| at the courtyard | presents The Blues Broers
Since the launch of their seventh album ‘Into the Red’ in 2014 the Blues Broers
performed at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown, appeared on the major
TV networks, produced a sold-out show at Pretoria’s Atterbury Theatre, and featured on
the Durban International Blues Festival, the Table Mountain Blues Summit, the Up the
Creek and the annual Boxing Day Blues Festival. They feature at boutique events where
they showcase their skills, performing a selection from their wealth of original and standard
tunes. They never disappoint!
It is now 30 years since Rob Nagel and Simon Orange, original members of the Blues
Broers started out playing in Cape Town’s seedier clubs and bars. Venues like The
Fringe and the appropriately named Smokehouse (some nights you could barely see the
stage through the blue haze of cigarette smoke) are long gone, but the band expanded
its audience by driving long hours to towns further afield. It was around this time that
they added their ‘Skiffle set’ to the show. Skiffle is music played on homemade
instruments, such as a tea-chest bass or tin washboard and it’s still an important part of
the band’s performance.
Coastal tours, album releases and rock festivals followed, but in 1999 the band lost
drummer, manager and then Blues Broers guitarist Albert Frost’s father, Frank, to
cancer. It was a blow they struggled to recover from and eventually the Blues Broers
announced that they were calling it a day. In 2006 they held a final show at the Hidden
Cellar in Stellenbosch.
The band was brought back together by popular demand for a reunion gig in 2009 and they
soon started writing songs that would feature on their 2011 CD release ‘Out of the Blue’.
Basson Laubscher, well known for his guitar work with the Valiant Swart Band, Zinkplaat and
many other local acts, joined the Blues Broers in 2016 after Albert Frost, long time guitarist,
left the band at the end of 2015 to pursue his solo career.
Says Basson: “I used to sneak out from Paul Roos boarding school on weekends to catch
the Blues Broers at the Akker (now the Hidden Cellar). I can’t believe I now play with them!”
The Blues Broers are:
Rob Nagel: Harmonica, bass, vocals
Simon Orange: Keyboards, tea-chest bass, vocals
Basson Laubscher: Guitars, vocals
Nico Lubbe: Drums, washboard.
Please note - Non eating tickets are limited and only only offered to tables of two.
No under 18's. No Pets
Your seats will be reserved for you, we set tables to make sure all guests have the best view and sound possible.
Please be reminded that this is a theatre-style show.
Please be considerate of those around you by holding personal converstations for the break or after the show
|Age restriction||No under 18s|
|Refund policy||No refunds|