Tarryne Rautenbach

Tarryne Rautenbach

"Aimed for the moon and landed up amongst the stars." Tarryne Rautenbach is passionate about music as she is often seen taking photographs of rockstars and capturing moments in time. "Music feeds my soul and has supported me to photograph some of the world's best bands." "Never settle for bad music, bad conversations or bad coffee." Tarryne is a qualified makeup artist, myofascial release practitioner in both Bowen Therapy and Emmert Technique modalities based in Johannesburg. You can find Tarryne on Facebook: Tarryne Rautenbach Photography  and Twitter: @Tarryne16

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Rock on the Lawns with The Pixies.

It was the day we had been waiting for and excitement was running high at Carnival City for 16 000 rockers for Rock on The Lawns, featuring The Pixies and local support acts.

More than 150 000 drinks consumed and a large variety of food stalls catered for different tastes as well as the merchandise stand. The new cashless payment system, Howler, also proved to be very successful - just ‘tap and go’ and any unused cash was refunded at the end of the night. No mess, no fuss. Amp Events certainly proved that they were very well organised, clean and very safety conscious.

Due to time constraints, we missed new-comers to the SA music scene, Richard Stirton, winner of the voice and The Sweet Resistance. However, the word around the campfire is that they lived up to all expectation and have gained new fans for sure. ‘Local is Lekker’ and the spoils were shared evenly among all performing bands.

Shortstraw, have definitely earned their stripes on the SA music scene and rocked the crowd into the afternoon with their catchy “Indie-Bele” tunes and my fav “Couch Potato”. They will be spreading their South African vibes on the other side of the pond, heading on the UR OK UK/ Euro tour in April.

Crash Car Burn took to the stage to rock next. They need no introduction and never disappoint. They have been around for many years and showed their love for close friend and upcoming artist Justin Serraro whom they invited to collaborate with. He joined them on stage to sing 'Winding Road'. Justin too has made his mark on the scene and is one solo musician to keep a close eye on. Crash car played their new single “Juliet” that has been making waves after their release just over a week ago. Later into the Crash Car set, the band released massive balloons into the crowd that raised the rocking energy.

Of course, by the time,A-Kingand Prime Circlemade it to the stage, the crowd became much more rowdy and defensive about who was standing where, and even moving around between the crowds was becoming rather difficult. 

Prime Circle delivered a stellar performance as usual and how to deliver rock to their fans. Their production standard is world class and pour their soul into their performance. They brought the masses together and lifted the energy before the Springbok Nude Girls took over.

The most loved alternative rock band that SA has ever seen, The Springbok Nude Girls still know how to rock the stage. Theo Crous on guitar, ‘the main man with the hair’ illuminated the stage with his head banging energy as Arno lead the vocals and the sounds of the trumpet gently reminded us that the Nudies were in the house. Rock on the Lawns saw solidarity of the people as the Nudies pulled the crowds along finishing their set with “Bubblegum on my boots”. Some people we spoke to had not seen them since the late ’90s and this was the ultimate opportunity to see them in their mature years and rekindle their youth.

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More people were crowding the stage after SNG as they were eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Pixies, the ultimate headlining act. 

The Pixies can still rock after 31 years. The crowd sang along to the all-time favourites – “Hey”, “Monkey Gone to Heaven”, “Where is my Mind”, “Here Comes your Man”, “Gigantic”. Rob McLennan of No Friends of Harry was in awe of the Pixies performance, stating they are one of the greatest bands of all time. There was some disappointment as the Pixies did not communicate with the crowd. They got on stage, played their set, strutted their stuff and left, however, the music was great and delivered what the crowd was there to see.

As a true rocker, you need to get trolled at least once in your life at a concert (but that's a story for another time).  Taking a look around, I was already amazed at how many people were already passing out and just thinking, “These guys are going to miss the highlight of the show.”  I felt a little remorse for some of these young lads who obviously couldn’t control themselves.

In true rock ‘n roll style, some parents brought their kids to see the Pixies too and experience the diversity of our S.A music scene. Bands likeThe Sweet Resistance,Shortstraw,Crash Car Burn and A-kinghad done their part by attracting the younger crowd, just so they could experience rock icons such as thePrime Circle, Springbok Nude Girls andThe Pixies.

Let us not forget how the music reached us. The man behind the airwaves, Barney Simon brought alternative music to life by playing these iconic bands on the radio. He was the first DJ to play SNG and Pixies on radio. (Take a bow Barney, the music industry owes you a place in the Rock N Roll Wall of Fame for your contribution to the music scene).

 

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“Here Comes your Man"

To add the cherry on the top (or the diamond), the highlight of the evening, just beforePrime Circle, came most unexpectedly for one lady from Durban, when John Mathers proposed to Michelle De Faria Marques, over the big screen.

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The Happy Couple - John Mathers & Michelle De Faria Marques

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It is quite apparent that S.A music had certainly come, a long way and thanks to event organisers AMP Events, for putting on a great show. Thank you,  Andy Mac,  for you continued support and effort in providing us with some of the best entertainment from around the globe. S.A is certainly more entertained with you around. Keep the dream alive and we can’t wait to see who you will bring out next!

Feel free to tell us about your Rock on the Lawns experience, we would love to hear!

Thanks to bands like this that keep events like this coming!

Frederic Egersdorfer

Chief Whip at UP


 

Jasper Dan – A Southern Fling

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The South will rise again!

The sound of heavy blues and some honky tonk. Best described as an honest piece of good old Cornel Saunders southern fried chicken. Add a rebel flag and a bottle of No.7 Jack Daniels and you get a "Southern Fling".

This debut album is written from real life experiences and Jamie has a unique style of song writing that includes a "A-ha!" moment  when lyrics were written on a barf bag during a flight from Namibia. If you want to know the background of each song, best you indulge Jamie and the band for some “Jasper Dan time”.

This album was my road trip favourite during the December holidays. Definitely an album that gets your feet stomping and your head bopping.

“It’s been a pretty eventful year for us to say the least” says Jamie Hendry, frontman of Joburg based Southern Rock outfit Jasper Dan. “Looking back we had our first originals only set on Thursday 5 November 2015 at Rumours Lounge. Our next gig we opened for Wonderboom and Crash Car Burn at the same venue on 28 November so it’s seems only fitting to be launching our album, A Southern Fling a year later at the place where it all started. We’ve had an awesome year filled with ups and downs and arguably everything a career in music could hand you. The launch of A Southern Fling finished off the year in the best way we could have imagined.”

The album contains a good mix of Southern Rock influences entrenched in all those Jasper Dan songs which have become favourites with their steady following. The album is produced by revered South African musician and producer Mark Beling who describes the recording of the album as his most enjoyable studio experience to date.

The album launched on 12 November 2016.

We love this album and welcome this new genre to the SA music scene.


Follow Jasper Dan: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud


 

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Seal: Love Was The Feeling

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Two musically and lyrically gifted musicians, local artist Tresor and renown superstar, Seal, performed for the Ticket Pro Dome in Johannesburg on Sunday 11 June 2016.

Tresor, who was inspired by Seal had the opportunity to open the night for one of his greatest musical icons.

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For those that are not familiar with Tresor, he has made his mark on local radio stations with his hit “Zambezi” featuring Beatenburg, which will get you into dancing mode. A soulful performer with a definite African vibe. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Some background information on Tresor, he is originally from Eastern DRC now living in South Africa. He has a profound story - managing to earn a living working as a car guard by day and security guard at night, both jobs allowed him to make his way onto the Durban music scene, getting together with local musos and making a name for himself.

He co-founded Durban afro-fusion band Maisha in 2008 and soon played alongside well-known artists like Lira, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Freshly Ground, Jesse Clegg, Prime Circle and Johnny Clegg just to name a few.  He released his debut album, VII in September last year has since won a SAMA for best Pop Album. The album – which he has worked on for the past seven years - features collaborations with AKA, Beatenberg, Khuli Chana and The Soil.

For more information on Tresor visit his website tresorofficial.com

Seal then took the stage for a two-hour performance over a 16 song set list. He continues to sing about the most important human emotional need – Love.

I was 15 years old when Seal was a hit, I remember buying a cassette tape and listening to it over and over, as his music never got tiring, (but the tape did and eventually snapped) and now 24 years later, the music has still has not worn out.

Seal and his electronica DJ got the crowd revved up and singing along to one of the old time favourites from 1991 - “Crazy”. Confirming we are never going to survive unless we get a little crazy, Seal jumped over the barricade into the crowd inviting them to come closer so he can see and feel them, embracing and sharing abundant love during, holding their hands during “Killer”. No threat from his fans whatsoever (except the concert security were caught off-guard as this was not planned until later in the show) they lit up the aisles and front of the stage area with cell phones as they recorded their up close and personal moment of Seal.

Seal shared his feelings saying, “Its been far too long. There is no love, there is no you, there is no me, there is only WE and tonight I get to go on a “date” with all of you!” before performing “Daylight Saving”.  The crowd were in absolute awe as they took a trip down memory lane singing along with “Prayer for the Dying” and “Loves Divine” in the first set. The mood toned down to a deep acoustic set with “Every time I’m With You”, ”Sara Smile”, “Love” and “Don’t Cry”. Soulful lyrics and everyone can relate Seal’s song writing on some level.

During Seals ‘DJ set’, he performed his own rendition of “Mad World” originally performed by Tears For Fears - a remarkable song that has been covered by many artists to this day.

An electrifying show, background stage graphics and performance by his DJ who played electric guitar, keys and supported the rest of the show with backing vocals.

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The set list comprised of old favourites and tracks off his latest album “7”.

  1. Crazy
  2. Killer
  3. Daylight Saving
  4. Do You Forever
  5. Prayer For The Dying
  6. Love's Divine

Acoustic Set

  1. Every Time I’m With You
  2. Sara Smile
  3. Love
  4. Don’t Cry

DJ Set

  1. Mad World
  2. My Vision
  3. The Right Life

Encore

  1. Kiss From A Rose
  2. Life On The Dance Floor

One of the most remarkable songs of the night was “Kiss from of a Rose” (Batman Forever 1995) - couples held and loved each other to end off the night during the encore. For those that were lonesome, they just swayed and sang along and feeling the words of love.

An incredible performance by Seal, and no doubt everyone left the concert feeling the ultimate feeling - love.

Thank you to Big Concerts and Dionne Domyan-Mudie from The Publicity Workshop, and most of all Seal for the tremendous concert.

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Photography and Review by Tarryne Rautenbach


 

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