Jon Shaban and The Name On The Drum to play at the Maritzburg Musicians Club


Jon Shaban

The Maritzburg Musicians Club (MMC) is hosting young folk talents at the La Casa stage in Quarry Road, Pietermaritzburg, on Tuesday, August 23.

On the bill is Jon Shaban from The Shabeen, who is touring the East Coast after an epic and  extensive European tour. Joining him – this time with a full band – will be hard-working Monteseel band, The Name On The Drum.

Having gigged extensively locally and internationally as part of various bands, Jon Shaban has decided to try something slightly scarier – a solo career.

Armed with just his voice and his guitar, he takes to the stage to deliver songs which have been described as honest and easy to relate to. The performance is raw and there’s no holding back on the sharing of extremely personal experiences. The kind we’ve all been through but haven’t necessarily processed in the way Jon does.

“It’s exhausting sharing my life with a room full of total strangers.” says Jon. “But it’s the feeling of walking off stage after such an intimate creative release and feeling like a new person which makes it worth it.”

As well as his solo performance, Jon is also part of The Shabeen, a band he put together to back the songs he has written. The Shabeen’s performance is raw and energetic and leaves the crowd wide- eyed and wanting more.

The band consists of Jon on guitar and vocals, Ryan McArthur (one of the country’s top upright bass players) on upright bass and Thomas Glendinning on drums and percussion; and its songwriting has been compared to and draws influence from bands and artists such as Frank Turner, Flogging Molly, Mumford and Son’s, Against Me, Mischief Brew and many more.

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The Name On The Drum

Formed in 2011, The Name On The Drum consists of Ben Bruzas (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Mike Wartnaby (guitar, ukulele), Liam Barnard (bass) and Nat Bruzas (drums, vocals).

TNOTD plays a mix of original alternative rock, punk and indie as well as a variety of covers. They range from a full electric sound, to simple acoustics. Influences include, Rise Against, Frightened Rabbit, Blinks 182, and Kodaline.

Their song writing is heavily influenced by current world issues, and changing things for the better.

Based in Hillcrest, they have played shows around KZN, including at the Winston Pub (Durban), The Rock music bistro (Umzumbe), Roseway Waldorf’s Musical Moonlight Market and Organic Market, Monteseel Music Fest,  Outland Festival open mic 2016, and The Rocking Rooster as well as other venues.

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Don’t forget to come hungry as the MMC will have beef and veg lasagna and its famous delicious chocolate brownies on offer! Entrance is R40 from 7pm.




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