Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Wailers @ The Powerstation : 30 Mar 2016


The Wailers

Bluesfest Touring is wrapped to present one of the most significant bands touring the world today: The Wailers. Their prodigious mission, led by legendary Aston “Family Man” Barrett, is to uphold the legacy of Reggae prophet Bob Marley.

Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide, notching up over 20 chart hits, including 7 Top 10 entries. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have performed for an estimated 24 million people worldwide and performed with other greats such as Sting, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Peter Tosh & Jason Mraz.

This is the line-up that pioneered roots rock reggae. Under Family Man’s musical leadership, they partnered with Bob Marley on the succession of hit singles and albums that made him a global icon, winner of several Lifetime Achievement awards, and Jamaica’s best-loved musical superstar. Family Man Barrett was Bob Marley’s right-hand man, co-writer, band leader, and responsible for finishing and releasing Marley’s posthumous release ‘Confrontation’.

For millions of people the heartbeat of Reggae remains the songs of Bob Marley and the Wailers. The anchor of the band is Aston “Family Man” Barrett, who in addition to being Marley’s most trusted lieutenant, played on countless other classic reggae hits throughout the seventies. The authenticity he brings to the Wailers’ sound is indisputable and yet today’s line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from one of Jamaica’s most exciting new singers in Dwayne Anglin.

The Wailers will be performing four massive, unique shows, playing a different album out of Exodus, Survival, Uprising & Legend, in its entirety as well as their greatest hits including  ‘No Woman, No Cry’, ‘Redemption Song’, ‘Is this Love’, and more at each show. That’s right – every show will be different show each time!

New Zealand will be jumping when this legendary troupe take to the stage!

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Tweedy @ The Powerstation : 27 Mar 2016


Tweedy, made up of Wilco founding member and leader Jeff Tweedy and his eighteen year old son and drummer Spencer Tweedy, will perform their first ever show in New Zealand Easter 2016.

The band comprised of Jeff & Spencer Tweedy (The Blisters, Mavis Staples) on drums, features Jim Elkington (The Horse’s Ha, Eleventh Dream Day) on additional guitars, Darin Grey (On Fillmore, Brise-Glace) on bass and Liam Cunningham (Marrow) on keyboards, will be performing songs from theTweedy, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo and Jeff Tweedy solo catalogues.

Regarded as one of contemporary music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performersJeff Tweedy started Wilco on 1994. The band have recorded nine remarkable albums and collaborated with Billy Bragg to bring to life three albums full of Woody Guthrie penned lyrics in the milestoneMermaid Avenue album series.

TWEEDY – The father/son duo’s debut album titled Sukierae (sue-key-ray), features 20 new Jeff Tweedy-written songs, was met with universal praise with Rolling Stone announcing “Sukierae – the first such outing by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, serves mostly to confirm what we already know: Pop Tweedy is one of the most emotionally fluent American songwriters around. It all adds up to another tour de force from a guy who’s made a few” and The Music “It remains a Tweedy Snr affair in both scope and composition, and proves a fascinating foray into hitherto uncharted waters.”

Jeff Tweedy is not regarded as one of music’s most influential Artist’s by mistake or accident.

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Brian Wilson @ The Civic : 26 Mar 2016

Brian-Wilson-_BW438x242Legendary musician Brian Wilson, co-founder of The Beach Boys and the architect of the Californian sound, is coming to New Zealand to perform the resounding masterpiece Pet Sounds live. The seminal album includes the hits; ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, ‘Sloop John B’, and ‘God Only Knows’ and the show will include many of his other greatest hits.

Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds is a rare, unforgettable live music experience spanning 2 Parts: Act 1: Pet Sounds and Act 2: His Greatest Hits and will feature his incredible band including original Beach Boys member Al Jardine and long-term member Blondie Chaplin.
Pet Sounds – the ground-breaking psychedelic Rock album,  declared by Rolling Stone as the 2nd Greatest Album of All Time (second only to The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club) – is the album that turned the industry on its head, broke all the rules and changed Rock’n’Roll history, influencing greats including The Beatles, The Who, Radiohead, Elton John, and REM.
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Eagles of Death Metal @ The Powerstation : 22 Mar 2016

eodm_poster_blankBalls-out, ass-shakin’, soul scratchin’, boot scootin’, neck lickin’, freewheeling just-for-the-hell-of-it raw, sleazy, dirty, sexy, groovy, good time, joyful, smile on your face pure unadulterated, psychedelic, blues and Rock. And. Glorious. Roll.

Eagles Of Death Metal was formed in 1998 in Palm Desert, California by best friends Jesse Hughes and Joshua Homme (who also founded Queens Of The Stone Age). EODMhave just released their fourth album Zipper Down, their first new studio release since 2008.

“The new album Zipper Down really represents to me an attitude and philosophy of life,” says Hughes. “One should not zipper up, they should zipper down and let it all hang out.”

Despite their band name, EODM (Eagles Of Death Metal) is not a death metal band. The story goes that a friend was introducing Joshua Homme to the death metal genre, and Homme wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death metal band would sound like. With that EODM was born and has never looked back, flying ever upwards and hell bent on good times. The band released Peace Love Death Metal in 2004, followed by Death By Sexy in 2006, and Heart On in 2008.

EODM are known and loved by fans for simultaneously owning and mocking the overtly stylised image of Rockstars, all the while (Homme) describes their sound as a combination of “bluegrass slide guitar mixed with stripper drum beats and Canned Heat vocals”.

This will be EODM’s first Auckland headline show since they tore the roof off the St James in 2007. Joining front man and guitarist Jesse Hughes on the road on guitars is Eden Galindo and Dave Catching, Matt McJunkins on bass and Julian Dorio on drums.

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Auckland International Cultural Festival @ Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall : 20 Mar 2016

Auckland International Cultural Festival

The Auckland International Cultural Festival returns to Mt Roskill for its 16th year. With more than 55 cultures represented, this event has something for everyone.

It’s a free one-day event featuring a fantastic mix of colour, sights, smells and sounds from around the world. The stages will be packed with international music and dance performances; check out the sports zones and also, for families, there is an interactive kids zone.

Visitors can experience a world of culinary delights, with Argentinean empanadas, Ethiopian coffee and Japanese castella just some of the features on the festival menu. Enjoy international music and dance performances, and discover the arts of Indonesia, France, Thailand and Africa in the festival’s four ‘cultural zones.’

Practice your kicking accuracy on the FIFA u20 kick wall, have a go at Gaelic football, kabaddi, softball or curling in the interactive sports zones, then sit back and enjoy the Cultural Football Tournament.

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