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BEYOND YOUR BUCKET LIST × SOUTH AFRICA

Go Beyond Your Bucket List in South Africa

With United Airlines’ new direct flight launching from Newark to Cape Town this December, South Africa is becoming more accessible than ever before. As an increasing number of travelers move beyond typical bucket list trips and seek out meaningful, unique experiences, they will find South Africa has everything they’re looking for. The South African Tourism Board has launched the #MeetSouthAfricaMondays campaign to introduce travelers to some of the country’s lesser-known but most compelling experiences, curated by long-term citizens and lovers of South Africa.

• Accessible Art in Woodstock

• Rediscover Durban

• Johannesburg’s Revitalized Art Scene

• Marine Life of the South African Coast

• Adventures in Drakensburg

• Panoramic Views on the Panorama Route

• World-Class Winelands

• Tastes of a Township: 4Roomed eKasi Culture

The Urban: Arts and Culture Redefined

Accessible Art in Woodstock
All across Woodstock, a suburb of Cape Town, buildings are covered in colorful art, painted by local and international artists. “The movement was founded by a longstanding group of artists that were painting in Woodstock but who wanted to take their art from the studios into the streets,” says Juma Mkwela, a tour guide who leads visitors on street art walking tours of the area. “We wanted to inspire, we wanted to educate, and we wanted to tell stories that hadn’t been told. Today, we have more than 100 pieces here by local and international artists.” High-end restaurants like The Test Kitchen and bustling, artsy watering holes like Casa Woodstock Bar populate the neighborhood, creating a vibrancy to match that of Woodstock’s colorful painted buildings. 

Rediscover Durban

Undergoing its second wave of urban revitalisation, Durban has elements that appeal to every kind of tourist — everything from beautiful beaches and perfect weather to high-caliber musicians, fusion food, and world-class distilleries can be found along the city’s streets. According to Jonas Barausse, urban storyteller and Durban local, “Durban really appeals to someone who wants to discover, who wants to peel back the layers of a city. Entrepreneurs are doing some really amazing stuff.” Florida Road, one of Durban’s main strips, is full of life, energy, and color, embodying the city’s spirit. The road is lined with local coffee places and Durban dining staples for travelers who love the bustling atmosphere of city life. Durban’s proximity to coastline, mountains, and some of the world’s best game parks and wildlife make it a perfect stop on a South African vacation.

Johannesburg’s Revitalized Art Scene

One of South Africa’s more well-visited areas, Jo’burg is known for its social life, spirit, and history. Maboneng is the modern center of the art scene in Johannesburg, populated by galleries, boutiques, bars, and restaurants. For a lesser known side of Jo’burg, Charles Nbube suggests visiting his home township of Soweto. “Despite past struggles, it’s a very progressive township, full of historical sights and activities and reignited life,” Charles says. “There’s bungee jumping and quad biking at the Soweto Towers; cycling and tuk tuk tours from Leto’s Backpackers. And there’s Hector Pieterson Memorial, where you can learn about the 1976 Soweto Uprising. The wounds are the scars of the past are still open in this township, but nobody’s crying here.”

The Wild Side: Pursuing Natural Splendors Beyond the Safari

Marine Life of the South African Coast

Take a safari path less traveled by hopping on a boat. Voyage around the Dyer Island system in Gansbaai to spot the Marine Big Five: the great white shark, African penguin, southern right whale, cape fur seal and dolphins. “I challenge anyone to find another place on Earth that can offer such diversity so close to shore,” says Alison Towner, marine expert and guide with Marine Dynamics. For the ultimate shark cage diving experience, try to visit from May to September when they’re in the highest density. Also according to Alison, “peak season for southern right whale watching is October and November.”

Adventures in Drakensberg

South African topography is much more than its famed safari plains. The mountains and valleys of the Drakensberg contain the largest concentration of hiking trails in South Africa, as well as around 300 species of plants that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Beyond hiking, the mountains are the perfect host for adventure activities such as rock climbing, ziplining, horseback riding, paragliding, whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning, and abseiling. According to James Seymour, a South African mountaineering guide, the mountains’ most “unmissable” activity is a helicopter trip over the Drakensberg. Unique flora and fauna, dense population of antelopes, and ancient rock art hidden in stunning vistas make the Drakensberg one of only 20 places in the world that have been recognized twice by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Panoramic Views on the Panorama Route

The most scenic and diverse geographical features of South Africa can be found along the Panorama Route, an aptly named 1,242 miles of road in the often-overlooked province of Mpumalanga. The road passes around the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world and provides access to unique geographical features such as Lisbon Falls, Graskop Gorge, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. From God’s Window, a viewpoint 2,297 feet above the lush forest below, it is said that on a clear day you can see to the ocean in Mozambique. Beyond natural marvels, the Panorama Route allows a glimpse of local culture outside of urban centers. “Support the local community by buying their arts and crafts that they sell at sights along The Panorama Route,” suggests David Quihampton, who has been a Mpumalanga tour guide for fifteen years.

The Gourmet: Wine and Food

World-Class Winelands

Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, South Africa’s Cape Winelands are “the best wine destination in the world,” according to Andre Morgenthal, who has worked in the wine industry for nearly thirty years. Within a three-hour radius visitors can easily see ten different wine regions, from Constantia to Stellenbosch, each with their own specialty varietals. Like other wine power-houses of the world, the Winelands have a long history of excellence. In recent decades, however, the Winelands have redefined themselves, bringing together European influence with their own country’s flair. “Pinotage is our national grape,” says Andre, claiming the grape as the region’s flag bearer for red wine. “It’s producing beautiful, world-acclaimed wines.”

Tastes of a Township

For authentic South African cuisine, visit the Cape Town restaurant 4Roomed eKasi Culture. The restaurant’s founder, Abigail Mbalo, a contestant on Master Chef South Africa, named her restaurant in  honor of the standard four-roomed homes found in townships across the country. “With our cuisine, we want to tell stories about growing up in a township. We want to evoke nostalgia and pride,” Abigail says. Her restaurant revamps traditional recipes with fresh ideas and fresh ingredients from the backyard garden. Guests enjoy offerings such as a pumpkin and pap dish called umqa, to which Abigail adds butternut, nutmeg, and truffle oil, or the dessert, amkhekhe, based on a popular scone and made modern with citrus, chocolate, and a yuzu syrup. Surrounded by fast food and frantic lifestyles, the restaurant allows guests to slow down and get a delicious taste of South Africa’s history and culture.   

Woodstock At 50

Rock Hall Celebrates Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary with New Exhibit and Special Rock Hall Nights

Relive the Iconic Music Festival with Rock Hall Inductees and Woodstock Performers Freddie Stone of Sly & The Family Stone and Michael Carabello of Santana on May 1st

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is bringing peace, love and music to fans during Woodstock’s 50th anniversary. On May 1st, fans can relive the iconic music festival with a new Woodstock 50 exhibit (open through Fall 2019) and special Woodstock themed Rock Hall Nights with Inductees and Woodstock performers Freddie Stone of Sly & The Family Stone and Michael Carabello of Santana.

It’s been nearly 50 years since Woodstock generated legendary musical moments and catapulted an entire festival culture. Groups and artists such as Sly & The Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and many others defined a new set of sound. Woodstock 50 celebrates the ambition and ingenuity of those who mounted the festival to the performers who played it gaining a deeper understanding of the various faces of Woodstock and how it changed the music industry forever.

The new Woodstock 50 exhibit features rare prints, performance outfits, video footage, tickets, original signage and more. Highlights include:

  • A photo exhibit with rare prints, contact sheets and never-before-seen artifacts from renowned photographer Jim Marshall’s archive including his earliest Leica M4 camera used to photograph Woodstock. Marshall captured the festival’s most raw and intimate moments from the three-day festival. The Rock Hall is the only museum in the country celebrating Woodstock with Marshall’s collection.
  • Jimi Hendrix (1992 Rock Hall Inductee) guitar strap used at Woodstock 1969 to deliver a mesmerizing set featuring his rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to a dwindling crowd of 180,000 who toughed it through the last hours of Woodstock, along with his handwritten lyrics to “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return),” the last song he would ever perform live.  
  • Hand-drawn map of festival grounds with aerial views highlighting prominent locations and a telegram from festival organizer Michael Lang envisioning the event documented from every angle with plans to secure the filming and clearance for showing footage after the festival.
  • Rare video footage from the Rock Hall collection captured during Woodstock ’69 with candid moments offering new perspectives of festival goers.
  • John Sebastian (2000 Rock Hall Inductee) of the Lovin’ Spoonful performance outfit from his unscheduled appearance at Woodstock. He traveled to the festival as a spectator but was asked to appear when the organizers suddenly needed an acoustic performer after a rain break.
  • Billie Joe Armstrong (2015 Rock Hall Inductee) shoes worn at Woodstock ’94, nicknamed “Mudstock” partly due to Green Day’s performance. Days of rain turned the venue into a field of mud and as Armstrong taunted the audience with “I don’t care what you do, I don’t want to be a mud hippie like you,” an enormous mud fight ensued.

Woodstock 50 opens May 1 with a special Rock Hall Nights: Woodstock program that evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST. Fan can meet Rock Hall Inductees and Woodstock performers Freddie Stone of Sly & The Family Stone and Michael Carabello of Santana, challenge their friends to Woodstock trivia, explore artifacts from the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives, check out Woodstock 50, Hendrix and San Francisco exhibits, make a flower headband, take pictures in a festival photo booth, and enjoy screenings of Woodstock artist highlights from the Induction ceremony stage as well as a director’s cut of the documentary film Woodstock. This is the last Rock Hall Nights of the season. The monthly program will return in the fall with new themes and activities.

INSIDER TIP

Purchase a special $20 online only ($34 value) Rock Hall Nights ticket which includes access to exhibits between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., a VIP check-in, complimentary drink voucher and free giveaways. Metered parking is available surrounding the Museum and is free after 6 p.m. daily. Rock Hall Members and City of Cleveland residents (ID required at box office) can attend for free.  

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Harley-Davidson announces special nationwide Gregg Allman events

GREGG ALLMAN AND SOUTHERN BLOOD

TO BE CELEBRATED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON

WITH SPECIAL EVENTS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA

“THE MIDNIGHT RIDER’S RALLY” SLATED FOR SEPTEMBER 8TH

AT SELECT HARLEY-DAVIDSON LOCATIONS EVERYWHERE

LATE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMER AND FAMED MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIAST TO BE HONORED

WITH ALBUM PLAYBACKS, EXCLUSIVE RAFFLES, MUSICAL TRIBUTES AND MUCH MORE 

ALL REGISTRANTS RECEIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF SOUTHERN BLOOD

SOUTHERN BLOOD ARRIVES ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH

(New York, NY) Rounder Records and select Harley-Davison locations are uniting for “THE MIDNIGHT RIDER’S RALLY,” a very special event commemorating the final album from the legendary Gregg Allman. SOUTHERN BLOOD arrives everywhere on Friday, September 8th.

SOUTHERN BLOOD is available for pre-order now at digital music retailers and the Gregg Allman Official Store. A wide array of limited editions and special bundles are on offer, including digital download, Standard and Deluxe CD/DVD, and limited edition heavyweight vinyl and vinyl test presses. For complete pre-order details, please visit the Gregg Allman Official Store.

SOUTHERN BLOOD EXCLUSIVE PRE-ORDER BUNDLES AVAILABLE HERE

SOUTHERN BLOOD includes the new original song, “My Only True Friend,” written by Allman with Gregg Allman Band guitarist/musical director Scott Sharrard. The track – available now at all digital music retailers and streaming services – premiered earlier this summer exclusively via NPR Music, which raved, “From its stately introduction through a wrenching guitar solo at the close, the track exudes a surefooted classic-rock grandeur we don’t hear much anymore. Yet Allman keeps it on an intimate scale…Allman sings like he’s confiding to a friend, distilling hours of stock-taking and introspection. He’s plainspoken, like always, and his casual air adds disarming resonance to what is clearly a farewell statement.” “My Only True Friend” is joined by a powerfully moving official video, streaming now at Gregg Allman’s official YouTube channel after its exclusive premiere via Relix.

WATCH MY ONLY TRUE FRIEND

“THE MIDNIGHT RIDER’S RALLY” will take place Friday, September 8th at select Harley-Davidson locations across North America. Fans can register for their local rally via the Gregg Allman Official Store; a portion of the $20 registration benefits the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship at Syracuse University, with all registrations also receiving a digital download of SOUTHERN BLOOD.

Well known as an avid Harley-Davidson enthusiast, Allman and his groundbreaking music will be celebrated at “THE MIDNIGHT RIDER’S RALLY” events, including release day premiere plays of SOUTHERN BLOOD as well as a wide range of local artists performing songs from the Allman canon. As if that weren’t enough, every rally will feature an exclusive raffle, with giveaways including CDs, DVDs, and vinyl LPs – among them, a limited edition 10″ vinyl picture disc featuring three live performances from 2014’s “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman” tribute concert event. Select locations will see partnerships with local breweries while others will display classic Harley-Davison motorcycles from Allman’s own fabled collection. Fans attending “THE MIDNIGHT RIDER’S RALLY” will be invited to share their photos, videos, and memories using the hashtag #MidnightRidersRally; all submissions will then be displayed on www.greggallman.com.

“THE MIDNIGHT RIDER’S RALLY”

Friday, September 8th

@ Harley-Davidson Locations Across North America Including:

(*More locations to be announced soon) 

Macon, GA

Savannah, GA

New Orleans, LA

Santa Fe, NM

Daytona, FL

Pensacola, FL

Ft Myers, FL

Naples, FL

Nashville, TN

Knoxville, TN

Asheville, NC

Birmingham, AL

Toronto, ON

Los Angeles, CA

Woodstock, NY

www.greggallman.com