PRESS: Terry Fortune's Golden Oldies on the Lawn at The Baxter

Baxter Theatre

 

The inaugural Terry Fortune’s Golden Oldies on the Lawn concert and picnic at The Baxter Garden, on 26 February, a dream come true for the music legend.

Booking is now open for the inaugural Terry Fortune’s Golden Oldies on the Lawn concert, which will showcase entertainment and music living legends over the age of 60, on Saturday, 26 February 2022 at 5pm, in the Baxter’s Garden.

The concert - an initiative by revered veteran Cape Town entertainer, Terry Fortune - will celebrate, pay tribute to and honour some local performing artists and musicians, to thank them for their invaluable contribution to the arts and to their communities. Many of them have never had their contributions recognised and this event seeks to provide that platform.

The impressive line-up of singers is Terry Fortune (72), Sylvia Mdunyelwa (74), Leslie Kleinsmith (68), Vernon Castle (68), Erica Lundi (72), Zelda Benjamin (85), Deziray (70), Neesa Abrahams (73), Madeegha Anders (61), Phillip Swales (74). The Band, under the musical directorship of Sammy Hartman (70), comprises Lionel Beukes (72), base, Denver Furness (61), drums and Darryl Andrews (68), guitar.

Made possible by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, the concert is directed by Loukmaan Adams, with musical direction by Sammy Hartman (70), comedian Mark Banks (64) as master of ceremonies and Stan The Jazzman (64) as DJ.

Widely acknowledged as a South African music and entertainment icon, Terry’s career spans over 50 years. In 2021 he received the kykNET Fiëstas Legend award for his outstanding performances and immense contribution to the music industry. Other highlights include David Kramer and Taliep Petersen’s smash hit District Six the Musical, The Kramer Petersen Songbook (which earned him the Fleur du Cap Best Performance in a Musical award), singing at the Independence Days of Mozambique and Namibia, Vocal is Lekker at The Baxter and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Legends and ABFAB Drag. He last performed The Baxter in the hugely successful Remembering The Lux (for which he received a Fleur du Cap nomination).

“I have been thinking about doing this for many years now,” explains Fortune. “What struck me is that many artists who enjoyed wonderful careers over the years, are forgotten about and they seem to fade into oblivion once they reach the age of 60 years or there about.”

He continues, “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years made it almost impossible for artists to survive and, none more so, than many senior artists. This bothered me immensely. We are older, sure, but I feel that we can still contribute to the arts. With this concert we hope to give back the dignity of these legends. I would like to thank the department of Cultural Affairs and Sports and The Baxter for their confidence in this exciting project.”

The song list includes popular all-time hits such as This is My Life, On the Wings of Love, Spain, My Funny Valentine, Inside So Strong and It’s Raining Men.

This spectacular concert is the perfect summer experience for the entire family to enjoy. Audiences are encouraged to bring along their picnic baskets and blankets, while enjoying the music with some the much-loved singers and musicians. Only alcohol purchased from The Baxter’s bar will be permitted.

The performance will be regulated by lockdown regulations at the time, with all COVID-19 protocols in place and to be observed. These include the availability of hand sanitisers, tracking and tracing recorded, temperature checks, mandatory wearing of masks and practicing of physical distancing. Audience members are advised to arrive early to avoid delays.

Tickets are R150 and booking for Terry Fortune’s Golden Oldies on the Lawn concert on Saturday 26 February 2022 at 5pm, is through Webtickets online at www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick n Pay stores.