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Stage set for Auck's monster music birthday bash

Stage set for Auckland's monster music birthday bash

Auckland City is putting on four days of free music festivities to celebrate Anniversary Weekend, including a street dance party, jazz and classical concerts, and some top Kiwi bands jamming in parks.

The action is spread citywide from Friday night to Monday evening:

Get your dancing shoes on for Auckland's biggest free street party on Friday 27 January with some serious rock 'n' roll sounds from Pluto, fuzzy guitar rock from Bored Gordon, a scoop of post-punk goodness from The Vacants, and some barbershop-garage-psychedelic-blues-surf-jazz-devonport-core from Smokefree Rock Quest winners, The Electric Confectionaires. Dancing in the Street, hosted by Nick D, will be held from 8pm to midnight in closed-to-traffic Lorne Street, in front of the Auckland Public Library.

Waiheke celebrates hot New Zealand talent on Saturday 28 January at "Waiheke's Little Day In" free concert from 4pm onwards at Onetangi Sports Park. Headlining are Pluto, with help from Spacifix, Goon, and The Electric Confectionaires, and there's a great local line-up featuring Offbeat Crew Charlie & Eric, Muthertung, Emeree Reweti, Sam Owen, Vrnda Torckler & Ben Blain, Genevieve, Repitwahh and 11-year-old singer-songwriter Ben Kara.

Enjoy a Sunday picnic at the ever-popular Montana Jazz at the Rotunda and Drake Concert Series concerts at the Auckland Domain. This weekend features smooth jazz from Four Sisters - The New Women of Jazz starting at 2pm and the quirky brass sounds of the Dominion Centenary Concert Band from 4.30-6pm.

And to finish the weekend on a high note, a 6,000 strong crowd is expected to be jammin' to the sounds of Steriogram, Nesian Mystik, Goodnight Nurse, and My Life Story at Pt Chevalier on Monday 30 January. The free Edge Jam in the Park concert will be held in Coyle Park, Point Chevalier from 2-6pm.

Auckland City Music in Parks has plenty of music and plenty of space to enjoy it in this summer. Aucklanders are urged to grab some food and friends, and head out to one of the city's beautiful parks to enjoy some top Kiwi music. For more details, check www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/mips.

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

Auckland City - proud supporter of Kiwi music.

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Note to editors -2006 Anniversary Weekend music event calendar

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, Bored Gordon, 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 Charlie & Eric, Muthertung, Emeree Reweti, Sam Owen, Vrnda Torckler & Ben Blain, Genevieve, Repitwahh 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 - The New Women of Jazz
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 702AM 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
Steriogram, Nesian Mystik, Goodnight Nurse and My Life Story.
Listen to The Edge 94.2 for details.

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