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Free summer sounds from Auckland City

AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL
MEDIA RELEASE

12 December 2005


Free summer sounds from Auckland City

Top Kiwi musicians are tuning up for Auckland City's free Music in Parks summer concert series, kicking off in January 2006.

For three months the Auckland City Music in Parks series will host 36 free performances in parks all over the city, the suburbs and on Waiheke Island.

The free concerts provide something to suit every taste with a wide variety of musical styles including jazz, classical, blues, soul, contemporary rock and pop, Latin and world music.

The season kicks off with the first Sounds of Summer @ Mission Bay concert on 7 January featuring the hugely popular Goldenhorse, with support from the hi-energy Batucada Sound Machine. Bring your family and friends along to Selwyn Reserve and enjoy this unique concert by the beach, sponsored by The Promenade, Mission Bay.

For an afternoon of chilled out sounds head to Myers Park on 8 January to hear Kora, Sola Rosa, SJD, Open Souls and DJ Aroha.

Take a trip back in time with the Nostalgia Concert on 14 January, set in the gorgeous grounds of Alberton House in Mt Albert. The Auckland Salon Orchestra will be performing an afternoon of Palm Court Music from the early 1900s through to the 1940s.

For those who like their music with a beat, the Dancing in the Street series is back in January, February and March. Headline dance acts including P-Money, Concord Dawn, Havoc and Ladi6 are among those who will perform to massive street parties in closed-to-traffic Lorne Street, in front of the Auckland Central City Library.

Music that spans decades will be revisited in the Solid Gold Saturday series across January, February and March at Tahaki Reserve in Mt Eden. The 60s concert will feature Shane and the Saints, Celine Toner and Tom Sharplin, while iconic hits of the 70s will be brought to life by Hello Sailor and Debbie Harwood. Rock legend Jordan Luck makes a comeback at the 80s concert singing his well-known Exponents hits with help from 80s music connoisseurs Club Nerd.

Waiheke Island gets their share of the sounds with Waiheke's Little Day In on 28 January, while Three Kings Reserve serves up some of the best kiwi rock the country has to offer at Rock the Park on 19 February. Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier also gets in on the action, with The Edge Jam in the Park on 30 January.

Blues is back at Blockhouse Bay, with the Midge Marsden Band performing a blistering set with help from the fabulous Grant Winterburn Experience at Blockhouse Bay Beach Reserve on 3 March.

There couldn't be a festival of music in Auckland without the smooth Latin sounds of Kantuta, who are playing at the second Sounds of Summer @ Mission Bay concert on 4 March, sponsored by The Promenade, Mission Bay. Bring your dancing shoes for a free salsa dance lesson.

Jazz and classical music will be on the menu every Sunday at the Auckland Domain band rotunda, with the Montana Jazz at the Rotunda series and the Drake Concert Series. The Montana Jazz at the Rotunda includes acts such as The Alibis, Four Sisters, the Julie Mason Quintet and the Rodger Fox Big Band. The Drake Concert Series includes performances by Bach Musica New Zealand, Brass Monkeys, Doch and Totally Gourdgeous.

Auckland City Music in Parks has plenty of music and plenty of space to enjoy it in this summer, so grab some food and some friends and head out to one of the city's beautiful parks to enjoy some first class music. Check out www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/mips for more details.

These concerts are produced by Auckland City, with support from Radioworks. They are just some of more than 60 free events provided by Auckland City as part of the Ak@Play summer events programme.

ENDS

Note to editors - Auckland City Music in Parks 2006 event calendar

Saturday 7 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, Sounds of Summer @ Mission Bay

4pm-7pm, Selwyn Reserve, Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay
Featuring Goldenhorse and Batucada Sound Machine
Listen to Kiwi 93.8FM for details.

Sunday 8 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, Myers Park

2pm-6pm, Myers Park, central city
Featuring Kora, Sola Rosa, SJD, Open Souls and DJ Aroha
Listen to 95bFM for details.

Sunday 8 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, Montana Jazz at the Rotunda

2pm-4pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring The Alibis
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Sunday 8 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, Drake Concert Series

4.30pm-6pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring Brass Monkeys
Listen to Radio Live 100.6FM and 703AM for details.

Saturday 14 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, Myers Park

2pm-4pm, Alberton House, 100 Mt Albert Road, Mt Albert
Featuring the Auckland Salon Orchestra
Listen to Radio Live 100.6FM and 703AM for details.

Sunday 15 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, Montana Jazz at the Rotunda

2pm-4pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring the Vintage Jazz Band
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Sunday 15 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, Drake Concert Series

4.30pm-6pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring the Jade String Quartet
Listen to Radio Live 100.6FM and 703AM for details.

Saturday 21 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, 60s Solid Gold Saturday

6pm-9pm, Tahaki Reserve, Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden
Featuring Shane and the Saints, Celine Toner and Tom Sharplin
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Sunday 22 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, Montana Jazz at the Rotunda

2pm-4pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring the Chris Mason-Battley Group
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Sunday 22 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, Drake Concert Series

4.30pm-6pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring Bach Musica New Zealand
Listen to Radio Live 100.6FM and 703AM for details.

Friday 27 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, Dancing in the Street #1

8pm-midnight, Lorne Street, behind the St James, central city
Featuring Pluto, The Boxcar Guitars, The Vacants and The Electric Confectionaires.
Listen to 95bFM for details.

Saturday 28 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, Waiheke's Little Day In

4pm-9pm, Onetangi Sports Park, Waiheke Island
Featuring Pluto, Spacifix, Goon, The Electric Confectionaires, Offbeat Crew, Muthertung, Emeree & Arnika and Ben Kara.
Listen to The Edge 94.2 for details.

Sunday 29 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, Montana Jazz at the Rotunda

2pm-4pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring Four Sisters
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Sunday 29 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, Drake Concert Series

4.30pm-6pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring the Dominion Centenary Concert Band
Listen to Radio Live 100.6FM and 703AM for details.

Monday 30 January, Auckland City Music in Parks, The Edge Jam in the Park

2pm-6pm, Coyle Park, Pt Chevalier Road, Pt Chevalier
Artists to be confirmed.
Listen to The Edge 94.2 for details.

Sunday 5 February, Auckland City Music in Parks, Montana Jazz at the Rotunda

2pm-4pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring Mike Walker's Montmarte Quartet
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Sunday 5 February, Auckland City Music in Parks, Drake Concert Series

4.30pm-6pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring Doch
Listen to Radio Live 100.6FM and 703AM for details.

Sunday 12 February, Auckland City Music in Parks, Montana Jazz at the Rotunda

2pm-4pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring Lewis McCallum and Thrive
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Sunday 12 February, Auckland City Music in Parks, Drake Concert Series

4.30pm-6pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring Totally Gourdgeous
Listen to Radio Live 100.6FM and 703AM for details.

Friday 17 February, Auckland City Music in Parks, Dancing in the Street #2

8pm-midnight, Lorne Street, behind the St James, central city
Featuring Concord Dawn, Baitercell and Bex Riley, Havoc and Nick D
Listen to 95bFM for details.

Saturday 18 February, Auckland City Music in Parks, 70s Solid Gold Saturday

6pm-9pm, Tahaki Reserve, Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden
Featuring Hello Sailor and Debbie Harwood
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Sunday 19 February, Auckland City Music in Parks, Rock the Park

2pm-6pm, Three Kings Reserve, corner Mt Eden and Mt Albert roads, Three Kings
Artists to be confirmed.
Listen to The Rock 90.2 for details.

Sunday 19 February, Auckland City Music in Parks, Montana Jazz at the Rotunda

2pm-4pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring Equinox
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Sunday 19 February, Auckland City Music in Parks, Drake Concert Series

4.30pm-6pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring Tamlin
Listen to Radio Live 100.6FM and 703AM for details.

Sunday 26 February, Auckland City Music in Parks, Montana Jazz at the Rotunda

2pm-4pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring the Caroline Lynn Quintet
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Sunday 26 February, Auckland City Music in Parks, Drake Concert Series

4.30pm-6pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring the Phonic Collective
Listen to Radio Live 100.6FM and 703AM for details.

Friday 3 March, Auckland City Music in Parks, Blues @ Blockhouse Bay

6pm-9.30pm, Blockhouse Bay Beach Reserve, Endeavour Street, Blockhouse Bay
Featuring the Midge Marsden Band and the Grant Winterburn Experience.
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Saturday 4 March, Auckland City Music in Parks, Sounds of Summer @ Mission Bay

4pm-7pm, Selwyn Reserve, Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay
Featuring Kantuta, DJ Loco, free salsa lessons and dance show.
Listen to Radio Live 100.6FM and 703AM for details.

Sunday 5 March, Auckland City Music in Parks, Montana Jazz at the Rotunda

2pm-4pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring the Julie Mason quintet
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Sunday 5 March, Auckland City Music in Parks, Drake Concert Series

4.30pm-6pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring Caroline Lynn and World Edge
Listen to Radio Live 100.6FM and 703AM for details.

Sunday 12 March, Auckland City Music in Parks, Montana Jazz at the Rotunda

2pm-4pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring the Phil Broadhurst Quintet
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Sunday 12 March, Auckland City Music in Parks, Drake Concert Series

4.30pm-6pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring singers from the PricewaterhouseCoopers Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artists programme
Listen to Radio Live 100.6FM and 703AM for details.

Friday 17 March, Auckland City Music in Parks, Dancing in the Street #3

8pm-midnight, Lorne Street, behind the St James, central city
Featuring P-Money, Frontline, Ladi6, PNC, D-FORM and MOULI
Listen to 95bFM for details.

Saturday 18 March, Auckland City Music in Parks, 80s Solid Gold Saturday

6pm-9pm, Tahaki Reserve, Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden
Featuring Jordan Luck and Club Nerd
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Sunday 19 March, Auckland City Music in Parks, Montana Jazz at the Rotunda

2pm-4pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring Rodger Fox's Big Band
Listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM for details.

Sunday 19 March, Auckland City Music in Parks, Drake Concert Series

4.30pm-6pm, Band Rotunda, Auckland Domain
Featuring the Auckland Philharmonia Wind Quintet
Listen to Radio Live 100.6FM and 703AM for details.

ENDS

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