Sharon Katz & Nonhlanhla Wanda’s Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Sharon Katz & Nonhlanhla Wanda set to Tour South Africa, United State, Cuba, Tijuana

Join Sharon & Nonhlanhla Wanda’s 25th Anniversary Creating Music Together 

Musician/humanitarian Sharon Katz (originally from Port Elizabeth, South Africa) and singer/teacher, Nonhlanhla Wanda (from Durban, South Africa) celebrate 25 years of worldwide touring and musical collaboration. Some of the celebration includes duo shows in South Africa with performances in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in early 2019. Later on the two have performances and workshops in the United States, Cuba, and more border concerts with children from San Diego and Tijuana in Mexico.

The South African tour revisits cities that Sharon, Nonhlanhla, & the Peace Train visited just over 25 years ago, Dec. 1993, in South Africa. Sharon remembers that as a bonding time with everyone living together on the Peace Train, “as an experiment that for the first time in our history we could live and travel together as a multiracial group across the country. Nonhlanha and I, from opposite sides of the race divide, were able to achieve that as musicians and activists. We had 100 singers and a 12-piece band plus crew and parents as chaperones, a TV crew and invited Ladysmith Black Mambazo to join us.”   

The international performers recorded their current album SIDE-BY-SIDE with producer Malcolm Nhleko of Maltre Studios. The Afro-Jazz-Contemporary fusion album features all original compositions by Nonhlanhla and Sharon and showcases their distinctive voices and gorgeous harmonies complemented by the instrumental virtuosity of Sharon on guitar; Qhubekani Mthethwa on bass; Charles Boykie Mnomiya on drums; and Sanele Phakathi on piano and synthesizer.

Sharon and Nonhlanhla are also the subjects of the multiple-award winning film, “When Voices Meet.” It documents the role of The Peace Train in creating South Africa’s first, 500-voice multiracial youth choir in KwaZulu-Natal in 1993; its groundbreaking concert tour across the country in support of the first democratic elections; The Peace Train’s first tour of America after President Mandela was elected; and the long-term impact of the project as told by the participants 20 years later. The film, which premiered at the Durban International Film Festival, has won awards at over 30 film festivals around the world and been broadcast in over 50 countries. John Kani and Abigail Kubeka are also featured in the film.

In 2018 The Peace Train initiated a multi-national project called “Transcending Barriers” which is designed to foster peaceful relationships between the countries of Mexico, Cuba, South Africa and the USA. In June 2019, Katz will perform with 2,000 children in Tijuana Mexico, and in November she will present a full production featuring Cuban, South African, American and Mexican children at the 33rd International Choir Festival in Santiago de Cuba.

The duo contributes proceeds from their concerts and CD sales toward social development projects in South Africa, including supporting a children’s home, bursaries for orphans, after-school cultural programmes, and therapeutic music projects across the country.  Sharon Katz will also join Mlungisi Gegana in concerts to benefit the Mlungisi Academy in Queenstown. 

In addition to their own CDs, the group was recorded on the Carnival! album with Sting, Tina Turner, Elton John and Madonna. They have also recorded with Dolly Rathebe and Abigail Kubeka and featured Ladysmith Black Mambazo on The Peace Train’s original tour.

2019 PERFORMANCES IN SOUTH AFRICA BY SHARON KATZ & THE PEACE TRAIN

9 February   Sophiatown TheMix Johannesburg

Sophiatown Heritage Centre, 73 Toby St, Sophiatown, Johannesburg, 2092, South Africa

Celebrating Abigail Kubeka’s 80th birthday concert with full band featuring Abigail Kubeka & Friends 

16 Feb   Moyo Restaurant at uShaka Marina, Durban

Sharon Katz & Nonhlanhla Wanda with full band  

22 Feb  Cafe RouxNoordhoek, Cape Town Duo with Nonhlanhla Wanda

Chapmans Peak Dr, Noordhoek, Cape Town, 7979, South Africa 

24 Feb    Alma Café, Cape Town – Duo with Nonhlanhla Wanda

Alma Cafe, 35 Freda Ave, Gauteng, Randfontein, 1760, South Africa

1 March Queenstown HotelQueenstown

Concert with Mlungisi Gegana Quartet 

Benefit for Mlungisi Music Academy

2 March East London:  The Square Africa Boxing Lounge

12 Station Street

East London, Eastern Cape 5200 

27 April 2019 Oakland, CA:  Park Day School

360 42nd St 

Oakland, CA 94609 

7:00 pm: Concert, Film screening

27 April  San Francisco, The Brandeis School

 55 Brotherhood Way

San Francisco, CA 94132  

3:00 pm:  Concert, Film screening

18  May 2019  Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Universalist Church of Philadelphia

2125 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 

8:00 pm: South Africa’s 25 Anniversary of Freedom Concert & Celebration

19 May Philadelphia, PA James A. Michener Art Museum

138 S. Pine Street 

Doylestown, PA  18901

1:00 pm:  Unplugged

9 June  Palenke Stadium, Tijuana, Mexico

Performance with Promotora De Las Bellas Artes 

1:00 pm: Performance with children’s choir

28 June Old Songs Folk Festival, Altamonte, NY

Altamont Fair

Altamont, NY 

11:00 am: Performance

14 September Grayhaven Winery, South African Wine, Food, & Music Festival

Grayhaven Winery 

4675 East Grey Fox Circle 

Gum Springs, VA

12:00 Noon: Performance

1 November: Santiago de Cuba, 33rd International Festival of Choirs

The Peace Train Production

with 150 voice Children’ Choir 2019

8:00 am – 5:00 pm: Performance

For more information and bookings:  

Email: SharonKatz2000@gmail.com 

Media USA:  Anne Leighton    LeightonMedia@aol.comAnne@AnneLeighton.com

Media South Africa: Warren Gibson Warren@plugmusicagency.com

 music video Bayajabula from new album “Side-By-Side” w/ – Nonhlanhla Wanda:

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train Live: video: 

AfroPop Worldwide Review

http://afropop.org/articles/the-peace-train-comes-america-and-to-the-mexican-border

http://www.SharonKatz.com

RIVERSIDE – Announce next European and North American tours!

Having just completed a first and highly successful European touring run in support of their seventh and much acclaimed studio album “Wasteland”, Polish Rock masters RIVERSIDE are now announcing next touring runs for European and North America, as well as some festival appearances for 2019 as follows:

RIVERSIDE – Wasteland North American Tour 2019‪
05/03‬ Atlanta, GA, City Winery
‪05/04‬ Lake Park, FL, Kelsey Theater
‪05/06‬ Carrboro, NC, Cat’s Cradle
‪05/07‬ Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Soundstage
05/09 Jersey City, NJ, White Eagle Hall
05/10 Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live
05/11 Brooklyn, NY, Warsaw
‪05/12‬ Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair
‪05/14‬ Quebec City, QC, Imperial Bell
‪05/15‬ Montreal, QC, Club Soda
‪05/17‬ Toronto, ON, Mod Club
‪05/18‬ Detroit, MI, Magic Stick
‪05/19‬ Chicago, IL, Chop Shop &1st Ward
‪05/20 St.‬ Louis, MO, Delmar Hall
‪05/22‬ Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
‪05/24‬ Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
‪05/25‬ Salt Lake City, UT, Metro Music Hall
‪05/27‬ Phoenix, AZ, Crescent Ballroom
‪05/28‬ Pomona, CA, The Glass House
‪05/29‬ San Francisco, CA, Slim’s
‪05/31‬ Portland, OR, Hawthorne Theatre
‪06/01‬ Vancouver, BC, The Rickshaw Theatre
‪06/02‬ Seattle, WA, The Crocodile

RIVERSIDE – Wasteland European Tour 2019
06.03. Prague (Czech Republic) – Palac Akropolis
07.03. Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic
09.03. Budapest (Hungary) – A38
10.03. Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic Club / Soundart Festival
12.03. Sofia (Bulgaria) – City Stage
13.03. Belgrade (Serbia) – Dom Omladine
14.03. Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Kino Šiška
16.03. Rome (Italy) – Largo
17.03. Milan (Italy) – Magnolia
18.03. Toulouse (France) – Le Rex
19.03. Cognac (France) – Les Abattoirs
21.03. Bristol (UK) – SWX
22.03. Leeds (UK) – Stylus
23.03. Glasgow (UK) – SWG3
24.03. Birmingham (UK) – The Mill
26.03. Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Hedon
28.03. Copenhagen (Denmark) – Viften
29.03. Gothenburg (Sweden) – Stenhammarsalen
30.03. Oslo (Norway) – Cosmopolite
31.03. Stockholm (Sweden) – Kraken
02.04. Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi
03.04. Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutakko
04.04. Tampere (Finland) – Olympia
05.04. Tallinn (Estonia) – Rock Cafe
Tickets: https://riversideband.pl/en/gigs

RIVERSIDE – Live 2019:
04.-09.02. Tampa to Key West & Cozumel – Cruise To The Edge
20.07. Maidstone (UK) – Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival
24.07. Worpswede (Germany) – Music Hall
25.07. Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – De Boerderij
27.07. Breitenbach (Germany) – Burg Herzberg Festival
17.08. Bonn (Germany) – KUNST!RASEN Classic Rock Night festival + Jethro Tull & Fish

RIVERSIDE’s Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment:
“The ‘Wasteland Tour‘ promoting our latest release has turned out to be our greatest turnout success to date and it is our great pleasure to announce that in 2019 we are going places we haven’t visited this year. We will be very happy to meet you and thank you for such wonderful support and loyalty. See you soon!“

Next to the standard edition as Jewelcase CD and Digital Album, “Wasteland“ is also available as limited edition Mediabook CD (with extended booklet, a bonus track radio edit version of “River Down Below“ and a set of 3 stickers) and as Gatefold 2LP (on 180gr. vinyl with the album on CD as bonus and an Etching of the D-Side).

Order “Wasteland“ in various formats from the IOM webstore here:
www.insideoutmusicshop.com
Or from other locations here: https://Riverside.lnk.to/Wasteland

Check out the three singles launched so far for “Wasteland”:
“Lament”: https://youtu.be/4Wqlts7QWA8
“River Down Below”: https://youtu.be/ZS1crIkpnwc
“Vale Of Tears”: https://youtu.be/001IMO53JwY

“Wasteland” entered various international charts upon release, including the following highest positions:
Poland: # 1, Poland / Vinyl: # 1, Germany: # 13, Germany / Download: # 42, The Netherlands: # 28, The Netherlands / Vinyl: # 12, Switzerland: # 23, Austria: # 39, UK: # 83, UK / Rock: # 2, UK / Vinyl: # 38,
Finland: # 30, France: # 97, Czech Republic: # 59, Belgium / Wallonia: # 79, Sweden / Physical: # 13, Sweden / Vinyl: # 8, USA / Current: # 106, USA / New Artist: # 17 and USA / Overall: # 147

RIVERSIDE online:
http://www.riversideband.pl
http://www.facebook.com/Riversidepl
https://www.instagram.com/riversideband.pl

INSIDEOUT MUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/InsideOutUSA
www.insideoutmusicshop.com

INSIDEOUTMUSIC Spotify Playlist:
http://spotify.com/progrockessentials

Utopia Reach Out To Fans For Fill In Keyboardist,

Due to unexpected health issues, unfortunately, Ralph Schuckett will be unable to tour with Utopia this spring.

While discussing a replacement keyboardist, it occurred to us that there may be someone out there who already knows the music and vocal parts and would like an opportunity to tour with us. So if you think you could fill those big shoes, we invite you to submit an audio and/or video sample to us.

We are on a very fast track, so the decision will be made this week. Band rehearsals begin in 2 weeks, so you won’t have a lot of time to learn the set. If you still want to try out, send your submissions (mp3s or links) to info@panacea-ent.com.
If audio-only, a photo would be nice but not required.

Good luck!
Utopia

LEPROUS – North American Tour with Between The Buried And Me & The Dear Hunter

Norwegian progressive Rock group LEPROUS are starting out their first tour across North America for their latest and much-acclaimed album “Malina” today with a sold-out show in Chicago.

LEPROUS will be supporting none other than Between The Buried And Me and The Dear Hunter on a comprehensive tour across the US, for which the band comments: “It’s exciting times ahead for LEPROUS. 5 weeks of touring with our friends in Between The Buried And Me and The Dear Hunter are starting today, and there are several great festivals shows ahead as well as more live shows in the planning for the fall. New material has also slowly but surely started its process!”
Here is a list of the exact tour dates as well as other upcoming shows (newly confirmed additions marked *) for LEPROUS in 2018:
Between The Buried And Me, The Dear Hunter & LEPROUS – North American Tour:
Fri. 03.02.2018 Chicago, IL (USA) – House of Blues (Sold out!)
Sat. 03.03.2018 Minneapolis, MN (USA) – First Avenue
Mon. 03.05.2018 Denver, CO (USA) – Ogden Theatre
Tue. 03.06.2018 Salt Lake City, UT (USA) – The Complex
Thu. 03.08.2018 Seattle, WA (USA) – Showbox
Fri. 03.09.2018 Portland, OR (USA) – Wonder Ballroom
Sat. 03.10.2018 San Francisco, CA (USA) – The Regency Ballroom
Sun. 03.11.2018 Anaheim, CA (USA) – House of Blues
Tue. 03.13.2018 Los Angeles, CA (USA) – Belasco Theater
Thu. 03.15.2018 Las Vegas, NV (USA) – House of Blues
Fri. 03.16.2018 Phoenix, AZ (USA) – Marquee
Sat. 03.17.2018 Albuquerque, NM (USA) – Sunshine Theater
Mon. 03.19.2018 Austin, TX (USA) – Come and Take it Live
Tue. 03.20.2018 Dallas, TX (USA) – Canton Hall
Wed. 03.21.2018 Houston, TX (USA) – Warehouse Ballroom
Fri. 03.23.2018 Orlando, FL (USA) – The Beacham Theatre
Sat. 03.24.2018 Ft. Lauderdale, FL (USA) – Revolution
Mon. 03.26.2018 Atlanta, GA (USA) – Masquerade
Tue. 03.27.2018 Nashville, TN (USA) – Cannery Ballroom
Wed. 03.28.2018 Asheville, NC (USA) – Orange Peel
Fri. 03.30.2018 Pittsburgh, PA (USA) – Mr. Smalls
Sat. 03.31.2018 Philadelphia, PA (USA) – Electric Factory
Mon. 04.02.2018 Albany, NY (USA) – Upstate Concert Hall
Tue. 04.03.2018 Boston, MA (USA) – Royale
Wed. 04.04.2018 New York City, NY (USA) – Playstation Theater
Thu. 04.05.2018 Silver Spring, MD (USA) – Fillmore Silver Spring
Fri. 04.06.2018 Cleveland, OH (USA) – Agora Theatre
Sat. 04.07.2018 Mount Clemens, MI (USA) – Emerald Theatre
 
LEPROUS – Festivals appearances:
Sat. 05.12.2018 Kopervik (Norway) – Karmoygeddon Metal Festival *
06.29.- 07.01.2018 Helsinki (Finland) – Tuska Open Air *
Fri. 07.13.2018 Viveiro (Spain) – Resurrection Fest
Sat. 07.14.2018 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Dynamo Metal Fest
Sat. 07.28.2018 Sibiu (Romania) – ARTmania Festival
Sat. 08.18.2018 Warsaw (Poland) – Prog In Park
More dates to be announced soon…
In other LEPROUS news, check out a fantastic drums playthrough video by drummer Baard Kolstad for the “Malina” album song “Mirage” here:

Arena to Embark on Double Vision Tour

We’re excited to announce the dates for our forthcoming tour in April and May 2018 to celebrate the release of our new album “Double Vision” and the 20th anniversary of “The Visitor”. We’ll be playing all of “The Visitor” live on this tour, along with songs from the new album. Ticket links are available on our website http://arenaband.co.uk