Suter’s Showbiz Spotlight

If you have a penchant for singalongs and golden-oldies you’d do well to pop in at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Pietermaritzburg to catch British Pub Night with Dave Monks (pictured above). A single performance is scheduled for 2pm on Sunday, October 14.

This production, packed with nostalgia, features more than 50 snippets of some of the most popular sing-a-long songs around – everything from Roll Out the Barrel and She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain to hits associated with Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Roger Whittaker, Smokie and The Beatles.

Dave’s unique style and personality are humorous and slick, and he throws in some jokes for good measure.

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

Chimes of Freedom

Also note that at 8pm this Friday and Saturday (October 12 and 13), and also at 2pm on Sunday (October 14), Durban’s Richard Haslop, Will Wallace and Mike Rafferty will present Chimes of Freedom in Kloof. The venue is The Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road.

Multi-instrumentalist Haslop, veteran bluesman Wallace and folk musician Rafferty will present “songs of protest, persuasion and politics”.

Richard Haslop, Will Wallace and Mike Rafferty present Chimes of Freedom in Kloof.

Performing with seven instruments – acoustic and electric guitars, dobro, mandolin, resonator, weissenborn and bouzouki – this unique trio will present powerful songs, associated with everyone from Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon, to some that just have to be heard, ranging from the 1700s Jacobite rebellions to today’s Brexit headlines.

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

African Music and Dance

Worth checking out if you are Durban way is the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s African Music and Dance team, presenting its 13th annual African Cultural Calabash at the Durban campus’s Howard College Theatre at 7.30pm on Friday, October 12.

Embracing the theme “Our Culture, Our Pride”, this year’s event sees a line-up of KZN-born artists performing various music and dance traditions, showcasing African creativity.

UKZN AMD Ensemble students will open the concert with a vibrant percussion piece to welcome guests with an African feel. Eshowe-born Mbuso Khoza will begin with a Kiswahili prayer chant to connect with African spirits, followed by Amahubo repertoire with the KZN Heritage Ensemble.

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Other acts include the group Thee Legacy and Amaphikankani, a male-only hostel group from KwaMashu.

It wouldn’t be an African Cultural Calabash extravaganza without the taste of African cuisine, including Kenyan pilau sukuma wiki, samp, tripe, isigwaqane, nhloko, steamed bread, breyani and a variety of vegetarian dishes and salads.

The cost for the meal and entertainment is R80 (R50 student concessions). Phone Thulile at 031 260 3385 for more details.

Hot August Night

Meanwhile, a reminder that if you are a Neil Diamond fan, you definitely must not miss Durban band The Reals’ Hot August Night, at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo.

It’s on at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (October 12 and 13), 2pm on Sunday (October 14) and again at these times from October 19 to 21. The show will also run at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof from October 24 to 28.

Paying respect to the music of this legendary artist are Barry Thomson on guitar and vocals, musical director Dawn Selby on keyboards and vocals, Mali Sewell on drums and vocals, and Jason Andrew on bass guitar and vocals.

Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland on 082 499 8636. For my full review click here

Durban’s Rob Warren, of The Black Lapels. He and Gary Nixon stage a tribute to Bruce Springsteen on October 17 and 24.

Note that a treat is in store at 7.30pm on Wednesdays October 17 and 24 at the Rhumbelow Theatre branch in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban. It’s a tribute to Bruce Springsteen by Rob Warren of The Black Lapels and Gary Nixon of The Kickstands.

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

Oscar buzz

Among films new in cinemas countrywide this weekend is the fourth big-screen version of A Star is Born, for which Lady Gaga, in a principal role alongside Bradley Cooper, is receiving Oscar buzz.

The film, also directed, produced and co-written by Cooper, tells of a musician who helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

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Another new cinema release this weekend is Hell Fest, in which a masked serial killer turns a horror-themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorising a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe it is all part of the show.

The movie is directed by Gregory Plotkin and stars Bex Taylor-Klaus and Amy Forsyth.

SHOWBIZ TRIVIA:
Do you know? What legendary Cape Town singer-guitarist had two Top Five hits as a 13-year-old in 1975 – with the ballads Please Stay and I Love How You Love Me? (Answer next week).

Last week’s question: What pop singer from a famous family turned down the role of Sandy in the hit 1978 film, Grease, which went on to star Olivia Newton John? (Answer: Marie Osmond)