The Graeme Watkins Project & Jesse Clegg

SATURDAY 25 June 2011 – River Deck

Jozi was dishing out the frostiest weekend of the year, and I thought dancing to some seriously cool, live tunes would warm me up. I picked up my friend Mari, and we braved the night kitted with 7 layers of clothes each. (Mari made me promise that I would not go into too much apparel detail)

The Graeme Watkins Project (GWP)

GWP

I had heard a song or two on the radio by GWP, and I think their “Music Affair” video, is the seriously hawt – It looks a little like Panic at the Disco, but sounds a little like Franz Ferdinand. They’re definitely doing something haven’t tried locally, and I love it. Graeme, runner-up of SA Idols Season 5 in 2009, had a supremely cool stage presence. It takes a special kind of strange to warm up a cold room like that. He was rocking it. The band consists of 3 phenomenal musicians: Ryno Zeelie – Lead Guitar (Turns out we went to school together), Rudo Pieterse – Bass and Matthew Marinus – drums.

*Watch this [               ] – these d00ds are going places!

Jesse Clegg turned out to be way more rocky than I expected. I’ve never seen anyone have that much fun on a stage. I was surprised by two things. The first being a cover of “Sinnerman” by Nina Simone. It was really cool. The second, he is only 23. He is young,  talented, and looking so comfortable with all of it. *respect

Both these bands are heating up venues all over Johannesburg this coming month. Layer up, and go see them!

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2 thoughts on “The Graeme Watkins Project & Jesse Clegg

  1. Thanks for not sharing to much info on my dress sense. 😉 Just coming back from the Caribbean and New York, I was not expecting the cold weather and did not have time to climatise before I froze.

    I have never heard of GWP (blaming it on my 2 weeks out of the country), but after just one song and a few crazy faces I was a full blown groupie and loved the band. I got my signed cd and I’m looking forward to my new stalking mission, I means going to one of their gigs.

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