Albert Frost to perform for 60 people at intimate Mountain View venue at Franschhoek Cellars on Sunday 25 June 2017.

A maximum of 60 people will enjoy a rare treat at our intimate Mountain View venue at Franschhoek Cellars on Sunday 25 June 2017.

Think wine, relaxed and comfortable seating, a fireplace and a view to die for – a perfect setting for one of South Africa’s genuine talents.

Two decades of dazzling and energetic performances have been rewarded with a SAMA (South African Music Award) for this accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter.

Besides touring with Simple Minds and REM and supported the Rolling Stones, Albert Frost has recorded with the who’s who of South African talent including Arno Carstens, Koos Kombuis, Chris Chameleon, Blues Broers and many others.
He has performed with every major artist in South Africa, and with international artists like Ali Faka Toure and Finley Quaye.

Book tickets here http://bit.ly/FHKAlbertFrost Seating is unreserved.

Join us for lunch at The Franschhoek Cellar before the show (not included in ticket price) and then amble down to the gorgeously intimate Mountain View for the show (starts at 3pm)

Call the restaurant on 021 876 2086. View the delicious menu here http://thefranschhoekcellar.co.za/our-food

The Michael Jackson History Show: Artscape Opera House from 19 – 29 Jan

Showtime Australia presents this spectacular music tribute and full-scale stage production honouring the one and only King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Celebrate Jackson’s creative genius and unsurpassed talent with riveting live performances spanning his entire catalogue including Thriller, Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, Bad, Beat It, ABC, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Human Nature, PYT, They Don’t Really Care About Us and many more.

Get the full Michael Jackson concert experience with accomplished impersonator Dantanio – electrifying in his role as Jackson – plus a live band, choreographed dancers, authentic costumes, state-of-the-art sound and theatrical lighting, vision and effects.

“The ultimate tribute to the King of Pop…”

Egon Seconds promoted to Premier Referee Panel

Former Springbok Sevens and DHL Stormers speedster turned referee Egon Seconds has been promoted to the Premier Panel along with six of South Africa’s foremost match officials.

It’s the first time Seconds, who only started refereeing two years ago, has been grouped with the top group of referees, which includes Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper and Rasta Rasivhenge.

Pic left to right -Colin Jones ,Martin Myers ,Egon Seconds in 2011 -(We all did an online radio show called the Taxi ) pic at Newlands prior to Crusaders smashing the Stormers again ..

In a change to the structure of the panels, SA Rugby’s Refereeing Department has decided to split the old Elite Panel into two – the Premier and National A Panels.

According to Banks Yantolo, the changes were made to streamline the process of appointing and ensuring the best available match officials are available for the correct matches.

“We’re constantly working towards improving our systems to ensure not only that we have the best match officials on the field, but also to sustain our position as one of the best refereeing countries in the world,” said Yantolo.

“Our established Test referees have done us proud in recent years and it’s great to see new faces, such as Egon and Rasta, making the step up. They are two of our best up-and-coming referees and it’s good to know we have a number of superb young match officials who should be available for many years to come.

“Earlier this year, three of our referees, Rasta, Cwengile Jadezweni and Jaco van Heerden made their Test debuts.

“To see the progress made by Rasta, Cwengile, Jaco and Egon’s is not only heart-warming, but it shows that we’re doing something right as an organisation. There are many other examples and we’re excited to see what the future holds for our match officials.”

SA Rugby Referee Panels for 2017 (names in alphabetical order):

Premier Panel: Quinton Immelman, Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper, Rasta Rasivhenge, Egon Seconds, Marius van der Westhuizen, Jaco van Heerden.

Francois van As won the Comedy Central “Grab the mic” last night in Johannesburg and has also cura ted all the comedy for the Arniston Weekender

Laugh your Arniston off at the Weekender

Francois van As won the Comedy Central “Grab the mic” last night in Johannesburg and has also curated all the comedy for the Arniston Weekender
The Weekender is back in Arniston (2-4 December) and they come bearing gifts. This year they will be bringing festival goers an exclusive and intimate comedy stage, the likes of which has never before been seen in this quiet coastal town. Well, quiet for now.

Brought to life by an improbable pair

The comedy stage at this year’s Weekender at Arniston has been put together by the festival’s organiser, Christopher De Vries with the help of Afrikaans funny guy and Bredasdorp local, Francois Van As. What makes their relationship interesting is the fact that they didn’t meet on Linkedin or Facebook, but rather in a club

Christopher approached Francois after a stand-up comedy show at the aforementioned venue and Francois agreed to help him craft a special comedy experience, exclusively for Arniston. When Francois looks back on the events of that fateful evening, he realises that he might have agreed to anything at that moment. Not just because he had adrenaline surging through his veins from an amazing time on stage, but also because he was severely relieved that the tall gentleman was too cool for words .

pic Francois Van As

Never before seen in the Overberg

Underground stand-up comedy has been around for a long time in South Africa, but it has only recently become mainstream, with the arrival of the Comedy Central channel on DSTV and the international success of comedians such as Trevor Noah.

Even though stand-up comedy has become more accessible to South Africans it is still something that can mostly be experienced only if one travels to Cape Town or Johannesburg. Quality stand-up comedy shows in the platteland, such as the one happening at The Weekender : Arniston, is a rare and precious find.

A new exciting line-up

This year’s line-up at the Weekender’s comedy stage is like a famous crispy chicken recipe. Each of the comedians was specially selected, like secret spices if you will, to form an unforgettable comedy production.

Francois van As will be hosting both parts of this comedy extravaganza and the band of misfits he has called together includes names like Melt Sieberhagen, Monique Nortje, Westley Cockrell, Justin Ray, Jarryd Pillay and another local boytjie, Dugald Pieterse.

Francois considers them his close friends, rather than colleagues. The have laughed together, cried together and toured together (which mostly entails a good balance of laughing and crying together). They have performed together at venues and festivals all around the country, including Aardklop and KKNK.

Something for everyone

The comedy is for everyone and although their material is slightly PG, as most jokes are, but younger audience members will be taken into account.

In the end whether your , young or old, One thing is for sure. This December you’re going to laugh your Arniston off at the Weekender.

Track Five’s concert on the evening of 23 November at the Drostdy Theatre

Rated amongst the best vocal groups in South Africa, the five singers hailing from Durbanville, Brackenfell and Belhar will return to the Drostdy Theatre in Stellenbosch on 23 November 2016 following the successful launch of their fifth CD, Love You Madly, in April this year.

More than just a jazz group, they are known to offer audiences a mix of laughter, cabaret, amazing jazz and some upbeat A Capella renditions of some well-known songs during their performance.

Over the years, the group has also released five albums; have performed at venues like Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch, the Nassau Centre in Newlands, and the Cape Town International Convention Centre, and have sung with the Jonny Cooper Orchestra for several years.

They also performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in the late eighties, nineties and in 2011, and was recently invited to give a private performance at a 40th birthday party of a family member of Craig Hinds, leader of the popular South African pop rock band, Watershed.

Sting goes on world tour in 2017 starting in Feb

STING THEATRE, CLUB AND ARENA TOUR ANNOUNCED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RELEASE OF HIS NEW ROCK/POP ALBUM, 57TH & 9TH

CONCERTS CONFIRMED IN NORTH AMERICA & EUROPE Special guests: Joe Sumner and The Last Bandoleros

(NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 14, 2016) – Following the recent release of Sting’s highly anticipated rock/pop album 57th & 9th, Cherrytree Management and Live Nation today confirmed that Sting will take to the road in 2017 on a very special tour featuring concert dates in clubs, theatres and arenas throughout North America and Europe.

Sting pictured in October at BMI AWARDS in London where he received the Icon Award for 2016 -pic by Martin Myers

Additional dates in South America and Asia will soon be announced. Please visit: www.sting.com & www.livenation.com for complete details. 57th & 9th is promoted by Live Nation Global Touring, produced by RZO Entertainment. (Photo Credit: Eric Ryan Anderson)

On the 57th & 9th Tour, Sting will be joined by a 3-piece band including his longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, plus Josh Freese (drums) and Rufus Miller (guitar).

Special guests include singer/songwriter Joe Sumner as well as San Antonio-based Tex Mex band, The Last Bandoleros.

Tickets for the newly announced 57th & 9th Tour concert dates will go on sale beginning Friday, November 18th through Mon., November 21 st .

In North America, every ticket purchased online includes a digital download of Sting’s new album “57th & 9th. In the UK, Spain, and France, fans who pre-order Sting’s new album at HMV (UK only) and FNAC (Spain and France) will receive priority pre-sale access to the concert of their choice.

Members of the official Sting.com fan club will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance beginning Tues., November 15th . Details at www.sting.com/tour. Citi cardmembers can also take advantage of a special pre-sale opportunity for show dates in the United States, including a special “Citi presents Sting: 57th & 9th” concert at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, beginning Thur., November 17th at 10am through Sunday, November 20 th at 5pm (all times local). For complete pre-sale details visit: www.citiprivatepass.com. Ticket purchases limited to between 2-4 tickets per person dependent on venue.

Sting’s twelfth solo studio album, 57th & 9th, his first rock/pop project in over a decade, was released November 11 on A&M/Interscope Records. The ten-song collection represents a wide range of Sting’s musical and songwriting styles from the raucous, guitar-driven first single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” to the ferocious, Road Warrior-style imagery of “Petrol Head” and the anthemic “50,000.” The album, produced by Martin Kierszenbaum, was recorded in just a few weeks with Sting’s long-time collaborators Dominic Miller (guitar) and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), as well as drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Guns n’ Roses), guitarist Lyle Workman and backing vocals by the San Antonio-based Tex-Mex band The Last Bandoleros.

ABOUT STING:
Composer, singer-songwriter, actor, author, and activist Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five studio albums, earned six Grammy Awards and two Brits, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

As one of the world’s most distinctive solo artists, Sting has received an additional 10 Grammy Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, a TONY nomination, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. Also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in December 2014 he received the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the most prestigious cultural prizes in the United States. Throughout his enduring career, he has sold close to 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist.

Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach. Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living there. Together they have held 17 benefit concerts to raise funds and awareness for our planet’s endangered resources, with the next event scheduled for December 14 at Carnegie Hall. Since its inception, the Rainforest Fund has expanded to a network of interconnected organizations working in more than 20 countries over three continents.

ABOUT JOE SUMNER:
Joe Sumner has been honing his solo work for the past five years. While simultaneously fronting rock band Fiction Plane and pushing boundaries in the tech space with his app Vyclone, Joe has been painstakingly stripping back all that he finds inauthentic.

The result is a spacious and colorful sound that would not be out of place in a Wes Anderson movie. Starting with just his voice and an acoustic guitar, he writes heartfelt, playful and genuine songs that are never quite finished. ‘Every time I play a song I leave at least a few parts of it completely open to improvisation.’ he says of his loose and collaborative performing style. ‘After you play a song fifty times I think it should get better, not just stay the same!’

This open-minded attitude comes in part from his extremely varied musical experiences – from touring with acts that he literally calls family (The Police, Sting) to artists like Snoop Dogg or singing in a modern opera and writing hits for other European artist. Joe also teaches highly-acclaimed workshops at music schools focusing on the emotional pressures of songwriting.

Joe Sumner’s debut solo single ‘Jellybean’ will be released in January 2017.

ABOUT THE LAST BANDOLEROS:
The Last Bandoleros are a four-piece outfit blending Tex-Mex, country and rock n’ roll. Their story begins in San Antonio, Texas with guitarist/producer Jerry Fuentes who, during a musical pilgrimage to Manhattan, chanced to meet New York native, singer-songwriter/producer Derek James.

Fuentes and James began collaborating in Brooklyn. But, Fuentes kept being drawn back to his native Texas to record in the same San Antonio studio where a couple of talented brothers were also emerging. Diego and Emilio Navaira, sons of Tejano music legend, Emilio Navaira, Sr., had been making a name for themselves around town for their energetic live performances and sterling vocal chops. Fuentes decided to combine both of his universes by introducing Derek to Diego and Emilio and inviting them to joint-sessions in Brooklyn and San Antonio where riffs and lyrics began flying fast.

Newly christened The Last Bandoleros, the quartet began playing live, opening for The Mavericks, Jon Pardi, Josh Abbott Band, Los Lonely Boys and Marc Broussard. Recognizing their high level of musicianship, Sting called upon them to sing backing vocals on his “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” single which soared the heights of radio charts around the world.

Praise also began pouring in from the music press. Rolling Stone wrote: “[The Last Bandoleros’] music caroms wildly from rock and country to conjunto and pop, adding up to a sound that’s hard to get out of your head.” People Magazine dubbed the band “ones to watch” and Entertainment Weekly included them in their “Breaking Big” list. HITS Magazine described The Last Bandoleros as “Tex-Mex meets harmony-rich Beatlesque pop, with a healthy dollop of boy-pop charisma.”

The Last Bandoleros combine their unique cultural experiences with rare musical camaraderie and, as audiences will continue to discover, their exuberance and joy are contagious.

STING 57TH & 9TH 2017 – TOUR ITINERARY
NORTH AMERICA:
Wed., Feb. 01, 2017 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom Mon. Nov. 21
Thur., Feb. 02, 2017 Portland, OR Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center Mon. Nov. 21
Sunday, Feb. 05, 2017 San Francisco, CA The Masonic Mon. Nov. 21
Wed., Feb. 08, 2017 Los Angeles, CA Palladium Mon. Nov. 21
Sat., Feb. 11, 2017 Rancho Mirage, CA Agua Caliente Casino Mon. Nov. 21
Tues., Feb. 14, 2017 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium Mon. Nov. 21
Thur., Feb. 16, 2017 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater Mon. Nov. 21
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 St. Louis, MO The Pageant Mon. Nov. 21
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017 Austin, TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater Mon. Nov. 21
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie. Mon. Nov. 21
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017 New Orleans, LA UNO Lakefront Arena Mon. Nov. 21
Thur., Feb. 23, 2017 Houston, TX Smart Financial Centre Mon. Nov. 21
Sat., Feb. 25, 2017 Miami, FL Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater Mon. Nov. 21
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle Mon. Nov. 21
Tues., Feb. 28, 2017 Nashville, TN Municipal Auditorium Mon. Nov. 21
Thur., Mar. 02, 2017 Minneapolis, MN Myth Mon. Nov. 21
Friday, Mar. 03, 2017 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom Mon. Nov. 21
Sun., Mar. 05, 2017 Toronto, ON Rebel Mon. Nov. 21
Mon., Mar. 06, 2017 Montreal, QC Metropolis Mon. Nov. 21
Wed., Mar. 08, 2017 Boston, MA House of Blues Mon. Nov. 21
Thur., Mar. 09, 2017 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Mon. Nov. 21
Sat., Mar. 11, 2017 Philadelphia, PA Fillmore Mon. Nov. 21
Sun., Mar. 12, 2017 Washington, DC The Theater at MGM National Harbor Mon. Nov. 21
Tues., Mar. 14, 2017 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom Mon. Nov. 21
EUROPE/UK:
Tues., Mar. 21, 2017 Barcelona, SP Sant Jordi Club Fri. Nov. 18
Thur., Mar. 23, 2017 Milan, IT Fabrique Fri. Nov. 18
Sat., Mar. 25, 2017 Hamburg, DE Sporthalle Fri. Nov. 18
Mon., Mar. 27, 2017 Warsaw, PL Torwar Mon. Nov. 21
Wed., Mar. 29, 2017 Stuttgart, DE Porsche-Arena Fri. Nov. 18
Thur., Mar. 30, 2017 Zurich, CH Samsung Hall Fri. Nov. 18
Sat., Apr. 01, 2017 Esch-sur-Alzette, LU Rockhal Fri. Nov. 18
Sun., Apr. 02, 2017 Brussels, BE Forest National Mon. Nov. 21
Tues., Apr. 04, 2017 Dusseldorf, DE Mistubishi Electric Halle Fri. Nov. 18
Wed., Apr. 05, 2017 Amsterdam, NL Heineken Music Hall (as of January 1st AFAS Live) Fri. Nov. 18
Friday, Apr. 07, 2017 Manchester, UK Manchester O2 Apollo Fri. Nov. 18
Sun., Apr. 09, 2017 London, UK Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Fri. Nov. 18
Wed., Apr. 12, 2017 Paris, FR Olympia Fri. Nov. 18
Thur., Apr. 13, 2017 Paris, FR Olympia Fri. Nov. 18

Itinerary Subject To Change. For complete tour and ticket information visit:
www.sting.com & www.livenation.com

BOK COACH MUST DO THE HONORABLE THING AND RESIGN

We could say the following in euphemisms, with kid gloves, if you like, but what the heck let us just say it like it really is: Springbok coach Allister Coeztee (AC ) must be fired by the South African Union the moment this Springbok team concludes an utterly miserable year that could conceivably have included with a loss to Italy (don’t joke), and then an almost certain loss to Wales in the tour finale in Cardiff.

It really is as bad and as serious as that. Rugby critics and luminaries have been saying this since June. Coetzee and his coaching staff are out of their depth and the issue is that the team gets worse each week, not better. This is quite possibly the worst ever Springbok coaching staff in 120 years of Test rugby in this country.

caption AC with OTC at Heart ( the short bloke in the middle ) with ran from 9-10am on Sat Morning

Coetzee heads a side that does not know how it is expected to play. Some of Coetzee’s selections are simply nonsensical, and the reality is that after 10 Tests in charge Coetzee simply CANNOT continue as captain of a ship that is going backwards.

There is no discernible game plan with an eye on the future. It is about picking a team each week that will do damage limitations.

A loose trio against England at the weekend comprising Willem Alberts, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Warren Whiteley? To be fair, that was about trying stop the England pack from bullying the Boks at the breakdown. But where was an openside flank to slow down the England ball and win turnovers for the Boks? Yes, there injuries in the position but heck this is about winning Test matches and I would have flown in Heinrich Brussow from Outer Mongolia (or wherever the heck he is …).

Coetzee must go now! There are still three years to the Word Cup in Japan. That is enough time for a coach like Johan Ackermann to come in and straighten out the mess, identify a game plan, pick appropriate players, and get the Boks on track.

The England victory over the Boks illustrates the point about how quickly a coach can make n impact. Less than a year ago they were the laughing stock of their country. They had had a very nice man in Stuart Lancaster as coach but he could not instil a hard edge in the England team and they failed to make the last eight of their own World Cup. England was a joke.
Less than a year later, England have won 11 games in a row under a feisty, fiery bomb-waiting-to-go-off Australian in Eddie Jones.

There is no more Mr Nice Guy. He picked as his first captain a hooker that had been regularly in the judiciary dock for dirty play, including biting. His point was that England would no longer back down from anybody. England are unbeaten under Jones and have climbed to No 2 on the world rankings

The Springboks, under the smiling Toetie, have fallen apart since losing by two points to the All Blacks in the 2015 World Cup semi-finals and well beating Argentina to the bronze medal (all under coach Heyneke Meyer).

In 2016 the Boks have lost six out of 10 Tests and conceded a staggering 31 tries.

How can this be? It is a disgrace that the Boks have conceded 31 tries in 2016. Well coached ….????!!!!

I am sick of hearing about the shock losses to Japan, Argentina and Ireland, as well as the whippings by the All Blacks in Christchurch and Durban.

Let me put this to you. If you were the Italy rugby team, and you obviously had seen the form of the Boks in 2016, would you not be licking your slips and slapping yourself together for a giant-slaying act? Would you not be seeing this match in Florence on Saturday as your World Cup final?

In over a 100 years, no Italian player has ever truly believed his team had a chance of beating the almighty Springboks. Quite right. Well I can tell you that every single Italian player will be believe that on Saturday in Florence they have a concrete chance of at last beating one of the game’s great giants.

Again, how can it come to this? How can it be possible that Italy will truly believe they can beat the Springboks, and if you are a Bok fan and are not worried … well you should be.

It is as simple as this. Allister Coetzee and his coaching staff are close to useless. They must be fired en masse asap so that the new staff have a full three years to coach the Boks back to glory.

by Mike Greenaway

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