Sound Advice (Oct 17 – 23)

The Reals… their Neil Diamond tribute in Durban is a huge hit.

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BILLY SUTER with his weekly Gig Guide for in and around Durban. Highlights this week include Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Diamond tributes.
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ELTON John fans are sure to enjoy Elton & Friends, which runs at 8pm nightly from Wednesday to Saturday, October 17 to 20, then at 2pm in Sunday, October 21, at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof.

Singer and pianist Evan Cullum will be performing alongside Kirsty van der Linde on saxophone and vocals, Dylan van der Linde on percussion and Ofentse Mokhuane on vocals.

Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636. For my full review click here: https://wp.me/p8dL0W-3IK

Meanwhile, a reminder that this weekend marks your last chance to see the brilliant Neil Diamond tribute show by popular band The Reals, Hot August Night, at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban.

It’s on at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (October 19 and 20) and 2pm on Sunday (October 21), and then will be staged at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof from October 24 to 28.

Paying respect to the music of this legendary artist are Barry Thomson on guitar and vocals, musical director Dawn Selby on keyboards and vocals, Mali Sewell on drums and vocals and Jason Andrew on bass guitar and vocals.

Included in the show’s repertoire are Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue, Longfellow Serenade, Shiloh, America, Heartlight, Sweet Caroline and I’m a Believer.

Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636. For my full review click here: https://wp.me/p8dL0W-3IK

Also worth catching in Durban are the final performances of A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen, at 7.30pm on Wednesdays, October 17 and 24, at the Rhumbelow Theatre branch in Cunningham Road, Umbilo. It’s a tribute to Bruce Springsteen by Rob Warren of The Black Lapels and Gary Nixon of The Kickstands. For my full review of the show, click here: https://wp.me/p8dL0W-3K9

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

Gary Nixon and Rob Warren present a tribute to Bruce Springsteen.

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Looking ahead… some great music has been lined up again for the fortnightly Music in the Hills (MiTH) event at a barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton. The next event is from 6pm on Wednesday, October 24.

The headliner, at 9pm, will be singer-songwriter and producer Ann Jangle, whose ominous style of dark folk and eclectic rock, all gypsy infused, is said to leave a long-lasting impression.

Before her, the spotlight will be on Ilan Lax and friends, from 8pm. During the day, Lax is a legal professional but he is also a soulful, poetic musician who performs folk-rock, including ballads and original material, with deep emotion.

He will be joined by Brian Bedingfield and Barry Meintjies, both of Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, as well as Charles Webster of Bowstring.

From 7pm, MiTH will feature120 Dezibel, a high school big-band from Oldenburg, Germany, and the Wartburg Kirchdorf School band.

Founded in 1993, 120 Dezibel started a school exchange project with Wartburg Kirchdorf  School in KZN in 2015, and is currently touring KwaZulu-Natal .

The two bands will present fine jazz, funk, rock and Latin music with five saxes, five trumpets, four trombones, 10 choir singers and a rhythm section.

Ann Jangles entertains in Hilton on October 24.

Doors at MiTH, a semi-open-mic music club, open at 6pm. Admission is R30 at the door. Take your own booze, and food and soft drinks will be available for sale. More directions or more info phone Charles Webster at 082 331 7271.

Elton John fans are sure to enjoy Elton & Friends, which runs at 8pm nightly from Wednesday to Saturday, October 17 to 20, then at 2pm in Sunday, October 21, at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, Kloof.

Singer and pianist Evan Cullum will be performing alongside Kirsty van der Linde on saxophone and vocals, Dylan van der Linde on percussion and Ofentse Mokhuane on vocals.

Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636. For my full review click here:https://wp.me/p8dL0W-3IK

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THE Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino is presenting the colourful A Rocking World Tour November 4.

Showcasing a vibrant parade of chart-topping hits from across the globe, A Rocking World Tour opens with a visit to Australasia, where the talented cast pay homage to the great bands and singers that rocked Down Under – from rockers AC/DC and Midnight Oil to the irresistible Kylie Minogue.  From there, they spin the globe and get caught up in an Asian adventure, with a colourful fusion of high-energy Bhangra and Bollywood hits.

The next stop is the world’s party capital, Europe, where the singers and musicians pay tribute to Sweden’s Roxette and Abba, Norway’s A-Ha, France’s Gipsy Kings and Daft Punk, Italy’s Eiffel 65 and Germany’s Boney M, before jetting off to Britain to celebrate Queen.

The worldwide movement continues with the sultry sounds of Latino pop – Mexico’s Carlos Santana, and the cheerful Jamaican jams of Bob Marley. From there, the team bellydance their way through to South America, the only place where hips don’t lie, to the sounds of pop princess Shakira.

A scene from A Rocking World Tour at The Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino.

Among other acts whose music features in the show are Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Freshlyground, Brenda Fassie, Mandoza and PJ Powers.

The cast includes singers Aimee Rain, Christina Jenkins, Jemma Shankland, Jean Citto Kieran Rennie).

The band consists of Barry Thomson of The Reals on lead guitar (to be replaced next week by former Tree63 guitarist John Ellis), Lloyd de Gier on bass, Dillan Kanny on drums and Shemuel Mahebeer on keyboards.

The theatre opens at 6.30pm – meals are on sale at the venue – with the show commencing at 8pm Thursdays to Saturdays. Tickets cost only R99 each on Thursdays, and R130 each for other performances, but half price for pensioners at the 2pm Sunday matinee performances, when under-12s get in free.

My full review of the show by clicking here; https://wp.me/p8dL0W-3EY

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STILL looking ahead… note that after 14 years and a few varied venues along the way, the “new look” Durban International Blues Festival returns to Zacks restaurant at Wilson’s Wharf from 7pm to 11pm nightly, from November 1 to 3.

This year’s line-up is tight, concentrating on the demand to showcase more of South Africa’s own blues talent, both local and national.

With good food and drinks from Zack’s and their neighbours, Julio’s, live music and a family atmosphere, throw in the ever popular auction for a guitar, this year’s festival is not one to be missed.
Unreserved tickets can be bought at Computicket (R150 each)  and limited tickets available at the box-office will cost R160 each.

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