Tickets available now at Tauranga Citz Club reception, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd.
The Mike Garner Band
Tauranga blues artist, Mike Garner, brings his band to The Entertainers Club for an evening of authentically styled post-war blues. The band features local, in-demand guitarist, Trevor Braunias who began his career as a blues player, and brings the stylings of Peter Green and early Fleetwood Mac to the show. On upright bass, Stewart Lawrence from Te Kauwhata, has worked with the Whangarei Big Band, and for many years with the Joe Carbery Swingtet. He has also been Mike's bass player of choice for nearly 20 years. On drums, long-time associate Warren Houston, from Rotorua, has toured with Mike in Australia, New Caledonia and Nepal, as well as recording on most of Mike's albums for more than two decades.
Mike's 2020 CD, "Don't Mind The Rain", was recorded in Japan and New Zealand, and released by BSMF Records in Osaka, Japan. The title track has received airplay in Japan, featuring two of the country's most experienced blues performers.
"Without a doubt, Mike Garner is one of the best known and most popular blues musicians in New Zealand. A singer with an evocative voice, he also performs acoustic and electric guitar, slide, resonator guitar, bass, mandolin and harmonica."
Vincente Zumel; Hora Del Blues, Barcelona, October 2020
"Why A Woman Gets The Blues" shows that Mike Garner is a very talented musician. It is a collection of songs, all played with aplomb, regardless of whether delivered solo (guitar/harp) or with the band. The UK's loss has definitely been NZ's gain! Rating 8."
Gordon Baxter, Blues in Britain
"This is an inviting album that will surely make you look forward to hearing more work by the man. Mike Garner is a fascinating artist that you absolutely must discover."
Rootstime - Belgi