Thursday, 26 March 2015

POP-UP Picnic + Cambridge Autumn Festival 2015

Darcy Perry & Nate Taiapa

Cambridge Autumn Festival 2015
POP-UP Picnic
Friday 27th March
6pm - 8pm
Cambridge Town Hall
Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton

This is a first for Cambridge, where a picnic will POP-UP in the Piazza outside the Town Hall. The Chamber of Commerce will bring you this POP-UP Picnic fundraiser. There will be POP-UP performances. We provide the tables, chairs, plates, cutlery and glasses. You provide your picnic and beverages. Take the opportunity to dress up to a theme, decorate your table and have fun with friends, family, and business associates. Book a spot with the Chamber to BYO picnic.

Tickets: Bookings via the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce 07 823 3460 or

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Blues Room + An Hour of Blues Power

Ana Popovic - Fearless.
The Blues Room, 4 March 2015
Episode #475
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Another hour of blues power with:

1. Walter Trout - Saw My Mama Cryin
2. Robben Ford - Poor Kelly Blues
3. Buddy Guy - What's Up With that Woman
4. Hugh Laurie - Wild Honey
5. Billy Boy Arnold - I Was Fooled
6. Jimmy Reed - Baby What You Want Me To Do
7. Long John Baldry - Don't Try To Lay No Boogie-Woogie On The King Of Rock N Roll
8. Albert Collins - I Ain't Drunk
9. Ana Popovic - Fearless
10. Freddie King - The Stumble
11. Fats Domino - Blue Monday
12. Nina Simone - Children Go Where I Send You
13. Etta James - Someone To Watch Over Me

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Summertime Blues + Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival 2015

Summertime Blues

Saturday 21st February
11am until 3:30pm
Rogers Rose Garden
Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton

Bring a picnic and nestle into the Rogers Rose Garden for an afternoon of the smooth sounds of some of the best blues around. Curated by the Hamilton Blues Society who keep the blues alive by hosting some of the best blues musicians from New Zealand and overseas.

The Hamilton Blues Society hit the stage at 1pm, featuring Tony Kaye (guitar), Nate Taiapa (harmonica), Neil Reynolds (drums), Herby (keys), Stu Lawrence (bass) and Darcy Perry.

Tickets: $5 All Day Pass.
Buy Tickets here.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

The Blues Room + Hour of Blues Power

The Blues Room, 4 February 2015
Episode #471
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The first Wednesday of every month I'm a guest DJ on The Blues Room, Nate Taiapa's radio show dedicated to the blues and aired in the Waikato and around the world on Free FM.

This is an Hour Of Blues Power, with plenty of 'old school', 'new school' and 'never went to school' blues and soul music. Enjoy!

1. Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin'
2. Mike Zito - Big Mouth
3. Candye Kane - You Need Love
4. Hubert Sumlin - You Got To Help Me
5. Aretha Franklin - Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
6. Champion Jack Dupree - Junkers Blues
7. Fats Domino - I'm Ready
8. Little Walter - Blues With A Feeling
9. B.B. King - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
10. Alvin Youngblood Hart - Motivational Speaker
11. Canned Heat - Time Was
12. Lee Dorsey - Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On)
13. Cody Chesnutt - Everybody's Brother
14. Monster Mike Welch - A Thrill To Be Alive
15. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - I'll Still Be True

Wednesday, 4 February 2015


LaValla Estate Presents
Saturday 25th April
1pm until 6pm
LaValla Estate, 131 Dominion Road, Tuakau


Pack up your picnic (in your old kit bag) and get down to the beautiful LaValla Estate for an afternoon of entertainment with Fatt Max, Black Dog and the Darcy Perry Band, commemorating Anzac Day with the best of New Zealand blues music.

Gates open 1pm. Show 2pm until 6pm, plays rain or shine. Bring a picnic or food available for purchase.

Fully Licenced. NO BYO alcohol or soft drinks. Sealed water bottles permitted.

Tickets $45 (1 child under 12 free with each paying adult).
Tickets available from Venue: LaValla Estate, 131 Dominion Road, Tuakau
Phone: 09 236 8947 or Online:

Monday, 12 January 2015

Hour of Blues Power + The Blues Room

Joe Louis Walker.
The Blues Room, 7 January 2015
Episode #467
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The podcast is up for the first Hour of Blues Power in The Blues Room for 2015. Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue!

1. I'd Rather Go Blind - Notodden Blue Band (Live)
2. The Whale Has Swallowed Me - J.B. Lenoir
3. Ride All Night - Joe Louis Walker
4. Trouble and Pain - The Robert Cray Band
5. Believe In Yourself - Kenny Neal
6. Hook - Blues Traveller
7. T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker
8. Mo’ Better Blues - Branford Marsalis Quartet
9. Georgia Morning Dew - Johnny Adams
10. Still Got The Blues - Gary Moore
11. Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson
12. Death Letter Blues - Son House

Friday, 9 January 2015

Willie "Popsy" Dixon + Rest In Peace

Willie "Popsy" Dixon, left, with the Holmes Brothers.
Rest in peace Willie "Popsy" Dixon. I had the pleasure of making your acquaintance at a blues festival in Auckland a few years ago. I was immediately struck by your friendly, easy-going manner and grace. It was a big festival and your presence in the greenroom had a calming effect on me.

Your words of wisdom were greatly appreciated. I will never forget them. God bless you Popsy and your family in their time of mourning.

Willie "Popsy" Dixon, 1942 - 2015.
Official statement from Alligator records:


Willie "Popsy" Dixon, drummer and vocalist of the critically acclaimed soul/blues band The Holmes Brothers, died in Richmond, Virginia on Friday, January 9. He had recently been diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer. He was 72 years old.

Dixon, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia on July 26, 1942, was celebrated for his soaring, soulful multi-octave vocals and his driving, in-the-pocket drumming. He first met brothers Sherman and Wendell Holmes at a New York gig in 1967. Dixon sat in with the brothers and sang two songs. "After that second song," recalls Wendell, "Popsy was a brother." They played in a variety of Top 40 bar bands until 1979, when the three officially joined forces and formed The Holmes Brothers, which The New York Times described as "deeply soulful, uplifting and timeless." They toured the world, releasing 12 albums starting with 1990's In The Spirit on Rounder. Their most recent release is 2014's Brotherhood on Alligator.

Dixon first played the drums when he was seven. He told Blues On Stage, "My mom and dad took me to the store and told me to get anything I liked. There was this tiny red drum set, with a tiny little kick drum and snare...little cymbals. Now, that's what I wanted! By the next morning, the thing was in the trash can. I beat it all to death. But, I tell you what...I knew how to play after that. I just knew. I had the rhythm down pat and had timing too. Just that fast. I been playing ever since."

The Chicago Tribune described Dixon's voice as "otherworldly...a gift to the world of music." Living Blues said, "Popsy’s voice is a wonder...spontaneous and raw."

In September 2014, The Holmes Brothers were honored with a National Endowment For The Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor the United States bestows upon its folk and traditional artists.

Dixon is survived by daughter Desiree Berry and longtime partner Isobel Prideaux.

Funeral service information is pending. Interment will be at the Holmes' family plot in Saluda, Virginia.