The days are getting longer and warmer; a stark reminder that summer is on its way. Therefore, now is the perfect time to book your end-of-year function at The Good Home Pegasus.
Located at 62 Pegasus Main Street, Pegasus, it is literally Pegasus’s home of culinary cravings for you and your nearest and dearest. Whether it be a small gathering of friends or a big corporate bash, there are spaces to suit between 10 and 150 people.
Experience The Good Home’s ‘Stella Artois Beer Garden’ and enjoy a pint of Belgium’s finest, or toast around the table in one of two spacious outdoor courtyards. Plus, with live music every weekend, the combination of quality eats and toe-tapping beats will make your function one to remember. Courtesy vans are also available for guests.
A Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) show is a toe-tapping banquet for the senses and it’s returning to a venue that befits the sumptuous performance.
The timely Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 tour will touch down at Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal on Saturday 19 October.
Scott Bradlee, founder of the Postmodern Jukebox legacy, has crafted a worldwide phenomenon with modern songs transformed into the style of classic genres, such as the razzamatazz of the roaring ’20s. “And here we are, entering the ‘20s again,” says singer Aubrey Logan.
Aubrey is one of the favourites in the revolving cast of dozens, featured in this spring’s Antipodean tour. It’s her first visit to New Zealand, but the fifth time for PMJ, “and I just can’t wait,” she says. The unique band has reached 3.5 million YouTube subscribers – Bad Blood and Benny and Jetts being among Aubrey’s claim to fame.
As well as a mellifluous voice and spine-tingling four-octave range, she plays a mean trombone. It’s not important to be impressive, she says. “I just want to inspire and move people and connect emotionally; that’s what counts.”
After being away from PMJ for two years, rocking it in jeans and leather jackets on her own solo album tours, Aubrey says, “I get to dress up!”
“PMJ really encourages us to go all out – sequins, costume changes and colour co-ordinating trios. I’m ready to wear some fancy dresses again and go back to the glam!”
Her voice is a genetic blessing, but Audrey says she still has to work at it. A natural at acting, she grew up in musical theatre. “I’m thankful of some of the boredom of being an only child. Being alone in my room with the door shut gave me the opportunity to practice and experiment with my voice, make weird sounds, listen to my parents’ CDs and try to emulate everyone I could.”
The Seattle-born, L.A-based 31-year-old has a phenomenal knack for scat singing – that funky, nonsensical jazz improv. She doesn’t deny it; she says they travel a lot, so performing and talking with fans can be hard on your voice and body.
“I say to the band after the shows, ‘guys, I can either have bad sleep or alcohol – pick one!’” she laughs. “I don’t have balance; I have an extreme life – so it’s all about prioritising.”
She has huge gratitude to Scott Bradlee for her success. PMJ is family to Aubrey. “We all have our own projects, but we have that bond to be able to lean on each other. “I’m always inspired by my peers’ talents. Each one of them, on every tour, has a superpower – there is no one that sounds like anyone else.
“Ariana Savalus is my best friend, even though we’ve nothing in common. I learn from her and she’s so freakin’ funny. And Casey Abrams is a free spirit. I’m an organised-to-a-fault Type A, but he’s taught me to enjoy music and my life.”
Audrey loves to connect, meet and be with the audience – the only reason for performing live, she points out. “I’m really looking forward to being back on the stage, as there’s nothing like a PMJ audience – they dress up like us, and even better!”
Some of the greatest musical talent of all time is hitting New Zealand’s shores this September – the perennial Fleetwood Mac!
The legendary band’s original members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie will take the stage at five concerts throughout the country this September. They will perform alongside newcomers Mike Campbell and New Zealand’s very own Neil Finn, who replaced vocalist, lead guitarist and key band member Lindsay Buckingham when he was axed from the band in early 2018.
The beloved group say they are thrilled to welcome the talents of the calibre of the two new additions to their cast, and will be performing all their popular classics, as well as a range of tracks from their historic musical catalogue.
Following a 50-show tour of the US, the band will perform shows in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne before crossing the ditch to rock Auckland’s Spark Arena on 12, 14, 16 and 19 September. They will then head south to perform their last show at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on September 21.
A pop rock band like no other, Fleetwood Mac’s enduring spirit has stood strong for more than five decades despite an unstable cast, and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Their best-selling album Rumours has shifted more than 40 million copies, making it one of the biggest-selling albums in history.
Tickets are still available but snap them up quick! Visit www.eventfinda.co.nz for tickets and more info.
I let Adam McGrath select the meeting point for our interview; there’s more than a bit of irony that the frontrunner for local band The Eastern sends me east! Upshot Coffee’s Heathcote location is much like Adam himself; real, authentic, perhaps a little rough around the edges, but that’s what makes them both so very good. Housed in a modified 20ft shipping container, Upshot Coffee shares its Bridle Path Road premises with a working farm and offers an impressive rural outlook.
It’s also Adam’s local when he’s in town, but he’s been on the road since last September, such is the muso life. Soon after we catch up he’s heading off to a sell-out show in Queenstown, then it’s back to Europe.
It’s a powerful story for someone who never expected to amount to much – “best case scenario, join the army or play rugby league” – and, while others speak of music as being their saviour, for Adam, it really was. “When I was a kid my dad did this thing where basically stolen things would end up in our house on their way to other places. So you’d always have an extra TV or something showing up and one day they put a stereo in my room.
“My dad gave me some records and showed me how to use it and I just fell in love with records. That was it for me man; there was really nothing else. I never thought I would play music or could play music; I just loved music.”
But it turns out he can play music; how else do you explain being able to live off music “for maybe 14 of the last 15 years, maybe even a bit longer”. “I basically decided a long time ago that I just wasn’t going to do anything else, no matter what, and just see what would happen,” Adam explains. “But every day I wake up and still don’t have to go to a day job, so that’s a good thing.”
He’s thankful for the worlds music has opened up to him – both literally and figuratively. He’s thankful too that the band has helped him build a family; “most specifically Jess, Shanks, Jono, Hopley and everyone involved.“If it does all end tomorrow I can say well at least that happened and that’s a really nice thing.”
That family – The Eastern – is “a string band that roars like a punk band, that swings like a gospel band, that drinks like a country band, that works like a bar band, that hopes like folk singers, and sings love songs like union songs, and writes union songs like love songs, and wants to slow dance and stand on tables, all at the same time”.
He works at his craft every day. “I’m happy to get a song when it shows up, I just hang out and wait for them to come and I found the more you work on it, the more they show up; they just want to make sure you’re worth it.” And Adam most certainly is.
After the devastating events in Christchurch over the past few weeks, numerous events were understandably cancelled or postponed, including the acclaimed ‘The Music is Bond’, hosted and conducted by Tim Beveridge.
We’re excited to announce that the The Music is Bond has been rescheduled to 8 May. “I am very excited to be returning to the Christchurch Town Hall,” Tim says. “It’s probably going to be a bit emotional to be back there after having had so many wonderful experiences performing there with the CSO. I’m just glad we can still bring the show to the people of Christchurch.”
Book now at www.ticketek.co.nz and have a few martinis, shaken not stirred, before you go. Let’s support the people behind such great productions in the Garden City by getting out and seeing these performances. They are worth it.
We’re giving away a double pass to ‘The Music is Bond’. Just head over to our Facebook page, find the post and tell us who your favourite Bond character is to be in to win. Entries will be drawn 3 May.
Hugh Cornwell caused a stir in 1990 when he left the punk/new wave band he co-founded, The Stranglers. But the UK songwriter has successfully gone out there alone, forging a solo career that’s taken him around the world. Now he’s returning to Aotearoa for a three date tour with his band this May after a decade away.
What can Christchurch fans expect from your Monster tour?
There will be two halves, the first is a collection of solo catalogue songs including half of the Monster album; the second set is a romp through The Stranglers hits.
How would you describe your music today as a solo artist?
What motivates you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I still can.
Over your 40 year career with the Stranglers and as a solo artist what is your most favourite song?
Get a grip on yourself: it was the first song I wrote and the first hit.
What advice do you have for someone setting out on a career in music?
Listen to your instincts and don’t give up the day job.
Who has been (or still is) the biggest inspiration in your life?
Arthur Lee, who was the lead singer/songwriter with the band Love.
What is the most memorable moment in your music career?
When I heard Get a grip on the radio for the first time.
Do you have a message for your Christchurch fans?
Feel free to sing along, as I may need help with the words!
He’s the biggest name you’ve never heard of. Billy Childs has as many Grammys in his professional arsenal as Celine Dion and Mariah Carey – at 16 nominations and five wins – for his instrumental composition and arrangement.
Now the jazz pianist and composer is bound for the land of the long white cloud, as he prepares to headline the 2019 Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival, where he will be performing with his quartet in the newly revamped James Hay Theatre at Christchurch Town Hall. New Zealand’s biggest combined jazz and blues event is returning to Christchurch for its 24th year, with 26 shows across five city venues this Queen’s Birthday weekend from 30 May to 3 June.
Festival Director Jodi Wright describes Billy as one of the most diversely prolific and acclaimed artists working in music today. “We are thrilled to be hosting Billy for the first time in New Zealand.” He will be joined at the festival by another international master, New York-based guitarist Miles Okazaki, who will be playing a selection from his 2018 album, Work, the complete compositions of Thelonious Monk for solo guitar, on Sunday 2 June at The Piano. Miles will also host a free Jazz Workshop at Ara Music Arts’ Doug Caldwell Auditorium on Friday 31 May for all musicians interested in improvisation and composition techniques.
“Importantly, our festival is also focused on promoting local musicians,” Jodi says. “We’re lucky to have a superb array of Christchurch artists who have put together shows specifically for this year’s festival. Adam McGrath, Oval Office, Naomi Ferguson and Jennine Bailey are just some of the talented performers we have lined up this year.” Revered Kiwi artist Midge Marsden and his band will kick off the weekend with a rhythm and blues spectacular on Friday 31 May at the Christchurch Town Hall’s James Hay Theatre, with a sensational opening set by Harry Harrison’s new blues band, Bon Ton Roulet.
Folk and blues lovers will have the chance to be part of a special live audience for Adam McGrath, as he records live at The Piano, joined by Australian singer Claire Ann Taylor and New Zealand poet Hadassah Grace, on Thursday 30 May.
Naomi Ferguson is set to sing some of the best from her musical mentors: Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and Aretha Franklin, on 31 May. High energy band Oval Office will deliver a Motown and Soul Session with special guest vocalist, Victor Hawkins-Sulfa, on Saturday 1 June.
Neo-soul singer Sacha Vee performs high-powered vocals for Friday lunchtime jazz at The Piano on 31 May. Christchurch favourite Jennine Bailey sings Eva Cassidy for a Sunday afternoon at The Piano on 2 June. For the festival finale, Tribalincs will reunite with Mark Vanilau for one special concert of Pacific jazz and soul on Monday 3 June at The Piano.
The complete Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival programme is available to download on www.jazzbluesfestival.co.nz. Tickets to Billy Childs on 1 June are available through Ticketek, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place for Miles Okazaki’s Jazz Workshop.