Wednesday, 23 September 2015


Saturday 26th September
7pm - Midnight
The Thirsty Dog
469 Karangahape Road

Entry: $20

The Auckland Blues Club presents an impressive line-up of blues musicians, with MC Ray Woolf (MNZM), to support this years fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Thanks also to The Thirsty Dog & Jonty Rutherford, our host.

7.00 - 7.20 : Emma Gard & Dave Cheetham
7.30 - 8.00 : Fatt Max & Dean 'Honey Boy' Morris feat Angelique Owenby
8.15 - 9.00 : Riverhead Slide 
9.15 - 10.00 : The Groove Coalition feat Anton 'Tipi' Elkington
10.15 - 11.00 : Darcy Perry Band 
11.15 - 12.00 : Petra & The Gunsmiths

Blues and Bikes at MOTAT + 27th September 2015

Blues and Bikes at MOTAT
Supporting Distinguished Gentlemans Ride
Sunday 27th September
All Afternoon

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Entry: $20 (Includes entrance into MOTAT)

Celebrating days gone by with an afternoon of Blues music whilst drooling over vintage, classics and custom motocycles from a bygone era. Supporting Prostate Cancer foundation.

Join in the spirit in the nostalgic dress, where gentlemen and ladies dressed to impress. Why not join in the dress code and dress up in very smart formal / vintage wear to match the iconic retro styling of these classic motorcycles.

This spiffy event is a charity fundraiser for Blue September, all proceeds go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Thanks to Triumph NZ and MOTAT for sponsorship.

This event is support the Distinguished Gentlesmans Ride.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Blues at Chartwell

Blue September is about spreading the awareness message for our men to 'Get Checked'. Prostate cancer is one of those things men don't much talk about, but it's the most common form of cancer in men, with more than 3000 diagnosed every year - and over 600 deaths.

Westfield Chartwell is stoked to be working with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ to raise funds and awareness for this cause. Meet blues musician and Blue September Ambassador Darcy Perry at Westfield Chartwell on Thursday night, along with his world class band and local rising stars from Berkley Normal Middle School and Tamahere Model Country School.

Other Chartwell Blue September events:

We'll meet you at The Coffee Club with Brett McGregor
15 September

Prostate Foundation of NZ sponsor, The Coffee Club, welcomes Masterchef winner Brett McGregor into their kitchen on Tuesday 15 September from 10am - noon.

Pop in and make a gold coin donation and decorate a mini cupcake with Brett and grab a photo too.

Quiz night at Smith & McKenzie with Tarun
24 September

Quiz nights can be funny enough but when you add comedian Tarun into the mix, a good night is assured.

The questions start flying at 7pm - join us for prizes, fun giveaways and lots of laughs.

Tickets are just $20 per person and are available from Smith & McKenzie - phone 07 855 1400 to book in your team.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Rouge Goes Blue For Blue September

Rouge is supporting Blue September. Photo: Emma James
Rouge is the French word for "red" and also the name of the award winning cafe on Empire Street in Cambridge, New Zealand. This September, Rogue is going blue, offering Blue September Breakfasts in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

For $30 per person, enjoy any breakfast from our menu and a hot drink of your choice, plus Rouge will make a $15 donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.
Available weekdays before 9am, throughout September.

Get a group together and call 07 823 9178 or email us to book your table.

For more information about Blue September visit

For the Stuff article by Emma James visit: People go blue for good cause

Monday, 7 September 2015

Blue September 2015

It's Blue September! Every year around 600 men die in New Zealand of prostate cancer. That is more than 600 fathers, sons, brothers, grandfathers – gone! This happens because men don’t know how dangerous the disease is, they don’t talk to their doctor about it, they simply don’t do anything about it. This has to stop. Deaths from prostate cancer can be prevented if the disease is detected early enough.

That’s why Blue September is about getting the word out about prostate cancer. If you buy a blue ribbon, paint your face blue, donate money to the Prostate Cancer Foundation or even tell people, you will be directly helping to lower the death rate and reduce the suffering from this disease.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation receives no government funding and we rely on the generosity of people to help us support men and their families who are going through the journey and spread the message for men to get regular checks.

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 around 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.

If you are a man 40+ and you haven't been to the doctor for a check up, I encourage you to do so.

Another Hour of Blues Power + Lloyd Spiegal on Tour

Lloyd Spiegal - Blues Master
The Blues Room, 2 September 2015
Episode #501
Download link: right click and 'save as'

I am blessed to be a guest host on The Blues Room the first Wednesday of every month, usually with Nate Taiapa close by to keep everything running smooth. This episode there was heavy rain and van trouble for Nate, so I was on my own until the end of the show! No worries! I can say it was a baptism by fire and apart from the technical issues with the phone lines, it was a joyous evening. 

I enjoyed the chat with Lloyd and I look forward to catching him at Nirvara Lounge (266 Victoria St Hamilton), next week (Thursday, September 17th at 7:00pm).

For Lloyd Spiegel's NZ tour dates please check his website:

1. Robert Cray - Move a Mountain
2. Bruce Ruffin - Rain
3. Tony Joe White - Drifter
4. Michael Jackson - My Girl
5. Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness
6. Junior Wells & Buddy Guy - Ten Years Ago
7. Watermelon Slim - Got Love if You Want It
8. Bex Marshall - Bad Bad Girl
9. Black Stone Cherry - Tired of the Rain
10. Bill Withers - Use Me
11. Eric Bibb - Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
12. Lloyd Spiegel - Statesboro Blues
13. Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, Robert Cray - Black Cat Bone

Sunday, 6 September 2015

The Blues Room Turns 500

The Blues Room has turned 500 and I was happy to be at the party! Nate Taiapa deserves high praise for this achievement. The following is from his most excellent blog: The Blues Room.

Well here it is Bluesville! Episode 500! Its only taken about 10 years to get here but here we are and what a great time we've had along the way. Joining me in The Blues Room for the 500th episode were The Swamp Dogz featuring John Maydon (gtr, vocs), Mark Kneebone (bass, bk-vocs), Paul Alderton (drums, bk-vocs), & Clara Lange (viol in, vocs) were our backing band. We had special guests Darcy Perry and Max Mac Donald join us too, and Kev from the Eastside was my right hand man on the DJ duties. We played classic blues vinyl courtesy of Ivan of Nivara Lounge and extended our one hour show to two hours. 

We set up the band in the foyer of the station and broadcast the show live to air, you'll see this in some of the video clips included here. We had Derek Jacombs and Graham Clark call in congratulations and others sent in prerecorded congratulations from around the globe.

I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank Free FM's manager, Phil Grey, for all hes done to support The Blues Room over the years, hes been so generous and accommodating and we couldn't have gotten here without him. All the staff at Free FM for all their support and hard work. To all the guests who have come into the studio or on air from around the globe, thank you! To all our sponsors, especially, The Hamilton Blues Society, all those artists, bands, record companies, music distributors, music promoters, friends, and my family (especially my wife), I thank you all. To the fans of 'The Blues' who tune in each week or who get the podcast, thank you so much for your support and encouragement. And last, but not least, my co-presenter on The Blues Room, Darcy Perry, who has been like a mentor and inspiration from the beginning. Thanks bro!

Heres to another 500 episodes. Enjoy!

1. John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillun
2. Yank Rachell - Diving Duck
3. Howling Wolf - Chocolate Drop
4. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Tore Down
5. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Love Me Two Times
6. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Lazy Blues
7. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Proud and Humble
8. Jimmy Reed - I Love You Baby
9. Koko Taylor - Wang Dang Doodle
10. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry - Wait On Time
11. The Swamp Dogs with Nate Taiapa - Scratch My Back
12. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Bullfrog Blues
13. Buddy Guy - Come Back Muddy (Dedicated To Muddy Waters)
14. Kokomo - Home Of The Blues
15. Lloyd Spiegel - This Is Hip
16. B.B. King - Sweet Little Angel
17. North Mississippi Allstars - Jumper On The Line
18. Etta James - I Just wanna Make Love To You
19. Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
20. Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim - 4 O'Clock Boogie
21. John Lee Hooker & Bonnie Raitt - I'm In The Mood
22. Memphis Gold - How You Gonna Play The Blues
23. Jimmy Rogers - Walking By Myself