Mu­sic in the great out­doors

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODMUSIC - WENDYL MARTIN

THERE’S noth­ing bet­ter than whip­ping out a che­quered blan­ket, slic­ing into a block of cheese and swirling wine while soak­ing in acous­tic tunes and the sum­mer sun.

Mu­sic just sounds dif­fer­ent out­doors, ex­posed to the el­e­ments and echoed by hills and slopes.

De­spite the Cape’s no­to­ri­ously un­pre­dictable weather, the out­door mu­sic trend is stronger than ever, with a packed line-up for the rest of the sum­mer.

The new year will see re­laxed out­door con­certs on week­ends in lo­ca­tions rang­ing from El­gin and Paarl to city bowl parks like De Waal Park and Green Point Park.

Some will cost you a pretty penny while oth­ers are mahala. All have wor­thy line-ups, se­cur­ing top acts for your pic­nic treat.


Back in 2011, the Friends of De Waal Park started a con­cert se­ries that would shake things up in out­door Sun­day en­ter­tain­ment – free con­certs.

Con­certs in the Park events got off to a big start that year with the likes of Karen Zoid play­ing, a pro­gramme funded sim­ply by spon­sor­ship and with the in­ten­tion of pro­vid­ing free mu­sic en­ter­tain­ment in the pub­lic park which boasts a colo­nial- era band­stand where the per­for­mances take place.

The sea­son fea­tured the Mayor’s Christ­mas Gala Con­cert last Sun­day with Cape Town favourites The Rock­ets and fla­menco gui­tarist Saudiq Khan.

The big­gest coup for the new year is afro-pop sen­sa­tion Fresh­ly­ground (date yet to be an­nounced).

The park will host pop rocker Mark Haze on Jan­uary 19, re­united rock­ers Fall­ing Mir­ror on Fe­bru­ary 2, ska band The Rudi­men­tals and rock­ers the Rescu on Fe­bru­ary 16, and the UCT Big Band on March 2.

De Waal Park is on Molteno Road in Oran­jezicht, with en­trances there and in Up­per Orange and Camp streets. The con­certs start at 4pm and do pack your own food and drinks. See www.con­certsinthep­


Out­door mu­sic is old hat at Kirsten­bosch, where the Old Mu­tual Sum­mer Con­certs are into their 22nd sea­son.

And this sea­son of­fers a great deal of diver­sity, rather like draw­ing items from a hat. With the old favourites like Mango Groove (last week), The Par­lotones (Jan­uary 5) and Fresh­ly­ground (Fe­bru­ary 16), new mu­sic is be­ing show­cased. Ear­lier this month, for ex­am­ple, South African iTunes- top­per Matthew Mole and new soul rocker Nakhane Toure had the stage.

Tomorrow af­ter­noon Zimbabwean leg­end Oliver Mtukudzi plays. He speaks to Good Weekend con­trib­u­tor Evan Mil­ton on page 6.

Fresh­ly­ground will no doubt pack out the gar­den but other crowd-pullers will in­clude Johnny Clegg (Jan­uary 19), Mi Casa (March 2) and soul songstress Lira (March 30).

For those who pre­fer a fine mu­sic Sun­day, there’s the Cape Phil­har­monic Orches­tra (Fe­bru­ary 23) and trum­peter Hugh Masekela (March 9).

Other note­wor­thy artists on the line- up in­clude Fokof­polisiekar (Fe­bru­ary 2), South African rock­ers Civil Twi­light (Fe­bru­ary 9), and the Cape Town Folk n Acous­tic Mu­sic Fes­ti­val (March 16) which show­cases South African folk mu­sic tal­ent.

The Kirsten­bosch run closes with pedal looper Jeremy Loops on April 6, when you can ex­pect an ear­lier sun­set. The end of the se­ries is sadly a few weeks short of Easter weekend on April 20. The con­certs usu­ally start at 5.30pm. See www.webtick­ for tick­ets.


The fam­ily-run Paul Clu­ver Wine Es­tate in El­gin has re­branded its for­est am­phithe­atre as Hope@PaulClu­ver, as part of its part­ner­ship with the Thebm­bal­it­sha Foun­da­tion. En­joy the mu­sic, know­ing the con­certs ben­e­fit projects like the Vil­lage of Hope chil­dren’s res­i­dence and the Them­baCare hospice in Grabouw.

The open- air 600- seater am­phithe­atre is sur­rounded by eu­ca­lyp­tus trees.

Pa­trons can bring pic­nics but no al­co­hol is al­lowed. Paul Clu­ver wines and ar­ti­sanal beers are on sale.

The pro­gramme be­gan last month and con­tin­ues on Jan­uary 4 with The Par­lotones.

A fun item is the Fes­ti­val in the For­est Chil­dren’s Arts Fes­ti­val (Jan­uary 11). The day will fea­ture drama, mu­sic and dance work­shops and a per­for­mance of Road Dahl’s Fan­tas­tic Mr Fox. It’s a bit pricey at R350 for the whole thing but the play is only R150 and starts at 5pm.

Nataniel has the stage on Jan­uary 18 and Dutch mime artist and mu­si­cian Her­man van Veen per­forms on Jan­uary 31 and Fe­bru­ary 1. The pro­gramme ends on Fe­bru­ary 22 with Hand­ful of Keys, a twoman pi­ano show. See Com­puticket for tick­ets. De­tails are at www.them­bal­it­


Need some jazz but can’t wait for the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val? Event or­gan­is­ers es­pAfrika are launch­ing their Sum­mer Jazz Se­ries at the Liqui Fruit Am­phithe­atre in Paarl.

In the build-up to the an­nual fes­ti­val at the CTICC, es­pAfrika will show­case se­lected jazz favourites at the venue next to the Taal Mon­u­ment.

Jimmy Dludlu plays on Jan­uary 26, Jimmy Ne­vis on Fe­bru­ary 16, Ju­dith Se­phuma on March 1 and a sur­prise artist from the CTIJF lineup on March 30, fol­low­ing the fes­ti­val on March 28 and 29. Tick­ets start at R100 at Com­puticket.


Paarl folks won’t have to wait long for pic­nic fun. The Tuinteater Pic­nic Con­cert Se­ries at the Taal Mon­u­ment will have a Bo­ere­musiek con­cert on Jan­uary 25 and Elvis Blue on Fe­bru­ary 8.

Visi­tors to th­ese con­certs are wel­come to bring their own wine and pic­nic bas­kets or they can or­der one from Volksmond Cof­fee Shop. Tick­ets are at www.paarl­


This wine es­tate has a more blues and rock ap­proach to Sun­day pic­nic con­certs.

Beef burg­ers or Ka­roo lamb wraps and chilled Backs­berg wines are avail­able. The pro­gramme be­gins on Fe­bru­ary 16 with Koos Kom­buis, fol­lowed by the Blues Broers on Fe­bru­ary 23. The se­ries runs un­til March 16 when Mr Cat and the Jackal play. Tick­ets are at www.plank­ and the shows start at 4pm. See www.face­­bergcon­certs for more.


This Fri­day sees a gay- friendly event billed as The Pink Pic­nic in the Park with the Cape Phil­har­monic Orches­tra per­form­ing at the au­di­to­rium from 6pm. Tick­ets are at www.pinksum­


Water­front Sum­mer Sun­set Con­certs are free and have a good lineup. To­day’s event is sure to be crowded with singer/song­writer Chad Saaiman ap­pear­ing at 6pm. Has­san’adas will do Afro-jazz on Jan­uary 2 at 6pm. See www.water­ for a full sched­ule. Twit­ter: @WendylMartin


SPREAD OUT: Kirsten­bosch has lined up a string of stun­ning acts for its se­ries of sum­mer con­certs.

POP­U­LAR: Fresh­ly­ground lead singer Zolani Ma­hola

SMOOTH: Jimmy Dludlu

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