Sound Advice (Nov 21-27)

The Reals perform their excellent Neil Diamond tribute show in Pietermaritzburg this weekend.

BILLY SUTER with his weekly Gig Guide for in and around Durban. Highlights this week include a great Music in the Hills programme and show salutes to showtunes and the hits of Neil Diamond.

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.

Ryan Calder performs at this week;’s Music in the Hills event.

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).


DURBAN vocal trio The Gee Jays – John Didlick, Gary McKenzie and Grant Bell – present their show, And That’s When the Trouble Started, in Kloof at 8pm from Thursday to Saturday (November 22 to 24) and at 2pm on Sunday, November 25.

The venue is The Rhumbelow Theatre branch in Beryldene Road, Kloof.

The show takes a comical look at what often happens in relationships when there’s ‘trouble in paradise’, and offers hits associated with Roy Orbison, The Beatles, Johnny Nash, The Bee Gees, Procol Harum, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, One Direction, Justin Bieber and others.

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


DURBAN singers Samantha Landers and Shylo Pereira, and pianist Evan Roberts, are pooling talents again this weekend for their hit cabaret, That’s Life, first staged in Kloof in April.

The show will be staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo. Performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November 23 and 24) and 2pm on Sunday (November 25).

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

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

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.

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

For my full review click here:


SINCE October (and until February), Joel Karabo Elliott’s Roots Grown Deep has been touring southern Africa to give audiences a pre-launch glimpse of their unfolding project, The Musical Ecology. Now they have reached KwaZulu-Natal.

Featuring 33 musicians from 11 countries of origin, and exuding an effortlessly trans-cultural aura, The Musical Ecology is due for gradual release in 2019 alongside a travelling educational healing node, featuring a number of multi-disciplinary educators and children from the inter-related fields of arts, architecture and agriculture.

“This is music explicitly for the wholistic regeneration of our selves, our communities, and our Earth,” says a spokesman.

oel Karabo Elliott’s Roots Grown Deep.

“As part of the southern Africa breaking-bread-and-listening-sessions tour, Roots Grown Deep offers a special double set presentation: first, a live performance by a region-specific ensemble, then a DJ set by JKE revealing the sounds and stories behind the final mixes from the 23-song recorded repertoire. Be among the first to hear these ground-breaking recordings.”

The Musical Ecology is intended to resonate with people whose hearts and minds are fused to actively connect natural and spiritual reality.

“The music is a portal for unifying and inspiring those people and communities across the land who recognise the shift of human consciousness occurring on our planet, and who humbly seek to serve the processes of healing and regeneration.”

The touring t4am performs on November 23 at Conscious Café at the Castle, Hillcrest. For more details


IF YOU have still not seen it, make a point of catching the feel-good Neil Diamond tribute show, Hot August Night, by Durban band The Reals, which reaches Pietermaritzburg this weekend.

The show will be performed at 8pm on Saturday (November 24) and 2pm on Sunday (November 25) at the Rhumbelow theatre at the Allan Wilson Shellhole.

All the Diamond gems feature in this fine entertainment, my full review of which is available by clicking here:

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

Kirsty van der Linde in Best of Decades.


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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