Review: Valentine Concert at Hillcrest Quarry


Sunset ConcertNestled amongst the sprawling Durbanville hills, the picturesque Hillcrest quarry is the perfect setting for a Valentine’s concert… or for any concert for that matter.  Watching the sun set while sipping on a chilled glass of bubbly and nibbling on picnic treats, it makes little difference whether you are cosying up or simply out for a night of family fun.

Even early on this Valentine’s evening the smooth sounds of electro-swing jazz were already being danced to by spirited members of the audience. The cheerful ambience could hardly be dented even  by the appearance of  Idols singer Tauna, whose inexplicable inclusion in the programme was upstaged only by her  sexy ‘Santa’s helper’ costume. While her gyrating moves and endless hair flicks grabbed the audience in a rigor mortis of fascination and horror, her raspy voice was undeniably powerful as she sailed through renditions of old classics and debuted her latest song ‘Demon Love’.

The Swingsetters, by contrast, gave a solidly produced performance of beautifully orchestrated jazz, electro funk and blues music.  Within a mixed bag of original songs and covers of classics and mainstream pop hits, there appeared to be a recurring sentiment about boys on the cusp of manhood and the befuddled musings of becoming parents and the expenses children entail.

Unfortunately the huddled concert goers were at the mercy of a temperamental mother nature. What should have been a perfect summer’s evening turned into a wintery affair, driving many to leave the concert before its end.  But despite the reduced numbers, the stage presence of rockers Just Jinjer was nothing short of exemplary.  Highlights of the performance included a soulful rendition of Rodriguez’s ‘Sugarman’ and an introduction to one of their latest releases, ‘Providence’. A multi-talented performer, lead singer Ard Matthews is able to balance heartwrenchingly powerful vocals with electric guitar solos that leave his audience hypnotized with frenzy.

The Valentine’s concert allowed us break away from the stresses of everyday life, and whether in a committed relationship or blissfully single, our hearts were made a little warmer by this evening under the stars.

Bronwyn Mantel

The Valentine Sunset Concert- Just Jinger took place on 14 February at the Hillcrest Quarry.


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