Sound Advice: KZN gigs (May 9 -15)

Calico… performing in Hilton tonight (Wednesday, May 9).

BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include a free Mother’s Day concert with The Kicktands and others, and Samantha Peo’s excellent supper show in Kloof.

THE band Calico is the 9pm headline act at the fortnightly Music in the Hills (MiTH) event, scheduled for today, Wednesday, May 9. The venue is a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton.

An alternative rock band from Pietermaritzburg, Calico has a sound with an “indie” influence and includes elements of funk and blues.

The members –Josh Gilliver on drums, Ryan Woodgate on lead guitar and backing vocals, Dev van Rooyen on bass and Rudo Ludick on vocals and rhythm guitar – have been together since June 2017 and have supported the likes of Gangs of Ballet and Diamond Thug.

Calico has headlined numerous other local gigs, played at the Harley Davidson company launch and have played venues as far as the South Coast..

The Ryno Theron Trio is the 8pm act. Ryno, from Durban, is a multi-instrumentalist who focuses mainly on experimental guitar and has releaseda debut electric album, and follow up acoustic fingerstyle EP.

He has extended his musical journey by forming a trio with two experienced musicians – Ashvin Laljit on bass and sax, and Ron Howse on drums. Together they put on an exciting live show, featuring Ryno’s strong influences of rock, blues and different forms of ambient music.

The 7pm act will be  PenZephyr, for which Durban’s Smelly Fellows joins a mystery guest from abroad to offer some amazing new material. It will be first time out for this act, which will be followed, at 7.30m, by Craig Naude, an member of Cravan, who played at MiTH a few weeks ago. Craig will share a mixture of acoustic classics and originals.

MiTH is a semi-open-mic music club allowing musicians to share the joy of their music with a friendly audience which 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.

Take your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale.

Musicians who want to play at MiTH, should contact Charles Webster (082 331 7271) or Doug Borain (072 340 7034).


IF YOU missed her excellent Soulfire and Fireflies music revue at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo last year – a production this reviewer rated as the Rhumbelow Theatre group’s best show of that year – ensure you catch Samantha Peo’s return this week at the theatre’s Kloof branch at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road.

Samanatha Peo… Kloof dates.

Great news is that if you book for the first performance at 8pm on Thursday, May 10, you will pay R150 for two people, the usual ticket price being R150 each. Don’t delay – phone Roland Stansell now at 082 499 8636 to secure a seat. Other performances are at 8pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday

Johannesburg-based Peo, star of such hit touring musicals as Cabaret, Chicago and Thoroughly Modern Millie, is accompanied on piano by Durban’s Evan Roberts for an elegant, classy cabaret.

Using well-known songs (with fresh arrangements), poetry and personal stories, they detail the journey from the end of an important relationship, through the stages of loss, highlighting all the ups and downs, funny and poignant moments in between, towards self-acceptance and love. It is performed as a personal account but tells a very human story.

Durban teenager Marianthe Panas, of South Africa’s Got Talent, is to make a guest appearance in the show this time around.


WITH Saturday, May 12, marking the final day of the Premier Soccer League, The Rainbow Restaurant, 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown, figured it would combine two great passions – music and soccer – for another fun  afternoon of entertainment.

In conjunction with Concerts SA, trombonist Nkosinathi Ntshangase’s seven-piece band will be taking to the stage at 5pm. And there is no entry fee!

Trombonist Nkosinathi Ntshangase… Pinetown performance.

Ntshangase is no stranger to the Rainbow, having previously performed with Indibano.  For this gig, he gets to feature original compositions that he previously showcased at Durban’s The Chairman and BAT Centre.

The bad features Nhlanhla Moletsane on trumpet, Zinhle Msane on vocals, Kwenza Mhlongo on guitar, Nhlanhla Xulu on keyboards, Mzamo Zungu on drums and Ayanda Sosibo on bass.

For booking enquiries please phone (031) 702 9161.


THE bands The Kickstands, The Renegades, and North and South have been lined up to perform at the popular Soul Sunday Sessions gathering at Northwood Crusaders, Durban North, from 1pm this Sunday, Mother’s Day. Admission is free – and food and drinks specials will be on offer.


THE Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino is presenting a new show, That ’80s Show, that is a fun entertainment. Check it out from Thursdays to Sundays  – it features Barry and Calli Thomson and a host of other talents. Expect music by Wham, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Tina Turner, Def Leppard, Tears for Fears and more.


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