Sound Advice: Gigs (Mar 2-8)

Guitarist an vocalist Rusty Red takes the prime spot at the March 4 Music in the Hills event in Hilton.

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BY BILLY SUTER

THE next line-up at the Music in the Hills (MiTH) event at the Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Hilton has been finalised – with popular and versatile guitarist Rusty Red taking the 9pm headline spot at the event scheduled for Wednesday, March 4.

Over the last few years, Rusty Red has been honing his skills with an array of formidable acts – such as The Black Lapels and Splashy Fen legends, The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters. Rusty also shared the stage with South African blues/rock guitar guru Larry Amos and, at the age of 18, opened for guitar ace Dan Patlansky.

Also lined up to perform at MiTH on Wednesday, from 8pm, is Roly Struckmeyer, formerly of Landscape Prayers and Wonderboom, while Blackbird, teaming Charles Webster and Tanya Nicholson, will entertain from  7pm.

Nicholson’s sultry cabaret vocal combines with Webster’s rich baritone and tasteful guitar work to give this vocal-acoustic duo a unique character.

Charles Webster and Tanya Nicholson… Hilton date on March 4.

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.

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A FUN sundowner concert by The KZN Youth Orchestra has been scheduled for 6pm on Friday, March 6, at Crawford College North Coast.

The orchestra consists of 80 young talented musicians, aged between 10 and 18, from all around KwaZulu-Natal.

The concert, Orchestral Escapades, will consist of popular classical music and some contemporary rock and movie tunes. The programme will include such pieces as Soul Boss Nova, Grand March from Aida, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the theme from Swan Lake, and Greensleeves.

It will take place at the College Hall at Crawford College North Coast which is on Watson Highway, Tongaat. Tickets cost R80 for adults and R50 for pensioners and students. Tickets may be purchased at the door from 5pm on the day.

Patrons are encouraged to bring picnics and beverages. For more information contact Cathy at 082 349 8362.

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IF YOU missed the fairly recent performances in Kloof and Umbilo, make a point of catching the fine Pink Floyd tribute show by Durban singer-guitarist Ross Tapson and friends when it runs again at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (March 6 and 8) and 2pm on Sunday (March 8) at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo.

Tapson has been making music for some while fronting Templar Funk, a trio also featuring equally seasoned bassist Neil Ford and singer-guitarist Steve Squier.

These three, offering deft interplay, are the backbone of this Pink Floyd tribute show, but they are very well supported by drummer Grant Halliday, keyboardist Dulcie Erasmus, guest saxophonist Johan Vermeulen and backing vocalists Tiffany Sheppard and Belinda Devoren.

Ross Tapson performs the music of Pink Floyd this weekend.

Tickets cost R160 each (R140 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.

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THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the second level of the Shepstone Building on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal welcomes back Ariel & Juana at 6pm on Wednesday (March 4).

Ariel & Juana is a duet from Argentina, although the twosome has been residing in South Africa for some time. They have performed alongside Andile Yenana, Afrika Mkhize, Yonela Mnana, Reza Khota, and recently returnedfrom a two-month trip to Argentina, where they performed in their home town of Bariloche, in Patagonia, with local musicians

Ariel and Juana will be performing with Salim Washington, a professor at the university, on sax, flute and clarinet, as well as drummer Stanley Matlou.

Doors open at 5.30. Admission is R90 (R60 for pensioners, R30 for students)

Call Thuli on (031) 2603 385 for more details.

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