Top mu­sos to per­form

There is a f east of mu­sic await­ing vis­i­tors to The Wit­ness Hil­ton Arts Fes­ti­val, which runs at Hil­ton Col­lege this week­end, writes ESTELLE SINKINS

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EVER no­ticed how of­ten a gr eat song gets dr owned out b y the noise that comes fr om over­pro­duc­tion in a s tu­dio? If you an­swered “yes” to that ques­tion, then you’re go­ing to love Be­hind the N oise.

In this sho w, Dur ban­ites B arry Thom­son, J ason Andr ew and M arion Loudon get b ack t o the r oot of w hat makes a great song and give the melody and l yrics sp ace t o shine.

Hits from Si­mon and Gar­funkel, the Erhyth­mics, Ali­son M oyet, Mumf ord and Sons, Avicii, Pharell Wil­liams and Avril Lav­i­gne, all get a new look in this show, w hich is in the Art Block at 8.15 pm t oday. Tick ets ar e R100.

Singer­song­writer Guy B ut­tery and drum­mer Gareth Gale, will be show­cas­ing the mu­sic which won them a cov­eted Sil­ver Ova­tion Award at this y ear’s Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val in Grahamstown when the y perf orm in the Chapel at 2 pm to­mor­row. Ex­pect high dy­nam­ics, deep gr ooves, del­i­cat e African in­flec­tions and mind­bend­ing guit ar and drum chem­istry of a new or­der. Tick­ets are R100.

At 4 pm to­mor­row is Mem­phis 55, a trib­ute show in­spired by the 1955 col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween rock ’n roll icons Elvis Pres­ley, J ohnny Cash, J erry Lee Le wis and Carl Perkins.

The quart et w ent on t o t our the world and changed the course of mu­sic his­tory, in­spir­ing a ne w gen­er­a­tion of mu­si­cians in­clud­ing T he B ea­tles, The Who, T he R olling St ones and man y more.

The show, which is in the Art Block, in­cludes hits such as Blue Suede Shoes, Great Balls of Fir e, Walk the Line , Fol­som Prison Blues and more. Tick­ets are R100.

The mu­sic of E dith Piaf and other French mu­sic stars is cel­e­brated in Piaf, THE GROL SCH LINE-UP IN­CLUDES: To­day 9.30 am: Smith & S mithers. noon: The Geor ge Mari Band. 2.30 pm: the Hil ton Coll ege Jazz Band. 4 pm: the DHS Jazz Band 6 pm: The Hairy L egged L en­til Eaters. Mar­ion L oudon is perf orm­ing in Be­hind The Nois e. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED Other F rench Le gends and a T ouch of Me in the Art Block at 6 pm to­day. T he sho w s tars a ward­win­ning cabaret artist He­lena Het­tema and in­cludes song s b y Piaf , M ar­cel C er­dan, Charles Az­navour, Gil­bert Be­caud, Mireille Matthieu and Jac­ques Brel. Tick­ets are R110.

Dur­ban sing ers T ake F ive head To­mor­row 10.30 am: So­phis­ti­cated Lady , f ea­tur­ing T racy S tark. 1 pm: Plat­form Jazz. THE CHEM­SPEC LINE-UP: To­day 1 pm: Singer and s ong­writer R owan Stu­art. 3 pm: Su­per­moon, a dy­namic acous­tic and v ocal duo . to Hil­ton with their show Hot for Har­mony, in the chapel at 8 pm t oday.

This en­sem­ble fea­tures the tal­ents of Shel­ley McLean, T ory du Ple ssis, S aman­tha Lan­der s, H aylea H oun­some and Chloe Clark, singing tight har­mony ar­range­ments of hits by Adele and Avril Lav­i­gne, as well as a few time­less clas­sics. Tick ets ar e R100.

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The Witne ss 5 pm: Quat­tro F emmes, a dy­namic elec­tric s tring quart et. To­mor­row 10 am: Or­feo Duo , f ea­tur­ing Sabine Bair d and Li­nor S tein­hausen from the KZN Phil­har­monic Or ches­tra. noon: Singer Erin F ourie. 2 pm: Gui­tarist Jame s Gr ace and pi­anist Chris to­pher Duig an.

Fes­ti­val favourite An­thony Stonier is back in Hilt on t o perf orm The Sound of their Mu­sic in the Art Block at 4 pm to­day and 2 pm t omorrow.

En­joy song s fr om mu­si­cals such as Ok­la­homa!, South Pa­cific, The King and I, Carousel, The Sound of Mu­sic, as well as some less­heard num­bers which are no le ss lo vely. Tick ets ar e R100. THE LINE-UP A T THE T OPS BISTRO: To­day 11.15 am: Craw­ford North Co ast A frican Dr um­ming and D ance. 1.15 pm: the Hil ton Coll ege Marimb a Band. To­mor­row 11.15 pm: the Co wan Hous e Marimba Band. • Book­ing f or all the se sho ws can be made at www .hilton­fes­ti­val.co.za

In­be­tween sho ws and w an­der­ing around the craft mar­ket and visual art exhibitions, f es­ti­val g oers can enjo y plenty of mu­sic at the Grolsch Fes­ti­val Mar­quee, the Chem­spec P er­spec­tive Mu­sic Stage, the T ops Bis tro and the Bell Tower. 1.15 pm: the S t S tithian’s P repara­tory School Marimb a Band. THE LINE-UP A T THE BELL T OWER: To­day 9.30 am: Band

Go t o www .hilton­fes­ti­val.co.za f or more de tails on the f es­ti­val. • arts@wit­ness.co.za

The PMB Conc ert

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The Hairy L egged L en­til Eat ers will be perf orm­ing at

Hil­ton Art s F es­ti­val.

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Guy But tery.

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