CAPE TOWN - For the first time in 18 months, patrons will get their dancing shoes ready, as local jazz venue Swingers Pub Restaurant & Lounge 021 hosts one of the City’s favourite local bands, N2 Band.
The Ottery venue will host the live reunion event for lovers of jazz, accompanied by good food and wine.
Owner Kevin Harris said they were very excited, as it had been a challenging year-and-a-half.
“The pandemic dealt our industry a massive blow. Our doors were closed since March last year and, as much as the President tried to accommodate different industries, we were always hard hit because we depend on foot traffic.
“It was terrible, my main worry was to keep my staff on-board.
“I have chefs, waiters, security and car guards.
“After working five to six days a week, we were forced to close and share three to four shifts a week,” he said.
“Now that numbers can increase, it is a huge relief to us. My staff can get more shifts and our patrons can come out again, they are so excited because they have waited so long,” said Harris.
Swingers Pub Restaurant & Lounge 021 has been entertaining jazz lovers for more than 28 years.
“We cater for mature crowds, other places play different music, so our patrons are comfortable here. This reunion will be a good time for them to meet up again,” added Harris.
N2 Band bass guitarist Neugen Wentzel said audiences could expect nothing less than their best.
“We always give our best for the jazz lovers, we take it from jazz up to danceable stuff.
“They can expect the best, like we normally do.
“It has been very quiet and was difficult for us as artists, as no clubs were open in the last year. Now, on this level, gigs are coming in, things look positive,” said Wentzel.
Upcoming events can be found on the Swingers or Kevin Harris’s Facebook page.
The reunion event kicks off at 6pm and ends at 10pm, at the Swingers Pub Restaurant & Lounge 021, at 1 Wetwyn road, Ottery.
The entrance fee is R50, with a free cocktail on arrival, and ladies will enter free from 4.30pm until 6pm.