A feast of musical entertainment

PMB and Durban shows this week

By Billy Suter

SEASONED Durban vocal trio The Gee Jays perform their fun show, And That’s Where the Trouble Started…, at the Pietermaritzburg branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, in the Allan Wilson Shellhole, at 2pm on Sunday, August 26.

Singers Gary McKenzie, John Didlick and Grant Bell take a comical look at what often happens in relationships when there’s “trouble in paradise”, making use of varied songs and lots of joking.

In the picture above: The quirky South Jersey Pom-Poms, headed by vocalist and award-winning actress Belinda Henwood. Catch this delightful band in Durban this weekend.

The Gee Jays songlist includes offerings associated with Roy Orbison, The Beatles, Johnny Nash, The Bee Gees, Procol Harum, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and others. There are also hits associated with One Direction and Justin Bieber.

Events and happenings in the KZN Midlands

Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners) and booking is at Computicket outlets or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

Still in Pietermaritzburg, note that, apparently due to public demand, another performance has been scheduled at the Hexagon Theatre’s Dive venue for One More Folk, at 7pm for 7.30pm on Saturday, August 25.

Folk revival

This show features great songs of the ’60’s and ’70s folk revival and has a cast headed by guitarists Daniel Rossouw and Ryan Calder. Also featured are singers Erin Fourie, Katherine McClelland, Sandra Styles and Tammy Calder. Expect songs associated with Simon and Garfunkel, John Denver, Donovan, Carole King, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, The Beatles and others.

Admission is R100 a head and one is permitted to take along snacks, but drinks have to be bought at the venue’s pub. Book at hexagon@ukzn.ac.za

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Also note that Durban band The Reals – Barry Thomson, Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell and Jason Andrew – perform their hit showband tribute to the music and memories of Rodriguez this week.

The team present hits such as I Wonder, Sugar Man and A Most Disgusting Song at 8pm nightly until Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday, at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Kloof branch at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene

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Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners), seating is at tables of six and booking is by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.

Showband entertainment

At the Durban branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, in Cunningham Road in Umbilo this weekend, you will find a quirky and delightful showband entertainment – by the colourful South Jersey Pom-Poms, headed by vocalist and award-winning Durban actress Belinda Henwood.

Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners) and booking is at Computicket outlets or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

The South Jersey Pom-Poms present a cabaret-style romp through the tawdry world of “smoke and mirrors”.

Performing their own songs in French, German, Italian and English, and bringing their alter-egos out to play, the team includes Grant Emmerich, Jochen Zeller, Sean Stewart and Anton Cawthorn-Blazeby. See my full review of the show, previously staged in Kloof, by clicking here.

A scene from the dance work, The Women Who Fell From the Moon, which is among highlights of this year’s Jomba! contemporary dance festival in Durban.

Also note that the 20th annual Jomba! contemporary dance festival opens at Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus, at 7.30pm next Tuesday, August 28. It runs until September 9.

Organised, hosted and run by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and supported primarily by the eThekwini Municipality, the festival sees dance companies and choreographers making their way from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Spain, Switzerland, India, the US and Madagascar to join Durban companies in a programme of innovative dance.

Moving into Dance

The opening night features Johannesburg-based Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

For a more detailed programme on my SoSuterBill.com showbiz site click here.

On to the movie scene… among films new in cinemas countrywide this weekend is the action-thriller, The Equalizer 2, teaming Denzel Washington and Pedro Pascal under the direction of Anotine Fuqua. It has Robert McCall serving an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed… but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

SHOWBIZ TRIVIA: DO YOU KNOW?
What US No 1 song from 1974, by Cher, told of a New Orleans fortune teller who had a black limousine with tinted windows? (Answer next week).

Last week’s question was: The opening instrumental piece on Dire Straits’s Tunnel of Love song is a reworking of music from what classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical? (Answer: Carousel).