Sound Advice (Aug 22-28)

Durban’s The Gee Jays perform in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday afternoon.

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BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include jazz with comedy on campus, a Rodriguez tribute shows by The Gee Jays and a colourful show by The South Jersey Pom-poms.
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SEASONED Durban vocal trio The Gee Jays perform their fun show, And That’s Where the Trouble Started…, at the Pietermaritzburg branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, in the Allan Wilson Shellhole, at 2pm on Sunday, August 26.

Singers Gary McKenzie, John Didlick and Grant Bell take a comical look at what often happens in relationships when there’s “trouble in paradise”, making use of varied songs and lots of joking.

The songlist includes offerings associated with Roy Orbison, The Beatles, Johnny Nash, The Bee Gees, Procol Harum, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and others. There are also hits associated with One Direction and Justin Bieber.

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

Still in Pietermaritzburg, note that, apparently due to public demand, another performance has been scheduled at the Hexagon Theatre’s Dive venue for One More Folk, at 7pm for 7.30pm on Saturday, August 25.

This show features great songs of the ’60’s and ’70s folk revival and has a cast headed by guitarists Daniel Rossouw and Ryan Calder. Aldo featured are singers Erin Fourie, Katherine McClelland, Sandra Styles and Tammy Calder.

Expect songs associated with Simon and Garfunkel, John Denver, Donovan, Carole King, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, The Beatles and others.

Admission is R100 a head and one is permitted to take along snacks, but drinks have to be bought at the venue’s pub. Book at hexagon@ukzn.ac.za

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DURBAN band The Reals – Barry Thomson, Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell and Jason Andrew – perform their hit showband tribute to the music and memories of Rodriguez this week.

The team present hits such as I Wonder, Sugar Man and A Most Disgusting Song at 8pm nightly until Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday, at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Kloof branch at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners), seating is at tables of six and booking is by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.

At the Durban branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, in Cunningham Road in Umbilo this weekend, you will find a quirky and delightful showband entertainment – by the colourful South Jersey Pom-Poms, headed by vocalist and award-winning Durban actress Belinda Henwood.

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

The South Jersey Pom-Poms present a cabaret-style romp through the tawdry world of ‘smoke and mirrors”.

Performing their own songs in French, German, Italian and English, and bringing their alter-egos out to play, the team includes Grant Emmerich, Jochen Zeller, Sean Stewart and Anton Cawthorn-Blazeby. See my full review of the show, previously staged in Kloof, by clicking here: https://wp.me/p8dL0W-3bf

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THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the second level of the Shepstone Building on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal presents Jokes & Jazz VII at 6pm on Tuesday, August 28.

The popular comedy and jazz series, back for its seventh edition, offers 90 minutes of fun with MC and comedian Troy Tesla anchoring a fresh line-up featuring ‘Straight Choons’ With Meshantan Naidoo, supported by Long John Comedian (Zimbabe). Also, Medoodi Geneva Mira from Cape Town will take the guest slot.

Troy Tesla.. campus date.

The show prides in diversity of it performers as well as thus the show will kick with a poetry interlude by Thembalethu ‘Glory Child’ Ntuli.

On the jazz front, the spotlight will be on Nosihe Zulu, a Pietermaritzburg singer-songwriter who appeared on Idols in 2016.

Since enrolling for jazz studies in 2016 at UKZN, Zulu has been exploring many legends such as Ella Fritzgerald, Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughn and modern jazz artists like Lizz Wright and Gretchen Parlato. Locally, she has been touched by the music of Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbuli and Busi Mhlongo.

Tickets cost R80 (R50 for pensioners and R25 for students). Tickets are available at the door or online at www.Quicket.co.za

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at Howard College is home to weekly jazz concerts every Wednesday, featuring local and international artists.

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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 line-up 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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