Sound Advice – KZN gigs

The Lion & The Bear & The Panther headline at this week’s Music in the Hills event in Hilton.


THE first line-up of 2020 at the Music in the Hills event at the Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Hilton has been finalised – with The Lion & The Bear & The Panther taking the 9pm headline spot at the event scheduled for Wednesday, January22.

Formerly known as Avade, the band features Ross Meintjies, Brendon Meintjies and Ruben Thomas.

Also lined up to perform on Wednesday, from 8pm, is The Zambucks, formerly known as Kodiak Music, featuring David Adrian Rossouw on lead vocals, Rudi Engelbrecht on drums, Gareth Barry on lead guitar and Richard Pratt on bass, They play a variety of covers, from the 1960s through to the 1990s.

Lulu Lund, a singer-song writer from Hilton, with a folky acoustic style, will entertain from  7pm. Lund grew up surrounded by the sounds of Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac and Bob Dylan, and picked up the guitar in her early twenties. She then moved to London, playing in pubs and performing at weddings and various events. She has recently moved back to South Africa after six years abroad.
Music in The Hills (MiTH) provides an opportunity for beginners, professionals and passionate music fans to share the joy of music at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm. The event takes place every second Wednesday at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton.

Doors open at 6pm and the music starts at 7pm. Entrance is R50 at the door. You can take your own booze, although foo and soft drinks are available for sale.


A REMINDER that Durban’s excellent Platform Jazz swing band is presenting The Great Gatsby Party at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, this coming weekend, having opened there last weekend.

Headed by trumpeter Cathy Peacock, the group offers a mix of songs from the 1920s through to the 1940s, with some more current songs given the big band treatment. It is a slick outpouring interspersed with brief anecdotal info about songs and  artists. It makes for a great night out with a band that celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.

Platform Jazz at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo.

Peacock’s team comprises Kirsten Sayers on clarinet, Jeff Robinson on sax and newcomer Andrea Bolloco on trombone, with the brilliant Melvin Peters on keyboards, Bruce Baker on drums and Andreas Kappen on bass.

Guest vocalist Shelley McLean, who has performed often with the group, is as enchanting as ever, appearing in a parade of frocks and hairdos during the two-act programme which offers a fine mix of songs. Highlights include her renditions of My Baby Just Cares For Me, a restyled All About That Bass, a gutsy Sweet Georgia Brown and swing-styled Disney hits You’ve Got a Friend in Me (from Toy Story) and Bare Necessities (from The Jungle Book).

Performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (January 24 and 25) and 2pm on Sunday (January 26). Tickets cost R160 (R140 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.

For my full review of the show, click here:


Looking ahead… booking has opened for Durban band The Reals’ slightly revamped version of their hit show, Tribute to Dire Straits.

It will run over weekends at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo from January 31 to February 9m then will have weekend performances at the theatre branch at Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof, from February 14 to 23.

Paying tribute to the music of Mark Knopfler and his band Dire Straits are singer and guitar maestro Barry Thomson, Dawn Selby (keyboards and vocals), Mali Sewell (drums) and Jason Andrew (bass and vocals). The show will also feature guest guitarist Shaun Dragt.

Tickets cost R160 each and booking is at Computicket or by contacting Roland on 082 499 8636.


NOTE that Durban band Beat-Route now has a regular jazz gig at Surf Riders Cafe on the Durban beachfront promenade, at South Beach.  The band plays there every Friday from 12,30pm to 2.30pm and they list the event as “Sunkissed Jazz”.


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