A long weekend packed with musical options and Buble returns
By Claudia Mohr
It’s long weekend again, and there are options galore as far as music is concerned. First up on the list of things to consider highly are a couple of performances by multi-talented Lonesome Dave Ferguson.
Known as something of a maestro on the harmonica, Ferguson is a musical multi-tasker who travels with an arsenal of blues and honky-tonk instruments, including the mouth organ, mouth harp, hobo harp, harpoon, tin sandwich, Mississippi saxophone and fist whistle. He combines this with a beat-box and the use of a number of looping and effects pedals, underscoring his vocal delivery.
Needless to say his songs are diverse and interesting, and his performances enigmatic. Originally from our very own Cape Town, Ferguson now resides in Italy and has frequented not only leading local festival stages such as Oppikoppi and The Table Mountain Blues Summit, but also collaborated and guest starred with a number of popular local artists such as Jimmy Dludlu and Valiant Swart.
He performs this weekend on Friday at Don Pedro & All His Beautiful Wives (113 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock) for a cover of R45 at the door (8pm), www.donpedros.co.za; and Saturday at La Cabane on the promenade for free. Booking is essential: 021 790 8686.
If you’re into the guitar, then drop by the Velvet Boutique Theatre (5 Tweed Road, Newlands) on Saturday night and catch SA guitar institution Steve Newman in action. A firm favourite on the local touring scene, this is the perfect music for those looking for a relaxed intimate atmosphere were they can soak up some cool tunes and great playing amongst friends. Tickets are R120pp and the show starts at 7.30pm. Bookings are recommended: 021 685 5918.
Light jazz lovers should head over to Catharina’s Restaurant on the Steenberg Estate (Tokai Road, Constantia) on Sunday at lunchtime to enjoy the sounds of Eddie Kirkwood and his saxophone. This is the place to take family for some quality bonding, fun and food. Tickets are R240pp including the buffet and R120pp for children under the age of 12. You must call and book your spot, as this one is ever so popular! 021 713 2222.
Then an early bird heads-up for next week! Crooner and big band jazz icon Michael Buble is back in town brining the Mother City his ‘Crazy Love’ tour. Fans who caught him last time he was here will know that his show is fabulous and ageless, fronted by a clearly charismatic as well as talented young star.
Expect to hear all those favourites such a ‘Fly Me To the Moon’ and ‘Cry Me A River’. Catch Buble live in action with a full band on the Grand Arena stage, Grand West casino (1 Vanguard Drive, Goodwood) on May 1 and 2. Tickets range from R425 to R885pp and you can try your luck at www.computicket.com.