing things for the better.

Based in Hillcrest, the band has many played at The Red Door in Pietermaritzburg, Durban’s Winston Pub and The Rocking Rooster, as well as other venues.

The 7pm attraction at the gig will be the Pietermaritzburg Caledonian Pipe Band which is celebrating its centenary year, having been formed in 1918 as a living memorial to the fallen in the first World War.

“We’re unlikely to need amplification in the MiTH venue for this performance, but those who find the pipes as soul-stirring as we do should not miss out. The band will open the evening with about 40 minutes of piping and drumming magic,: says MiTH spokesman Charles Webster.

For those interested, the band meets on Monday nights at the band room in Adrian Road, Pietermaritzburg, from 7.15pm to 9.15pm for its weekly practice, and welcomes potential new pipers and drummers.

The 9pm slot at MiTH will be filled by Zeerover , a Richards Bay-based duo with a combined 70-plus years in the music industry.

The Bone Collector, aka Dr Eugene Viljoen, (orthopaedic surgeon) and The Car Guard, aka Corrie Pretorius (businessman), came together to form Zeeroover in 2012.

“Both are composers, vocalists and instrumentalists, and they have honed not only their skills, but a sound that is remarkably unique and appealing to a broad spectrum of audiences,: says Webster.

Unlike anything you’ve heard before, these chaps cover most of the iconic greats with their very distinctive style and sound. Musical purists, they’re admirably zealous about their ‘no back tracks’ policy.

Bring your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale. Directions and more info from Charles Webster (082 331 7271) or Doug Borain (072 340 7034).


DAVE Starke presents his acclaimed tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Kloof branch at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (March 16 and 17) and 2pm on Sunday (March 18).

Dave Starke, who salutes Leonard Cohen this weekend.

Written by Perran Hahndiek, the show is an exploration of the life and works of the late Leonard Cohen. It features his music and poetry interspersed with anecdotes from his life and other literary writings.

Expect early hits such as Suzanne and So Long, Maryanne, the haunting Famous Blue Raincoat and Who By Fire?, as well as lighter works such as Tower of Song and items from Cohen’s final album, You Want It Darker?.

The show had it’s debut at The Rosebank Theatre in Cape Town where it was sold out for the duration of its run.

Tickets cost R150 each. Book at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.           


NOTE that excellent Durban band The Black Lapels will be returning to the Rhumbelow Theatre’s temporary Durban venue – St Cyprians Church Hall in Umbilo Road – with the team’s very popular Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute show, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (March 16 and 17) and 2pm on Sunday (March 18).

Rob Warren, Garth Warren and Gareth Gale, together with guest guitarist Luke Wyngaard (aka Rusty Red), will entertain with hits including Bad Moon Rising, Hey Tonight, Have You Ever Seen the Rain?, Fortunate Son, Looking Out My Back Door, Down on the Corner, Up Around the Bend, Born on the Bayou and Green River.

Tickets cost R150 each. Book at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.


THE Reals band, with guest guitarist-singer Colin Peddie and vocalist Samantha Landers, present Poetry in Music at the Rhumbleow Theatre’s Kloof branch at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, at 8pm nightly from March 20 to 25.

The cast of Poetry in Music at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof.

Featuring musical direction by Dawn Selby, the show features poetic music associated with John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, The Eagles, Indigo Girls, Mumford and Sons, Leonard Cohen and others.

Tickets cost R150 each. Book at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.


THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music in the Shepstone Building on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal welcomes back SA’s premier comedy and jazz series, on its fifth edition, at 6pm on Tuesday, March 20.

Currently in town from his one-man tour, Troy Tesla will anchor a new line-up packed with the best of the city’s comedians and jazz musicians, who will offer a 90-minute entertainment

Comics will include Durban’s Andrew Hughes and Rory Petzer, who is a presenter and producer at East Coast Radio. Also contributing to the laughs will be Nonto Mondlane Miya, the winner of the Best Indigenous Comedian SATMA Awards, and advocate for women in comedy.

Students from the university’s School of Music will also perform, alongside guest acts  Mmeli Magwaza, a regular attraction at the annual uMbele Wethu Cultural Festival; and Nonhle Mkhize Indoni,  a bilingual poet.

Admission is R80 (R50 for pensioners  and R25 for students with a student card). Doors open at 5.30pm . More info from Thulile Zama at (031) 260 3385.


DURBAN actor-singer Anthony Stonier is to give two more performances of solo Frank Sinatra tribute, Quite Frankly, at Club Altitude in Morningside on Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17.

The show starts at 7.30pm, but doors open at 6.30 and you are welcome to take snacks/picnic basket along. A cash bar is available.  To book, or for more info, phone 064 476 9533.


DURBAN singers Marion Loudon and Andrew Webster are among the cast of A Beautiful Noise at the Rockwood Theatre, Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga.

This show also features guitarist John Ellis (of Tree63), Andy Turrell on pedal-steel and second guitar, Anita Roscoe on violin, Dylan van der Linde on drums, Llewelyn Chetty on bass and the only musician not from Durban, Lifa Arosi, on keyboards.

A tribute to iconic country, folk and acoustic rock artists, A Beautiful Noise will run until April 1. Expect songs associated with Ed Sheeran, Adele, Jason Mraz, The Lumineers, Neil Diamond, The Eagles, Crosby Stills and Nash, Rodriguez, Dolly Parton,  Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mumford and  Sons, Shania Twain and others. To book call (031) 161 0000. (BS)


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