Monthly Archives: March 2014

Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards @ The Powerstation : 29 Mar 2014

Bobby KeysThis is the man who has played on virtually every Stones album and tour since 1969, laying down immortal sax solos on tracks like Brown Sugar, Bitch and Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’. His influence reaches well beyond The Stones going back to his ripping sax break during Dion’s The Wanderer and continuing through classic recordings by Joe Cocker, Dr. John, Eric Clapton and all four Beatles.

John Lennon’s Whatever Gets You Thru The Night: that’s Bobby Keys… George Harrison’s What Is Life: that’s Bobby Keys… Warren Zevon’s Poor Poor Pitiful Me: that’s Bobby Keys… The Rolling Stones’ Happy: that’s Bobby Keys

With all of his time filled up playing with his friends, it’s a rare thing when Bobby Keys plays on his own…his 1972 album featured Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. So, New Zealand fans are in for a very special treat when Bobby Keys performs at Auckland’s Powerstation on Saturday 29th March.  Keys and his band The Suffering Bastards will put their own stamp on the songs that he has become such an important part of.

The Suffering Bastards features some of the best and most respected musicians in the world.  Dan Baird (The Georgia Satellites) on Guitar and vocals; Chark Kinsolving (Spoonful) on Guitar, Michael Webb (John Fogerty, Poco) on Piano and Hammond Organ, Robert Kearns (Lynyrd Skynyrd) on Bass and Brad Pemberton (The Cardinals) on Drums. Put simply – a stellar line up of musical legends you’ll seldom see any place else.

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Auckland International Cultural Festival @ War Memorial Park : 30 Mar 2014

Auckland International Cultural Festival 2014The Auckland International Cultural Festival is a free one-day event that is great for the whole whānau.

With approximately 100 food, craft and display stalls, four cultural zones and performers across four stages, this day is a fantastic mix of culture, colour, sights, smells and sounds.

The stages will be packed with international music and dance performances, interactive kids and sports zones, and the popular Cultural Football Festival returns

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Kodaline @ The Powerstation – 30 Mar 2014

KodalineHailing from Ireland, 2013 has been a big year for Kodaline, and it’s showing no sign of slowing down with the announcement today of their first ever New Zealand show at one of Auckland’s favourite venues The Powerstation, on Sunday 30th March prior to their national tour of Australia next year.

With 2013 being named as the return of the guitar band, Kodaline have timed their arrival perfectly.  A good job too, because the Irish four-piece haven’t got a plan b.  “There are no other ideas.  This is it”, says lead singer Steve Garrigan. “It may sound cliched but this is all we’ve ever wanted,” adds guitarist Mark Prendergast.

Steve and Mark, along with bassist Jay Boland and drummer Vinny May Jnr, have had an explosive start off the blocks.  Their debut track All I Want has sold over 100,000 copies in the UK.  Written by Steve about an ex who broke his heart, he explains, “I was with this girl for about two and a half years, who went away on holiday and said ‘we’ll talk about it when we get back’ and she came back with a boyfriend, so it was like ‘oh shit’, so I wrote about it.”

Most of the song’s success has been due to word of mouth from the video, a beauty and the beast melodrama directed by the upcoming Stevie Russell.  The song, coupled with the story of a modern day ‘monster’ (played by Russell himself) winning over a blonde colleague, has racked up over 1.5 million views online.  It was also handpicked for the Google Zeitgeist ad, which has been watched by an audience of 13 million, bringing with it a solid army of fans.

All I Want is part of their debut 11-song opus In A Perfect World, which they’ve spent the best part of the last year making, and is an album of honest, melodic, soulful and romantic songs.  The album has garnered massive success in their native Ireland, reaching Platinum certification and Gold certification in the UK. The album also features the track High Hopes that has been generating a massive response across Australian radio.

Influences are wide-ranging, from the likes of Radiohead, The Beatles and The Strokes to Thin Lizzy, Jackson Brown and Bruce Springsteen all having made their mark on the group.

The lads – most of the line-up have been playing together since they were 15 – garnered their thirst for music from playing in their bedrooms as teenagers in the small Irish town of Swords, before grafting hard on the local band circuit in Dublin.  Even though Steve is the main songwriter, they all play a part in the process.  “We all pitch in,” explains Jason.  “All the songs are about things that have happened to us.”   Being a band based on a history of friendship means their characteristics are instantly obtainable.  Although very different men, their bond is solid and music is king.

“Kodaline illustrate all the ingredients for greatness, with many a swooning chorus to invoke a thousand festival lighters held aloft.”
Clash Music (8/10 review of In A Perfect World)

“This is an accomplished and emotive statement of intent, cinematic in scope and able to raise goose bumps at will.”
CoS (3.5 star review of In A Perfect World)

“… starting small, with Garrigan tapping out the melody on electric piano, it churns into a cyclone of ringing guitar and uplifting chorus.”
The Guardian (4 star live review, London Scala, April 2013)

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Jurassic 5 @ The Powerstation – 26 Mar 2014

Jurassic 5The return of one of the world’s most loved hip-hop groups, Jurassic 5. Six years after the group broke up in 2007, what once seemed impossible has now happened: the Hip-hop group is back in action. The group stormed the stage at Coachella in April for their first show since reuniting, to massive praise. Having spent the majority of 2013 taking their new live show across the world, Jurassic 5 will be stopping in New Zealand in March 2014.

Forming back in 1993 and representing the city of LA, the six piece crew consisting of emcees Chali 2na, Mark 7even, Zaakir, Akil and DJs Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark, dropped their first single “Unified Rebelution” in 1995. The track was a different wave of hip-hop, more laid back in comparison to the other West Coast hip-hop, but still laced with bold lyricism. By bringing up everyday themes and refashioning hip-hop’s classic funk and soul roots, the group developed a unique signature sound that saw them release four successful albums, and 13 singles including the hip-hop bangers “Quality Control” and “What’s Golden”.

With their unique harmonies and dynamic stage presence, Jurassic 5 put on an amazing, high-energy live show “The highly anticipated reunion of the hip hop harmonisers was just as expected. Epic. All four original emcee’s were in full effect along with Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark”

Brig Newspaper Glasgow “Plenty of energy, plenty of hits, plenty of ability on show, and an all round abundance of performing excellence from the famous Jurassic 5 six-piece”

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