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September 13, 2010

Music in the Mother City

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Louise Carver. Photo courtesy Warren Rohner

“If music be the food of love, play on,” – so said Orsino in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. For the next few weeks, you can experience the music, the food and, if you’re fortunate, maybe even the love, at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

The Silver Tree Restaurant Winter Concert Series, which began in May, is due to conclude on October 10. The concerts, held every Monday during the “season”, feature exciting local acts. Some of the artists are new discoveries, while others are very much part of the South African music scene. If you’re reading about this series for the first time, you have missed James Stewart, Claire Phillips, Karen Zoid, Taxi Violence, Boulevard Blues and others.

Take heart, however. There is still time to enjoy a concert and a meal in the stunning surroundings of South Africa’s premier botanical garden. Five concerts remain in the series, and these will feature the following fabulous artists: Cassette, McCully Workshop, Folk Rock Heroes, Flat Stanley and, last but definitely not least, Louise Carver.

Cassette received three nominations and one win – for best rock album – at the MTN South African Music Awards in 2007. Our very own favourite person, Nelson Mandela, requested the group to open the 46664 concert last year. Their live performances are never boring and they’re committed to providing an evening of great entertainment. Catch them on Monday, September 12.

Still going strong after 40-plus years, McCully Workshop have impressive music credentials. The group, comprising four members – Mike and Tully McCully, Richard Black and Rupert Mellor – was the only South African band to propel six original songs into the Top Ten charts in the 1970s. In addition to making music, they’re also good at comedy, so expect to sing and laugh along, and to have a thoroughly good time. Don’t miss the group’s performance on Monday, September 19.

It’s going to be a night to party when all-time favourites are performed by a group of artists – including those who sparked musical trends in the 1960s – under the direction of Mike McCullagh (Mike McCully), of McCully Workshop fame. Whether you’re a baby-boomer or a wet-behind-the-ears folk rock fan, this is a concert you will not want to miss. Folk Rock Heroes will be on stage on Monday, September 26.

Louise Carver needs no introduction to local audiences. She has three hit albums, a sold-out tour – The Home Tour – a live album of the same name, and much more to her credit. Carver, who already has a huge following, has declared that she is now “stepping out of my comfort zone and into my power”. For an evening of pure musical delight, book now to ensure your place at the concert on Monday, October 3.

Flat Stanley take to the stage for the final concert of the series on Monday, October 10. They’ve played at major venues around the country, toured Europe and charmed fans with tuneful melodies, appealing lyrics and the captivating personality of vocalist Andy Mac. If you were knocked out by their performance in the “big concert” setting, you’ll love seeing them up close and listening to them in a more intimate venue.

Concerts begin at 19h00 and end at about 20h30. Please be at the venue by 18h30. Tickets cost R100 each for the September concerts and R135 for the October concerts. The price of each ticket includes a welcome drink and a starter. For more information or to book, please call +27 (0)21 762 9585 or email info@kirstenboschrestaurant.com.

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