A quick chat with the guy behind Table Mountain Blues Summit

South Africa’s Premier Blues Music Festival, the Table Mountain Blues Summit returns to Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville to celebrate its 10th Birthday on Saturday.

The line-up is phenomenal – there is no other way of describing it. Albert Frost Trio, The Black Cat Bones, Gerald Clark, Guy Collins Band, The Boulevard Blues Band, Aidan Martin Trio, Jonathan Peyper Band, Frank Freeman, The Studebakers, Wayne Pauli Trio, Basson Laubscher & The Violent Free Peace and Bandeleros will all be playing at this year’s edition.

I recently had a chat to Mike Combrinck, the main maccie behind Table Mountain Blues Summit. This is what he had to say.

What do you like about the Blues?

Everything. I like the stories it tells, I like the grooves it produces and most of all. I like the sound of the blues. Gets right into your veins. People tend to think the blues is all about bad luck and stuff but it is actually about the goodness and life changing stories that come out of these hardships.

What are your thoughts about the current state of SA Music?

SA music is alive and well however I find that the venues do not support musicians as they should. They never give them their dues (some venues excluded). SA musicians on the circuit work their asses off getting the song to sound the way they want, spend copious amounts of money on hardware but venues expect them to Jam for nothing. Come On Guys! Really?

What can audiences expect at this year’s Table Mountain Blues Summit?

Blues at its best as well as some new cats making waves within the industry. Loads of fun for everyone with all the treats festivals offer, great food, cold beverages and loads of opportunities to buy merchandise of all performing artists. The nice thing about the summit is that 10% of sales made through merchandise goes to a charity that the merchandising company (Midnite Sessions) chooses.

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What do you think Table Mountain Blues Summit will look like in 5 years?

Much the same as it looks now but hopefully featuring some international well known acts. With the support of our sponsors and you the supporters, we can make the Summit a festival that is rated up there with the rest of the big ones.

I’d like thank Mike for taking time to answer my questions. Sadly I won’t be attending this year’s edition, but I wouldn’t mind taking a road trip to the 021 next year to experience it. Let’s hope this happens.

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Henno Kruger
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