Little Known Blues Fest 2018

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It’s the start of the year and many of you have just started heading back to work and could do with one last blow out. Some of you might have been working throughout the festive season and could do with some downtime. Well, then, the ninth instalment of the Little Known Bluesfest might be exactly what you need.

When: Saturday 13 January 2018
Where: The Durbanville Quarry
Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville, Cape Town, 7551
Time: 13H00 until late
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Cover: R100

The Little Known Blues Fest, or LKBF, was started 5 years ago by Craig Cannon, Mike Crawford & Dale Collins at the Bloemendal Wine Farm. Now, nine years later the event is going stronger than ever.

The event is open to all ages, so bring your whole family along. Just remember to leave the fur babies at home, and to keep an eye on your kids. And since the Little Known Blues Fest has a fully stocked bar and some food on sale, you won’t even need to bring your own. Just pitch up, listen to some great music and take a load off.

There will be a few tables, chairs, and umbrellas provided, but there is a fairly limited supply. So it would be a best if you brought your own camping chairs along. And don’t forget that summer in Cape Town can be harsh, so don’t forget your sunblock or your caps.

Of course, no music festival would be complete with the bands. This year the line-up will be sure to impress even the most paticular of music lovers. On stage we have:

Flight Radio
BluesBoy
Borderline
The Beautiful Losers
Akkedis

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Spoegwolf Live at the Mercury Live in Cape Town

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Spoegwolf

Since 2012, Spoegwolf has been the face of alternative Afrikaans music, and for good reason.

As one reviewer put it:

“With their thought-provoking lyrics and rich sound, Spoegwolf have all the ingredients necessary to make their music stand out from what is available in the current Afrikaans market.”

Upcoming Event

When: Friday 12 Jan 2018
Where: Mercury Live
43 De Villiers St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 7925
Time: 20H00
Cost: R60
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History of Spoegwolf

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In 2012 four guys got together with the aim of making some noise and having a blast doing it. They shared a common goal;  to make good Afrikaans music.

They were looking for something real and raw. A sound that wasn’t too hard, but not too soft either. They were looking for the heartbeat of an animal.

As the band grew over the years they have refined their sound. They have rightfully earned their place as the Face of Alternative Afrikaans Music!

In 2012 the band released their first album, Gravity. Since then they have released 3 more.

Not content to keep using other studios, Spoegwolf setup their own recording studio. Their latest album, The Dark Tower, was recorded at this studio in 2017.

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Who are the members of Spoegwolf?

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Danie du Toit, Vocals- a writer who brews beer in his closet.
Chris von Wielligh, Guitars and Vocals – the boat builder
Albert van der Merwe, bass – makes shoes and has a garden
Moscow du Toit, drums and vocals – is a famous cook in Paarl

It must at this point be said that none of the four plays golf.

Discography

Since their launch in 2012 the band has put out 4 albums:

2012: Gravity
2013: Electric Child EP
2015: Summer
2017: The dark tower

If you want to make contact with Spoegwolf, or would like to keep up to date with when they’ll be playing again, you can check out their Facebook page [here].

If you want to buy some of their music, you can visit their online store [here].

Concerts in the Park

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It’s coming into December and your budget is tight. Does that mean you need to stay home and count your change? Not anymore! The Concerts in the Park series are all completely free!

Concerts in the Park

Pack a picnic basket and a blanket and come down for some great free shows. Summer in Cape Town is the perfect time of year to be outside. And what better way to celebrate this weather than spending time, listening to great music in some of Cape Towns most historic parks?

The shows take place at the De Waal park.

Some of the biggest names in the South African music industry will be playing at the Concerts in the Park series. Names like Jimmy Nevis, The Rudimentals, and Freshly Ground.

Best of all, these shows are family friendly. And the extends to your 4 legged family members. So bring the kids and the dogs, bring some snacks and something to drink and enjoy the best free shows you’ll every see.

Entry

Entry to the concerts in the park series is completely free. If you would like to get a premium seat, however, you need to arrive early.

 

Line Up and Venue

17 December 2017: Jimmy Nevis
21 January 2018: The Rudimentals
25 February 2018:  Mi Casa & The Gugulethu
05 March 2018: F@k*fPolisiekar & Mr.Cat & the Jackals
18 March 2018: Freshly Ground
8 April 2018:  Prime Circle & Crimson House & Mark Haze

In addition to the artists listed above, there will also be performances on the 4th and 18th of February 2018. The acts for those dates have not yet been confirmed, so if you want to keep up to date, be sure to check out the Concerts in the Park Website.

Franschhoek Cellar Experience Featuring Ard Matthews

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Known and respected for its world-class hospitality, The Franschhoek Cellar will now also offer patrons premium live entertainment!

The Franschhoek Cellar boasts an array of state of the art facilities. With the modern and spacious events venue able to accommodate up to 300 guests. This is the single biggest venue of its kind in the area! Because of this, music and food lovers can look forward to the same superior service and quality across the stellar line-up of leading artists. These artists have been booked to entertain locals and visitors alike!

Acts like Watershed, Dan Patlansky and PJ Powers having all enjoyed sold-out success here. And now, the Franschhoek Cellar looks set to add a further feather in its cap. This will be a crucial stop for artists with South African and International appeal, and a desire to be a part of Franschhoek’s favourite family entertainment experience.

Furthermore, Paul Bothner Music will be installing our top of the range sound equipment at each event.

Upcoming Events

 28 January: Ard Matthews

Ard Matthews is the iconic front man for South African supergroup Just Jinjer. Be prepared to be moved in every way by his soulful, intimate storytelling and stellar melodies.

Come and enjoy this South African singer/songwriter powerhouse for an afternoon of fantastic music.

Ticket prices – R165 p.p excluding lunch and drinks. Please book for lunch at fhcellardoor@dgb.co.za

More info can be found on Facebook

Previous Shows

17 September: Freshly Ground

One of the most acclaimed and successful bands to emerge from South Africa in recent years.

Freshlyground blends the infectious kwela style and musical traditions from Zimbabwe and Mozambique with elements of pop, jazz, blues and indie rock. Enjoy classics, favourites and songs from their upcoming album in Franschhoek style.

Be sure to follow the event on Facebook

23 April: Monark

Monark delivers something completely fresh and unique and is setting trends sonically while stirring up tastes in the South African music landscape.

Having dominated the South African airwaves with their first 2 singles, Smiling (5FM Top 3) and Build It Up (5FM Top 5, and #1 on Jacaranda FM, Highveld/KFM, Algoa FM, OFM), they also released their 3rd single, Something in the build up to the launch of their debut album NEGATIVES.

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26 March: Parlotones Live

The Parlotones are a South African indie rock band from Johannesburg. Formed in 1998, the group consists of Kahn Morbee, Paul Hodgson, Glenn Hodgson and Neil Pauw. The Parlotones’ early sound was rooted brit rock but eventually grew to incorporate a wider spectrum of musical genres. The lyrics focus on personal themes, of love and everyday life, paired with catchy melodies that engage their audience.
Direct Booking link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1468103783

18 December: PRIME CIRCLE / STRIPPED SHOW

While touring extensively, Prime Circle has been continuously raising the bar in efforts to go beyond their already legendary, world-famous live performances and their three-piece “STRIPPED” tour is no exception.
Fans of “Hello”, “Breathing” and more recently “Ghosts” will get to experience Ross, Dale and Neil unpacking their plethora of hits, all stripped bare and delivered raw, exposing the root of the songs and their stories.
Guaranteed to delight, don’t wait to book for what promises to be a highlight on The Franschhoek Cellar calendar.
Direct Booking link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1465808991

20 December: WATERSHED Unplugged

Since their breakthrough single in 2000 with “Indigo Girl”,  Watershed have become one of the most decorated bands ever. Their distinctive melodic guitar sounds blend with the sultry tones of lead singer Craig Hind. This creates a soothing and classic rock sound that is easily recognisable and unique.
Direct booking link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1465958072

27 DECEMBER: Ard Matthews Unplugged

Over the course of the last 15 years,  Ard Matthews has been honing his craft.  Ard is the frontman of South African band Just Jinjer. Undoubtedly, his indelible lyrics and melodic arrangements afforded them the incredible success of their debut album, All Comes Round. Because of this, they have become one of the biggest-selling bands in the country.

Ard released his debut solo album in the winter of 2012, to critical acclaim, and also recently teamed up with South African folk icon Vusi Mahlasela for Ard’s track “Umuntu”. Ard is now playing regularly, in his solo capacity, as well as still fronting the original Just Jinjer, with many well-known and talented musicians sharing the stage.
Come and enjoy this South African singer/songwriter powerhouse for an afternoon of fantastic music.
Direct booking link:https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1465957535

15 January: ARNO CARSTENS

Arno Carstens is a platinum-selling, award-winning singer-songwriter based in Cape Town, South Africa.

During his career as the lead singer of The Springbok Nude Girls,[1] and subsequently as a solo artist, Arno has released 10 studio albums, 5 as the lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls, 1 as half of the Electronica project, Belltower and 5 as a solo artist. He has won 5 South African Music Awards.

Arno has headlined every major South African music festival and has performed at the Isle of Wight Festival, Glastonbury, V Festival, T in the Park and Hard Rock Calling. He has also performed with The Rolling Stones, U2, and The Police on European tours. Arno features as lead vocalist and co-writer on three tracks on the Mike + The Mechanics 2011 album The Road.

Book tickets here: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1466314040

An Intimate Evening With Winston Siljeur Project

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Winston Siljeur Project

The Winston Siljeur Project has one aim: to showcase the music of the Winston Siljeur band, and other local greats. This is the third year that the event has been running.  And every year it gets a little bit more refined!

So come through and join the Winston Siljeur band, Bianca Wood, Cara Frew and Donvino Prins for an unforgettable evening of great music.

When: 18 December 2017
Where: Bellville Civic Theatre
Cost: R75 pre-sale or R100 at the door
Time: Doors will open at 19:30

History of the Event

The “An Intimate Evening With Winston Siljeur Project” started three years ago as a platform for the band to showcase their music. With a majority (90%) of the band’s music being original compositions, audiences come ready to hear and experience fresh music.

Winston soon realised that this platform could do more than just showcase the Winston Siljeur Project; so he did the only logical thing – he opened it up to the public. By doing so he is giving up and coming musicians the opportunity to play alongside some of their local heroes.

Upcoming Event

The event has grown in scope year after year. For this year’s event, the band will be joined by Bianca Wood, Cara Frew and Donvino Prins. Each of these three is well established in their own right and will bring something special and unique to the table.

“This event coming up is nothing shy of some of the best talent to be showcased” – Winston Siljeur

Everyone who had gone to one of the past events has raved about it, so if you’re considering heading through, it will be worth your time. Furthermore,  with the talent on show this year, you will definitely be missing out if you don’t go.

If you want to be kept up to date on what’s going on in the music industry, why not join our mailing list?

.strandberg* Guitars Now Available in South Africa

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.strandberg*

.strandberg* guitars have finally come to South Africa and they’re amazing!

In past decade or two, the idea of ergonomic guitars has taken root. More and more players are considering their playing in a more holistic manner. This means that they are considering their posture, and how a guitar feels against the body.

Traditional guitars are flawed in many ways. To some people, those flaws are what makes a guitar great. That is why so many players like the 50-hertz buzz from single-coil pickups. However, there has always been a large portion of players who want to next best thing. .strandberg* guitars fill that niche perfectly.

“I had been fawning over the idea of one for years and now that I’ve actually gotten the opportunity to try it out I’ve got to admit it performs better than I had originally expected, each feature synergises so well for a playing experience that is really comfortable, balanced and most importantly fun. I am absolutely enamoured and definitely see a few more of these machines in my future, much to [the dismay of my wallet.]” – Chad Browne

So, what makes them great?

The Neck


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The neck of the .strandberg* guitars is unlike anything else on the market. The patent-pending Endure Neck allows for your wrist to stay relaxed no matter where on the fretboard you are playing. It might look odd, but the guitar is very easy to get used to. There’s no learning curb to climb, from the moment you fret your first note you’ll fully realise how much more comfortable you are. It’s the kind of thing you have to play to believe.

Besides the Endure neck, the frets are fanned. This means that the guitar has multiple scale-lengths, making it even more comfortable to play.

Weight and Balance

These guitars look like something from an scy-fy movie, but they have been built with the utmost care, with special attention being paid to the guitars ergonomics. By removing the headstock of the guitar .strandberg* guitars are not top heavy. The various cut-aways allow for a variety of sitting positions, meaning that the guitar can be comfortably held no matter what sitting position you prefer.

The guitars are also as light-weight as they can be. This means that you’ll be able to play with it longer before you start to feel fatigued. Do you play cover shows for 2 to 3 hours at a time? Then you really should consider your back and get a .strandberg*.

Propriety Hardware

.strandberg* guitars don’t use the same old hardware that you might have come to expect from guitars. Instead, they use their own hardware. The hardware is one of the elements that add to the unique tone of these guitars.

The hardware has been crafted from aircraft aluminium; so not only is it lightweight, it’s also incredibly strong.

A limited amount of .strandberg* guitars are available in SA, so if you would like to book a demo, let us know. 

Faith FRMG – Perfect for all Acoustic Guitarists

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Faith FRMG

Every guitarist, regardless of what style they play, should own a good quality acoustic guitar. If you’re looking to buy your first top quality acoustic, or add another to your collection, the Faith FRMG might be just the guitar for you.

Faith FRMG

The Mars Drop Shoulder Dreadnought (FRMG) is a solid mahogany guitar without a cutaway. What makes the FRMG special, is that the top of the guitar is also a solid mahogany. Most guitars with mahogany back and sides will use a spruce top. Because of the mahogany top, the Faith FRMG has a truly unique character.

This is a guitar that screams class. The tone is described as warm with a huge amount of sustain and resonance. It also offers a fair amount of projection and volume. This ensures that you will be heard when you play.

Despite the Faith FRMG’s volume, the notes never become muddy or dull. The guitar’s tone is well balanced, thus ensuring that you have clarity of notes. This applies to both picking and strumming.

Hardware

Good wood is the most important element of an acoustic guitar. Hardware can be upgraded, but you are stuck with whatever wood the guitar was built with.

The Faith FRMG uses some of the best wood available. In addition to the great quality of wood, the hardware used on the guitar is unrivalled. With Grover Rotomatic machine heads, your guitar won’t have any tuning or stability issues.

To further increase sustain, Faith has added a TUSQ nut to the guitar. TUSQ nuts are self-lubricating; this means that your strings will be under less pressure as they pass over the nut. Not only will this increase sustain, but it will also prolong the lifespan of your strings.

And as a great final touch, the bridge pins on the Faith FRMG as made of solid ebony.

To truly appreciate this guitar, you need to pick one up and spend time with it.

For all the specs on the guitar, check out the Faith website.

Product Review: V-Moda LP2 Headphones

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V-Moda LP2 Headphones

If you’re fashion conscious and love driving bass in your music, then the V-Moda LP2 headphones will be your perfect partner on crime.

The first thing you’ll notice about the V-Moda LP2 headphones is how comfortable they are to wear. They are the kind of headphones that can be worn for hours without the need to c adjust them. For many people, this alone would be enough to make them worth buying.
 
Tonally, the V-Moda LP2’s are bass heavy. If you like driving bass in your music, these would be ideal for you. But, the bass isn’t overwhelming. According to Bryan Smith of Bandwidth Blog, the LP2’s are “one of the best products I’ve reviewed in years”. Listen to his podcast talking about the LP2 headphones [here].

Construction and Tone

The construction of the V-Moda LP2 headphones is second to none. They are strong, built to last and have a surprising range of flexibility. You can tell that the LP2’s have were built with the rigors of live performance in mind. There is little doubt that these headphones will keep on keeping on.
 
One of the signature elements of the V-Moda range of headphones is that they are customizable. You can replace the shields on the sides of the cans with custom 3D printed shields. That means that the V-Moda LP2 headphones will not just fit in with your music taste, but with your fashion sense.
 
In the box, you get the headphones, a carrying case, and two cables. One of the cables is long with no added features. The other cable is a bit shorter and has a microphone for making and receiving phone calls. For ease of use, the cable with the microphone has only one button. This is used to answer/end phone calls, pause music or skip forward a track. Unfortunately, this cable does not have volume control. You can, however, buy the V-Moda 3-button cable separately. The 3-button cable has all the features of the one button cable but includes volume control.
 
Do you want to come in and try a pair? Get in touch and we’ll arrange for you to have a demo.

Weekend Warriors Charity Christmas Party

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Weekend Warriors has become a staple in the Cape Town Music scene. Every year amateur and retired musicians over 35 join the programme, with many of them looking forward all year to the event.

For 2017 we took a break from running Weekend Warriors, with the idea of doing an even bigger and better Warriors programme in 2018. We have however had many past and possible future Warriors asking us to do an event anyway.

So, we decided to throw a Weekend Warriors Christmas Party. Bill, the Warriors Chief, in conjunction with Paddy’s has organized the first ever Weekend Warriors Charity Christmas Party.

When: December 21st, 2017
Where: Edgemead Cricket Club (AKA Paddy’s on the Mead)
Cost: A Toy Donation
Time: 19H00

Charity Event

That’s right! This isn’t just another gig, it’s a charity event. There is NO COVER charge. Instead, to gain entry into the event you must bring a toy to donate. After the event, all the toys will be donated to the Durbanville Children’s Home. So by attending the event, not only will you get to hear some great music, but you get a free serving of “Warm and Fuzzies”.

Everyone is invited, but all past Warriors and people who have applied for Warriors are especially encouraged to join the event. For past Warriors, it will be an excellent opportunity to catch up with some old mates. For future Warriors, you’ll be able to experience what the Weekend Warriors spirit is all about.

Bands at the Event

There will be three bands playing, with a few guest slots thrown in to keep things interesting. Each of the bands is an offshoot of the Weekend Warriors Programme. The bands who will be playing on the night are:

  • Sidewalk Stories
  • Pah Yeah
  • Stone Mountain Gang

We look forward to seeing you there! [Click Here] to read more about the Weekend Warriors Programme.

Carols By Candlelight 2017

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Tis the Season to be jolly. Everywhere you look you’ll be sure to find Christmas themes; from brightly decorated trees to fat guys in red suits. But, the most ubiquitous sign of Christmas is carolling.

Whether its Bony M or the Pentatonix on the radio, or a local choir singing in the park, carols are one of the most loved elements for many people around the Christmas period. If you’re into carols by candlelight, it can easy to miss an awesome event. So, we’ve put together a list of venues and bands to make it easier for you to find a great event.

Are you hosting a carols event that you want to be featured? If we missed your event in the list below, feel free to drop us a mail and we’ll add it to the list.

DATE BAND VENUE TIME COST MORE INFO
 8 December Cape Town Symphony Choir  Groot Constantia  17h00  R140  Read More
 14 – 17 December Various  Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens  18H00  R100  Read More
 15 December Richard Cock  Bishops Diocesan College  R140
 21 December  Salvation Army  V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre  19H00  FREE  Read More
 8 December  Various  Spier Werf  R165  Read More
 TBC  Tussen Die Sterre  Amphitheatre at the Taal Monument  TBC  R130
 13 December  Various  Vergelegen Wine Estate  19h30  R80  Read More
 16 – 17 December  Richard Cock  Oude Libertas Amphitheatre  R200-R220

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