Rolling Stone launched their interview-and-performance series The Story at Decodance Pool Lounge in Cape Town on Thursday.
The audience was treated to a 45-minute live interview with vocalist Inge Beckmann, known for her projects Spindle Sect, Lark and Beast, as well as several high-profile collaborations with some of SA's best-known musicians and artists.
Beckmann spoke candidly with Rolling Stone's Anton Marshall about her childhood, her creative life and philosophies, and even told a few amusing anecdotes from her life experiences.
She was then joined by Lark collaborator Sean Ou Tim and The Mysticcs guitarist Ebi Johnstone for three acoustic performances, which brought chants of "More! More!" from the mostly seated crowd of around 50.
Social networks on Friday carried only positive feedback from those who attended: "Thanks, Inge, for sharing your stories! I particularly enjoyed your tales of growing up around Kloof Street. Perfect start to The Story series." Wrote Brent Smith.
Bradley Kees (@bradleykees) was even more enthusiatic: "interview/performance with inge beckmann/@Beast_Band you were FUCKIN AMAZING!!!"
Anton Marshall produced the event and acted as the inaugural host/interviewer: "I'm over the moon. Between our partners Hellfire Productions, Decodance Pool Lounge, our film crew guys NAAS Films, everything ran so incredibly smoothly. Inge was brilliant. The venue was brilliant. The audience was superb.
"We said when we announced this 'thing' that we're looking to change the game. It's not about hype and flashy lights – it's about the soul... about the story being told. Sean Ou Tim came up to me and said: 'I found out things I never knew about Inge – and I KNOW her!' That made me smile. That's what we're trying to get to."
Inge Beckmann herself also seemed very pleased with the evening, posting to Facebook: "Thank you Rolling Stone team for inviting me to 'The Story'. It was unbelievably special." And later: "Last night's Rolling Stone event rocked my world."
Rolling Stone Editor-in-Chief Miles Keylock stood in the back of the room for most of the night, and Friday summed up the event on Facebook: "Rolling Stone - The Inge Beckmann Story: straight up, no chaser. A privilege to hear an artist sidestepping the hype and singing from her heart."
The taped segments of the show are scheduled for web release in the course of next week.