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Thursday, July 12, 2018

ROCK n’ ROLL NERDS – THE Piano Greats

(From back: Andy Turrell, David Knott, Evan Cullum and Nicky Knott with Kirsty van der Linde, Ofentse Mokhuane and Dylan van der Linde)

Rock n’ Roll Nerds is a wonderfully entertaining show and a marvellous walk down the memory lane of some superb music. It is highly recommended. (Review by Keith Millar)

Nicky Knott, the MC and vocalist for Rock n’ Roll Nerds, kicks off the show by suggesting that guitarists and drummers in a band are the charismatic cool guys that usually get the girl, and that the pianists are the nerds.

Well, after this foot-stomping, hand clapping show which pays tribute to the greatest of the rock pianists, I think it is safe to say: Nerds Rule!

Currently on at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof, Rock n’ Roll Nerds is a cracker of a show which features some great music performed with skill energy and enthusiasm by a group of very talented musicians.

The show gets under way with a terrific rendition of the music of that greatest of all rockers, Jerry Lee Lewis, and then keeps the action going with hits from the likes of Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Carole King, Little Richard, Elton John, Burton Cummings, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Hornsby and Alicia Keys. Nerds indeed.

Also featured in the show, and providing some of the highlights, are Queen’s Somebody To Love with Freddie Mercury’s memorable piano riff, and two songs, Moments Away and Special Star, by South African Super Group, Mango Groove.

Special Star is performed by one of the lead singers in the show, Ofentse Mokhuane. This young man has grown tremendously as a performer since I last saw him on stage. His singing and dancing in this number was nothing short of dazzling. He certainly didn’t let himself down either with his other songs such as Ray Charles’ Hit the Road Jack and Little Richards’ Good Golly Miss Molly. He was a wonderfully ebullient presence on the stage.

The other lead vocalist in the show is Nicky Knott who contributes a pair of Carole King numbers, Natural Women and I Feel The Earth Move, She also impressed with Queen’s Somebody to Love and Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You.

The Piano Nerd in the show is the self-effacing Evan Cullum who is also the musical director. He is a convincing Jerry Lee Lewis with Great Balls Of Fire and Whole Lot Of Shaking Going On. He also provided Billy Joel’s Just The way You Are and one of the highlights with Burton Cummings’ My Own Way to Rock.

The surprise package of the show is Kirsty van der Linde. Well-known as a first-rate saxophone player, this multi-talented performer also contributed penny whistle, harmonica and piano playing to this show as well as vocals with Billy Joel’s Piano Man.

The solid backbone for the band was provided by Andy Turrell on bass guitar, Dylan van der Linde on drums and David Knott on lead guitar.

Rock n’ Roll Nerds is a wonderfully entertaining show and a marvellous walk down the memory lane of some superb music. It is highly recommended.

The show runs at Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, Kloof until Sunday (July 15) with shows at 20h00 and at 14h00 on Sunday. (The theatre venue opens 60 minutes before show for drinks)

Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners) and tables seat 6. (No alcohol or food may be brought on to the premises). Tickets are cash or EFT only. Secure parking is available. Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland (also for large group booking discounts of 20 or more) on 082 499 8636 or email: or visit

Tina’s Hotel is situated at 14 Beryldene Road in Kloof. – Keith Millar