Feast of music in the Hills

Some great music has been lined up again for the fortnightly Music in the Hills (MiTH) event at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton. The next event is from 6pm on Wednesday, October 24.

The headliner, at 9pm, will be singer-songwriter and producer Ann Jangle, whose ominous style of dark folk and eclectic rock, all gypsy infused, is said to leave a long-lasting impression.

Main Picture: Ann Jangle by Henry Engelbrecht.

Before her, the spotlight will be on Ilan Lax and friends, from 8pm. During the day, Lax is a legal professional but he is also a soulful, poetic musician who performs folk-rock, including ballads and original material, with deep emotion.

He will be joined by Brian Bedingfield and Barry Meintjies, both of Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, as well as Charles Webster of Bowstring.

120 Dezibel

From 7pm, MiTH will feature 120 Dezibel, a high school big-band from Oldenburg, Germany, and the Wartburg Kirchdorf School band.

Founded in 1993, 120 Dezibel started a school exchange project with the Wartburg school in KZN in 2015, and is currently touring KwaZulu-Natal.

The two bands will present jazz, funk, rock and Latin music with five saxes, five trumpets, four trombones, 10 choir singers and a rhythm section.

Doors at MiTH, a semi-open-mic music club, open at 6pm. Admission is R30 at the door. Take your own booze, and food and soft drinks will be available for sale. For more directions or more info phone Charles Webster at 082 331 7271.

Evan Cullum, singer and keyboardist, who is among the cast of Elton & Friends, in Kloof from Wednesday to Friday, October 17 to 21.

Elton John fans are sure to enjoy Elton & Friends, which runs at 8pm nightly from Wednesday to Saturday, October 17 to 20, then at 2pm on Sunday, October 21, at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, Kloof.

Singer and pianist Evan Cullum will be performing alongside Kirsty van der Linde on saxophone and vocals, Dylan van der Linde on percussion and Ofentse Mokhuane on vocals.

KZN Midlands events

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

Meanwhile, a reminder that this weekend marks your last chance to see the Neil Diamond tribute show by popular band The Reals, Hot August Night, at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban.

Wonderboom live at Caversham Mill

It’s on at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (October 19 and 20) and 2pm on Sunday (October 21), and then will be staged 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 at 082 499 8636. For my full review click here

Gary Nixon of The Kickstands (left) with Rob Warren of The Black Lapels. They team to salute Bruce Springsteen in a new unplugged show in Durban.

Also worth catching in Durban is A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen, at 7.30pm on Wednesdays only, October 17 and 24, at the Rhumbelow Theatre branch in Umbilo, Durban. This tribute is performed by Rob Warren of The Black Lapels and Gary Nixon of The Kickstands. For my full review of the show, click here

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

Sci-fi thriller

Among films new in cinemas countrywide this weekend is a sci-fi thriller, The Titan, starring Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling and Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Lennart Ruff, it’s about a military family taking part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration.

SHOWBIZ TRIVIA:
Do you know? What South African singer, now aged 77, found fame with his performance as the Elvis-like Pharaoh in the original 1970s South African production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat? (Answer next week).

Last week’s question: 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: Jonathan Butler).