There’s much excitement in local music news this week with the announcement of the return of the legendary Emo Adams musical outfit, JAG. Emo’s group hasn’t performed for several years, but he teased fans on social media with an announcement of a once-off, three city tour that will happen soon. The dates are August 31 in Johannesburg, September 1 in Port Elizabeth and a secret Cape Town date that will be revealed soon. Watch this space!
Meanwhile the Cape’s largest annual fundraising concert is back this weekend. Sunday night, July 28 at 6.30pm will see thousands of SA music fans heading to the Bellville Civic centre for the return of ‘Want ons kan!/’Cause we can! 2013’.
What started as a once-off concert in 2003 has since raised in excess of R1.6 million for local charities ranging from special needs schools to drug awareness campaigns, homes for abandoned babies to old age homes and crèches.
This is the first time that Juanita du Plessis will perform as part of the event. She’ll be joined on stage by the likes of Marc Lottering, Karen Zoid, by Amanda Strydom, Lize Beekman, Sarah Theron, Louwtjie Rothman, Zanne Stapelberg, Kathleen Tagg, Jak de Priester, Janine Neethling, Adam Tas, Broers, Emo Adams & Take Note, Wicus van der Merwe, Albert Frost, Crushanda, Koos Kombuis, Andriëtte, Dowwe Dolla, Hulle, Cheree & Wynand, Babette Viljoen and Zoe Zana. Tickets are going quickly for this – you can contact the following charities to book direct:
• Lucky Lucy Foundation: One of Cape Town’s best-known canine charities that focuses on caring for abandoned and abused dogs. (Kerry-Jean on 083 271 8114).
• The Parow Senior Centre takes care of many senior citizens who cannot do so themselves (Sandra at 082 559 6063).
• The Tygerberg Hospital School that looks after the educational needs of children who spend most of their time at the hospital. (Susan on 082 487 9458). Tickets cost R250 each and are selling out at a Bieber-ish speed (well, almost).
If you’re looking for something different, get to the Hout Bay Market. Manouche, the vibrant gypsy jazz band, will take to the Bay Harbour Sound Stage on Friday night, July 26. Popular Cape Town reggae band The Rivertones will evoke the spirit and sounds of Bob Marley on Saturday July 27. The market is open from 5 pm to 9 pm on Friday; and 9.30 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Entrance is free.