A Brat Pack with a Big Band

Arno Carstens, Ard Matthews, Loyiso Bala, Ross Learmonth

Date: 28 & 29 August 2020
Venue: Teatro, Montecasino, Gauteng
Tickets: From R325 at

  • 28 & 29 August 2020 @ Teatro, Montecasino
  • Ard Matthews, Arno Carstens, Loyiso Bala & Ross Learmonth singing timeless classics in collaboration with Johannesburg Big Band
  • Tickets available via Computicket

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“Joburg fell in love with the idea of these top performers sharing a stage together with a big band and so, we have chosen to push the live show date out to June. Our number 1 priority is to ensure the well-being of our patrons, the performers and our staff and we will continue to monitor the situation,” comments Real Concerts owner, Roddy Quin.

A Brat Pack with a Big Band is a musical journey that will see Ard Matthews, Arno Carstens, Loyiso Bala and Ross Learmonth – all of which have hailed from some of South Africa’s biggest acts – performing timeless classics together with the 17-piece Johannesburg Big Band, conducted by Adam Howard.

The original ‘Rat Pack’, which included icons such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, created the most memorable music of our time and the “Brat Pack” will re-create the good old days of music and entertainment with songs including New York, New York, I’ve Gotta Be Me, Mack the Knife, Mr Bojangles, My Way and more.

Tickets start from R325 and are available through Computicket online and retail outlets. The show is family friendly, but as per theatre house rules, no under 3’s permitted. The show commences at 20h00 at the Teatro at Montecasino.

Venue: Teatro, Montecasino (Fourways, Johannesburg)
Date: 28 & 29 August 2020
Time: 20h00 (doors open at 19h00)

About the performers:

South African rocker, Ard Matthews has been the frontman of Just Jinjer since the early 90’s.  While the band is still active, Ard launched a successful solo career in 2012.  Having grown up listening to the likes of Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and Elvis Presley, Ard was inspired to enter a talent competition at the age of 12 and in 1996 he start Just Jinjer with fellow musicians, Brent Harris and Denholm Harding.

Arno Carstens is a platinum-selling, award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist.  As the lead singer of The Springbok Nude Girls and subsequently as a solo artist (with recordings in both English and Afrikaans), Arno has released multiple albums and spawned a string of successful singles and received numerous awards during his career.

As a teenager, Loyiso Bala, was trained at the prestigious Drakensberg Boys Choir.  After an overwhelming success with kwaito act, TKZee in 2000, Loyiso started a solo career in 2001 and he solidified his reputation as South Africa’s king of R&B and he has won multiple awards and performed around the world.

After nearly two decades of touring and recording as the frontman for hit rock band, Prime Circle, Ross Learmonth, recently ventured out on his own solo career.  Since the band’s debut in 2002, Prime Circle has been one of the most celebrated rock acts in SA history and they have toured extensively around the globe and celebrated numerous awards and chart-topping hits.

The Johannesburg Big Band, run by musical director, Adam Howard, is a collection of the finest jazz and session musicians in South Africa.  The troupe has a repertoire of over 800 of the most celebrated big band chart songs. 

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