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The Blues Rockers - with Robin Auld

28 Jan The Venue@Hemingways - CLICK HERE TO BOOK

A treat par excellence is in store for Eastern Cape music lovers as Centrestage in association with Frontier Events presents The Blues Rockers, featuring South African musical legend Robin Auld as special guest artist in front of a new-look Centrestage band lineup.

A festive atmosphere is expected at the specially erected bedouin tent at the New Cash Store where the show has been scheduled for Port Elizabeth on Fri 17 and Sat 18 January. Seating will be in a cabaret chairs around tables fashion and the New Cash Store will have a limited menu and a bar available on the evening.

Thereafter, the show moves to The Venue at Hemingways in East London for one night only on 28 January.

Robin Auld appears as never seen before, blending his African blues guitar stylings with slide guitar and harmonica, accompanied by his rocking soulful vocals on a range of much loved blues rock standards, as well as some of his own material.

He will be joined onstage by PE’s top musicians, who will also contribute some exciting segments to the review.

Ace guitarist Donovan Hattingh makes his final EC showing before returning to Dubai. He will be joined onstage by blues maestro Rob Thompson, Wesley Keet on keyboard, Andrew Warneke on bass and Kevin Mattheus on drums.

Wayne Kallis brings his own searing vocals to the mix with a salute to modern bluesman John Mayer, performing songs such as Gravity, Good love is on the way, Stop this train, Something like Olivia and Waiting on the World to Change for the very first time.

Songbird Lelani Fourie will tear things up as her reputation suggests as she takes on Janice Joplin’s Piece of My Heart and Ball and Chain.

“It is a huge coup to have Robin to agree to collaborate with us in the way he has done”, says Centrestage’s Gary Hemmings.

“Robin won’t just be performing an isolated set – he will play an integrated role throughout the show, trading guitar licks, wailing on his harmonica – and adding his distinctive vocals fronting songs as diverse as Dire Straits’s Once Upon a Time in the West and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads.”

“He will also do a Hendrix set in which you will see Robin shredding Johnny Be Good, Red House and All Along the Watchtower, as well as showing off his slide guitar skills re-interpreting Ry Cooder, Ray Charles, Robert Johnson and the Rolling Stones”

ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn segments will show off Hattingh and Thompson’s own guitar prowess, whilst rocking classics such as Little Red Rooster, Hoochie Coochie Man and Roadhouse Blues are also included in the stomping repertoire.

Auld has recently returned to South Africa after a long stay in the UK.

Well known to SA audiences from hits such as All of Woman and Baby you been Good to ME which will also undoubtedly make the mix, Robin's music over the years has evolved from the Pop Rock sound of his early recordings to the contemporary mix of blues and roots that makes his sound today.

He has performed and recorded in New York, London, California, Glasgow and Nashville, opening for and performing with acts such as Lloyd Cole, Angelique Kidjo, Michelle Shocked, Jackson Brown, Mud Morgenfield and Seasick Steve.

His latest album, “Fingers in my Pocket” was recorded in London and features a collection of roots and blues songs which Robin describes as being a ”walkin’, credit card, institutional failure, mean women and a sore head” kind of album.

Now based in Cape Town again, Robin is currently working on a new album, his 21st, for release in mid May 2014.

Tickets for the PE performances can be purchased by calling Wendy on 082-6616921 or from the New Cash Store itself on 041- 3661211.

Tickets cost R120 each, discounted to R100 each for bookings of 8 or more, down to R90 for 12 or more.

Patrons who cannot afford tickets at this time of the year can make special provision to pay for tickets next month through Wendy if required.

Computicket bookings closed for 22 Jan Show - ALL BOOKINGS - WENDY 082 661 6921/ Centrestage 041 368 3093
For the show in East London at The Venue@Hemingways - CLICK HERE

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