Coming Events

Looking For Alaska vs Albi and the Wolves

Dates: Friday 18 August

Two of NZ's hottest folk acts are teaming up for a mini tour of the North Island!

For one weekend only, Looking For Alaska NZ and Albi and The Wolves will be piling into a van and heading to Gisborne, Hastings and Rotorua to take to the stage for battle! Armed only with a guitar, a fiddle and an upright bass, Albi & The Wolves' high energy blend of swing, bluegrass, soul, r&b, rock and world music will be sure to get everyone's toes tapping. But Looking For Alaska are ready to meet the challenge, and get the audience on their feet with their thigh-slapping, foot-stomping folk sing-alongs before bringing them to their knees with their poignant heart-rending ballads. Who will win over the audience?? You'll just have to come along and find out...

Performing at Gisborne's beautiful Dome Bar and Cinema, doors open at 7:30 with music starting at 8. Presale tickets are $15, with limited door sales available for $20 on the night. Presales available online from Eventfinda and at the Aviary, Poverty Bay Club.

Ben Salter

Dates: Fri 15 Sept

Get your presales $15 from Aviary to ensure you don't miss out - limited numbers!
$15 door sales on the night if it's not sold out.

Acclaimed Australian songwriter & performer Ben Salter is returning to Aotearoa in September to promote his third solo album "Back Yourself". He will be performing at Dome Bar and Cinema in Gisbourne on Friday the 15th of September. Salter's unique brand of esoteric existential antipodean indie folk, coupled with his remarkable voice, make for an unforgettable live experience.

Ben Salter is one of Australia’s most highly regarded performers and songwriters. As well as being a founding member of Giants of Science, The Gin Club and the three-time ARIA-nominated Wilson Pickers, he is an accomplished artist in his own right. His debut solo album The Cat (2011) and follow up The Stars My Destination (2015) established his penchant for eclectic, esoteric arrangements and sounds that take in elements of folk, rock, pop, jazz, country and beyond, whilst maintaining a coherence and inimitable melodic style.

Salter has collaborated, written and performed with artists as diverse as Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Tim Rogers (You Am I, The Temperance Union), Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger), Gareth Liddiard (The Drones) and Marlon Williams, to name a few. He has toured with acts including Cat Power, J Mascis, Gareth Liddiard, Counting Crows, Marlon Williams and most recently Built To Spill.

Since the release of The Cat, Salter has toured relentlessly both across Australia, throughout Europe, and most recently to Japan and New Zealand. His third album, Back Yourself, is due for release through ABC Music in September 2017.

Big Daddy Wilson

Dates: Sunday 29 Oct

Tickets $30 eventfinda.co.nz or $35 on the door.

Oh yes it's Big Daddy Wilson here on his 2017 tour traveling with his band hot from USA and Europe! He is playing the Dome Room on a Bluesy Sunday afternoon.

Big Daddy and the band will be playing material from the new album 'Neckbone Stew' mmm mmm! Released in 2017 on Ruf Records, Neckbone Stew is the latest twist in a fascinating life story. “For me,” he says, “it sits on top. The latest is always the greatest. I was in the mood, like John L. Hooker said.” If Neck Bone Stew brings together a variety of genres, then it also unites a dream-team of musicians who helped these 13 songs soar. Led by the multi-instrumental talents of Wilson himself on vocals, guitar and percussion, long-standing Trio members Cesare Nolli (guitar) and Paolo Legramandi (bass) brought fire and flair to sessions at Italy’s Fire Place Room. “These guys are just incredible musicians and great to work with,” reflects the bandleader. “I have some special guests, too. The phenomenal Ruthie Foster. Mr. Staffan Astner. One of my blues heroes, the great Eric Bibb. And this CD is produced by the Goosebumps Brothers. As for the songs, they run the gamut. There’s the rolling acoustic blues of Cross Creek Road. The exuberant brass lines, wah guitar and bad-luck lyric of 7 Years. The melancholy clipped chords of Damn If I Do, with its depiction of a lover brought his knees (“You got your hooks so deep in my heart/You got me crawlin’, but still you won’t stop”). The album’s musical variety, meanwhile, is exemplified by the magical moment when the title track switches from an aching slide-blues into a reggae strut, with lyrics describing a lover who “got them big old hips, look just like two battleships”. Wilson is equally adept on the sun kissed balladry of I Just Need A Smile, which pairs lush chords with a lyric that implores us to ditch our gadgets and reengage with our humanity. “It’s all about life,” decides the bandleader of the album’s subject matter. “But there are two things you need in a good blues CD – a woman and some food.”

Doors open 2.30pm, Big Daddy from 3pm.

POVERTY BAY BLUES NIGHT

Dates: First Tuesday of the month

The best in live music!

Come down on the first Tuesday of the month for the best selection of local music at the Poverty Bay Blues Night. Each month sees a new line-up of musicians giving us a taste of what they've got.

Doors open at 7pm, bands start 8pm. Just $5 on the door