Centrestage’s Unplugged show returns to Old Grey this November
Fri 20/Sat 21 Nov - Old Grey - Click here to book
Back by popular demand and after the initial sell-out run, Centrestage’s Unplugged show returns to Port Elizabeth audiences for two nights only at Old Grey on 20 and 21 November 2015.
Acoustic music aficionados and fans of the cello, accordion, mandolin, double bass, banjo and guitar will be thrilled to encounter Centrestage in their tribute to the MTV unplugged phenomenon.
Based on the concept of taking artists from different genres and getting them to recreate their songs using only acoustic instruments, Centrestage Unplugged will revitalise some of the most famous Mtv Unplugged performances. Also included are songs by artists who never got to do an Mtv unplugged show, but were either influenced by that sound or would have been a perfect match.
Popular acoustic virtuoso and Neil Young sound-alike Alan Kozak fronts the 7 piece unplugged band which is crammed with PE’s top vocalists and multi instrumentalists.
These include Wayne Kallis in a more subdued role than usual, Andrew Warneke on bass and double bass and Devon van Rooyen on sympathetic percussion, as well as the live wire Andrea Morris on keys and the talented Claire Venn on vocals.
An exciting addition of the cello in its line-up will be in the capable hands of Ian Du Toit, who recently returned to PE after a stint of mentoring music students in the UK.
The acoustic stylings have special appeal to the band members themselves:
Musical director, Wayne Kallis, says he has always been drawn to acoustic versions of songs, as this is when the quality, melody and the performance itself stands out.
“It will be wonderful to get a chance to play some of the songs that I first heard in the formative stages of my music career - songs that undoubtedly helped develop my passion for music. I am also excited to play a show that is all about sensitivity and musical dynamics”, enthused bassist Andrew Warneke.
“For me, acoustic music is transparent and pure. It will always survive in whatever shape or form because it goes straight to the heart. In the age of digital music and video, we still want to hear the sound of instruments built a hundred years ago”, says Kozak.
“I have no doubt that the audience will be blown away by the way that we have interpreted some of the songs.... I like that the show is not hard-rocking, but is very much a listening kind of show, lending itself to so many musical colours created by the beautiful vocals and instrumentation”, adds drummer Devon Van Rooyen.
For Claire Venn, the show is all about nostalgia, “doing some of my all-time favourite songs, all unplugged, is definitely something I have always wanted to do. Being able to do that with an amazing group of musicians, who I know also share my passion for a show like this, is the cherry on top for a show that's already so special”.
“After the first performances, how could I not be excited to play in this show? Playing in a band with some of PE’s best, with awesome music and a fun crowd makes for an undeniably great occasion”, adds cello player, Ian Du Toit.
"I am extremely excited to be joining in the line up for the Unplugged show. There is something really special about an acoustic setting that feeds the soul. It creates such an intimate atmosphere”, adds Andrea Morris.
“This show has a world class line up of musicians and vocalists performing some of the world's best songs by some of the world's finest songwriters. There is also a song by Rod Stewart”, quipped Kallis.
Loving acoustic recreations of beautiful harmonies and rearrangements by artists such as Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Crowded House, Alanis Morrisette, The Civil Wars, Duran Duran, Roxette, George Ezra, Crowded House, Neil Young, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Dixie Chicks, REM, Nirvana, Melissa Etheridge, Rod Steward, Soul Asylum and Neil Young can be expected.
‘Centrestage Unplugged’ runs at Old Grey 20/21 November Book at Computicket or by calling Wendy on 082 661 6921.
East London tickets are R140 per person or R120 per person for eight tickets or more. - Computicket - CLICK HERE