Sound Advice (Aug 1-7)

The Reals perform British Invasion at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof this and next week.

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BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include a performance by The Minkeys, a new show by The Reals and a tribute to Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas years.
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PIETERMARITZBURG’S Ruby Gill will return to home ground, after emigrating to Australia, to perform at the next Music in the Hills (MiTH) event, in a renovated barn at the Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Hilton on Wednesday, August 1,

Classically trained pianist Gill, who is said to be noted for her “piercing lyrics and disproportionately massive voice”, will perform from 9pm, after a 8pm performance by Aussie musician Billy Barker.

Ruby Gill… Hilton date.

With new recordings due soon, Ruby and Billy are traversing their bold, contemporary approach to folk across the oceans on an exclusive national tour of South Africa. 

Opening the evening, at 7pm, will be a brief performance by local Grace College lad Braydon Marie, who is learning his guitar craft. He will be followed by a scaled-down PMB Caledonian Pipe Band at 7.15pm.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. An opportunity for musicians to share the joy of their music with a friendly audience which includes fellow musicians .

Take along 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).

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 VERSATILE Durban band The Reals has a feast of music lined up to in the next six weeks at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Tina’s Hotel branch at 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof.

The band is to present two new shows, British Invasion and The Reals with Neill Solomon and Dan Chiorboli, as well as two previous stage successes, Woodstock and Cold Fact – A Tribute to Rodriguez.

Tickets for each of these shows cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners). Book at Computicket or call Roland at 082 499 8636

First up is British Invasion, to be staged at 8pm nightly from Wednesday to Saturday, August 1 to 4, and at 2pm on Sunday, August 5. It will be repeated at the same times from Wednesday to Sunday the following week.

This show has singer-guitarist Barry Thomson, keyboardist and musical director Dawn Selby, drummer Mali Sewell and bassist Jason Andrew sharing the stage with guest guitarist Shaun Dragt.

The British Invasion was a cultural phenomenon of the mid-1960s when rock and pop music acts from the UK became popular in the US and significant to rising ‘counterculture’ on both sides of the Atlantic.

Pop and rock groups such as The Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, the Rolling Stones and The Animals were at the forefront of the invasion, furnishing the model for many important global developments in pop and rock music.

In February 1964, The Beatles started the first British Invasion, appearing on American TV’s Ed Sullivan Show. The band held the top five positions on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart which to date, no other act has achieved and it wasn’t long before other UK bands joined the Invasion.

The Reals pay tribute to the pioneering artists pioneering and those who continued with the British Invasion. Expect music associated with The Beatles,), The Animals, The Who, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Oasis and many others

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THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music Popular Music on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal presents The Minkeys from 6pm on  Wednesday, August 1.

The Minkeys is an eclectic, post-modern South African jazz band with a focus on performance. Last year the band went all-out with an original show titled An Evening Down in New Orleans At Egyptian Ella’s Club, a story conjured from the lyrics of a traditional New Orleans tune by Walter Doyle. called Egyptian Ella.

The group comprises some well-seasoned talent from the local jazz fraternity. Neil Gonsalves is on keyboards, Tom Hare is on sax, Zoe Masuku is on vocals,  Caleb Frow is on drums, Michael Maduray is on electric bass and Daniel Sheldon plays the trumpet and acts up on stage.

Expect a smorgasbord of musical offerings from traditional jazz to Afro, funk, electro-swing, pseudo classical and modern.

 The venue is on the second level of the Shepstone Building at UKZN’s Howard College Campus. Doors open at 5.30pm and tickets cost R80 (R50 for pensioners and R25for students). Contact Thuli at (031) 260 3385 for more details.

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BACK by popular demand, Durban-based Elvis Presley tribute artist, Doug Weich, marks his seventh consecutive year at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, with his colourful new show, Viva Las Vegas.

Weich will present Viva Las Vegas at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and also at 2pm on Sunday, August 3 to 5 – and again at the same venue and times from August 10 to 12.

The production will also feature Wade Wight on keyboards and backing vocals, Evan Cullum on piano and backing vocals, Glen Turrell on bass, Alec Mackay on drums, David Knott on lead guitar, Kirsty van der Linde on saxophone and  Claire Rowlett and Sandi da Cunha on vocals.

Doug Weich as Elvis Presley.

“The show gives us a glimpse of what it was like to watch the King of Rock ’n’ Roll in Las Vegas when he made his return to live performances with his iconic gem-studded jumpsuits, starting from his debut in 1969 up until his last performance in 1977,” says a spokesman.

Viva Las Vegas, A Rocktainment production, is a show with all the glitz and glamour, and is packed with timeless hits of yesteryear that will keep the audience thoroughly entertained for the full 90-minute performance.”

“Come and join us for another exhilarating show at the Rhumbelow Theatre as we pay tribute to one of the greatest entertainers of all time, and commemorate 41 years of the passing of Elvis Presley.”

This show features such classics as Hound Dog, Blue Suede Shoes, Jailhouse Rock, It’s Now Or Never, Fever, Heartbreak Hotel, Johnny B Goode and Suspicious Minds, to name a few.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

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THE Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino is presenting a new show, Jukebox Hits, until September 2. It is probably the best show there to date, full of great songs and a fine lineup of vocalists including Liesl Coppin, Janine Cupido, Kyle Matthews and Percy Smith. Check it out from Thursdays to Sundays. Expect music by Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, Etta James, Def Leppard, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Beyonce, Elvis Presley, Michael Buble and more.

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