Spicy pop in the park

2010-02-05 00:00

ON Valentine’s Day this year, the Old Mutual Music at the Lake Concert ­series hosts South African pop-rock giants Just Jinjer.

The original threesome — Ard ­Matthews, Brent Harris and Denholm Harding — will be playing the distinctive sounds of the band’s songs that are as relevant today as they were when the group left for the United States over a decade ago.

The band’s musicianship has matured during their years in the U.S. and in just over a decade Just ­Jinjer has sold over 250 000 ­albums, toured with U2, Counting Crows, Live, the Goo Goo Dolls, and many more well-known artists.

When asked why Just Jinjer’s songs and music continue to gather a ­growing fanbase, Matthews says: “It’s relevant. We are saying things that people can listen to 20 years from now and it will still mean the same thing.”

Farryl Purkiss will open the concert at 6.30 pm. Purkiss, another of ­Durban’s talented musicians, who is currently based in Cape Town, ­continues to draw enthusiastic audiences wherever he goes.

Take a picnic and enjoy the ­romance of the beautiful lake setting in the Durban Botanic Gardens on Valentine’s Day. Gates open at 4.30 pm.

Book online at www.webtickets. co.za to catch the early-bird ticket price of R80 (concession ticket price of R20 for children between six and 12 years). If you miss the early-bird ­ticket price, you will pay R100 on the day of the concert. Concession ticket ­prices remain for children. For further details phone the information centre at the Durban Botanic ­Gardens at 031 309 1170.

Secure parking is available on the Juventus ground off lower St Thomas Road, adjacent to the Botanic Gardens and the Munies Hockey Field, off lower Sydenham Road.


• For more information about this and other concerts in the Durban ­Botanic Gardens, visit www.durban botanicgardens.org.za or phone the information centre at 031 309 1170 or the friends ­office on weekdays at 031 202 5819.

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