Kiwi blues legend Darren Watson is coming to Christchurch for one solo show. There are no ticket sales for this event. Entry is by koha with all proceeds going to KidsCan, an organisation Darren supports.
Darren Watson gained New Zealand-wide fame in the late eighties as the principal songwriter and front-man for rhythm n’ blues outfit Chicago Smoke Shop. The group of blues-mad Hutt Valley teenagers made two albums, had several bona-fide radio hits, and with a few years of hard touring won a secure place in the hearts of Kiwi music fans. Before they imploded Smoke Shop earned multiple NZ Music Award nominations, and shared stages on NZ tours with international artists like Koko Taylor, The Robert Cray Band, George Thorogood, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Since leaving Smoke Shop in the early 90's Watson has cemented his reputation as the nation's most original, contemporary blues voice. He's released six blues-based albums including 2002's King Size (which was nominated for a NZ Music Award), 2005's South Pacific Soul, 2010's internationally acclaimed Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy, Introducing Darren Watson from 2014, and Too Many Millionaires in 2018.
KidsCan strives to be the conduit for individuals, community, business and government to co-operate in providing food, clothing and basic health care in schools to enable disadvantaged New Zealand children to reach their full potential.
For more information visit KidsCan website.