‘Music in the Garden’

2010-03-26 00:00

On April 11, the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens will host some of the province’s best musical acts for the benefit of animals in the community.

The SPCA Music in the Garden concert has Jason Hartman as the headline act, who since winning Idols has been busy touring the country and promoting his new album On The Run.

Hartman will be performing with his band, which consists of his father Sam on guitar and brothers Scott (drums), Josh (lead guitar) and Donovan (bass).

The Pixie Bennett Band from ­Durban is a four-piece pop outfit which was born out of the band leader’s success in the latter stages of last year’s Idols competition. Pixie joins fellow former Howick High School graduate Jason for what is sure to be a special afternoon.

Also in the line-up are local act the Splayed Ferrets, who will be belting out seventies signature rock tunes (from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and J. J. Cale). The band consists of Paul de Fleuriot on lead guitar, Barry Meintjies on bass, Chris Palframan on drums and Rossouw on guitar with Martin Godfrey belting out the vocals.

Tuff Gong will be showcasing some original reggae and funk rock.

The jazz section is taken up by Ke Orchestra, consisting of third-year music students from Durban University with Jonathan Judge on sax leading his five-piece band of merry men. Contrast this with the South American rythmns of Pan Latino, fronted by Kech Sanchez on vocals, guitar and pan pipes.

The Cordwalles Rock Band will provide renditions of tunes from the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Bon Jovi, and the Pietermaritzburg Philharmonic Strings will stretch the boundaries of this eclectic musical line-up even further.

Tickets are R100 for adults and R50 for children under 12. You can purchase your tickets at any one of the following: Dulce Café at Parklane Spar, online at www.witness.co.za, PMB Tourism at Liberty Midlands Mall, the SPCA in Woodhouse Road or at the Red Door from Jess or Tosch. Food will also be on sale at the concert that starts at 11.30 am.

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