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l The Playhouse, Anton Lembede (Smith) St, Durban, hosts top artists for sundowners in honour of Women’s Day. Features jazz musician, keyboardist and composer Susan Barry. Also in the line-up is Futhi, Shophi Ngidi, lead singer of Maskanda band Shophi Nesaphinda Futhi. Free. Call 031 369 9540/9596.
l The Twisted Lemon at Westville Country Club, 1 Link Rd, Westville, hosts Zane. 6pm till late. Call 031 266 1391.
l Ushaka Upper Deck Restaurant, 1 Bell St, presents jazz musician Philani Ngidi. 7pm to 10pm. Free. E-mail Philani at email@example.com
l Lucky Fish at the Old Point Prison Courtyard, 162 Point (Mahatma Gandhi) Rd, Durban, features Coco Loco, Dakin Auret, Kingpin, Green Jnr, Bhashkar, Bred & Milk, Tarantism, Laing & Welkin and Will Vandal. 7pm. R80. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
l Live – The Venue, 166 Matthews Meyiwa (Stamford Hill) Rd, Morningside, presents the glam-electronica foursome Lark as they launch their album, Gong is Struck. 8pm. R50. Their sound is progressive, edgy and to the point.
Call Bronwyn at 082 967 2179.
l Beat-route at Tala Bridal Fair. 9am to 4pm. R60. Call Daniel at 082 622 6902.
l Live – The Venue, 166 Matthews Meyiwa (Stamford Hill) Rd, Morningside, hosts a concert in memory of Steve Morris-Hale with New Hysteria, Electric Arc, Bad Murphy, Sea Level, DV8 and Salty Dog. 1pm to 7pm. R30. Call Bronwyn at 082 967 2179
l Rainbow Restaurant, 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown, presents Heels over Head – fronted by Thuli Nzama and Nomkhosi Mazibuko with founding member Lindi Ngonelo on keyboards and new addition Rebecca Pillay on drums. 1pm, first set at 2pm. R30 pre-sale from the Rainbow, R50 at the door on the day. Call 031 702 9161 or 083 463 8044.
l The Twisted Lemon at Westville Country Club, 1 Link Rd, Westville hosts Tony Rezac on sax with a guest artist. Noon to 4pm. Call 031 266 1391.
l Zack’s at Wilson’s Wharf, 14 Boatsman Rd, Durban, hosts Zackattack: line-up includes Steve Fataar, Jack Mantis Band and Brass Rock. 7pm. Free.
Call 079 988 3724.
l Braai on the deck at 4pm at The Boardroom , 117 Kingsway Rd, Warner Beach, with music by Guy. Free. Book your braai pack with Yvonne at 073 318 0112. Bookings for braais essential.
l Free concert at Howard College Theatre, University of Durban, King George V Ave. 12.15pm 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 The Durban Jewish Centre, 44 Old Fort Rd (KE Masinga), presents Professor David Smith, Geza Kayser (violinist with the KZNPO) and Liuben Gardev on the cello. 7.45pm. Book at Computicket. Members R60, non-members R70, students and orchestral R20. E-mail email@example.com
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 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.
Call 082 325 9746.
l Live entertainment at Yossi’s Restaurant, 127 Helen Joseph (Davenport) Road.
Call 031 201 0090.
l Karaoke with Jason at 10 Knightsway Tavern, Knightsway, Malvern. 7pm.
Call 031 464 8166
l Hai.bo, 18 Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere) Rd, presents DJ VaSun and Kliktrak bringing you the Buena Vista lifestyle. 6.30pm to late. Free. Call 031 823 4745
l The Spogweni Music Festival starts today until August 12 at the By-the-way Restaurant, Ballito, Esenembe Rd, Umhlali. Line-up includes Car Boot vendors, the Sir Walrus Band, The Arrows, Spoonfeeders, Seagreen Blues, Undivided Roots and more. R350 (three-day camping), R250 (two days), R150, day pass at Computicket. Call 082 747 9738.
l Be at Durban Botanic Gardens, 9A Zikhale (Sydenham) Rd, Berea, and support the St Andrew’s College and the Diocesan School for Girls music departments on their tour. The Women’s Day Concert will be hosted by the Friends of the Durban Botanic Gardens in the Visitors Complex Hall. Booking is essential, 031 309 9240. R45 or R35 for Friends of the Gardens. Call Linda at 031 309 9243.
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, enter the competition and stand a chance to win R15 000 worth of prizes. 7pm. Entry forms at Live or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Twisted Lemon at Westville Country Club, 1 Link Rd, Westville, hosts student specials with DJ Cameron. 1pm to 4pm. Call 031 266 1391
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GIG OF THE WEEK
Barnyard Theatre (Monday)
CALLING all fans of Ard Matthews of the SA band Just Jinjer as he launches his debut solo album, First Offerings, at the Barnyard Theatre at Gateway on Monday.
Matthews is known as one of SA’s most prolific singers and songwriters. His heartfelt music and dynamic stage performances have inspired people across the globe. As the frontman for the group Just Jinjer, his lyrics and melodic arrangements led them to success with their debut album, All Comes Round (1997).
In 2010 he made a decision to pursue a solo album and so began an extensive writing process which took Matthews all over the world.
“This album has been a diary of my life in a way. It is a musical depiction of where I’ve been over the last couple of years and I’m really excited to share it with you. I hope the public is ready to listen to raw, unpretentious, brutally honest music, because that is what this is about.
“It also turns out that the general theme is love again; I guess that’s just me – no point in changing that now, right?
“While trends and fashions come and go, love always prevails,” said Matthews.
The live band that will accompany Matthews is called The Ard Matthews Affair and features him on vocals and bass guitar, accompanied by John Ellis (Tree 63) on guitar and Josh Klynsmith (Gangs of Ballet) on drums.
l Tickets are R120 and seating is as for normal shows, with no standing room. Call 031 566 3045 to book or e-mail gateway@|barnayrdtheatre.co.za for more details. – Tonight Reporter