Although summer festival season is over, there are still plenty of opportunities for live music junkies to get their fix this winter. From Cape jazz and classical music to musical dinner entertainment, Christine Hogg has compiled a list of where to find soul-warming gigs during Cape Town’s colder months.
THE BAY HARBOUR MARKET
Situated inside a refurbished, harbourfront fish factory in Hout Bay, The Bay Harbour Market comprises over 100 stalls with a diverse offering of international and local cuisine, décor, fashion as well as art and craft items. To provide a holistic experience for a worthwhile day out, the market hosts regular performances of up-and-coming and established local artists. Following the organisers’ aim to celebrate “the vibrancy, spirit and diversity of creativity and culture in South Africa” the line-up is versatile, featuring a cross-section of genres. In the past, artists such as Watershed, Money for Bali, Hatchetman or Eric Omba have performed at the market. To find out who’s playing next, follow The Bay Harbour Market on Facebook.
THE PIANO BAR
The Piano Bar is a New York-inspired live music bar and eatery with an international flavour. Featuring a rotating line-up of local and international musicians, the entertainment varies in genres – from blues to classical, jazz, afro-soul and Motown – each night of the week. To ensure a quality show, the Piano Bar has their own microphone and instrument plug-in points, top-of-the-range surround-sound speakers and even an in-house baby grand piano. Regular performers include Nina Stamper, Francois Botha, Mizz D. and David J. There’s also a terrace with views of De Waterkant, Devil’s Peak and the bay as well as an innovative tapas, cocktails and wine menu.
THE DAILY MUSIC SHOW
The Daily Music Show is an innovative project that aims to showcase South Africa’s cultural heritage through the universal language of music. Every day of the week, a variety of renowned local musicians perform a Cape jazz set in a vibey and interactive setting. Following the main show, there is a ‘meet the artist’ section, where performers give context about topical issues in their field, encouraging audience participation. The event is often co-hosted by a celebrity to add a comedic touch and there are special themes, such as an ‘against the odds’ feature, showcasing young people who have achieved despite their social context, a ‘SA top 100 songs list’, introducing the audience to the evergreen songs produced in this country, and ‘hidden gems of the tourism industry’, highlighting places, events and more outside the greater Cape Town area. Tickets can be bought via Quicket at R150pp for the show only, or R275pp to include dinner. Local wine and African cuisine are served during the event.
Not just an ordinary restaurant, Stardust is known as “the home of the performing waiter”. The service staff consists of up-and-coming entertainers, who showcase their talents in-between taking guests’ orders and delivering food to the table. It’s a playful and upbeat atmosphere suitable to a night out with family or friends, and could easily culminate in a sing-a-long session to one’s favourite tunes. Entertainment can range from vocal covers and instrumental renditions of popular songs to dance performances. Mediterranean cuisine can be ordered from a “designer tagine menu”.
With live bands most Friday nights, DJs on most Sundays and karaoke on Tuesdays, entertainment plays a key role at Dizzy’s. Friday’s line-up can feature a cover band playing popular, feel-good favourites from The Beatles to Coldplay, or a local act performing original songs. Open from 12 noon to 4am every day of the week, the pub is also known for its good atmosphere, wood-fired pizzas that are served until late, and an extensive selection of beer on tap.
Vivaldi restaurant, part of the Signature Lux Hotel by Onomo, brings the musical talents of The Waterfront Theatre School’s students to their dining room. In-between serving tables, students perform perfectly-rehearsed renditions of old, well-remembered songs as well as their favourite recent hits. “Vivaldi Restaurant gave me something I’ll always be grateful for. Not only wages that help me through daily life but a platform that has pushed me to unlock my hidden potential,” says Chad Baai, one of the restaurant’s singing waiters, who is currently in-training at The Waterfront Theatre School. Vivaldi Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering scrumptious meals, as well as meticulously crafted cocktails and beverages.
Address: Signature Lux Hotel, 24 Alfred St, Waterfront, Cape Town
Website: www.vivaldirestaurant.co.za | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: 021 811 4970
Built in 1929 to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice, Casa Labia was the former Muizenberg home of Count and Countess Natale Labia. Now restored into a cultural centre, regular concerts are held in this historic setting. Some upcoming highlights include 50 Shades of Fairytales, a song-revue developed and performed by Titilayo Adedokun, The Casa Labia Morning Concert Series featuring Jacques Malan on cello and Pieter van Zyl on piano, as well as a concert by pianist and singer-songwriter Chantal. For more information, visit Casa Labia’s website.
The Two Oceans Aquarium and Tecla Ciolfi, founder of music blog Texx and the City, have teamed up again for another series of After Dark. Curated by Ciolfi, this year’s line-up features Shadowclub, Manu Grace, Dangerfields, Twin Weaver, Manny Walters, Luh’ra, The Steezies and Androgenius. All eight bands will perform acoustic, stripped-down sets in a cozy, living room-style setting in front of the I&J Ocean Exhibit. Holding 1.6 million litres of seawater, and providing a home to stingrays, musselcracker, sea turtles and many more marine creatures, the setting couldn’t be more spectacular.