……BY BILLY SUTER……
GUITARIST Rusty Red takes the headliner spotlight, from 9pm on Wednesday (November 11), at this week’s Music in the Hills (Mith) event in a barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Knoll Drive, Hilton.
Doors open at 6pm and the music will flow from 7pm with a performance by Ilan & Chesco, followed at 8pm by entertainment from the act called The Name On The Drum.
Rusty Red, from Durban, is the son of a preacher man, a preacher woman and the brother of yet another preacher man. He skipped the religious gene and instead found himself searching for meaning through the vibrations of six rusty strings.
Popular in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands for his appearances with The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, whose members were among his musical mentors, as well as Durban-based The Black Lapels., Ruisty Red’s influences range from John Mayer and Eric Clapton to BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Queen.
The Name On The Drum, formed in 2011, is a Hillcrest-based, alternative rock, folk and indie band that focuses on original music but also offers a variety of covers. Influences include Bob Dylan, Frightened Rabbit, The National, Angus & Julia Stone and Gregory Alan Isakov.
Current performing members are brothers Ben and Nat Bruzas who, in July 2019, released their independently recorded and produced second EP, Souvenir.
A skilled theatre and performer, Chesco won a Silver Ovation award at the National Arts Festival in 2018 and has performed live musical scoring for stage productions. His performing partner, Ilan Lax, has been a singer, songwriter and part of the Pietermaritzburg music community for more years than he can remember.
Admission is R75 and visitors can pay at the door. Bring your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale. To book, click here
For more details about Music in the Hills (MiTH, and directions, visit www.mith.co.za