Sound Advice (Dec 12-18)

Jazz man Josh Swanson performs with friends at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow on December 15.

BILLY SUTER with his weekly Gig Guide in and around Durban. Highlights this week include jazz with Josh Swanson and friends, musical comedy with Aaron and Lisa, and some Christmas crackers in Umbilo.

HIT band Just Jinjer will perform from 8pm on Friday, December  14, at Durban’s new events venue, The Globe  – the giant white tent near the parking area of Suncoast Casino. .

The trio of Ard Matthews on vocals and guitar, Denholm Harding on bass and Brent Harris on drums has produced numerous highly acclaimed rock albums, with hits including All Comes Around and the recent Wonderful World.

Just Jinjer has shared stages with U2, Counting Crows, INXS and Maroon 5, to mention a few. The band’s supporting act for The Globe gig wll be Anna Wolf, a South African singer-songwriter who began her career in music as Tailor,

Tickets are on sale at Computicket from R125.


JOSH Swanson & Friends are scheduled to perform at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow at 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, from 7pm on Saturday, December 15.

Admission is R50, including a free drink for students, and more detiasl are available by calling (031) 3038398.

His backing band on Saturday features Siyalo Zulu on trombone, Giyani Shangase on bass, Jaedon Daniel on piano, Byron Thumbu on drums and Josh Swanson on guitar. These musicians all met at UKZN music school.

The first set will consist of jazz standards associated with Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery and Miles Davis. The second set will consist of original jazz compositions by the band members.

This performance is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium-sized venues in urban and rural KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Swanson grew up in Amanzimtoti. At age 11 he was given a second-hand guitar and, through the use of books and experimentation, taught himself to play.

Following the Trinity programme, Josh continued to teach himself and his passion for music and guitar led him to the Foundation music programme offered by UKZN, which affords aspiring musicians the opportunity to bridge any gaps that may exist as a result of not having had any formal music training. This platform led Josh to enter into the BMUS Degree programme at UKZN.

Josh is interested in many music genres. However, it was on the Foundation music programme that he developed a love for jazz –  a particularly good match for him.


DURBAN’S screwball twosome are back on stage – Lisa Bobbert and husband Aaron McIlroy will present a zany collage of comedy and song, Bloopers, at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, from December 14 to 24. Tickets for this show cost R180 each (not the usual R150).

Lisa Bibbert and Aaron McIlroy.

Performances of Bloopers are scheduled for 8pm on December 14 and 15, and 2pm on December 16. Additional shows are scheduled for 8pm on December 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22, and at 2pm on December 23 and 24.

Have you ever wondered why you laugh when “bad” things happen to other people? Is it just a coping mechanism? Maybe it’s a sign of a terrible childhood, or just a relief response that it didn’t happen to you. Don’t sit at home watching online feeling slightly guilty when you can go out and see it live at Tina’s and laugh your head off!

Bobbert and McIlroy cover subjects ranging from self-deprecation to cultural appropriation, land fills, land grabs, hand grabs, cannabis oil and the ridiculous things we humans get up to… all set to a rocking musical back beat!

Book at Computicket outlets or phone Roland at 082 499 8636.



THE showband fun at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, this weekend and next sees singer-guitarist Barry Thomson, bassist Andy Turrell, keyboardist Dawn Selby, singer Marion Loudon and drummer Adrian Wilson presenting Christmas Crackers.

Performances are scheduled for 8pm on December 14, 15, 21 and 22, with 2pm matinees on Sundays December 16 and 23, and Mondays December 17 and 24.

 “Following our crowd-pleasing formula, our festive fare includes some jolly Christmas singalong favourites and hit songs from Barry and his band The Reals’ most popular tribute shows of 2018, including items from Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits, Bad Company, Neil Diamond and British Invasion,” says a venue spokesman.

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


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.


LOOKING ahead… the final Music in the Hills (MiTH) event for 2018 is planned from 7pm on Wednesday, December 19, in a barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton.

The MiTH band will open the evening with a festive set of tunes, followed by the Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, a band that will present a retrospective tribute to their 27 years on the music scene.

Expect social commentary and quirky tunes from their two CDs, both of which will be on sale. 

The evening will end with some fun and well-known tunes with a bunch of MiTH mates.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. Take along your own booze. Food and soft drinks are on sale. For more details phone Charles Webster at 082 331 7271 or Doug Borain at 072 340 7034.


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