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      Feb 2018

      Sunday Afternoon Music In Government Gardens

      Music at the Band Rotunda celebrates 10 years of showcasing local talent when the series returns this Sunday (4 February 2018). Locals and visitors are invited to relax in Government Gardens over the next seven Sunday afternoons (1pm-3pm) and enjoy a diverse range of performances. The programme features local musicians and groups showcasing blues, country, opera, ukulele, show tunes, and rock’n’roll along with symphonic, pipe and brass bands and much more. - 4 February – Simply Random & Rhinestone Mining Co. - 11 February – BOP Blues Club & Sunrise Rockers - 18 February – Art in the Park (10am – 4pm www.artsvillage.org.nz) - 25 February – Rotorua Symphonic Band & Keith, Lyndsay and Friends - 4 March – The Thermaleles & Rotorua Pipe Band - 11 March – Finely Tuned & Off Broadway - 18 March – Rotorua Brass Band & Edward Brothers Julie Parsons from Rotorua ukulele band The Thermaleles has been involved with Music at the Band Rotunda for eight years and loves it. “It is a wonderful opportunity for the Rotorua community to come and relax in beautiful surroundings and hear great local musicians” says Parsons. Guests should bring along their own seating or picnic rug and lay back to enjoy the show. Organiser and Rotorua Lakes Council Public Art Advisor, Marc Spijkerbosch, has enjoyed watching this annual event grow over the last 10 years. “Many regulars arrive early to secure their special spot and bring along picnics and deck chairs. It is fantastic to be able to showcase some of our passionate local talent in these free performances”, says Spijkerbosch. Music at the Band Rotunda is brought to you by Creative Rotorua and Rotorua Lakes Council with support from Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust.


      Feb 2018

      Rotorua Ukebox - Ukulele Open Mic Sessions

      Come and enjoy the sound of ukulele hosted by Rotorua Museum in the Te Runanga Tea House. Open to both players and non-players alike, UkeBox is a forum for all who enjoy ukulele and music. Rotorua’s own ukulele group, the Thermaleles, will lead a community sing/play along and an open mic session for anyone who would like to perform. There will be hands-on learning opportunities and the Thermaleles will perform 2 or 3 of their own original songs. Requests for material to be covered or songsheets to be used during UkeBox, should be emailed to Julie.parsons@rotorualc.nz or posted to Rotorua UkeBox Facebook page. Participation and watching UkeBox performances in Te Runanga Tea House is free of charge, although UkeBox will be asking for a gold coin donation to assist with administration costs. The Thermaleles. Photo by Natascha Hartzuiker.

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      Feb 2018

      Murray Clark

      If asked to describe the kind of music I do and play, I describe myself as a “hummer and a strummer”. I love singing and I’m into interesting voices and songs sung with passion and intensity. So, the songs I like to sing have to stand up musically, lyrically and have a strong story line. The songs I write hopefully reflect that. I grew up in a fairly pop-oriented period of time so some of the songs I cover and write reveal this and are about relating the music to life events. I have played most of the “ Music at the Rotunda” series of concerts since their inception. Provided music for the “Art in the Park” days most years. Organised and provided music for the Rotorua International Walking Festival since 2007 and played regularly at the Thursday Night Market since 2010.

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      Mar 2018

      Ponsonby Rd Jazz - Ben Wilcock

      Live at the Baby Grand Piano at Ponsonby Rd. The Dr John of Aotearoa (AKA one of New Zealand's finest session keys players, Ben Wilcock) will do his honky tonk thang so you can finish off the working week in style. In 2003 he was the pianist in Indian Ink’s The Pickle King, which toured New Zealand and Singapore and eventually went on to win a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He spent the next five years performing in the UK as a resident pianist in jazz clubs and hotels in London, gigging with Latin bands, blues bands, recording for BBC Radio 4 and then moving back to New Zealand in 2008, where he now teaches at the NZ School of Music. Since resettling in New Zealand Ben has performed with many of New Zealand’s finest artists including Bella Kalolo, Hollie Smith, Aaradnha, Rodger Fox, Colin Hemmingsen, The Royal NZ Airforce Central Jazz Band, John Rae, Tim Hopkins, Reuben Bradley and many more. He has also played and workshopped with top international jazz acts visiting New Zealand such as Bennie Maupin. Ben has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, City of London, Origins (London), AWME, Tauranga Jazz Festival, G Taranaki, New Zealand Festival, Sounds Aotearoa, Taranaki and Nelson Arts Festivals.

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      Mar 2018

      Dub Cymatics NZ Tour

      What isn't possible, when two multi-instrumental, one-man-bands combine? Brunswick Space Agency presents, for the first time in New Zealand, Dub Cymatics, fresh out of the Australasian melting pot and built upon utilising the potential of midi-synced live looping. Two independently touring loop musicians, Erinsphere (NZ) and Sid Berry (NSW) link pedals (think Tash Sultana and Ed Sheeran together) and then mix acoustic and electronic instruments (guitar, clarinet, keys, and trumpet) with drum samples and beatboxing to create everything from dubby reggae soundscapes to thumping live dance tracks. Inspired to create conscious atmospheres that are enjoyable and uplifting, in both lyrical and musical content, the contrast between Sid’s funky, progressive style and Erin's signature vocal harmonies and leads build dynamic. Springing from a love of Reggae, Dub and Roots music, through Hip Hop, Dance and into Drum and Bass, their sound is fresh and evolving, inspired by Australasian influences Shapeshifter, Salmonella Dub, Blue King Brown and The Upbeats, to name a few. With Melbourne based producer and DJ Kayboku (www.kayboku.com), and other feature artists onboard for what’s shaping up to be the biggest summer tour of New Zealand in 2018, these guys are already going places. There’s a brand new EP in the pipeline, and 2018 will also see the duo hit the northern hemisphere. Shows will be everything from soulful, passionate jams featuring solo sets from both artists, to all-night dance parties featuring cutting edge, original productions and visual effects. Catch ‘em while you can, and let Dub Cymatics shape your soul and energise you with the best vibrations. For tour dates, their brand new single 'Truth', and other details, check the website or Facebook Page.


      Mar 2018

      Karoke Night

      Every Friday we have Karaoke Night starts from 8pm till late. Come and sing along your favorite song with your friends and family. we run courtesy Van for pick up and drop offs for small donation. Wide range of beverages and food available all time. We telecast major sporting events live on big screen. We have Full TAB and gaming machines available your entertainment. Place bets on horses and dogs and watch live on Two Track Side Channels while you enjoys your night out.