The annual Acoustic Festival returns to the Cape from July 26. This is the fourth year the music experience is being staged and it will feature many of the country’s top musicians across the genre returning to the Baxter Theatre.
The show is the brainchild of SA music star Gavin Minter. Minter is a proud supporter of the musical arts and has strong connections in the SA music industry.
Recently his musician friends gathered to support Minter when an injury during the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour left him with expensive injuries and unable to play his instruments. Last week I bumped into him in St Georges Mall at the peaceful protest for Cape Town’s Blind Busker, Lunga Goodman Nono. Minter was in high spirits over the upcoming Acoustic Festival. Big names have been included for the festival including Anton Goosen, Jeremy Olivier, Ezra Lingeveldt, Amanda Tiffin, Dave Ledbetter, Lionel Bastos, Auriol Hayes and of course Minter himself. Don’t miss this one.
More local music news…and also at the Baxter. This week Macstanley announced the return of their legendary Baxter Theatre concerts.
They’ll take to the stage on August 9 and 10 with a full night of all their big hits.
There are several surprises lined up for the concert including a few duets featuring Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp on mic with front man Andy Mac. Macstanley’s new album “Lucid Alive and Dreaming” has seen several singles played on SA radio include the chart hit “Angel”. Tickets are on sale now. Check out facebook.com/macstanley for details.
I met with Watershed front man Craig Hinds recently, who’s been back in the Cape this week. He popped into several radio and TV shows to talk about his new song ‘Ordinary Boy’, which is the title-track off his new album; a great song with a catchy hook and a cool whistling part in it.
He’s been exceptionally busy – the past few months have seen him record his new album in Hollywood and record a duet-hit with Blackbyrd (‘From the Bottom of My Heart’). He clearly doesn’t like to rest – this week in the Cape he is doing media interviews about ‘Ordinary Guy’, playing a sold-out Watershed concert in Noordhoek and also playing a solo-concert, with his other band, at Kirstenbosch on Friday night.
He will feature all the big hits from his first solo album…and he’ll probably drop in some Watershed hits too. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm at Moyo, Kirstenbosch Gardens.