Sound Advice (June 20-26)

Johannesburg band The Muffinz visits Durban on Saturday and Sunday as part of a national tour.

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BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include performances by hit band The Muffinz and a great tribute to Johnny Cash ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

WORTH noting on the Midlands music scene is that the fortnightly Music in the Hills (MiTH) event in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, has a good line-up on Wednesday, June 20.

Kicking off the entertainment at 7pm will be MiTH founder Charles Webster, with family and friends, performing jazz standards, pop and rock covers.

Former Idols contestant, singer-guitarist Erin Fourie, performs from 8pm, alongside Daniel Rossouw, a guitarist and vocalist who is a regular part of the dynamic Pan Latino line-up.

Former Idols contestant, singer-guitarist Erin Fourie and Pan Latino’s Daniel Rossouw… Hilton date.

The MiTH headliner act, at 9pm, will be singer-songwriter and pianist Nosihe Zulu, who was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, and finished in eighth place in season six of Idols in 2016. She is now based in Durban, to further her second degree in Jazz Voice Performance at UKZN.

Nosihe grew up in an active church community that gave her many platforms to share her gift of singing at various functions and church events. She soon realised that she not only enjoyed singing, but also relished performing and entertaining too. Her musical range includes pop, jazz, R&B and soul.

Held every second Wednesday, MiTH is a semi-open-mic music club, an opportunity for musicians to share the joy of music with a friendly audience which includes fellow musicians – who have all “been there” too. Non-musicians are welcome too.

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

By the way, musicians who are keen to perform at MiTH should phone Charles Webster (082 331 7271) or Doug Borain (072 340 7034) for more details.

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NOTE  that the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, will  present The Johnny Cash Tribute at 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday (June 20 and 21) and at the same times next Wednesday and Thursday (June 27 and 28).

The show features Rob Warren on guitar and vocals, his brother Garth Warren on bass, Gareth Gale on drums and Clare McIlroy on vocals.

Rob Warren performs with his band in Kloof this and next week, in a tribute to Johnny Cash.

The show, set in Folsom Prison and saluting the music and memories of the great Johnny Cash, has played to sold-out audiences in Durban and is back by popular demand.

Expect to hear hit songs such as Ring of Fire, Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, Man in Black, Cry Cry Cry and Walk the Line, as well as songs with June Carter such as Jackson, It Ain’t Me Babe and Jukebox Blues.

Tickets cost R150, seating is at tables of six, and booking is by phoning Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.

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ECLECTIC Johannesburg band The Muffinz visits Durban on Saturday and Sunday as part of a national tour  – performances presented in association with Concerts SA, after sold-out shows in Bloemfontein and Johannesburg.

Formed seven years ago, the quartet presents The Muffinz On The Road To: Where You Are, a month-long touring project which includes live performances and music workshops.

The band will perform at Durban’s Khaya Records, at 85 4th Avenue, Morningside, from 7pm on Saturday (June 23), when admission will be R60a head. To book, or for more info, call 079 343 8634.

Also catch the group at The Chairman, 146 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Point, Durban, from 11pm on Saturday (June 23), when admission will be R150 a head. Call 079 753 6313to book or for more details.

Finally, catch The Muffinz at Durban’s Bat Centre, Victoria Embankment, from  3pm on Sunday (June 24), when there will be no couvert charge. The phone number there is (031) 332 0451.

Asked about their tour, The Muffinz say: “We are excited about it. We will be sharing with audiences our take on how The Muffinz sound has evolved to where it is. We will be coming to Where You Are, as that is the title of our new single”.

With five South African Music Award (Sama) nominations and two albums to their name the quartet released their new single in February. Written by The Muffinz, the song is produced by Simphiwe Kulla and Geoffrey Tazenda Chitima. It is mastered by Chris Gehringer.

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POPULAR Durban band The Reals, headed by singer-guitarist Barry Thomson, will perform with guest vocalists and musicians at a fund-raiser concert at Durban’s Glenwood Boys’ High School at 2pm on Sunday, June 24.

Barry Thomson of The Reals… Sunday date in Durban.

The versatile band – also featuring Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell and Jason Andrew – and friends are giving of their time and talent to raise funds to complete renovations of the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, where they perform regularly. The theatre celebrates its 17th year this year.

This show features Thomson on guitar and vocals, musical director Selby on keyboards and vocals, Andrew on bass and vocals, and Sewell on drums and percussion.

The show will include favourites and hit songs from The Reals’ most popular tribute shows of 2017 and 2018. Expect music associated with Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac, Rodriguez and other hit-makers.

Please note that seating at the venue will not be at tables (like at the Rhumbelow) but in rows. Patrons are encouraged to take along their your own drinks, glasses and snacks, while chips, cool drinks, sweets, tea and coffee will be on sale as well.

There is a grassed area outside the hall to picnic if you want to bring a blanket.

The venue will open 60 minutes before the show.

Tickets cost R150 each and bookings are essential, via Roland at 082 499 8636. Nickets will not be sold at the door on the day.

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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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