By Jonathan Duguid
With a long weekend on the horizon, everybody’s looking for that perfect way to spend it, and we often find ourselves being overwhelmed and unsure of what will make our weekend that extra bit special.
I’ve always been a fan of ‘MTV Unplugged’, my favourite one being Eric Clapton’s. If you’re unfamiliar with the ‘MTV Unplugged’ sessions, what they did was strip artists of all the bells and whistles and leave them performing acoustically in front of an intimate live audience, showcasing their raw, pure talent, and allowing them to connect with audiences in a way that had never been done before, each time being a resounding success.
Inspired somewhat by ‘MTV Unplugged’ is a series of events called The Perfect Circle. These events are also incredibly successful and happen every few months at Mercury Live, and this Saturday, August 10, will be the eighth happening.
The Perfect Circle is the brainchild of Megan Karma and Greg Lundin, who own Siren Music Productions and also form part of the band When Karma Sleeps. They started these events so they could “create a platform to show musicians in a different light”, and although they are both from a prominent rock band, they’ve tried to steer clear of forcing one genre on the events, allowing for diversity to reign.
Matthew Rice will be performing on Saturday, as a solo act, just him and his guitar, giving us another dimension to this talented, Cape Town inspired musician. Most folks are used to seeing him as part of his trio Starkravingsane, with 9 to 10 instruments onstage at a time.
This time, simplicity rules. Ann Jangle also performs. She says we can look forward to “deep, dark and unique” vocals, mixed with a “hot bassist”, that are both “melted together with effortless guitar-ing.” Another band you don’t want to miss at The Perfect Circle is The Nomadic Orchestra, a five-piece instrumental dance band that makes infectious, high-energy dance music. I would highly suggest going to see these musicians in a whole new light (and sound), in a welcoming and visually attractive atmosphere that is both intimate and warm. Tickets are only R40 each.
Megan Karma sums the event very well, by saying, “Picture SA music, at its finest, live in your living room.” Other music events you can look forward to this weekend include ‘Thank You For The Music’, at The Barnyard Theatre, on until August 27. The show is a tribute to ABBA, Queen and The Bee Gees.
Metal-heads can check-out the Cape Town Women in Metal event happening at Gandalfs in Observatory on August 10, featuring four world-class metal bands.Lastly, trance lovers, a heads-up that early-bird tickets for Synergy Live 2013 have gone on sale at various shops and at webtickets.co.za. There’s been no line-up announcement yet, so buying tickets might be a gamble.
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