Monthly Archives: March 2015

Gary Clark Jr. @ The Powerstation : 31 Mar 2015

gcj_a3_poster_march_2015He’s been dubbed “The New Hendrix” and  ”The Chosen One”.

Buddy Guy claims, “He’s as good as it gets” while Eric Clapton has gushed…”You make me want to play again”.

They’re all talking about Gary Clark, Jr., the 30-year guitar slinger from Austin, Texas who was named “Best Young Gun” by Rolling Stone magazine in 2011.

With the release of his major-label debut album, Blak And Blu, in 2012 and a live album in 2014, the accolades have been piling up…a Grammy Award, guest spots with The Rolling Stones, even a performance at The White House.

A listen to Gary Clark’s live album reveals an artist who hasn’t forgotten where he comes from.  There are songs from blues heroes such as Albert Collins, BB King and Muddy Waters and performances that have been described as “wild, impassioned and often elegantly graceful”.

Clark grew up in Austin, Texas…the self-described “Live Music Capitol Of The World”.  He was jamming at the legendary Antone’s Blues Club with the likes of Jimmie Vaughan, brother of Stevie, while still a teenager. The good folks in Austin recognize a musical talent when they see it, declaring May 3, 2001, “Gary Clark, Jr Day”, when Clark, himself, was only 17 years old.

But there’s more to Gary Clark, Jr than old blues licks. His album, Blak And Blu combines elements of hard rock, funk, soul and hip-hop. Some blues purists objected, but music fans rejoiced, anointing him, “The past and the future of the blues”.

Since then, the soft-spoken guitarist has been traveling the world, spreading the news. His set at Glastonbury in 2013 was hailed as “the most electric performance of the festival”.

New Zealand fans got the opportunity to witness his prowess when he opened for The Red Hot Chili Peppers in January 2013, delivering a short, but searing set. Ever the music fan, Clark was spotted at Auckland’s Powerstation later in the evening, taking in a show by Alabama Shakes.

More recently, Clark appeared on Dave Grohl’s acclaimed Sonic Highways series, sitting in with The Foo Fighters when they came to Austin.

In his 30 years Gary Clark, Jr has accomplished an awful lot, but as anyone who has experienced his playing first-hand will tell you, there’s a lot more to come.

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The Waterboys @ ASB Theatre : 31 Mar 2015

The Waterboys

 

The Waterboys return for their second-ever Australia/New Zealand tour, and will head to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland, with tickets for all shows going on sale at 10am next Friday, January 30.

“People should expect the unexpected from The Waterboys,” says Mike Scott. It’s a mission statement which has inspired three decades of compelling musical shape-shifting, and one which yields thrilling results on The Waterboys’ latest album, Modern Blues. Applauded with a 4-star review by Rolling Stone, Modern Blues is released today (through Kobalt).

A freewheeling rock and roll record with a southern soul edge, Modern Blues was recorded in Nashville by a line-up including Muscle Shoals legend David Hood on bass, Austin guitar-slinger Zach Ernst and Memphis keyboard wizard Brother Paul, all of whom play in the 2015 touring line-up of the band. They join Mike Scott, Irish electric fiddle great Steve Wickham and ace drummer Ralph Salmins at a time when the relevance and popular reach of The Waterboys has never been greater.

In 2013 Ellie Goulding scored a top 3 UK hit with their “How Long Will I Love You” and in 2014 Prince performed “The Whole of the Moon”, while Waterboys songs have featured big in recent movies About Time, Dom Hemingway and What We Did On Our Holiday.

Modern Blues blows in on the back of the creative momentum built up by The Waterboys over the past few years. The band were at their potent, poetic best on An Appointment with Mr Yeats, the 2010-2012 album and tour of W.B. Yeats poems set to rapturous rock music that was widely acclaimed as a career peak. That was followed in 2013 by Fisherman’s Box, an astonishing six-disc collation of The Waterboys’ epic Irish sessions between 1986 and 1988, released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Fisherman’s Blues.

Now with the Modern Blues album and tour the Waterboys crash thrillingly back into the present with a new sound, a new line-up and, as always, the promise of the unexpected.

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St Heliers Sandcastle Competition @ St Heliers Beach : 29 Mar 2015

SandcastleSt Heliers Sandcastle Competition 2015.

Enjoy a day of fun and entertainment for the whole family while creating your sandcastle masterpiece! With lots of great prizes up for grabs come and join the festivities. Get your friends, family or colleagues together in a team and fill in your entry form – be quick though places are limited.

Located right on the beach front at St Heliers come and enjoy all the Village has to offer plus so much more on the day. Don’t miss what promises to be a fantastic day.

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Auckland International Cultural Festival @ War Memorial Park : 29 Mar 2015

aucklandinternationalculturalfestival442Showcasing Auckland’s diversity, Auckland International Cultural Festival is back for its 16th year!

Renowned for the wide range of food from around the world, this event has something for all the family to enjoy.

Enjoy our numerous stages featuring international music and dance performances, taste exotic food from our food stalls or find something special at the craft stalls.

As well as entertainment and stalls, there will also be interactive kids and sports zones with plenty of have-a-go activities.

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Michael Franti & Spearhead @ The Powerstation : 29 Mar 2015

franti1_copy_0There are some great live artists in the world whose performances really stamp themselves on your memory and they don’t get much more memorable than Michael Franti & Spearhead.

One of the most positive and conscious artists in music today, Michael Franti’s musical journey started with his punk and hip-hop beginnings in his bands ‘Beatings’ and ‘The Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy’ (who toured with U2 and Public Enemy).  Although Franti’s sound has changed over time, he aims to make music that will stay relevant.

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and philanthropist, Franti knows all about the power of music.  Along with his band Spearhead, they have earned a reputation for creating a communal spirit with their extraordinary live shows and their festival performances over the years have been no exception.  The founder of the nonprofit wish-granting network ‘Do It For The Love Foundation’  brings pleasure to many by gifting people living with advanced stages of life-threatening illnesses, live concert moments and ‘meet & greet’ encounters.

Don’t miss another uplifting, soulful experience courtesy of Michael Franti & Spearhead in 2015!

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