Blues & jazz fans, the weekend awaits!
By Claudia Mohr
This weekend sees an array of blues artists on offer, starting with the return of the annual Big Blues Festival in Kleinmond (R44 to Hermanus). Running on both Friday and Saturday the line-up promises to bring top SA blues players and some of our most renowned singer-songwriters together in one setting. Dress comfortably and stay the night, or just drive out for a day of music madness, but pack your sunscreen and make sure you’re amongst friends and as they say, just enjoy yourself as it’s the weekend. On Friday, Afrikaans fans shouldn’t miss the Gian Groen band at 6pm followed by female Fender player Natasha Meister and veteran Albert Frost.
On Saturday catch Sixgun Gospel, a lovely rockabilly Mississippi blues outfit known for their packed performances at Alma Cafe (Claremont,) as well as Southern Gypsy Queen and the Boulevard Blues Band. Also on Saturday, at 8.30pm, an absolute highlight will be a performance by Vusi Mahlasela followed by Dan Patlansky. Tickets are between R130 and R250pp depending on whether you’re going for the weekend or just the day: available through Computicket. A note to fans not in the mood for a road trip to get their music fix, you can also be in on the bluesy magic this weekend and catch Albert Frost on Sunday at the Kirstenbosch Sunset Concert (starting at 5pm – www.webtickets.co.za) or have a relaxed dinner and drinks at the Pastis Brasserie restaurant in Constantia (Shop 12, High Constantia Center, Constantia Main Road). This quaint French bistro will help you wind down and relax while you listen to the talents of Meister and suck the very last drops out of your weekend before Monday: 021 794 8334.
The Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch (Corner of Adam Tas and Oude Libertas Road) is also offering an interesting and highly worth it bill this weekend. On Friday and Saturday night versatile and popular tenor Jannie Moolman will present a concert in promotion of his latest album release entitled ‘Die Son Sal Weer Skyn’. The album boasts a soul lifting collection of love songs, and Moolman will be joined on stage by a four piece band, with the production under the watchful eye of musical director Janine Neethling. Music starts at 8.15pm and tickets cost between R120 and R140pp, through www.computicket.com. 021 809 7473.
Also at Oude Libertas but on Sunday, jazz lovers can be privy to the exciting new EP release from arguably one of SA’s top contemporary jazz bands Breakfast Included. The EP entitled ‘Welcome To Today’ was recorded locally and mixed and mastered in New York and is set to enthral audiences with that now recognisable funky jazz sound. Led by renowned pianist Jason Reolon (Outline, The Restless Natives), as well as drummer and composer Shaun Michau, Breakfast Included, since its immaculate conception in 1999, has been playing to packed audiences and receiving rave reviews from critics and corporate clients alike. The band also features saxophonist Buddy Wells and Bassist Wesley Rustin. Tickets are between R120pp and R140pp available at Computicket, music starts at 6.30pm.