Sound Advice (Oct 24-30)

The cast of The Foxy 4, to be staged in Pietermaritzburg at 2pm on Sunday, October 28.

BILLY SUTER with his weekly Gig Guide for in and around Durban. Highlights this week include a Bruce Springsteen tribute and a debut cabaret by four Durban women.

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.

Ann Jangles entertains in Hilton on October 24

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.

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:


WELL worth catching in Durban is the final performances of A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen, at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 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:

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


A FUN new show, The Foxy 4, is to be presented at 2pm on Sunday, October 28, at the Pietermaritzburg Rhumbelow Theatre at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Alan Paton Road.

Starring singer-dancers Leigh Meyer, Marion Loudon, Jemma Kate Badenhorst and Camilla Rogers, the show is said to be a pacy production that looks at the cast’s favourite women in music – from Christina Aguilera, Beyonce and Adele, to The Supremes, Marilyn Monroe and Carole King, Nelly Furtado, Rihanna, Gloria Estefan, Cilla Black and Aretha Franklin.

It is said to be cheeky, fun and with stylish choreography and stunning costumes these Foxy females are sure to have you up on your feet as they belt out hits from,

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students with a valid student card). Book at Computicket or call 082 499 8636.



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.

A scene from A Rocking World Tour.

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.

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.

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;


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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