A weekend of eclectic music awaits the discerning fan
By Claudia Mohr
For those in the dark, Friday nights at Zula Sound Bar (96 long street) there is an array of entertainment with The Circus Show. Think a night of magic, mayhem and musical entertainment featuring a host of DJ’s, musicians, dancers and cirque performers. This Friday’s line-up includes Caitlin the Electric Violinist and Under the stars in the Atrium, amongst others. Doors open at 10pm with a cover of R30pp. Call 021 424 2442 for more info on the madness.
If you’re looking for something a little more acoustic and low key, check out a performance by Durban local Miles Sievwright, featuring Tim Hutchinson at quaint venue Obviouzly Armchair (135 Lower Main road, Observatory) on Saturday at 8.30pm. Describing his sound as experimental nu-folk, Sievwright will delight fans of the classic singer-songwriter with a guitar cliché without the cliché. Expect to be taken on a delightful journey through acoustic soundscapes. Music starts at 8.30pm, with a cover of R20pp. Call 021 460 0458, or visit www.obviouzlyarmchair.com.
For classical music lovers two national music competition winners, violinist Avigail Bushakevitz and pianist John Theodore, will be gracing the Nederburg stage (Nederburg Wine Estate, Sonstraal road, Paarl) on Sunday June 24. Bushakevitz won the 2009 Unisa National String Competition for her expertise on the violin, and has performed various famous works with the Cape Philharmonic, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic and Johannesburg Philharmonic orchestras alike.
Her accompanist Theodore is the SABC Music Prize winner. Expect to be wowed by the prowess and technically ability of these two maestros as they present a duo performance, including violin sonatas by Bartok, Strauss and Schubert. Music starts at 5pm and the tickets are R170pp. Booking is essential: 021 809 8106; www.nederburg.co.za.
Then for jazz fans and lover of experimental music alike looking for an early weekend start drop by The Mahogany Room (79 Buitenkant street, Gardens) o Thursday night: poly-instumentalist Braka, who hails from Paris, will present a concert based on French ballroom repertoire from the 1950s. Included will be paso boble, old French folk songs, jazz standards, valses musettes and original compositions.
Braka, who is a drummer, will be joined by a set of three crazy improvisers namely Nicolas Stephan (saxophone), Lucia Recio (vocals) and Daniel Malavergne (tube), who together call themselves The Elephant Quartet. There are two shows, one starting at 8pm and one at 10pm and tickets are sold strictly at the door, cash only at R60pp for one and R100pp for two. Doors open at 8pm. Call 076 679 2697 to reserve a spot.
Then on Sunday for your last weekend hooray, why not be entertained by Dave Ledbetter and The Clearing at Polana in Kalk Bay (Kalk Bay Harbour). The band, fronted by Ledbetter on the guitar, has been formed for just over a year and have moved to this new weekly spot, supported by its stunning views and delicious food. Fans have followed and you can still catch most of the full band, including popular jazz cat Lee Thomson on the trumpet every Sunday between 4.30pm and 6.30pm: www.harbourhouse.co.za/polana; 021 788 4133.