A bluesman and his guitar
By Claudia Mohr
Blues fans are in for a treat as arguably the country’s leading blues performer, Dan Patlansky, will take to the stage at The Dorpstraat Theatre (The Shed, Summerhill farm, R44 to Klapmuts) on Friday night.
Fast becoming a local blues legend with a brand of songwriting that soothes the classic blues fans whilst still employing a wide range of genre specific styles and nuances into his guitar playing, Patlansky has something of an unrivalled edge when it comes to blues performances in South Africa.
This is your opportunity to see him live and judge for yourself; you’ll not be disappointed. Tickets are selling at R100pp and bookings can be done via the theatre: 021 889 9158, www.dorpstraat.co.za. Concert starts at 8.30pm. For those wanting to rock out in the inner city some options on Friday night include band Two Minute Puzzle, supported by Reeds and Bamboo at Obviouzly Armchair (135 Lower Main Road Observatory) around 9pm. Two Minute Puzzle can best be described as moody alternative rock with a slightly more melodic edge than expected. Cover is R30pp: 021 460 0458.
Also on Friday: if you are in the vicinity of Long Street lapping up the night life, you can catch favourites Captain Stu playing much loved tunes like ‘The Day’ and ‘Siamese Twin’ at Zula Sound Bar ( www.zulabar.co.za). Things get going around 8pm, with a door charge of R40pp.
Fans of veteran singer/songwriter Wendy Oldfield can catch a debut intimate performance by her at The Alma Cafe (20 Alma road, Rosebank) Friday night. A two time SAMA winner and perhaps best known for their work with John Mair in The Sweat Band, Oldfield has a career spanning a diverse range of musical projects and this concert should be a real treat. Show starts at 8pm. Call 021 685 7377 for more info.
Lastly this week jazz fans can look forward to be spoiled by the creative genius of acclaimed local pianist and composer Kyle Shepherd in a trio performance with fellow musicians Jonno Sweetman on drums and Shane Cooper on bass. This is possibly your last opportunity to catch Shepherd before he embarks on an international tour later this month.
He plays both Friday and Saturday night at The Mahogany Room (79 Buitenkant street, Gardens) with two shows, one starting at 8pm and one at 10pm. Tickets are sold at the door for R60pp one show, and R100pp for both.