Wednesday, 20 May 2015

BB King Special Tribute + The Blues Room

If you are a regular listener of The Blues Room, Wednesdays at 9pm, then tune in for a night of blues in honour of BB King who recently left us to be with God. If you haven't tuned in before, Nate Taiapa hosts an amazing show and you really should become a first time listener tonight!

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Monday, 18 May 2015

TAM JAM 2015

Tam Jam
Monday 1st June
12pm - 5pm
St. Stephens Church
14 Tamahere Drive
Tamahere, Hamilton

Tamahere Music Club and St. Stephens present the inaugural Tam Jam!

Tam Jam is an afternoon picnic featuring local talent. A gig ‘for the kids by the kids’ providing an opportunity for children in the community to share their talents with friends and family (and have a fun day out). There will be singing, dancing, bands, games, and a lolly scramble.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Rest in peace Mr Riley B King

BB King has died in his home in Las Vegas at the age of 89.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted

Rest in peace Mr Riley B King.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Celebrating New Zealand Music Month 2015

Celebrating New Zealand Music Month 2015
Sunday 24th May
2pm - 7pm
The Winchester
24 St Benedicts Street
Newton, Auckland

The Auckland Blues Club presents an impressive line-up of blues musicians to celebrate New Zealand Music Month. Featuring Black Dog, Blue Collar Band, William Brown Band, Darcy Perry Band, Tony Painting and The Power.

$10 Entry

The Blues Room + BB King + NZ Music Month 2015

The Blues Room, 6 May 2015
Episode #484
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NZ Music Month 2015
Welcome to another fantastic night in the Blues Room on Free FM, community radio, with an Hour of Blues Power! It's now the middle of New Zealand Music Month 2015. Unfortunately, there are no New Zealand songs on the national charts... not to say there haven't been some amazing kiwi songs released in 2015! As they say, timing is everything.

This show begins with a song penned by the late Ben E. King. It has probably been sung by millions of buskers all over the world and it was one of my tunes busked on the streets of the Hamilton. Glenn Walters offers a superb rendition of the classic Stand By Me. As Glenn toured Aotearoa with Roger Fox, I decided to kick off the night with it. Everyone on tonight has a kiwi connection, with plenty of praise for Mr Fox.

However, the final track on the show is dedicated to the legendary Riley B. King. My rendition of Sweet Little Angel is from Blues 4 Dad, a tribute album I recorded in 2002 for my late father. On May 1st the following message was posted on B.B. King's official website:

“I am in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas.
Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers.”
B.B. King

B.B. King
The name B.B. King is synonymous with the blues. Riley B. King was born a son of sharecroppers and great-grandson of a slave, (September 16, 1925) on a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi. Born the as a child Riley sang in the gospel choir at Elkhorn Baptist Church in Kilmichael. 

Jon Brewer, the producer of The Life of Riley, says "I had no idea this had been BB King's life. That he lived alone, in a shack out there, at nine years of age, working for four years to pay off his dead mother's and grandmother's debts. I never knew he was so alone, talking to rabbits, his only friends. And by the time he's telling me this, I'm in tears."

Buying his first guitar at the age of 12, the Beale Street Blues Boy began his recording career in 1949, with many of his early songs produced by Sam Phillips (who later founded Sun Records). B.B. King became one of the most important names in R&B music in the 1950s with hit after hit in the charts. B.B. King has defined the blues worldwide for over half a century and has played in excess of 15,000 performances.

Although I was once on the same bill as Mr King, the festival was cancelled after the second Christchurch earthquake. As a consolation, thanks to my manager Lesley, I did get to see him later in concert. I will never forget that night. God bless you Riley B. King.

1. Glenn Walters - Stand By Me
2. Supergroove - Gotta Know Remix
3. Sonia Bullot feat. Julia Deans - My Funny Valentine
4. The Flamin' Mudcats - Superman
5. Randy Crawford with the Roger Fox Big Band - One Day I'll Fly Away
6. Darcy Perry and Nate Taiapa - Blues Man
7. Them - The Story Of Them
8. John Mayall feat. Eric Clapton - Have You Heard
9. Midge Marsden & Roger Fow - Flip Flop Fly
10. Darcy Perry - Sweet Little Angel

So, there you have it. A suitcase full of blues, book ended by songs in honour of two Kings. I hope you tune in next week to hear more great blues music with Nate Taiapa on The Blues Room.

God bless you all and have a great week.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Blues Room + Hour of Blues Power

Happy Birthday Eric Clapton. 
The Blues Room, 1 April 2015
Episode #479
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Another eclectic Hour Of Blues Power on the Blues Room. Can you spot the artists from this playlist that have performed at Bluesfest?

1. Joss Stone - The Chokin' Kind
2. Dean Martin - You Won't Be Satisfied
3. Lee Dorsey - Ride Your Pony
4. Tinariwen - Ahimana
5. Fun Lovin Criminals - Korean Bodega
6. Beastie Boys - Slow Ride
7. Doyle Bramhall III - Soul Shaker
8. Eric Clapton - Strange Brew
9. Eric Bibb - Micheal, Row The Boat Ashore
10. Aretha Franklin - People Get Ready
11. Bo Diddley - Bring It To Jerome
12. Dave Matthews Band - Jimi Thing
13. Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime
14. Fiona Boyes - Rockabilly On The Radio
15. Ella Fitzgerald - A Tisket, A-Tasket 

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