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Table Mountain Blues Summit – History of Blues in SA Competition

Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013

Venue: Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville Dates: 22- 23 November 2013.

The Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013 is set to give you a musical thrill that’s gonna groove your mojo soul! SA’s premier Blues Festival has found a new home at the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville and on 22 and 23 November, the Cream of South Africa’s Blues- Rock Artists will be taking the stage.

To celebrate and trace the roots of Blues in South Africa, we will be running a competition in October: THE HISTORY OF BLUES IN SA COMPETITION: Mail your factual finds about the roots/history of Blues in SA, as well as any other fascinating tales about the development of Blues in SA to: richardpryor@telkomsa.net and cc liny@mweb.co.za – the most interesting find will win R1 000.00. Your contributions will be posted to our website and facebook pages. Entry dates: From 1 – 31 October.

Blues is about where you’re coming from and where you’re going. Everywhere you look you can see a blues song just sitting there, waiting to happen. It’s a reflection of life, everything, everyday. It;s what your spirit does when it needs to be comforted and revived. It’s all that is genuine and honest in music, past, present and for damn sure, future.” Andre Kriel (The Black Cat Bones)

Now in its 8th year with the continued help of main sponsor Combustion Technology and Paul Bothner Music, The Table Mountain Blues Summit has established itself as a top music festival and is ready to hit awesome and epic status in 2013.

The line up for 2013:

Friday 22 November – from 16h00
Tombstone Pete, Mean Black Mamba,Robin Gallagher Trio (Fender), Ballistic Blues,
Them Tornados, Blues Broers, Pebbleman, Dan Patlansky, Fox Comet.

Saturday 23 November – from 12h30
Tombstone Pete, Jo Martin and Tony,Kevin Floyd and Guests,Crimson House Blues,
Robin Auld, Natasha Meister,Dave Ferguson, Ann Jangle, Gerald Clark, Albert Frost Trio,Boulevard Blues and Guests, Black Cat Bones.

History of The Blues Summit:

Mike Combrinck started the Blues Summit on the 15th November 2006 at the Tafelberg Tavern in Cape Town. This debut of the festival saw the reunion of the Blues Broers for a special summit performance, and with the help of Boulevard Blues, Albert Frost, Dan Patlansky, Delta Blue, Piet Botha and Southern Gypsey Queen, it was a great success.

In 2007 Mike entered into negotiation with long time bastion of Blues Rock, Richard Pryor to co-partner him in managing the Blues Summit. Richard ‘a solid man of Rock’ had an axe to grind and was sharpening his blues pencil to take the summit up a notch.His mandate was a musically successful summit with financial independence.

Tapping into his own musical resources, database and Blues Wigi Boards, Richard secured the sponsorship of Combustion Technology to help out financially.

Combustion Technology is a Company focused on Energy Efficiency.

Their core business is to concentrate on the supply of the most Modern Energy Efficient Equipment Solutions to the Steam, Hot water and Heating Industry.

Their goal is a reduction in Emissions and a decrease in Fuel Consumption

which results in a more efficient plant and a greatly reduced Carbon footprint.

More info at: www.combustiontechnology.co.za

Paul Bothner Music joined as a sponsor in 2009 and they have been a mainstay supporter and sponsor ever since. Fender threw some muscle into the event as well by offering a Genuine Fender axe giveaway at every summit.

Whats on the Blues Menu?

  • 19 top Bands over 2 days.
  • Top class quality 30000 watt outdoor sound rig.
  • Huge Lighting and a huge LED screen.
  • Hillcrest Quarry an awesome place and one of the most dramatic outdoor venues in SA.
  • Vibrant food and refreshment stalls and plenty of outside bars.
  • Plenty of free and secure off street parking.
  • Fender Guitar Giveaway and the Combustion Technology Cash Prize R1500.

Ticket sales are open and are available at Computicket:

Friday R160 and entry into the Fri Night Combustion Cash Prize Draw.

Saturday R220 and entry into the Sat Night Fender Guitar Lucky Draw.

Full Weekend R320 and entry into both Lucky Draws

Camping Ticket R160 (separate and limited to 200 tickets) Camping is for both nights.

Free entrance for children under 10 years.

Note: Only presales tickets qualify for the lucky draws. Winners of the main competitions must be there to claim their Prizes.

Direct Computicket booking link here: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/table_mountain_blues_summit_2013/763223194/0/55801813

Media contact: Liny Kruger – LK Mediabook 082 464 1926 / liny@lkmediabook.co.za

See www.bluesfest.co.za for more information.

“Blues is the soul translated into audible form.” Natasha Meister.

Regards,

Liny Kruger

LK MEDIABOOK

082 464 1926

021 556 1726

www.lkmediabook.co.za

Twitter: @Liny_Kruger

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City of Chicago :: Blues Festival Headliners Travel Up The Mississippi To Chicago

Shemekia Copeland
Shemekia Copeland

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the headliners for the 30th Annual Chicago Blues Festival: Shemekia Copeland, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Johnson, Otis Clay, The Bar-Kays, Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice and a multigenerational Chicago blues showcase finale featuring James Cotton, Lil’ Ed and Billy Branch, among others, closing the festival on Sunday. Admission is free.

Thursday, June 6: Opening Night in Millennium Park

Announced in February, the festival will open for the first time at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on June 6. Shemekia Copeland will headline the evening with special guest, blues guitar prodigy and Buddy Guy collaborator Quinn Sullivan. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with openers Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids of America followed by Jamiah on Fire & the Red Machine.

Moving to Grant Park for the weekend, the festival is “Rollin’ Up the River” to celebrate the blues with a musical journey up the Mississippi River. During the great migration from the south in the 1940s and 1950s, the “delta blues” landed in Chicago establishing the genre’s electric guitar sound known as the “Chicago blues” style. The voyage will start in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mississippi on Friday; then continue on to Memphis, Tennessee, and St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday; ending in Chicago on Sunday, where the blues electrified the world.

Read more at City of Chicago :: Blues Festival Headliners Travel Up The Mississippi To Chicago.

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Black Sheep Rockonspiracy

South African Rebels Meet East German Underground

A Cultural Exchange Initiative

by Piet Botha & Akkedis & Kilian Nestler

Black Sheep Rockonspiracy
Black Sheep Rockonspiracy

The Black Sheep Rockonspiracy is the brainchild of East German-born Kilian Nestler, who made South Africa his home in 1994. He was previously involved in the semi-legal blues-rock East German underground as a fan, photographer, manager and creator of illegal anti-establishment merchandising. This lifestyle choice led to a 14 month prison term.

The band known currently as Freygang Band was formed in East Berlin in 1977 under the then oppressive socialist regime, as Freygang. The Blues euphoria in East Germany was reaching its peak at that time and the fans loved Freygang for their courage to freely express themselves. Progressive musicians and their fans had to survive troublesome times, including arrests and performance bans. Freygang have kept their appeal to younger audiences, by becoming harder, even with a touch of punk, through the inclusion of musicians who used to be fans and by always being authentic.

Nestler found out that in apartheid South Africa, under somehow similar, but political opposite circumstances, musicians like Piet Botha, had to endure the same troubles as Freygang. Piet Botha, who celebrated a 30 year recording career in 2009, is regarded by many as a true soldier of the Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle and an inspiration to fans and fellow musicians alike. These two forces, against all odds, still live the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, and Nestler had the vision to make them known to each other.

A desire for freedom and a dislike of politics, is the common background from where Freygang and Piet Botha emerged, as Piet Botha once said ”…that’s why we got into rock ‘n’ roll … we wanted to change the system”.

Kilian Nestler met Piet Botha at a few gigs and the idea of the Black Sheep Rockonspiracy was born.

The STRAB Festival, which was started in 2003 and is held every year in previously war-torn Mozambique, became the anchor point for creating a cultural exchange. After STRAB Mozambique 2013, Freygang will tour South Africa, collaborating and performing with a host of progressive South African bands.

This unique exchange will be documented by ARMADA FILM from Germany, and there is also a joint recording session at the HOME GROWN MUSIC STUDIO planned. The final highlight of this collaboration will be at the MERCURY in Cape Town.

Besides playing together, there will be discussions regarding the way artists can contribute to a better understanding of different cultures, how to use art and music as a weapon against ignorance ( i.e. xenophobia, religious intolerance, etc.) and many more important issues of the day.

Piet Botha and Akkedis will travel to Germany in August 2013 to perform at Freygang’s own underground festival and a number of other gigs.

Thanks to the unselfish contribution of many good-meaning people, the project has started to take shape, and who knows what the future holds, but one thing is for sure, the spirit of Rock ‘n Roll is alive and well.

www.blacksheeprockonspiracy.com

 

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Press Release: Up the Creek Music Festival 2013

UP THE CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL BROUGHT TO YOU BY 4TH STREET, SWELLENDAM: 31 JANUARY – 3RD FEBRUARY 2013.

One river, three stages, four days, loads of music and comedy and festival goers with a passion for some of South Africa`s best music in common – get ready for Up the Creek 2013 brought to you by 4th Street.

At Up the Creek everyone comes together. From 31st January to 3rd February, the usually quiet campsite close to Swellendam will once again be transformed into a slightly surreal spot of revelry, raging rock and soulful tunes, performances from another planet and shenanigans of the type you can only pull off when you`re safely tucked in next to the mighty Breede River for four days. No VIP nonsense. No pretence. No cliques. Just a beautiful river; three epic stage; thirty awesome live bands and some of our country’s coolest comedy acts.

Pull in on Thursday 31st January for a chilled out preview gig at the Rolling Stone SA stage. You can choose the best spot for your tent and kick start the weekend`s carousing so that the place is cooking by the time your friends arrive.

The line up for Up the Creek 2013 is going to be nothing short of fantastic and will be announced in November 2012.

In typical Up the Creek tradition we will be running live music on 3 stages throughout the weekend: The 4th Street Main Stage, the MK River Stage and the all night long Rolling Stone SA stage. But remember, we will be running only one stage at at time, so that you don’t miss out on your favourite acts.

Think about it, where else can you float on a river, headbang to sick, soulful rocking tunes and sip on a Titanic. (Up the Creek`s special signature cocktail.

Tickets at www.ticketbreak.co.za or on our FB page:

Thursday – Sunday: Presales: R600.00 – Gate: R650.00

Friday – Sunday: Presales: R550.00 – Gate: R600.00

Saturday – Sunday: Presales: R450.00 – Gate: R500.00

Kids 13 years and younger: free entry.

Heartbreak Motel:

If you want to rock out in a little more comfort, then the Heartbreak Motel is for you. There are various options of pre-pitched tents, hot showers, clean toilets, buffet breakfast and other luxuries. For more info and bookings go to: http://www.heartbreakmotel.co.za/

Competitions:

We are running various exciting competitions for Up the Creek 2013. Check out our Competitions page on website for all the details:

Up the Creek Competitions

Good luck with your entries!

Social Media:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UpTheCreek.MusicFestival

Twitter: @Upthe_Creek.

Website: www.upthecreek.co.za

The line up for the weekend will be released in November 2012.

So remember it doesn’t matter if you have big biceps or skinny jeans, or an ironic moustache, or a non-ironic one, at Up the Creek you can be yourself. And get together.

General queries: annie and Media queries: liny

Up the Creek Music Festival is organized by Red Hot Events and Blue Moon.

RED HOT EVENTS:

Red Hot Events offers a range of services dedicated to creating unique and memorable experiences. Due to the fact that we are perfectionists obsessed with every detail of event management, we start at spectacular and take it up a few notches. This is why we have a reputation for thinking outside the box, making creative use of space and going the extra mile. Whatever you have in mind, we`re ready to rise to the challenge. Visit our website for more information: www.redhotevents.co.za.”

BLUE MOON:

Blue Moon, based in Nelspruit, is a fully equipped functions and music venue with a dynamic sound system and all the accessories, 2 bars, kitchen, stage lighting etc. Known to the music industry countrywide as the best venue of its kind in South Africa, Blue Moon is a totally unique indoor/outdoor venue. Visit our website at www.blue-moon.co.za

Up the Creek 2013 would like to thank our sponsors: 4th Street, MK & Rolling Stone SA.

Regards,

Liny Kruger

LK MEDIABOOK

082 464 1926

021 556 1726

www.lkmediabook.co.za

Twitter: @Liny_Kruger

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..:: bluesfest.co.za – The Table Mountain Blues Summit – Cape Town, South Africa’s Premier Blues Festival ::..

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This Year the Summit is coming at you with over 20 bands ready to Rock your Blues out. For the first time since it’s humble beginning at the Tafelberg Tavern in 2005 the Summit becomes an awe inspiring 2 day festival boasting some of the finest acts in the country.

The Cream of South Africa’s Blues Rock Artists will be taking the stage on Friday 30th Nov and Saturday 1st of Dec at Bloemendal Wine Estate and It looks set to be the biggest blues gathering in South Africa’s History. Now into it’s 8th year and with the continued help of Combustion Technology and Paul Bothner Music the Table Mountain Blues Summit has established itself as a top music festival and is ready to kick huge festival mojo in 2012.

With a spirit for real music and a nod to the concerts of yesteryear The Blues Summit is many things but above all it serves as a great coming together of a vibrant almost ‘family like’ Blues Community where the music transcends age, race, gender and class.

Who’s Playing?

Friday 30th Nov (From 3:30pm till 12pm)

 

Saturday 1st Dec  (From 11:30am till 12pm)

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Angels Of Rock at Carnival City, 12 May 2012

Angels Of Rock
ANGELS OF ROCK

On May 12, 2012, the hottest female acts in South African music are joining forces for one of the biggest events of the year. Presented by Carnival City, ANGELS OF ROCK promises to be a grand, spectacular extravaganza that will turn the Big Top Arena into a rock ‘n’ roll fortress for one night only!

Expanding and building on the success of the three previous ANGELS OF ROCK shows, this year’s edition will be bigger and better than ever before, as the best female musicians in the land, including the most talented upcoming performers, strut their stuff on the glittered stage. Mixing elegance with undeniable flair and charisma, the all-star line-up for ANGELS OF ROCK will feature: electro-pop-rock darlings Aneva; melodic rockers Only When It Rains; the recently reunited Holly and the Woods; the critically acclaimed songstress Louise Carver; gritty rock ‘n’ roll revivalists Cortina Whiplash; quirky pop duo The Arrows; the evergreen SA music legend Karen Zoid; and the Tamara Dey-fronted “funkasaurus” known as Flash Republic.

ANGELS OF ROCK will take place at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Johannesburg, on May 12, 2012. Doors open at 4pm.

Facebook Event

Computicket link for ticket sales

Rhythm Music Store
Rhythm Music Store
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Ons praat met… > Onderhoud met Piet Botha van Jack Hammer (AKA: Sledge van Lyzyrd Kyngs) — Hy-Se-Sy-Se (HSSS)

Piet Botha maak al 33 jaar lank musiek. Julle ken hom dalk as die man agter Jack Hammer. Hy is ook deel van die Lyzyrd Kyngs wat onlangs by die Big Blues Festival op Kleinmond gespeel het. Ons het Piet oor die Blues fees en sy lang pad saam met musiek (en nogwat) uitgevra. – Elsibe Loubser

via Ons praat met… > Onderhoud met Piet Botha van Jack Hammer (AKA: Sledge van Lyzyrd Kyngs) — Hy-Se-Sy-Se (HSSS).