Music Musts: Jamming with the best

Music Musts: Jamming with the best
By Jonathan Duguid

By Jonathan Duguid

We’ve all wished at some point in our lives that we could rock out, spit a lyric, or just harmonize along with some of our favourite musicians. Most of us, in fact, practice our moves and try to hit those high notes when we’re in front of a mirror and no one’s home, or in my case when I’m in the broadcast studio and I think no one can see me! In fact, quite often (when I’m really giving it my all) I end up injuring muscles I didn’t even know existed and spend the next week limping around (and not in a cool “gangsta” kinda way either).
Unfortunately for me, I’m not an A-list Hollywood actor, or born of Royal decent, or else I would be up on-stage with my favourite rockers in a heartbeat. I mean, how awesome would it be jamming next to some of the greats?

At the end of last year, Prince William got to know, as he and Taylor Swift joined Jon Bon Jovi at a charity affair singing ‘Living on a Prayer’ acoustically. I’m sorry to report back that the new Royal dad does not have much of voice, so maybe it’s a good thing he never picked up being a rock star full-time.

Then, in a video that has surfaced this week, we find out that a little over two years ago Robert Downey Jr. jammed along with Sting at his 60th birthday celebration. Unlike the Duke of Cambridge, he already has the whole rock ‘n roll swagger thing pinned down. And guess what? He’s not half bad! I just have to wonder if his next appearance will be with the heavy rock group Iron Maiden. (That was a joke by the way, as he’s the man who plays ‘Iron Man’ in the superhero franchise.)

The question that remains now, for all of us wannabes, is: “When can I jam along with music legends and rock stars?” The answer is simple: this weekend. While you may not be able to get up on the stage, take the mic, and play air guitar (wait until you’re a Hollywood A-lister or Royal to do that), you sure can head out this weekend and jam along to some of the best talent South Africa has to offer in Cape Town – from the legends to the rock stars.
On Friday, January 17, check out the first Valley of the Stars evening at Tyger Valley Centre, from 6.30pm to 8pm. The show features a whole host of local celebrities singing for your entertainment, and is being presented by Pedro Kruger. Some of the names you can expect to see on stage are Elvis Blue, Shaleen Surtie-Richards, Sarah Theron, and more. Entrance to this event is free.

Stepping away from meat commercials on the small screen that we’ve all come to somewhat love, Nataniël will be out in Apple country (Grabouw) this Saturday, January 18, at the Paul Cluver Wine Estate at 7pm. Profits from the gig will go towards helping the most vulnerable in the Elgin community through the Thembalitsha Foundation. Tickets are R250 each and bookings can be done by sending an email to

Also on Saturday, SA acoustic icon, Tony Cox, will take his Padkos Tour to Slow Life, 154 Main Rd, Muizenberg. The show kicks-off at 8pm and bookings can be done on 021 788 5849.
Then lastly, on Sunday, January 19, you can see SA rocker, Mark Haze, live at De Waal Park in Gardens as part of Concerts in the Park. The show should be a great way to end off your weekend, and the time means you’ll still be able to get the kids ready for school, as it’s from 4pm to 5.30pm. The show is free and parking has been made available by the City.
So, what you waiting for? Jam with the best this weekend.

Twitter: @JonathanDuguid