Maritzburg’s Music Club at La Casa in Quarry Road, Pietermaritzburg, is offering the wonderful women of KwaZulu-Natal the chance to be serenaded by living legend, Larry Amos, on Tuesday, August 9.
Brilliant blues-rocker, Larry, is back in his favourite ‘home-town’ to delight fans with his irresistible, tantalising sounds; accompanied by some of Maritzburg’s own local legends.
Born in Gauteng in 1952, Larry aspired to being a musician for a very young age and started playing guitar at the age of nine. At 15 he formed a band that went on to win third prize at a Battle of the Bands held at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg.
After school Larry went to Cape Town to pursue his love for music by working during the day and performing as a guest artist at various night-clubs at night. He then headed back to Johannesburg and teamed up with his brother, Robbi Robb, and Govinda Davidopoulis as a trio doing parties, functions and guest spots around town.
Larrye began his professional career after signing with an agency as a solo-artist with his first gig in the Persian Room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Durban. He also did a stint doing backing vocals and playing understudy to Riff Raff in the Rocky Horror production in Lesotho (it was banned at the time in SA) and performed on the TV show, Beat 79 doing one of his own compositions, Mother Nature.
Baxtop was formed in Johannesburg in 1978 with Larry Amos on guitar and vocals, Tim Parr (guitar, vocals), Fuzzy Marcus (guitar, vocals) and Bruce Williams (drums, vocals) and was billed as ‘the best blues-rock-boogie band that never came out of the American South.’ Work it out is rated as one of the top ten albums of South Africa according to Garth Chilvers.
Baxtop had a number one hit with JoBangles and toured with Millie Jackson on her South African visit. In 1982 Baxtop disbanded, and Larry formed the Larry Amos Blues Band. The Blues Band was followed by the Naughty Boys who released one of the last seven singles to be pressed in South Africa.
In 1991 Larry went to Ireland and joined Tim Parr performing at the Galway Busking Festival, and various venues including as an opening act for two concerts of Don Baker (Bono of U2’s favourite harp player),where the audiences went wild for his original numbers and exciting guitar playing.
Later, in 1995 Larry and Tim supported Crosby, Stills and Nash at the Standard Bank Arena and were complimented by them for his outstanding song, Let the Sun. In 1998 Larry did the vocals on Willem Fourie’s CD released by Makhulu,Wondering. He has worked with Frank Lepo, Sinyaka, Johnny Fourie, Alistair Cokley, Mike Faure, George Worthmore, Jethro Butho, Julian Laxton, Mike Slavin and Shaun Phillips.
The MMC will also be offering delicious food brought to you by professional Cape Town chef Amy and Midlands own artisan, wood-fired, GMO-free ‘Love Bread’ – a tasty beef or vegetarian soup will be on offer.
Doors open at 7pm and tickets are R40. The stage will be open for the first hour for any keen muso for a jam!