Sunday, 31 August 2014

Blue September 2014 + Prostate Cancer Awareness

Blue September Ambassadors.
Blue September is the Prostate Cancer Foundation's national awareness campaign. I joined the team of ambassadors for Blue September in 2010, supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation and helping raise awareness of the third most common cause of cancer death for men in New Zealand. My dad died at 55 of cancer, so I'm letting men know that they need to look after themselves.

It's about getting the message out there that it's okay to go to the doctor. Prostate cancer kills more than 600 men in New Zealand every year. Thousands more are diagnosed - many of them far too late. By going and getting a check-up from the age of 40, you are not only taking responsibility for your own health, you are also ensuring we have communities with more dads, sons, brothers and grandfathers.

Some sobering facts:
  • 3000 men are diagnosed each year with prostate cancer in NZ 
  • 600 die from metastatic/advanced prostate cancer each year in NZ 
  • Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in NZ and the 3rd most common cause of cancer death in men 
  • 1 in 10 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime 
  • Maori men are 72% more likely to die of prostate cancer once diagnosed than non-Maori men 
Early detection offers the best prospect of effective treatment and positive outcomes. Men should have their first PSA blood test check at age 40 to establish a baseline level for future monitoring. Men 50+ should have an annual PSA and DRE check with their GP.

The Streak and Marc Ellis.
How can you help support Blue September?

Wear a blue ribbon. Blue ribbons are available for purchase at sponsors’ retail outlets throughout New Zealand such as PlaceMakers, The Coffee Club, Cory’s Electrical, Auto Super Shoppes, Mad Butcher, Farmlands, Unichem and Life Pharmacies. Each ribbon is given in return for a gold coin donation.

Buy some fresh undies. To help raise funds PlaceMakers stores are selling the very popular Swanndri undies which cost $25, with $10 donated to the charity from every pair sold.

Attend an event. The calendar is filled with events planned by sponsors, community groups and other businesses. Look out for the PlaceMakers’ ‘superhero’ - Blue Streak- who will once again be ‘streaking’ the nation to help raise awareness and he may be at a number of these key events and across media channels.

On Twitter:!/blueseptembernz
On Facebook:
On the website:

Thank you for supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Blue September 2014.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Hour of Blues Power + The Blues Room

Happy Birthday Mr. Buddy Guy.
The Blues Room, 6 August 2014
Episode # 445
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Kicking off with some classic Buddy Guy (celebrating 78 years young last week), I present an Hour Of Blues Power on The Blues Room with Nate Taiapa!

1. Buddy Guy - Got My Eye On You
2. Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women - Middle Aged Blues Boogie
3. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats - Callin' All Fools
4. Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness
5. Chris Thomas King - If It Ain't One Thang, Its Two
6. Doyle Bramhall II - Problem Child
7. Jimmy Cliff - Many Rivers To Cross
8. George Thorogood - La Grange
9. Cream - Crossroad (LIVE)
10. Robert Cray - Labour Of Love
11. Jimmy Reed - Honest I Do
12. Eric Bibb - Angel

God bless you and have a great week!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Hamilton Blues Society + 5th Blues Showcase

Attention blues lovers! This Thursday at Diggers, Hamilton Blues Society presents it's 5th Blues Showcase featuring 4 bands:

TK and Friends
The River Rockers

So get ya blues shoes on and head down to Diggers Bar this Thursday the 31st July from 7pm.

No cover charge (but donations are welcome).

Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Blues Room + Hour of Blues Power

Great to back in the studio with Nate Taiapa for Another Hour Of Blues Power! 

The Blues Room, 9 July 2014
Episode # 441
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1. Taj Mahal - Stagger Lee
2. Bex Marshall - Hot Headed Man
3. Booker T & The MGs - Behave Yourself
4. Jeff Beck feat. Imogen Heap - Rollin' & Tumblin'
5. Brenda Boykin - Whistlin' Woman
6. The Rolling Stones - Back of My Hand
7. Walter Horton - I'm In Love With You Baby (Walter's Blues)
8. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Amen
9. Wilko Johnson - Down By The Waterside
10. Stevie Ray Vaughan with Johnny Copeland - Tin Pan Alley
11. Henrik Freischlader - The Blues

God bless you and enjoy your week.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Hour of Blues Power + Old School

The Blues Room is rockin' it tonight with an Hour of Blues Power! Tune into Nate Taiapa's Blues Room as I spin some Old School blues tracks. This show is dedicated to Paul Barrett. Rest in peace.

The Blues Room, 4 June 2014
Episode # 436

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1. Rick Estrin & The Night Cats - Broke And Lonesome
2. The Animals - Boom Boom
3. Ry Cooder and Terry Evans - Down In Mississippi
4. Ray Charles - I Got A Woman
5. Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge A Book By Its Covers
6. Bernard Allison - Step Down
7. Golden Gate Quartet - Wade In The Water
8. Howlin' Wolf (London Sessions) - Wang Dang Doodle
9. BB King - Watch Yourself
10. Bob Dylan - Slow Train
11. Sonny Boy Williamson - Help Me
12. Lightin' Hopkins - I'm Begging You
13. Bill Withers - Grandma's Hands
14. Dizzy Gillespie - When Its Sleeply Time Down South
15. Hank Williams - I'm So Lonely I Could Cry

Tune in here at 9pm (NZ time):

Thanks and blessings to Nate Taiapa, Free FM 89.0 and the Hamilton Blues Society.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Celebrating Original NZ Blues Music + The Kings Arms

A return to The Kings Arms to celebrate NZ Music Month with some original blues. Featuring the Darcy Perry Band, Stingray, Black Dog, Fatt Max and the incomparable Edwina Thorne.

The Kings Arms
59 France St, Newton
Auckland, NZ
2pm-6pm, Sunday, June 1st, 2014

The Blues are the foundation of almost every important musical genre of the 20th century – from Jazz to Rock to Soul to Funk to Hip-Hop and beyond. As Willie Dixon so eloquently put it, “The Blues is the roots, everything else is the fruits.” Come on down for an afternoon of good times and great music with some of the best blues bands in NZ.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Hour of Blues Power + The Blues Room

Sista Jacqui and Darcy Perry
Join me for another Hour of Blues Power! Tune into Nate Taiapa's Blues Room for some music from kiwi blues artists, celebrating NZ Music Month 2014 in style, including a live performance of 'Good Morning Blues' with harmonica master Nate Taiapa!

I will also interview my good friend, Sista Jacqui, about her life and musical journey from Mississippi to Chicago and beyond. Listen to the Podcast here.

Tune in here at 9pm (NZ time):

Thanks and blessings to Nate Taiapa, Free FM 89.0 and the Hamilton Blues Society.