Yesterday afternoon Lois and I went to watch Robin Auld playing live in De Waal Park. Robin has been around forever (ok since the 80’s), but he is an integral part of Cape Town musical history. We had not seen him play for ages, so it was a treat. I think we last saw him at the Masque Theatre about 2 or 3 years ago. Anyway he has a few more gigs in Cape Town before he heads back to the UK, so head on down if you can.
De Waal Park has music every two weeks or so, and the best part (aside from an excuse to go and have a picnic on the lawns under the trees) is that the concerts are free. Just arrive and enjoy the afternoon (Arno Carstens is in two weeks).
There is a band that to the best of my knowledge perform only once a year. They are called Fully Covered, and every February they play a gig at somebody’s house in Bergvliet. Hence the name of the gig “Fully Covered Garden Party”. The garden is large enough for about 400 people to spread themselves and their picnics around the lawn, and to spend a few hours listening to some great music. This is precisely what we did on Saturday evening.
This is the second time that I have gone to the Garden Party (thanks Sarah), and both times have been so much fun. I was enjoying the music (and my glass of bubbly) far too much to take many photos, but I did manage to snap off a few; strangely enough mostly of the drummer.
On Friday evening, Lois and I went to see a band that we have been wanting to watch for a while, The Lentil Collective. They were playing at a small venue in Muizenberg called The Melting Pot. Yes, the Lentles were playing in the pot. Let the jokes begin.
Anyway, they are a rather eclectic band; a mixture of folk and acoustic pop, with a healthy amount of looping and sampling added into the mix. They describe themselves as “folktronica”, which is pretty accurate. But you can decide for yourselves, just go here and download their music (for free). I really enjoyed them, they are just some guys wanting to play some great music and have some fun. Fairly laid-back, fun and original. Really worth listening to.
If you see them playing, head down, you will hear some great music.
These guys were with one of the bands playing at the Kite Festival. Like typical musicians (I know because I am one), they had no idea what time they were playing. So while I didn’t get to watch them play, they were quite happy to do an impromptu photo shoot.
I am totally baffled as to where they got their hats from, they were totally unique and artistic. Any ideas?