Sound Advice (Nov 14-20)

The Gee Jays vocal trio present their Don’t Tune Me – Ek Se in Kloof this weekend.

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BILLY SUTER with his weekly Gig Guide for in and around Durban. Highlights this week include a classy cabaret flecked with show tunes and golden oldles from The Gee Jays.
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DURBAN singers Samantha Landers and Shylo Pereira, and pianist Evan Roberts, are pooling talents this and next weekend for a revival of their hit cabaret, That’s Life, first staged in Kloof in April.

The show will now be staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo. Performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November 16 and 17) and 2pm on Sunday (November 18) – and at the same times the following weekend, November 23 to 25.

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

Samantha Landers, Shylo Pereira and Evan Roberts star in That’s Life.

The trio has come up with an elegant and hugely enjoyable cabaret that is a must, especially if you are a fan of show tunes and popular songs lent new life through novel interpretations.

Loosely based on a narrative of women friends whose relationship is rocked when both are wooed by the same man, and who later reconcile, the show unfolds on a small stage. The piano is positioned centrestage, flanked on one side by a small table with a candle and wine glasses, and on the other by a hatstand with a coat, hat and feather boa. It is effectively lit by Sarah Claxton.

Opening with three wonderful, very well delivered songs from the musical Wicked – What is This Feeling, Popular and I’m Not That Girl – the show moves at a brisk pace and covers a wide spectrum of well-known and lesser-known songs from shows as well as charts old and recent.

Both Katy Perry’s I Kissed a Girl and Britney Spears’s Oops, I Did It Again get a slinky, jazzy treatment, as does George Michael’s Careless Whisper, while the lesser known comic numbers 15 Pounds Away From My Love, The Girl in 14G and the jaunty Never Met a Wolf Who Didn’t Like to Howl (from the TV musical series Smash) add to the smiles.

Pereira is particularly good in quieter moments – a haunting Losing My Mind from Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and the poignant The Story by Brandi Carlile.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and can be booked at Computicket or by phoning 082 499 8636.

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NOTE that The Rhumbelow Theatre branch in Beryldene Road, Kloof, presents Durban’s Gee Jays vocal trio this weekend. 

Singers John Didlick, Gary McKenzie and Grant Bell, performing to backing tracks, will present Don’t Tune Me – Ek Se at 8pm nightly from Thursday to Saturday (November 15 to 17) and at 2pm on Sunday (November 18).

The show calls back South Africa’s past and salutes hits from the old Springbok Radio, among them Pretty Belinda, Yellow River, Tie a Yellow Ribbon, Rhinestone Cowboy, Let Your Love Flow and Have You Ever Seen the Rain. There are also hits associated with locals such as Alan Garrity, Charisma and Jeremy Taylor.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and can be booked at Computicket or by phoning 082 499 8636.

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IF YOU are in the mood for golden oldies and a party atmosphere, you might want to check out Best of Decades, the showband entertainment running at The Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga, until January 27.

The show, featuring hits from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and more recent years, marks the first full year of operation for this increasingly popular, three-tier supper theatre at Sibaya Casino.

Best of Decades is designed for audiences to let down their hair while waving goodbye to this year. Consequently, it is suitably jam-packed with classic chart favourites – as well as some decidedly lesser hits – in an attempt to keep most of the people happy most of the time.

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LOOKING ahead… note that the fortnightly Music in the Hills (MiTH) event in a barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton, has some good local talent lined up for its next gathering at 7pm on Wednesday, November 21.

Doors will open at 6pm, tickets will cost R30 at the door, and first up on the bandstand, at 7pm, will be singer-guitarist Summer du Preez, who offers covers and original indie-folk influenced by, among others, Alanis Morissette and The Cranberries.

Pietermaritzburg’s Ryan Calder is the headliner at the Music in the Hills (MiTH) event in Hilton on Wednesday, November 21.

Performing from 8pm will be Kodiak, a local pop-rock team led by Pietermaritzburg businessman David Adrian Rossouw.

The MiTH headliner, entertaining from 9pm, is Pietermaritzburg’s Ryan Calder, who wrote and recorded his debut album, Better Days.

In 2007, Ryan performed for the third time at Splashy Fen, but then under the conspicuous pseudonym of Ryan Calder Band, with band mates.

In 2010, his second album, On The Edge, made its way to the marketplace, and in 2011, Ryan won an International Songwriting Competition and travelled to Barcelona, Spain, to attend the Future Music Forum.

All major label representatives were there to talk about where the industry was heading. Today, Ryan continues to perform in theatre, at house concerts and various other events, and is a well-known figure on the KZN Midlands music scene.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. 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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