Michael Lesar - Photo by Coert Wiechers

Michael Lesar doesn’t need a dancing crowd to keep swinging

Michael Lesar is well-known around party scenes – popularly as “The King of Swing”. He’s a DJ from Johannesburg who’s developed a specialisation in swing sets, where he meshes old music with newer beats, and never fails to get a dance floor moving. But when I asked him about it, he told me that he really doesn’t mind if people are sitting down…

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

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Interview: Shortstraw on OneSight Acoustics, and Those Meddling Kids

Shortstraw has never been shy about using their status as popular indie rock band to give back. This coming weekend they’re playing at OneSight Acoustics – joining Hugh Masekela, New Academics, and Akio Kawahito in the first in a series of concerts that aim to raise funds for OneSight: a global public nonprofit organisation which provides sustainable access to quality vision care and eye wear to those who cannot afford it or do not have access to it. We caught up with Shortstraw guitarist Tom Revington about the concert, the band’s charitable nature, and what they’ve been up to lately.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: Halloween 2016 at the Voortrekker Monument

Arcade Empire and Griet’s Halloween party is always the place to be in Pretoria on Halloween weekend. And this year, they’re throwing a massive party at the Voortrekker Monument on 29 October. To get your hands on a double ticket courtesy of TheFlow.co.za, check out our giveaway below!

TheFlow.co.za is an entertainment blog run from Gauteng, South Africa.

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Verplaas – Song and Dance and Farm Murders

I don’t know much about theater or cabaret. I can’t remember the last time I went to such a production. I do know live music. And cinema. And I would like to think that I know good entertainment when I see it.

This changed when I broke my dry spell last Thursday with the stage production, Verplaas. Verplaas is a cabaret by Loané van Sandwyk, Anja van den Berg and Madelein Joubert. The project stemmed out of the three actresses doing their final practical for their honours degree at the University of Stellenbosch, and went on to sell out shows at US Woordfees and Vryfees this year. Not bad for a debut production.

Less Wes Anderson, more Wes Craven.

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GIVEAWAY: OneSight Acoustics with Hugh Masekela, Shortstraw, New Academics & Akio Kawahito

OneSight Acoustics is a music series brought to you by OneSight: a global public nonprofit organization which provides sustainable access to quality vision care and eye wear to those who cannot afford it or do not have access to it. Around the world, millions of people suffer from poor vision. An eye exam and a simple pair of glasses can help them reach their full potential.

TheFlow.co.za is an entertainment blog run from Gauteng, South Africa.

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We Tolerate Shortstraw – a chat about Hear Yee! – RecordingStudios.co.za’s 5th Birthday party

For their fifth birthday party, recordingstudios.co.za is throwing a party at The Good Luck Bar in Johannesburg, in support of a charity called Hi Hopes. With this event, they’re aiming to raise money to fund cochlear implants and to buy hearing aids, giving children the gift of hearing – and therefore music! The party happens on 25 June, and will feature performances by ShortstrawNaming JamesDavid Beretta OwensHellcats, and PitVirus.

We spoke to Alastair Thomas of Shortstraw about the band, the charity, and the future.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

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Cat Piss by Hellcats – Talking beer and rock & roll at Capital Craft

“It’s an incredible event,” Hellcats say, about the annual Capital Craft Beer Festival. “Probably the best beer festival in the country.” They’re on the lineup for this year’s event on 11 June at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens, providing just one part of a wide and eclectic soundtrack to accompany your appreciation of the craft beers on display.

We’ve been to other beer fests where SAB beers are the only thing on sale and Kurt Darren is the headliner, and the organizers wonder why everyone’s blikseming each other at sundown.”

Hellcats is a two piece, stripped down, bare knuckle rock n roll band from Johannesburg. They are Alessandro Benigno on drums and vocals, and Warwick Rautenbach on guitar. And they believe it’s very important to keep the age-old traditional combination of rock & roll and beer alive. “If people didn’t have beer at our gigs, we probably wouldn’t have any fans.”

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

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“Made with Honour” – A chat with Citizen Beer

Citizen Beer focuses on delicious, easily drinkable styles, simultaneously educating the drinker and thrilling their taste buds. The brewery started as a hobby in Hout Bay in 2009, but officially launched as ‘Citizen’ in 2012. The four beers they offer are the Patriot light lager, Alliance amber ale, Saboteur English IPA, and Diplomat Czech Pils. We asked them about education, beer, and brewing with honour, ahead of their participation in 2016’s edition of Pretoria’s Capital Craft Beer Festival.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

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Francois van Coke – nou met Liefde, by die Dam

“Ek en Karen het besef dit is ‘n goeie song toe ons dit geskyf het,” vertel Francois van Coke oor die virale internetsukses van Toe Vind Ek Jou – die liefdesballade wat hy saam met Karen Zoid geskryf en opgeneem het.

“Voor die album [Francois van Coke, sy selfgetitelde solodebuut] uit was het ek dit natuurlik vir vriende gespeel, en selfs my metalhead chommies het hoendervleis gekry as hul dit hoor. Maar ek het in my wildste drome nie die reaksie verwag wat ons gekry het nie.”

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.