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On Friday night Brother & Brother opened up for the Glenn Robertson Quartet at Kaleidoscope Cafe to a full house – albeit a very different crowd in comparison to what we’re used to. Most of those in the audience were jazz music appreciators there to see Glenn’s tribute to the legendary Club Montreal – a now defunct hang out spot for those audience members who spent their youth jazzing it up to the latin-infused sounds of the Tony Schilder Quartet and the band Airborne who had a residency there. Glenn used to be the lead singer for Airborne and still sings a bunch of Schilder’s repertoire which has now entered the canon of Cape Jazz tributes.
With that, Brother & Brother had to proverbially break the ice, very ironically playing rock to a middle-aged audience more inclined to appreciate the smooth and groovy jazz sounds that one usually finds at Kaleidoscope’s Friday night events. After turning down our backline so as not to overpower the audience with distortion saturated rock, we managed to hold it together – even to the extent that the crowd actually appreciated what we were doing. What!?
Nonetheless Glenn’s band consisting of legends Gary Kriel on bass, Maurice Gawronsky on drums (also used to play for jazz pioneer Stan Getz) and Ian Malgarte on piano provided some solid entertainment which the crowd was able to dance to. Glenn in true extrovert fashion once again called me up on stage for a duet rendition of the standard Georgia – I knew he would. It was a great night.
Brother & Brother RAMfest Competition
In just over two weeks Brother & Brother will be doing our first major festival performance at RAMfest 2014 on 6th March at the Carnival Stage. For the last couple of days we’ve been running a Facebook competition by giving away 3 FREE tickets to RAMfest. Entry details can be found via our Facebook page. So far we’ve gained more than 100 likes, just from the sheer popularity of the festival event.
Yesterday I spent the whole day rehearsing on Skalie Skinnerstories Tref Stoffontein, the musical I’ve been acting in that went to KKNK last year for a week long run and also played to a sold out audience at Kabaretmania.
It’s making its debut at Woordfees at the Book Tent on 7th March.
About 5 cast members left the show due to other commitments so the entire show had to be re-written in time for this performance. So far the pickup rehearsals have been going great. My character also has more dialogue which makes it more of a challenge for me as well.
Tongue Fu at AmaZink Eatery
On Sunday 2nd March I’ll be playing bass for a spoken word event being held at AmaZink Eatery called Tongue Fu, hosted by popular UK performance poet Chris Redmond. The whole event will consist of on the spot improvisation. Featured poets include Jitsvinger, Khadija Heeger (who blew my mind at the last InZync poetry session) and Thabiso Nkoana. The band will consist of myself (bass), Arthur Lea (from the UK – keyboard), Craig Victor (guitar) and James Lombard (drums). I’m really amped for this event.
Here’s my gig itinerary:
28 Feb – playing keyboard for Jerome Rex‘s Jerome en Geselskap CD Launch at Dorp Street Theatre Restaurant
2 March – Tongue Fu at AmaZink Eatery
6 March – Brother & Brother at RAMfest Carnival Stage
7 March – Skalie Skinnerstories Tref Stoffontein
10 March – doing my own show at Woordfees (Aan de Braak Theatre) called Josh Prinsloo en die Dahgah Vondasie – an exploration of the human condition and identity.