Join Ryan Calder for 'Better Days'

2009-03-05 00:00

RYAN Calder’s debut album Better Days, released in 2005, received high praise from fans and critics alike for its optimistic, positive lyrics, catchy melodies and quality of musicianship.

It’s the trademark of the Pietermaritzburg-based musician, who believes that music should leave an audience feeling encouraged and upbeat about the state of the world.

And it is in this spirit that the Ryan Calder Band presents The Better Days Show — a multimedia production which combines big-screen images and animation with an energetic live performance — at the Hexagon Theatre’s Dive venue on March 13 and March 14 at 7.30 pm.

“The current economic and political climate puts a constant dampener on the general South African mood,” says Calder. “But we think the best medicine is some good original music combined with a few laughs.”

Having performed around the country as the Ryan Calder Band over the past two years, Calder brings this new show to the Hexagon Theatre accompanied by Rudi Engelbrecht on drums, Roberto Hemmero on bass, Jon Calder on piano and Tammy Calder on vocals.

The band will be performing hits off the album including I’m Alright, Chin Up Young Heart and Better Days, as well as some new songs, with the occasional nod to the likes of Ben E. King, Chuck Berry and Cole Porter.

Tickets are R40 (R30 each for bookings of 10 or more). Take your own picnic supper. Book at 033 260 537 or e-mail hexagon@ukzn.ac.za Secure parking is available off Golf Road. Visit www.ryancalder.co.za for blog updates on the preparation of the show.

— Arts Editor.

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