‘Concert in the park’

2011-07-25 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG’S legendary Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters will be performing at the SPCA-Sappi Music in the Garden concert in the Botanic Gardens, from 11 am to 4.30 pm on Sunday.

The fundraising concert was originally scheduled to take place on May 8, but had to be postponed due to bad weather.

Described as the most eclectic folk band this side of the Limpopo, the Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters have made an indelible mark on the local music scene, never failing to win over audiences with performances that have ranged from the satirical to the bizarre. The band also plays an active role in the running of the Maritzburg Musicians’ Club, which meets every other Tuesday at The Red Door in Pietermaritzburg.

Durban-based rockers Catlike Thieves have been carving themselves a successful niche in the music industry since mid-2008, and say their target audience ranges “from the trailers in Benoni to the lofts in Cape Town”.

The band, whose influences include Green Day, Yellowcard, the Beach Boys, Wolfmother, AC/DC, James Brown and New Found ­Glory, have performed at both the White Mountain and Splashy Fen festivals, and have shared the stage with Zebra and Giraffe, and The Parlotones.

Also performing at the concert is the legendary Steve Fataar, who has been a musical icon since the early sixties, when he and his brothers formed The Flames. He has performed in England and the United States, and his set promises to be unmissable.

Other acts on the bill include: the Epworth School Marimba Band; the PMB Philharmonic Strings; Nonaseye, whose sound can be described as a fusion of driving musical guitars, melodic bass lines and groove-orientated drumming, influenced by the likes of Incubus, the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Counting Crows and Chevelle; Shomon, who only performs original compositions; Howick-based Pan Latino, which was formed in 2007 by Bolivian-born Kech Sanchez; and Quinton Young.

Tickets for the Music in the ­Garden concert, which will be hosted by Dave Guselli and Martin Godfrey, are R100 (R5O children under 12 and toddlers under three, free). They can be collected at the SPCA in Woodhouse Road, the SPCA Shop at 4 Gough Street, Dulcé Cafe at Parklane Spar, PMB Tourism at the Midlands Mall, and Strelitzia at the Botanical ­Gardens.

All tickets purchased for the previous concert are still valid.

Food and drinks will be on sale at the concert, or patrons can take along a picnic basket. For more information, phone Maureen Vida at 033 386 9267.

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