Sound Advice: Gigs (Mar 22–27)

The must-see Jonathan Roxmouth performs from Thursday, March 29, at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof.

BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include new shows by Jonathan Roxmouth and The Reals (saluting poetic lyrics).

ONE not to miss – the excellent Jonathan Roxmouth, the award-winning star of such great touring musicals as Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, Beauty and the Beast, Jesus Christ Superstar and West Side Story – performs at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, from Thursday, March 29… not March 27, as originally advertised.

Accompanied by Durban pianist Evan Roberts, Roxmouth will perform at 8pm on Thursday March 29; at 2pm on Friday, March 30; 8pm on Saturday March 31; and at 2pm on Sunday and Monday, April 1 and 2.

Also seen in such stage successes as Jeeves & Wooster, A Handful of Keys, Call Me Lee, Noël & Gertie, Topsy Turvy, Grease and Cats, Roxmouth will share favourite songs from the musicals.

“If you joined us for Stage by Stage with Jonathan, four years ago at Rhumbelow Durban, then you are in for a real treat,” says Rhumbelow Theatre manager Roland Stansell.

Seating is at tables of six at the Tina’s Hotel venue. Tickets cost R150 each and booking is by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

DURBAN singers Marion Loudon is 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)


POPULAR Durban band The Reals has collaborated again with show devisor, guitarist and singer Colin Peddie, as well as former The Voice SA contestant Samantha Landers – two artists with whom the band last collaborated for the recent revival of its excellent Fleetwood Mac tribute show.

The new show is a very good one, offering something for all age groups and having a more theatrical leaning as well as a new level of sophistication in presentation. Titled Poetry in Music, it offers a good mix of classic and more current songs as it celebrates poetic lyrics from a diverse range of artists.

Samantha Landers features in Poetry in Music.

Expect to hear songs from John Lennon, Simon and Garfunkel, Peter Gabriel, Counting Crows, Eagles, Indigo Girls, Mumford and Sons, The Waterboys, Paul Simon, Rodriguez, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and others – occasionally with video links featuring Durban actor-comic Ben Voss as a professor of poetry who is not overly impressed with what The Reals, which he refers to as “the house band”, has to offer.

Imaginatively lit by Michael Broderick, the show features Reals members Barry Thomson on vocals and guitar, Dawn Selby on keyboards, vocals and musical direction, Mali Swell on drums and vocals, and Jason Andrew on bass and vocals.

It’s well worth a visit. Tickets cost R150 each, booking is by calling Roland at 082 499 8636 and performances are at 8pm tonight (March 22), tomorrow (March 23) and Saturday (March 24), and at 2pm on Sunday (March 25). Treat yourself!


THE band 5th Season is scheduled to perform from 7pm on Friday, March 23, at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, when admission will be R80 a head.

This performance forms part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium-sized venues in urban and rural KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape.

5th Season was established organically with a humble beginning and big aspirations. The band members met at the acclaimed University of KwaZulu-Natal Department of Music where they became known as The 5th Season. The collective operates often as a trio and, in some instances, a quartet and quintet, depending on the size of the performance.

The band plays a wide range of jazz standards and contemporary melodies, as well as South African Jazz favourites.

Members of Durban band 5th Season.

The group, which launched its debut album, Symmetry, in 2015, features Janice Joseph on vocals, Brayden Hore on bass, Devon Hore on drums and Mthunzi Mchunu on guitar.

For bookings phone (031) 303 8398.


DURBAN Irish trio The Blarney Brothers perform from 2pm on Sunday, March 25, at the Pietermaritzburg branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, at the Allan Wilson shellhole.

Now celebrating their 44th anniversary, the trio of singer-musicians – brothers Damien and Paul McIlroy, and longitme pal Tony Fisher – offer a fun show filled with Irish ballads, catchy pub songs, popular ‘newies’ and the occasional Irish jig.
Since the early ’90s, the group has undertaken numerous international tours. Besides appearing in the UK, they have visited the Far East frequently, appearing in Singapore, Shanghai, Macau, Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Australia.

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


LAST gasps… note that popular Durban band The Black Lapels is set to entertain, at no cost, from 7pm to 10pm on Friday, March 23. The venue is at 46 Ashley Avenue, Glenashley, in the Glenridge Centre. Enjoy!

Also note that The Reals perform the popular Dire Straits tribute at 8pm on April 1 at the Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga. For bookings and optional dinner details, click here:


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