Last night I played at a new venue, and had a really good time! The Alma Cafe is over 100 years old and is hidden on a quiet street (Alma Road) in Rosebank. It’s a wonderful place (similar to the Majestic cafe in Muizenberg) where you feel like you’ve gone back in time - when intimate small corner cafes were the norm and supermarkets were the exception.
One gets the feeling that Cafe owner/musician Richard Tait has set up a stage for musicians to play solely for the love of music. The compact venue has wonderful sound – a speaker at the back and a speaker at the front means that the audience really is in the middle of it all!
The Alma Cafe has two music nights. Wednesday night sees the Hedges (Jonathon Tait and Gareth Smith) serenading you with a mixture of originals and covers ranging from Neil Young to John Mayer to Coldplay, before handing you over to the guest for the evening (in the case of last night, the guest was me!) Burgers are for sale on Wednesday, and the audience ranges from music-loving students to the slightly more mature!
The Hedges are really good at harmonising their voices, and playing their guitars to complement each other. You can find out more by looking up their Facebook group.
The other music night is Sunday night, and it’s a bit more formal. An established act will play, and a proper meal will be served. Due to limited space, you actually have to book for Sunday (021 685 7377). This Sunday (18 April) will see the legendary blue-grass band Blacksmith play, and that promises to be magic!
Both nights start at about 18:30. I’d recommend them to anyone (even if I won’t be there!)
Thanks to everyone who came out last night!