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Thursday, July 29, 2010


SA Idol 2009 winner for Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert on August 8.

Durban’s opportunity to support KZN’s very own SA Idol 2009 winner from Howick, Jason Hartman, will be the highlight of the Old Mutual Music at the Lake picnic concert, scheduled to take place on August 8 at the Durban Botanic Gardens, supported by East Coast Radio.

The talented singer was invited to open for Kelly Clarkson, a recent USA Idol herself, when she toured South Africa early this year. He is enjoying great success with his debut album released in 2009 under the Sony label with two of the tracks Break The Silence and On The Run becoming No 1 hits. Writing most of the songs on the album has been a big achievement for him.

Jason plays lead guitar and vocals while his brother Scott Hartman plays drums, percussion and vocals. His father Sam Hartman is on rhythm guitar and Donovan Thatcher plays bass and vocals. Jason started his career in 1996 playing in a young three-piece rock band called Triad. A new band called Samson Show Band emerged later with his brother Scott Hartman on drums and father Sam Hartman on rhythm guitar and vocals. The group performed extensively throughout South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Red Light Stereo will open the concert at 14h30 with their funky and addictive sound of rock. With catchy lyrics and harmonies, supplemented by the infusion of some funky African bass lines and solid beats, they appeal to all listeners young and old. The make up of the band is Dylan Rhodes (rhythm guitar and vocals), Gareth “G” Purchase (lead guitar and vocals), Lliam “Lucky” Scholtz (bass) and Don Blom (drums).

There will be a Kids Zone where children are entertained from 13h30 until 16h30 giving parents a chance to relax and enjoy the music.

Early bird tickets at R80 (R20 children aged six to 12) can be obtained through DBG’s new online ticketing system The ticket price will go up to R100 pp on the day of the concert. Gates to the concert area open at 12h30 with the concert at 14h30. Secure parking is available on the Juventus soccer field off lower St Thomas Road and the Munies Sports field off lower Sydenham Road. For more information, contact the Office of the Friends on 031 202 5819 (office hours), the Info Centre on 031 309 1170 (weekends) or visit