Sound Advice (July 11-17)

Durban’s The Blarney Brothers perform at the Umbilo Rhumbelow Theatre this weekend.

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BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include performances by Joe Nina and The Blarney Brothers, and supper shows saluting piano greats and jukebox classics.
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THE Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, is presenting a fun party show this week – one featuring music by Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby, Alicia Keys and John Legend, among others.

The show is Rock ’n’ Roll Nerds: The Piano Greats, and it runs at 8pm nightly from Wednesday to Saturday this week, July 11 to 14, and at 2pm on Sunday, July 14.

Treat yourself to a line-up of Durban’s finest ‘nerds’, including Kirsty van der Linde on saxophone, Andy Turrell on bass, Dylan van der Linde on drums, David Knott on lead guitar and Evan Cullum on piano and musical direction. Vocalists are Nicky Knott and Ofentse Mokhuane.

Tables seat six and tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners). Book at Computicket or phone Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.

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FOLK music of the 1960s and 1970s pulls the spotlight in That’s More Folk, to be presented at Pietermaritzburg’s Dive, at the Hexagon Theatre, at 7pm for 7.30pm nightly on Friday and Saturday (July 13 and 14) and next Friday and Saturday (July 20 and 21).

Devised and directed by Peter Mitchell, the show is a sequel to That’s All Folk, which sold out in Pietermaritzburg for three seasons in 2017. It features guitarists Daniel Rossouw and Ryan Calder alongside singers Erin Fourie, Katherine McClelland, Sandra Styles and Tammy Calder.

Expect to hears songs associated with Simon and Garfunkel, John Denver, Donovan, Carole King, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, and even Elvis Presley.

It will be a picnic evening – so take along some food. Note, however, that beverages have to be bought at the theatre’s pub.

Tickets cost R100 each. Book at hexagon@ukzn.ac.za

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JOE Nina, a performer whose music is said to appeal to the heart, enrapture the soul and speak loudly to his African heritage, entertains at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow at 7pm on Friday and Saturday,  July 13 and 14.

Joe Nina… Jazzy Rainbow dates

The venue is at 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, formerly Goble Road, and admission is R150 a head. To book phone (031) 303 8398 or email jazzyrainbow@mweb.co.za

These performances form 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 Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.

Nina, whose latest album Time II Time saw him back on the stage at the SAMA24 award ceremony, bringing the crowd to their feet, has had a 28-year musical career, with 27 albums to date.

He has produced and written songs for Stompie Mavi, Ringo Mandlingozi and the African Jazz Pioneers, and has worked alongside Victor Ntoni, Ray Phiri, Sbongile Khumalo, Tsepo Tshola, Patricia Majalisa, Sharon D and countless other talented musicians.

Remaining true to his commitment to the development of local musical talent, Nina will perform alongside some of the most talented students from the University of Kwazulu-Natal.

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IF YOU’RE a fan of Irish sing-alongs, novelty ditties and fun party music from various decades, you’d do well to check out one of Durban’s most popular and seasoned bands, The Blarney Brothers, this weekend.

The hit trio – siblings Damien and Paul McIlroy, and Tony Fisher – sing and perform various instruments and have a strong following.

Catch them at Durban’s newly renovated Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, off Bartle Road, at 8pm this Friday and Saturday (July 13 and 14) and 2pm on Sunday (July 15).

Now celebrating its 44th anniversary, the trio specialises in Irish ballads, catchy pub songs, popular current hits and the occasional Irish jig.

Since the early 1990s, the group has undertaken numerous international tours. Besides appearing in the UK, the band has visited the Far East frequently, appearing in Singapore, Shanghai, Macau, Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Australia.

Tickets for their show cost R150 (R130 for pensioners). Book at Computicket or call Roland at 082 499 8646.

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THE most requested songs of all time are promised in JukeBox Hits, the new showband entertainment running at the three-tier Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga, from this Thursday, July 12, to September 2.

Good news is that SoSuterBill, together with the casino theatre, is offering a prize of a table for eight people to see the show on any day of its run, subject to availability. See separate story on this site to enter.

Jukebox Hits has a 10-member cast headed by popular Durban singers Liesl Coppin and Percy Smith, as well as charming vocalist Kyle Matthews, a onetime regular on the Barnyard Theatre circuit and the star of the ’80s tribute show that has just completed a successful run at the Rockwood Theatre.

Also on vocals are Riyaan Cornelius and Janine Cupido, while Durban’s Calli Thomson is on keyboards, local lad Paul Cassells is on drums, Sheldon von Grimm is on guitar and Kelly Joubert is on bass.

Durban saxophonist Kirsty van der Linde.

Popular Kirsty van der Linde, who is among the cast of Rock ’n’ Roll Nerds: Piano Greats at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof this weekend, will join the Jukebox Hits cast on July 19, taking over from Johan van der Molen.

Jukebox Hits features classics such as Piano Man, What a Wonderful World, YMCA, Let’s Twist Again, Unchained Melody, New York, Don’t Stop Believing, Uptown Funk, End of the Road, Mony Mony, Black Velvet and That’s The Way I Like It, to name just a few.

Paying homage to artists such as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Joe Cocker and Billy Idol, Jukebox Hits promises an evening of pure music joy and nostalgia.

To book tickets for Jukebox Hits phone (031) 161 0000. Thursday night tickets cost R99, while Friday and Saturday night tickets cost R130 each. On Sundays, with adults at R130 a ticket, children under the age of 12 get in free and pensioners pay half price.

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