Canovi in tribute festival

Patrick Canovi with Natalie Mostert.

He’s a real veteran on the music scene and is best known for his tribute shows during which he jumps around the stage, with one of his many guitars.

This year Patrick Canovi has announced he’s taken over managing the Tribute Fest 2016. Launched in 2014 it’s set to get serious rock aficionados dancing in the Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville, where the gig takes place on the Day of Goodwill, Monday December 26. Patrick, who lives in Kraaifontein, is well-known for his Rock Legends of Yesteryear shows performed by his Kiss the Sky Show Band.

He says: “This is the first time I have taken on a project as big as this, but I hope to turn it into a huge success, as the standard is planned to be way higher than previous years, not only in terms of artists but as far as sound and lighting is concerned.”

Patrick says music is his life and now 65, he’s been doing it for more than four decades.

So when he was approached by Mike Crawford to run the show, although initially reluctant, he decided that his close association with many of the tribute musicians and the fact that he has mentored many up-and-coming musos would be an ideal opportunity and challenge to take on.

One of the highlights of his music career was winning the best guitar playing award in Battle of the Bands back in 1970.

He says he loves promoting younger players, of which there will be many at the tribute festival.

“I take them under my wing and nurture them,” he says. The programme starts at 1pm, opening with an Elvis Presley tribute performed by James Marais, followed by The Deep Purple Tribute Band and there will be a string of other talented performers. Patrick’s protege Dean Coche (also from Kraaifontein and referred to as Cape Town’s Robert Plant — Led Zeppelin) is one of them; while another muso he’s mentored, Natasha Malherbe, will be doing her Janis Joplin impersonation and Patrick will team up with Natalie Mostert as Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse.

Patrick over the years has received many accolades and his CD Through the Years was released to much acclaim. Apart from being known as our answer to Jimi Hendrix he plays a mean Carlos Santana and other guitar greats at his monthly Hillcrest Quarry shows.

The gates to the forthcoming festival open at 11am. Take a blanket, chairs and and umbrellas and there will also be VIP seating at an extra cost. Booking through Computicket.