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Ta­ble Moun­tain Blues Sum­mit turns 10 this year and top bands get ready to rock your world

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

THE Ta­ble Moun­tain Blues Sum­mit cel­e­brates its 10th an­niver­sary next Satur­day, with what or­gan­iser Mike Com­brinck calls a re­turn to its roots. Com­brinck said he thought of the con­cept of start­ing a blues fes­ti­val in Cape Town af­ter at­tend­ing a jazz and blues ses­sion at the Steak and Ale in Pre­to­ria in 2005.

“Good blues shows were rel­a­tively hard to find in South Africa at the time. So in 2006 the first Ta­ble Moun­tain Blues Sum­mit was held at Tafel­berg Tav­ern in Cape Town, show­cas­ing six blues acts to an au­di­ence of just un­der 450 guests.

“We gave our hearts and souls and boots to get this go­ing. In 2007 Richard Pryor came aboard as a part­ner and we grew this lit­tle fes­ti­val into the mon­ster it be­came – last year had 22 acts.

“Richard played a big role in the de­vel­op­ment of the sum­mit over the past few years, but has now stepped down due to other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. The sum­mit brought in more rock and folk mu­sic over the last few years, but my friend Mike Craw­ford, who has now come on board, and I de­cided to keep the sum­mit to its orig­i­nal blues roots for our 10-year cel­e­bra­tion.”

This means the fes­ti­val will be only one day in­stead of two and will show­case purely blues as played by 12 of the top acts in the coun­try.

The line-up com­prises the Al­bert Frost Trio, The Black Cat Bones, Ger­ald Clark, Guy Collins Band, The Boule­vard Blues Band, Ai­dan Martin Trio, Jonathan Peyper Band, Frank Free­man, The Stude­bak­ers, Wayne Pauli Trio, Bas­son Laub­scher & The Vi­o­lent Free Peace, and Ban­deleros.

“It is great to add that lots of acts are us­ing the sum­mit as a launch pad for their new albums and for us the or­gan­is­ers, we are hugely grate­ful for the con­fi­dence and high es­teem th­ese mu­sos have for the event,” said Com­brinck.

“It is also great to see the client base is so var­ied; pun­ters who are there to lis­ten are as young as 12 to 15 years old, up to those in their seven­ties. The kids are com­ing to the blues and that is the main rea­son we do the sum­mit – to grow the genre and keep it alive.”

Tak­ing place at Hill­crest Quarry in Durbanville, gates open at 10am and the first band up is at 11am to be­gin 13 hours of top qual­ity blues.

Tick­ets are R195 from Com­puticket or can be bought at the venue. Free en­trance for chil­dren un­der 12 (must present some form of ID).

If it’s blues you want, then the Ta­ble Moun­tain Blues Sum­mit is the place you will get it, said Com­brinck.

● For more in­for­ma­tion see www.blues­sum­


ON TOP: Al­bert Frost will per­form at the Ta­ble Moun­tain Blues Sum­mit next Satur­day at the Hill­crest Quarry, Durbanville.


PAS­SION­ATE: Bas­son Laub­scher.

CRACKLE: The Ba­con­fest takes place next week­end at La Bot­tega Restau­rant, Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Wood­stock.

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