This Sunday Special will be all about the groove and all about the show.
The Jive Kiwis are three astounding local musicians who together bring an unstoppable groove, steeped in funk, r&b and soul from the ’60s and ’70s, this exciting band features the talents of Dayle Jellyman on organ, Thomas Friggens on drums and Chris Armour on guitar.
“Stonking Funk, Soul, R&B and Boogaloo originals plus Booker T & The MG's, The Meters and more!”
Just try to sit still once these guys start it up.
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band will then bring their ‘show’ of high energy, cheek and vocal strength. Laura celebrates her band and giving them licence to shine and shine they do, Wayne Mason, of course also known for being one of our much-loved singer-songwriters, here is the master of boogie ‘burning it up’ on the keys and adding his iconic voice to the vocal mix. Think Fats Domino, think Dr John, think Professor Longhair and you’ll be in the right honky-tonk.
John O’Connor will be ‘eating it up’ on lead guitar, never self-indulgent – just soulful and astonishing. He’s played with everyone along the way, from BB King to Kiri Te Kanawa.
The rhythm section brings a warm acoustic volume with George Barris on tasty upright bass and Peter Cogswell on the ‘back porch’ drums proving that you don’t need to be loud to groove.
The lads offer four-part vocal harmony to Laura’s lead, combining often for a lush gospel-blues sound.
Expect to hear a little Francine Reed, Catherine Russell, Fats Domino, Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, some of Laura’s own and others she can put her stamp on, all with their roots in the blues.
This band are dynamic, masterful and all about entertainment. A combination of ‘old hands’ who have been making music a long time, absolutely revelling in the playing.
A Sunday Special on the menu to warm up your Winter with a whole lot of groove, heart and entertainment. We’ll have cabaret-style seating, please come early to sit with a group.