Winter might be here but nothing will dampen the spirit of a true rock n roller. Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate hosted the rocking trio Cloud 9 on a balmy February eve earlier this year and by the 2nd set they already had everybody on their feet, even 80 years olds! Now it is a matter of counting the days until their next performance on 22nd June when Benguela Cove is bringing them back in the heart of winter. This time the courtyard will make way for the elegant indoors tasting room with roaring fireplaces and enough space to boogie the night away. So tuck away those blankies and prepare yourself for a serious party through music genres that stood the test of time. I for one will definitely be back.
Classic rock knows no age limitations and that is the fun part about an event like this hosted at Benguela Cove. The surrounds lends itself to a classy event with enough indoor and outdoor spaces should you need to take a breather or cuddle up closer to a fire. But, if last time was anything to judge their intentions by, dancing to your favourite songs will be the only winter warmer you need.
The Cloud 9 band themselves brings so much warmth to the event as well and this was a great attraction the last time. So if you can steal a moment to chat to them, between themselves they have an enormous amount of experience with glorious stories to tell from all over the world.
Enjoy a trip down memory lane with Cloud 9! Rock and Roll through the ages with us on the lagoon. Cloud 9 is a great cover band and Benguela Cove is gearing up for an evening of fantastic live music.
22 June 2019 | 16:00 - 20:00
Food Trucks | Live Music | Great Vibe | Beautiful Scenery
Johnny Krueger on drums and vocals brings good karma to the group. With more than 50 years of experience as a professional and semi-professional musician, one would never say that he’s already turned 70. Rock and roll clearly keeps you young and he intends to be the classic example. To think that he can claim four number one records in the 1960’s with the band he toured with in Europe. He also played for royalty. That being said, this Zambian born artist is a very humble bloke and great to talk to. Ask him about the time he toured Australia! On his return to South Africa, he worked as a mine safety manager, returning as a solid piece of gold for Cloud 9.
John Archer is on the lead guitar and vocals, a charming chap who followed his sweetheart to South Africa. In the 1960’s he was up to play any gig imaginable, especially in road bands touring the UK. He did the “suited” business career and got that T-shirt, but retiring in South Africa simply evoked that natural love for rock and roll again. Being a true “Yorkshire Man” and quite upfront, each song is also delivered with a short 30 second story about how it became cemented in music history.
Dolf Lowe is quite a character and the South African fella in the group with exceptional skill on the bass guitar. He has been playing professionally for most of his life but he is also a practicing attorney. Previously a Western Cape prosecutor, his band likes to take a stab at him, introducing him as the Prince of Darkness! But man can he play!
What started out as ex pros getting together for a jam, gave birth to their second career in music. When these guys get going, the atmosphere is palpable, making years of experience seem effortless. So if these blokes thought they had it then, their craft have certainly reached a new mature pinnacle. So, 600 odd gigs later with more than 160 songs in their repertoire, their music will impress anyone who loves classics from the Rolling Stones, Beatles and Eric Clapton.
Their passion and love for music is infectious, but they also take it very serious with contemporary renditions that keep it fresh. The key success ingredient to their performance last time was the great comradery amongst them. Their special relationship is sealed in the way they just flow into all those bankers that people love or expect to hear. They also take their cue from the audience and feeds off the crowd’s energy, so it’s up to you to make the best of it. These guys are also not clock watchers, so expect a solid three sets of about 45 – 50 minutes each.
Coming back to music is clearly a great thrill for them and being on the receiving side will most certainly be an absolute treat!
By Samarie Smith - Brand Business Manager
Benguela Cove Wines | Benguela Collection