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l The Spogweni Music Festival runs until Sunday at the By-the-Way Restaurant in Ballito, Esenembe Rd, Umhlali. Line-up includes Car Boot Vendors, The Sir Walrus Band, The Arrows, Spoonfeeders, Seagreen Blues, Undivided Roots and more. Tickets at Computicket cost R350 (three-day camping), R250 (two days) and R150 for a day pass. Call 082 747 9738.
l Origin Nightclub, 9 Clark Rd, Lower Glenwood, hosts a Women’s Day event entitled That’s What She Said, featuring international DJ Sarah Maine and a host of SA female talent: Vanessa Holliday, Kirsti Hugo, Lady Lea, Tashy, Funky B, Trixy T, Tahlia, Emma X, Shylo and Nicole Weitsz. 9pm. Women free before 10pm, R80 thereafter, guys R80 at www.webtickets.co.za
l The Bellagio Durban, 178 Matthew Meyiwa (Stamford Hill) Rd, Morningside, presents Fashion Friday, Femme Fatale with DJs Ameeth Shah, Warren G, G9, Drumkit and EVO. Women free all night. 9pm. Guest list closes at 10pm. Call 031 811 4844 or 072 239 3920.
l Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, 1 Sibaya Drive, uMhlanga, hosts a concert with a difference at the Izulu Theatre. It has been organised by the KZN Blind and Deaf Society to demonstrate to the public the talents possessed by blind and deaf people in the performing arts. Features blind singer Stephen Kekana, Darren Rajbal (winner of SA’s Got Talent 2010), who is deaf, Vandana Naran, Roshan Singh’s Bombay Dream Dancers and visually-impaired singers Thushvir Ramdeen, Priscilla Sinanin and more. 7.30pm. R100 at Computicket. Call Nad Ramsarup at 031 309 4991 or 084 919 0202.
l The Bellagio Durban, 178 Matthew Meyiwa (Stamford Hill) Rd, Morningside, presents MVG Saturdays, Illusion with Ameeth Shah, Warren G, G9, JT, DJ Ash, Dali, Babs, Drumkit and EVO. 9pm. R80 guys, R60 women, R120 couples, R150 VIP, after 11pm R100. Guest list closes at 10pm. Call 031 811 4844 or 072 239 3920.
l Live – The Venue, 166 Matthews Meyiwa (Stamford Hill) Rd, Morningside, presents South Side Invasion featuring E.X.P.L.O.S.I.O.N, Manuvah to Land, Fools of Fate, The Heavy Souls and Hated Related. 8pm. R50. Call Bronwyn at 082 967 2179.
l Live – The Venue, 166 Matthews Meyiwa (Stamford Hill) Rd, Morningside, presents Sunday Rock Sessions with Salty Dog and Cort Marshall and The Shadows (not the ’60s group). 3.30pm. R30. Call Smelly at 031 466 1046.
l Durban University of Technology presents the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in concert with KwaZulu-Natal Tertiary Institution Choirs with conductor Naum Rousine and The Durban University of Technology choirs, University of KwaZulu-Natal Chorale, and Mangosuthu University of Technology and University of Zululand choirs. 3pm. Free. Call 031 369 9438.
l Free concert at Howard College Theatre, University of Durban, King George, V Avenue. 12.15 to 1pm. Call 031 260 3353.
l Open Mic at Amsterdam Bar and Grill, 143 Helen Joseph (Davenport) Rd. Free. Call 031 811 5449.
l Jazz with Lola and friends at Club Casa Nostra, 170 Florida Rd, Morningside. 7pm. Bookings: 031 312 6434.
l Murphy at Chandlers, Dunkirk Rd, Glenwood. Noon. Free. Call Quinton at 082 659 5391.
l Live – The Venue, 166 Matthews Meyiwa (Stamford Hill) Rd, Morningside, presents No Fly Zone with Steve Murray, Andy Makins, Rob Stories and Roly Struckmeyer, and a rocking repertoire. 8pm. R30. Call Bronwyn at 082 967 2179.
l At Burn Nightclub, 16 Walls Ave, Stamford Hill, it’s student night with DJ Harry “Boy Wonder” Allan on the decks. 8pm. R20, students free before 10pm.
l Hai.bo, 18 Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere) Rd, Morningside, presents DJ VaSun and Kliktrak bringing you the Buena Vista lifestyle. 6.30pm to late. Free. Call 031 823 4745.
l Live – The Venue, 166 Matthews Meyiwa (Stamford Hill) Rd, Morningside, presents the Acoustic Ascent Competition. If you think you have what it takes to make music without synthesisers and electric guitars, come on down to Live and enter the competition to stand a chance to win R15 000 worth of prizes. 7pm. Entry forms at Live or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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GIG OF THE WEEK
Jack Mantis Band
Blue Stockings (tonight)
ADDING some rock and roll to this weekend is The Jack Mantis Band, who come all the way from the Mother City and will be gracing Durban with their presence tonight at Bluestockings in Kloof.
Peace, love and politics: these are some of things you’ll find in the music of The Jack Mantis Band.
These gypsy rockers will make love to your ears while taking you on a caravan of musical bliss.
The music is their heartsong, and Jack’s voice their portal.
The lyrics speak of honesty |and truth, reaching into internal passion, and manifesting in a range of compositions, each |taking the listener on a journey that is best experienced in their live performances.
Jack’s unique finger-style guitar work and his booming voice are perfectly complemented by Domenico Benigno’s keyboard, accordion and harmonica mastery.
Their sound is brought together by the world-class skills of Emile Hoogenhout’s drum work.
This band has been hailed as one of South Africa’s most diverse and crowd inspiring acts on the live circuit.
• Catch the Jack Mantis Band tonight at Bluestockings, Dan Pienaar Road, Kloof.
Doors open at 7.30pm. Book with Narene by calling 083 659 3628 and enquire about dinner. – Tonight Reporter