Catch this in­ti­mate per­for­mance

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

FROM Satur­day morn­ing story time for children to launches dur­ing the week, The Book Lounge has an in­ter­est­ing and var­ied line up of reg­u­lar events. Among them is one called Down In The Basement, which takes place on Fri­day when singer/song­writer Joshua K Gri­er­son will present a per­for­mance named Phases.

“I have had a long- stand­ing dream to play this now well-es­tab­lished event se­ries. I ap­proached them to see if I too could be a part of it and they hap­pily agreed,” said Gri­er­son, who has done many in­ti­mate shows dur­ing his ca­reer but has never pre­sented such a wide span of ma­te­rial be­fore.

“This is my first time play­ing this venue and thus I have no mem­ory to com­pare it to, but from what I sur­mise, I can tell it’s go­ing to be much more spe­cial than play­ing a 5 000-seater be­cause of the im­me­di­ate con­nec­tion I can make with such an in­ti­mate au­di­ence; eye con­tact is so im­por­tant for me when pre­sent­ing my heart.”

Gri­er­son said lis­ten­ers could ex­pect a real cross sec­tion of his many years of self-penned ma­te­rial. “I have al­ways en­joyed acts that take the lis­tener on a jour­ney into their world and that is ex­actly what I in­tend to do on the night.”

Gri­er­son will be joined by some of his favourite col­lab­o­ra­tors: Lau­ren Fowler (voice), Gene Kier­man, (voice, gui­tars, French horn), Gean Burrell (keys) and Wes­ley Gra­ham Reyneke (per­cus­sion).

“I’m look­ing for­ward to giv­ing the lis­tener a night where they are al­lowed to feel ev­ery drop of melody, ev­ery sway of rhythm, and re­veal­ing my soul about mat­ters that I deal with on a daily ba­sis,” said Gri­er­son.

Over the past 15 years Gri­er­son has formed many out­fits to present his many dif­fer­ent faces. The night will thus com­prise a cross-sec­tion of much of those years. “I will ob­vi­ously be play­ing a great deal of ma­te­rial penned un­der my Joshua (K) Gri­er­son iden­tity, but I will also present a few songs from my elec­tro out­fits, F O L L O W E R and ISUISME,” he said. “The last two bod­ies of work will take on a slightly dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter for the night’s lis­ten­ing but it will re­tain the feeling I felt when ini­tially writ­ing the ma­te­rial on the guitar or pi­ano.”

Since he’ll be play­ing the Book Lounge, I asked Gri­er­son what he’s read­ing.

“I have just started read­ing Moby’s mem­oir, ti­tled Porce­lain and it’s an ex­cep­tional read. Very in­spir­ing.” Tick­ets are lim­ited, and can be bought and col­lected in-store, R50 cash only. The per­for­mance is on Fri­day, Au­gust 5, at 5.30pm for 6pm. The Book Lounge is at 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town. For more in­for­ma­tion call 021 462 2425, email book­lounge@gmail.com or go to www.book­lounge.co.za.

It’s a good idea to sign up for the weekly news­let­ter so as not to miss any events, spe­cial of­fers (like a 20 per­cent off the up­com­ing Bruce Spring­steen au­to­bi­og­ra­phy) and tomorrow’s Harry Pot­ter and the Cursed Child re­lease party from 10am till 12pm. If you can get your head around Harry be­ing all grown up and an over­worked em­ployee of the Min­istry of Magic, a hus­band, and fa­ther of three schoolage children, be one of the first to get your hands on this play script based on an orig­i­nal new story by JK Rowl­ing. It’s the eighth story in the se­ries and the first of­fi­cial Harry Pot­ter story to be pre­sented on stage. The play will re­ceive its world pre­miere in Lon­don’s West End tonight.

The book will be sold at 20 per­cent dis­count tomorrow (R300 in­stead of R375) and there will be fun for all and even a few prizes. Dress­ing up is en­cour­aged.

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