Jazz cats, blues cats and rockers for rhinos
By Claudia Mohr
Jazz fans can have their fill this weekend as The Mahogany Room (79 Buitenkant Street) brings you acclaimed pianist and composer Kyle Shepherd in concert. He will be playing both Friday and Saturday night, in two separate sets, one starting at 8pm and one at 10pm.
Joining him on stage will be fellow local jazz cats Shane Cooper (bass) and Jonno Sweetman (drums), both of whom are incredible musicians in their own right. Shepherd recently released his third full length album entitled ‘South African History!X’, to critical acclaim, and featuring his trademark originality and the authentic integration of local afro-jazz/Cape-jazz idioms into his larger jazz influences.
Having received SAMA nominations for both his previous albums ‘fineART’ and ‘A Portrait of Home’, Shepherd has been steadily gaining in popularity not only on the local scene but also abroad, where he has performed in reputable venues such as The Bird’s Eye Jazz Club (Switzerland) and festivals such as the Arhus Jazz Festival (Denmark).
Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to some heartfelt, incredible music. Tickets are sold strictly at the door and cost R60pp for one set and R100pp for both. Doors open at 7pm: www.kyleshepherd.co.za.
Blues fans won’t be disappointed either as Northern Suburbs live music gem, Die Boer (6 Chenoweth Street, Durbanville), bring you a triple dose of your favourites in a show featuring Albert Frost, Blues Broers and Simon Orange: a perfect opportunity to grab your friends and soak up those 12 bar classics.
They perform on Saturday night and tickets cost R100pp, with the show starting at 8.30pm. For those who haven’t been to check out the venue Die Boer yet, they don’t allow orders during the show, but do serve local homey favourites on their dinner menu worth sampling, so go around 7pm. Booking is essential: 021 979 1911.
On Friday night those looking to rock out can drop by Mercury Live & Lounge (43 De Villiers Street, Zonnebloem) for the launch of their all new It’s Always Better Live monthly concert series. Friday’s musical feature will include Wild Eastern Arches, The Mystics as well as new Mother City group Good Night Wembley.
Good Night Wembley features band members who are already firm favourites through their attachments to other projects: George van der Spuy on vocals (Taxi Violence), Nic Gaud on vocals and guitar (7th Son), Alex Krause on guitar (Dead Lucky), Gideon de Kock on bass (Like Knives/Yes Sir! Mister Machine), and Jean Middelvinger on drums (Dead Lucky/Machineri/Stepdog). Music starts at 9pm, cover is R40pp.
Then for those looking to party for a good cause, why not join in on the Rocking for Rhinos music festival at Hillcrest Wine Estate (Durbanville road, M13 Durbanville) this Saturday and Sunday. As the name suggests, all proceeds will go to the rehabilitation of rhinos suffering injury as a result of poaching.
Saturday’s line-up includes the likes of Mark Haze, Boombox Troopers,Tombstone Pete, Akkadis, Reburn and Ashtray Electric, while Sunday features blues players Natasha Meister, Ballistic Blues and The Jack Mantis Band amongst others. Tickets are available via Computicket (www.computicket.com) at between R100pp and R50pp. Call 021 976 1110 for more information or visit www.hillcrestfarm.co.za.