Sebastian Burger: Lit by a solitary light at the front of the stage, Gary Thomas once again took the stage at the Lowlander on Friday, 21 February, captivating the crowd with his reverberating folk sound.
Marking the fifth stop in his country wide tour, the Lowlander gig saw the cosy environment filled with his enchantinglyrics as he belted out work from his new album, “My Memory’s Death”. The album consists of an EP that was released a while back and many B-sides from his career as a musician. It is partly what he describes as “a rock opera thing of thinginess”.
David Mann: Our little university here in Grahamstown is known for many things – two of them being our great music scene and our talented lecturers. But when the two combine, then it’s something really special. Strato Copteros, who recently retired from being a Media Law and Ethics lecturer in the Journalism and Media Studies department, has replaced marking essays with making music full time in a local band called Fishwives.
By Rhea MacDonald: After numerous rumors of the closure and sale of favourite late night party joint The Monastery, the club reopened its doors on Friday 7 February.
Daniel Long, owner of The Monastery, previously told Activate that he had sold his shares in the club and was getting out of the business. At that time when asked if it would still be ‘Mon’, Long said he wasn’t sure what the new owners had planned but that they may be going for a black-tie type of feel.
David Mann: The Rhodes Drama Department’s annual Theatre In Motion event was cancelled tonight due to heavy rains flooding the main theatre and damaging electrical equipment.
According to Theatre Administrator Robert Haxton, the consistent heavy rains throughout the afternoon and early evening caused water to enter the main theatre.
Taking place at Theewaterskloof Dam in Villiersdorp, the Synergy Live 2013 festival is just a month away, and some big announcements have been made. Read up on all the info you need here:
After the hugely successful 2012 launch, Synergy Festival 2013 is back in Cape Town from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December 2013 at Theewaters Sports Club, Theewaterkloof Dam. The confirmation of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Foreign Beggars DJ Set and Everything Everything is sure to kick-start your summer festival schedule.
Nontobeko Gumede: As Rhodents we all enjoy our fair share of partying whether it involves drinking or the simple social gathering but some of us are not as out-going as others. If you have trouble striking up a conversation with other party guests because of a little stage fright then you definitely need some encouragement to help the life flow right out of you making you the focus of the party.
The virtuoso guitarist and singer is due to play Grahamstown’s own Lowlander pub as part of a short Eastern Cape tour to promote his new anthology: Crossing Borders, Driving North.
Ashleigh Erasmus: Many know the novel, and now many also know of it as a theatre production, and I am sure that no one in Thursday’s audience would object to the book being scrapped and the theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time being moved forward. And we have talented Rhodents to thank for that.
The play revolves around the life an adolescent boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, and the hardships that befall him and his family. Directed by Simona Mazza, the play lasts just under one hour and leaves the audience feeling nothing but sadness and awe as the show draws to a close.
Ash Erasmus: After such a long vac, it takes a while to get back into the swing of things at Rhodes. Luckily Taxi Violence is here to give you something to look forward to.
Since their last show here in 2011, the anticipation for Taxi Violence’s return to Grahamstown has been building. And this term, the excitement can be put to good use. The band will be playing at Slipstream on 17 August, providing us with a night of great, head banging entertainment, promoting their new album Soul Shake. In light of this tour to Grahamstown, we caught up with two of the band members for an interview.