Monday, June 26, 2017

GIG GUIDE : Thursday 22 June to Wednesday 28 June 2017

Baretta: Friday 4pm – Nick Lee; 7.30pm – Cornersound duo; 10.30pm – DJ Mike Jonez. Saturday 9pm – DJ Double Header feat. Infared & Dox.
Becks Southern Alehouse: Saturday 9.30pm – Six Left Standing.
Bills Bar & Bistro: Thursday & Sunday 6pm – Mickey Rat Karaoke.
Bishop Brothers Public House: Sunday 3pm – Eddie Simon.
The Black Horse Hotel: Saturday – Luke Karaoke.
Blue Smoke: Friday 8.30pm – Tiny Ruins ‘NZ Winter Tour’, tickets $25+bf@utr.
Brougham St Super Liquor: Saturday 8pm – Jenlin’s Karaoke.
Carlton: Thursday 9pm – Smoke & Mirrors. Friday 10pm – Assembly Required. Saturday 10.30pm – Flat City Brotherhood. Sunday 4pm – Great Carlton Quiz. Monday 5pm – Nick Lee. Tuesday 6pm – Open Mic Night. Wednesday 8.30pm – Topia duo.
Casa Publica: Friday 9pm – DJ Maestro B. Saturday 9pm – DJ Dwight Caldwell.
Christchurch Casino: Friday 7pm – Live music; 10.15pm – Marcel. Saturday 4.30pm – Nyree; 9.15pm – Easy Come, Easy Go. Sunday 5.30pm – Lonesome Sue.
Christchurch Folk Music Club, IRISH SOCIETY HALL: Sunday 7.30pm – Tribute Evening featuring the music of James Taylor performed by local talent, $8 members/$12 non.
The Claddagh IRISH PUB, FERRYMEAD: Thursday – Open mic. Saturday – Live music.
Coasters Tavern: Saturday 8.30pm – Rockabella. Sunday 5pm – Hot Gossip.
darkroom: Thursday – Neil Macleod. Friday – Irie Sessions #14. Saturday – Sanctuary presents: Oh My Goth.
Dux Central: Friday 5pm – Emerson; 9pm – Big Rig. Saturday 2pm – Kitchen Collective; 9pm – Get Set. Sunday 2pm – Jazz Session.
Empire Bar & Izakaya: Thursday 9pm – DJ Oh One Eight. Friday 10pm – DJ Vlad. Saturday 10pm – DJ Phase. Sunday 10pm – DJ Spinal.
Finnegans Irish Bar, Prebbleton Tavern: Friday – Trad Jam Session.
GBC (GARDEN BAR CAFE): Friday 6pm – Sima & Vaeio.
Hornby Working Men’s Club & MSA Inc: Friday 8pm – Madsen Promotions presents Superstar Show starring Paul Madsen and Band feat. Johnny Cash Tribute performed by Stuart Clarke, tickets $20. Saturday 4.30pm – Eddie Simon; 8pm – Ian Mac. Sunday 1.30pm – Annette’s Heart of the Country, $6 entry.
Horncastle Arena: Tickets @ticketek.
Isaac Theatre Royal: Wednesday 7.30pm – Black Grace: As Night Falls. Tickets @ticketek.
Janes Bar: Saturday – Live music. Sunday – Live blues. Wednesday – Open Mic Night.
Mackenzies Bar: Friday – 12 Gauge. Saturday – Nossitap. Wednesday – Karaoke.
Mak Taven: Friday 9pm – DV8. Saturday 9pm – Mammoth. Sunday 3pm – Assembly Required.
Micky Finns: Thursday 8pm – Flat City Brotherhood.
New City Hotel: Saturday 9pm – Hussle Vangle plus Megahertz.
Oak N Ferry, WOOLSTON: Friday – I Alone. Saturday – Chris Grey.
Operatunity Daytime Concerts and Travel, LA VIDA CENTRE: Wednesday 11am – It’s Raining Men feat. Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua, Rutene Spooner, Rory Nolan, Cameron Barclay, entry fee.
Pegasus Arms: Friday 7.30pm – Flat City Brotherhood.
Pierside Cafe and Bar: Friday 9pm – Karaoke with Sharkey. Saturday 9pm – Shiver.
Richmond Working Men’s Club & M.S.A: Friday 7pm – Andy Page. Sunday 3pm – I Alone.
The Rock Rolleston: Saturday 9.15pm – Blue Grove.
Rockstar Pizza and Drink Parlour: Thursday 9pm – Live music. Friday 10pm – Live music. Saturday 10pm – Live music. Sunday 8pm – Live music.
St Albans Shirley Club: Friday 7pm – Ian Mac.
Stock Xchange BAR, SHIRLEY: Friday 7pm – Sign of the Firebird.
Sullivans Irish Pub: Thursday 7.30pm – Boiling Billy. Friday 9pm – The Shameless Few. Saturday 9pm – HeadRush. Tuesday 7.30pm – Topia. Wednesday 7.30pm – Willie McArthur.
Temp’s Bar: Friday 8.30pm – No Secrets. Saturday 8.30pm – Live music. Tuesday 7pm – Jam Session (gear provided).
Thai Chef’s Restaurant Christchurch, SUKHU TIGER: Thursday to Wednesday 9pm – Resident DJ & Karaoke.
The Bog Irish Bar, Christchurch: Thursday 10pm – Stout duo. Friday 5pm – Diego Hariswara; 11pm – Black Velvet. Saturday 11pm – Corner Sounds. Sunday 5.30pm – Ian Costello & friends Sunday Session. Monday – The Jameson Band. Wednesday 8pm – Open Mic Night.
The Craic Irish Bar: Thursday – Willie McArthur. Friday – Eddie Simon. Saturday – The Shameless Few. Wednesday – Karaoke with DJ Chick.
The Cuban: Thursday 9pm – Topia. Friday 9pm – Antony Pickard. Saturday 10pm – Latin Party.
The Fitz Sports Bar: Friday – Super Freak. Saturday – The King & I.
The Miller Bar: Friday 9pm – Reckless duo. Saturday 9.30pm – Old Skool. Wednesday 8pm – Karaoke with Lance.
The Wave Bar: Thursday 8.30pm – Karaoke. Friday 8.30pm – DJ.
Trevinos Restaurant & Bar: Friday – Nyree. Saturday – Reckless duo.
The Twisted Hop Pub: Friday 7.30pm – Lloyd & Doublet.
Woolston Club Inc.: Saturday 7.30pm – Lino.
Wunderbar Lyttelton: Tuesday 7pm – Open mic.


MULTI-talented New Zealand based singer, songwriter, guitarist and vocal coach, Stuart Clarke headlines alongside well respected entertainer Paul Madsen in a Superstar Show at the Hornby WMC in June.
Presented by Madsen Promotions, the Superstar Show features Paul performing tributes to the BeeGees, Eagles, Queen and Neil Diamond with Stuart completing the lineup with Johnny Cash classics.
Stuart has been involved in the New Zealand music scene for more than 20 years. During this time public performances have included Auckland’s Christmas in the Park (TV3), Tauranga Jazz Festival, Clevedon Jazz Festival, Auckland Sky City Casino, and Rhythm and Vines, to name a few. He has shared the stage with many national and international acts such as Trinity Roots, The Black Seeds, Hollie Smith, John Butler Trio, and Donovan Frankenwreiter. He has been nominated for a B-Net Music Award, as well as recording collaborations released on Warners Music.
Blessed with a wonderfully rich bass-baritone voice comparable to Johnny Cash, Stuart performs the music of Johnny Cash to perfection.
The Superstar Show takes place at the Hornby WMC on Friday 23 June 2017. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets $20 on sale at the club office, Carmen Rd, phone 349 9026.

HOBNAIL'S NEW RELEASE - Sunday 20th August

Wellington’s acclaimed HOBNAIL Band has released its 7th album, ‘Blue Sky Songs’ and is touring the country to promote the album’s sensational fresh material, appearing on Sunday August 20th at the Christchurch Folk Club. HOBNAIL has won considerable acclaim over their 23 year career. Having headlined everywhere from Canada to Norfolk Island, from Oamaru to Auckland, and racked up multiple New Zealand Music Awards nominations in the process. ‘Blue Sky Songs’ is described as “mature, complex, occasionally fiery, but with great depth and power.  Their musical craft is clearly on display with thoughtful lyrics and soaring melodies, and a feel good vibe coming from their unique blend of folk and celtic, country and rock.”

CONCERT REVIEW - QUEEN: IT'S A KIND OF MAGIC, Horncastle Arena, Thursday 1st June 2017

‘IT’S A Kind of Magic’ with Giles Taylor channeling Freddie at the helm ‘rocked’ the Horncastle Arena tonight.
An enthusiastic crowd greeted the international Queen tribute act that is currently touring the country.
Giles is an exemplary performer. Exuberant and oozing charisma, he completely won the audience over within opening numbers.
Giles has Freddie mannerisms and look off to a tee. Proficient on vocals and piano, it’s no wonder Freddie Mercury’s personal assistant and biographer Peter Freestone has endorsed this show.
A dynamo of energy taking full command of the stage and fearlessly invading the audience to interact up close with fans.
But Queen isn’t all about Freddie – it’s the guitar wizardry of Brian May built on the strong foundation of John Deacon (bass) and Roger Taylor (drums). It’s A Kind of Magic delivered. The band was tight and played flawlessly. Ritchie Baker as Brian nailed it.
The total tribute package is impressive. Great sound, costumes, choreography, lights and use of multi-media.

Reviewed by Jo-Anne Fuller

CONCERT REVIEW - Take Me Home: The Music & Life of John Denver, Isaac Theatre Royal, Tuesday 6th June 2017

OVER the past month Take Me Home : The Music & Life of John Denver starring Dunedin’s Bevan Gardiner has played an astounding 25 shows across 20 centres throughout New Zealand, concluding at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch last night.
It’s 20 years this year since John Denver died in a tragic air accident, aged 53 – and judging by last night’s packed audience, his music has not waned in popularity.
Presented in a nicely constructed tribute show incorporating live performances of JD classics with archival film footage, Bevan and band presented a beautiful tribute to the icon.
Adept on guitar with an uncanny vocal likeness to JD, Bevan gave a faultless performance that was enhanced by regular singing partner, Georgie Daniell.
Directed by Vancouver’s Davey Walker on keyboards, a highly proficient band made up of Sydney based Darryl Walker (bass) and Glen Bain (lead guitar), along with Christchurch’s own Allan Cattermole (drums), provided impeccable backing and harmonious vocals.
A must-see for any John Denver fan.

Reviewed by Jo-Anne Fuller