Ard to headline Music in the Park

Suter’s Showbiz Spotlight

A new Midlands musical experience will be introduced on Sunday, March 10, with Ard Matthews, of Just Jinjer fame, being a main attraction at a family-friendly Music in the Park event to be held in the grounds of Drakondale Girls’ Choir School.

The school is on the D796, the old Red Acres Retreat in Merrivale. Follow the signs from Geekie Road, opposite Merrivale Spar.

The day’s fun will start at 11am with a choral concert in the school auditorium, featuring the Drakondale Girls’ Choir, Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society and the choirs of Voortrekker, Grace College and Carter High. All will be under the baton of Botes Gresse, and accompanied by Matthew Hoffman.

Line-up of musicians

From there, the festival moves down on to the lawns with a line-up of musicians including Ard Matthews, Jack Mantis, Dave Knowles, Jessica Martins and Don Clarke. The Alma Flamenca dance troupe and DJ TreeManChi will also contribute to the entertainment.

Craft and food stalls will be on site and the concert should be finished by sunset.

Tickets for the whole day (11am to 6.30pm) cost R150 and are available from www.webtickets.co.za and select Pick n Pay stores. Tickets will also be available at the gate. Tickets for the choral concert only (11am to noon), are available at R80 each. However, tickets are limited and will need to be booked.

Take a picnic blanket or deck chairs and be prepared for a wonderful, lazy Sunday afternoon of music, food, fun and family.

For further details phone 083 777 3002 or 082 695 1744.

ReRouting Arts

Another first is the ReRouting Arts Festival, a site-specific multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses alternate public spaces around the city of Pietermaritzburg.

“We aim to create a unique audience experience, build bridges and create dialogue between different socio-economic and cultural demographics while promoting a culture of art,” says a spokesman for the event.

The festival will showcase a full spectrum of visual arts, dance, music and drama performances. In addition, exhibitions will be held at local coffee shops.

The festival will be hosting Malagasy dancer and choreographer, Julie Iarisoa, in Pietermaritzburg for its duration. Iarisoa lives and works in Madagascar and will be giving workshops at local schools during the festival week.

Guitarist Seb Goldswain will entertain as part of Pietermaritzburg’s ReRouting Arts Festival.

She will also be collaborating with local artists for two performances, including the opening event and during the 10am, Saturday, March 16, live performances in the city centre.

More KZN Midlands events

The festival performances will also include a flash mob in Church street choreographed by Sifiso Magesh Ngcobo and involving pupils from Russell, St Nicholas and Epworth High schools.

Pietermaritzburg audiences will be able to watch Durban’s Flatfoot Dance Company at the opening event, as well as Lorin Sookool and Sifiso Khumalo from Durban on Saturday, March 16.

Film and fundraiser for Wilderness experience

“Locally, we have William le Cordeur’s Mahlekahlathini Theatre Company as well as Wayne Reddiar and Francis Mennigke with an exciting electro-acoustic sound performance. Musically, we look forward to a performance from KZN musician Seb Goldswain in Parklane Centre’s Underground Parking on Saturday, March 16.”

ReRouting Arts Festival would not be possible without the support and enthusiasm of many of our local artists and businesses and for this we are truly grateful,” said the organisers.

For further information email reroutingartsfest@gmail.com

Hollywood Hits

If you happen to be Durban way, consider a visit to the elegant Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga, where Hollywood Hits is running until April 7. It offers a tight band and strong vocalists in an outpouring of movie hits from the 1970s through to the present. For my full review click here

Also to be seen in Durban is I Love Rock & Roll, teaming singer Marion Loudon and singer-musician Dave Monks.

The show features covers of more than 20 artists, including The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Queen, The Travelling Wilburys, Britney Spears, The Big Bopper, Status Quo, Che, and Cliff Richard.

Marion Loudon and Dave Monks entertain in Durban this weekend.

Performances are at the Umbilo branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, in Cunningham Road, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (March 8 and 9) and 2pm on Sunday (March 10). Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.

For my review of I Love Rock & Roll, from its recent Kloof season, click here

Sax music

If you are a fan of saxophone you might consider catching Liverpool-born sax ace Andrew Young, who performs at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Kloof branch, at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, at 8pm on Wednesday and Saturday, March 6 and 9, and again at 2pm on March 10.

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

Looking ahead to next week… The Gloucester Blues Band, Dave Starke and Bowstring are scheduled to perform at the next Music in the Hills (MiTH) event in a barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Hilton, on Wednesday, March 13.

Bowstring – comprising Rebecca Webster on vocals, percussion, ukulele, guitar and keyboards, and her father, Charles Webster, on vocals, guitar, percussion and ukulele – will entertain from 7pm.

Dave Starke is among acts scheduled to perform at the MiTH event in Hilton on March 13.

Starke, an excellent singer and guitarist based in Eshowe, Zululand, will perform from 7.45pm, followed by The Gloucester Blues Project at 8.30pm.

Blues Project

The Gloucester Blues Project offers an eclectic blend of traditional blues and old-school rock. It features John Goodall (guitar and vocals), Mark McTaggart (bass and vocals), Andrew Dickinson (guitar) and Ian Dickinson (drums), who present material influenced by artists ranging from John Lee Hooker to Led Zeppelin.

The barn opens at 6pm and admission is R40 at the door. Take your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale. Musicians who want to play at MiTH should contact mithbookings@gmail.com.

Movies new on circuit countrywide this coming weekend include Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson (an Oscar-winner for her performance in Room a few years ago), Samuel L Jackson and Gemma Chan.

Co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the film centres on Carol Danvers, who becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

SHOWBIZ TRIVIA:
Do you know? What Broadway musical starred Lucille Ball in the title role when it was turned into a movie in 1974? (Answer next week).
Last week’s question: What was the surname of “Sylvia’s Mother” in the hit song of the same name, by Dr Hook, from the early 1970s? (Answer: Mrs Avery)