Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!

It’s going to be hot in the Mother City every Thursday night from 1 November when Rolling Stone Magazine teams up with Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town to present the coolest live music sessions of the summer season.

The sundowner sessions starting at around 6pm will rock the first floor the Pool Bar, which captures the rays of the setting summer sun through floor-to-ceiling windows that frame an awe-inspiring view of Table Mountain.

Some of South Africa’s best known bluesy, rockabilly and bluegrass artists, including Long Time Citizen and The Ratrod Cats, will take turns at the mic on consecutive Thursdays. The vibey music will offer the perfect lazy summer evening accompaniment to the hotel’s new range of mojitos that include Sweet Chilli and Mango and Burnt Lime and Pine.

The line-up for the next month is as follows:

Banjo Brothers (1 November 2012)

Redeye Riaan and Arno van Zyl are The Banjo Brothers, a comical side project of Crimson House Blues where entertainment and dirty jokes are a part of the game, while delivering insane duo banjo skills. Hailing from Namibia, Crimson House Blues have already firmly entrenched themselves in the hearts of Cape Town fans with their unique sound which they call “desert blues”.

Long Time Citizen (8 November 2012)

Anton Marshall and Greg Donnelly have an impressive history in the local music scene. Together and separately they have played in legendary bands like The Dolly Rockers, Chicken, Three More / Bored White Guys, Penguins In Bondage and more, and a career highlight thus far has been opening for Boo! on more than one occasion.

Dallas & Alexia (15 November 2012)

Alex Wise is better known as one of the founders of Cape Town rockabilly band Peachy Keen, while Dale Pee Smith, a native of Sydney, Australia, has been fronting demonic punkers General Disarray since he was 15 years old. Together they are Dallas & Alexia.

With influences ranging from Johnny Cash and The Stray Cats, to Dropkick Murphys and The Snowdroppers, their style is to sing about life experiences, combined with a healthy dose of couldn’t-care-less.

The Ratrod Cats (22 November 2012)

The Ratrod Cats – KC Royal on guitar and vocals, Rick-abilly on drums and Double Dave on, well, double bass – play rockabilly with psychobilly/dirty south infused lyrics. The feel-good factor of rockabilly with a slight punk edge is great party music with no agenda. All three Cats have played in several bands, picking up instruments at an early age and never putting them down. Their musical influences are vast, not surprisingly with a strong emphasis on the legends and icons of the 1950s and 60s, and with personal interests that range from cars and bikes to good whiskey, the Cats live and breathe true rockabilly style.

Nick Turner (29 November 2012)

Accomplished singer/songwriter and guitarist, Nick was a founding member of Sons Of Trout and later one half of Mikanic, with fellow Trout Mike Rennie, and based for several years in New York. Nick’s music effortlessly spans genres, with influences ranging from rock, reggae and African to hip-hop, ghoema and jazz. Lyrically powerful, relevant, humorous and energetic, his music has a wide appeal, with shows that feature virtuosic musicianship, funky grooves and catchy tunes.

Ann Jangle (6 December 2012)

After working with many inspiring musicians over the last few years – such as Piet Botha, Akkedis, The Boulevard Blues Band, and many more – Li-Ann Cummins (with her raunchy blues-soaked lead vocals, guitar) decided to put that same energy into a unique project of her own. Nozome Brink (bass, backing vocals) joined her in 2011 and Ann Jangle was born. Their line up is completed with guitarist Gerhard Coetzer and drummer Matt Ferguson for a versatile, slightly folk-, dipped in gypsy- with a touch of rockabilly- , but mainly blues outfit with upbeat, hip shaking, old school sounds combined with some pretty powerful vocals.