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Thursday, August 30, 2018


(Jason Andrew, Barry Thomson, Mali Sewell, Marion Loudon & Dawn Selby.
Pic by Barry Meehan)

This whole show is one big highlight … one you cannot afford to miss. (Review by Keith Millar)

Woodstock, which is back at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel by popular demand for the next two weeks, is certainly one of Durban’s exceptional showband, The Reals’, most popular tribute shows.

There is a god reason for this. It is a damn good show!

Celebrating the 49th anniversary of this unique musical event The Reals, along with an outstanding array of audiovisual material, bring to life all the spectacle, wonderment and exhilaration, that was Woodstock.

Over 400,000 young people gathered together in love and peace and harmony on a dairy farm near the small New York town of Bethel, to be entertained by 32 acts over three days. Facilities were limited, food was in short supply and the rain bucketed down, but nothing could stop this festival from becoming an event which not only impacted on the musical world but also on the politics of the day.

The Reals are joined for this tribute show by special guest star, Marion Loudon.

The Reals themselves are never short of energy and excitement on the stage, but when joined by this popular performer, the levels go through the roof. She excels both as a backing singer and when taking the lead. None more so than her heart-stirring rendition of Janis Joplin’s Me and Bobby McGee.

Barry Thomson, frontman and lead guitarist for The Reals, replicates the festival by kicking off with Richie Havens’ Freedom. But he saves the best for last by closing off the programme, as did Woodstock, with Jimmi Hendrix’s extraordinary sound picture, Voodoo Child and the Star Spangled Banner. There is little doubt that Hendrix was something of a musical genius and with Thomson’s quite brilliant replication of this work, one may say the same of him.

Another highlight of the show is Dawn Selby’s performance of Janis Joplin’s Piece of My Heart, while the band’s execution of Santana’s Soul Sacrifice, featuring Mali Sewell on drums is simply stunning.

Also memorable is the rendition of a medley of songs by The Who, See Me, Summertime Blues and My Generation, and Joe Cocker’s With a Little Help From My Friends and Country Joe and the Fish’s Vietnam protest song, I Feel Like I’m Fixing To Die (One Two Three Four What Am I Fighting For).

In fact, this whole show is one big highlight. Memorable music played with all the usual flair, skill and pure musicality that is the hallmark of The Reals performances.
This is one you cannot afford to miss.

Woodstock will be on at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof until September 9 with shows at 20h00 (Wednesdays to Saturdays and 14h00 (Sundays). The theatre venue opens 60 minutes before show for drinks.

Dress up in 'Woodstock' style and stand a chance of winning the Best Dressed prize.

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 - Keith Millar