The Black Lapels Live at MiTH
9pm Black Lapels
8pm Melanie Nash
7:30pm Matt Gardiner
7pm Grace Botha
The Black Lapels
When it comes to the Durban music scene, no picture would be complete without the talented brother duo of Rob and Garth Warren who, in their latest foray, have partnered with local musicians and producers to form the Black Lapels, whose gritty, magnetic and distinctive sound has attracted an impressive following and scores of dedicated fans.
Represented by singer, songwriter and guitarist Rob Warren and bassist and vocalist Garth Warren, the brothers are regularly joined by the rhythmic genius and musically astute Gareth Gale on drums, and fellow Durban guitarist Rusty Red, who is not only a gifted musician but also a talented recording engineer. The combination speaks for itself. Take a listen!
Melanie’s music is a mixture of folk-pop and contemporary. She started singing around 6 and like all parents her mother thought I had a great voice and encourage her to sing often. At 13 her mo gave her an acoustic guitar and her future was set. Soon after getting the guitar and learning to play it, she started to try to write songs. Melanie says there are so many in her head she has trouble finding the time to write them all. The song writing is more than a passion, maybe even an obsession. She does not write songs for the sake of writing, they all have truth in them. Without truth, meaning and passion the song is just a load of words. Every one is from the heart. The majority of her songs come from her life experiences. She loves to unravel the lyrics and the melodies to create her unique sound.
Matt is a young musician born and bred in Pietermaritzburg – but already deeply embedded in local music. It has always been a dream of his to turn his passion for music into his career. He began playing guitar towards the end of his junior school years when he watched his father playing, and was eager to learn. He began his music career by partaking in musical productions at his school, Maritzburg College. He moved on to opening for the likes of Matthew Mole, Prime Circle, Desmond and the Tutus, Just Jinjer, Majozi and Plush. He describes his music as Indie Folk with a slight Rock undertone, with a few of his influences being Mumford and Sons, Matthew Mole and John Mayer.
Grace Botha Music
Grace Botha is a singer/songwriter/pianist with a passion for amalgamating her love for jazz, pop and folk. She majored in Jazz and Popular Voice at Howard College from 2011-2013 and was a soloist for the close-harmony group the UKZN Voices. She won the Amsterdam Acoustic Artist challenge in 2012. She was also runner-up in the Gateway to Fame competition 2013 as well as opening for the SAIFTA awards in a collab at the ICC Durban. She has performed with several artists including Beatroute, Sebastian Goldswain, and Majozi and opened for Jason Hartman. Grace Botha is also a session artist. She has played at many different venues in Durban and now resides in the Midlands/ The Drakensberg where she continues to pursue her music. Grace is most at home on stage and is a fantastic performer. Be sure not to miss out!
MiTH is located at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton. Doors open at 6 pm and the music will kick off at 7 pm. Entrance is R30 at the door.
ABOUT MiTH: MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. An opportunity for musicians to share the joy of their music with a friendly audience which includes fellow musicians – who have all “been there” too. (Non-musicians welcome too!) Whether you’re a newbie looking for your first opportunity to perform publicly, or a more experienced / mature musician simply looking for people who are as passionate about music as you are – come along and join us!
Bring your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale. Musicians who want to play at MiTH, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, Charles Webster (082 331 7271), or Doug Borain (072 340 7034).
DIRECTIONS TO MiTH: Take the N3 to Hilton, take the Hilton turnoff and go South into the Village (away from Hilton College). Travel 5,2km along Hilton Avenue (past two sets of traffic lights and Crossways Pub) and keep going straight as Hilton Avenue turns into Dennis Shepstone Drive. At the 5,2km mark, Knoll Drive will be on your right – the entrance to MiTH is the *second* entrance on your left into The Knoll Historic Guest Farm.