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Play that funky music

AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL MEDIA RELEASE


3 February 2006

Play that funky music

Aucklanders will hear the best sounds of the 70s at Auckland City's Solid Gold Saturday concert in Mt Eden on Saturday 18 February.

The free performance featuring Hello Sailor and Debbie Harwood will be held in Maungawhau Mt Eden's beautiful natural amphitheatre, Tahaki Reserve from 6pm to 9pm.

Hello Sailor surfaced among the inner city student population in the 70s, and their debut self-titled album released in 1977 was the first locally made New Zealand record to achieve Gold Record status with hits like "Blue Lady", "Gutter Black" and "Lyin' in the Sand". The three founding members and songwriters, Graham Brazier, Dave McArtney and Harry Lyon, still perform and record together some thirty years after the inception of the much-loved Kiwi band.

Debbie Harwood was a member of the Kiwi female singing sensation When The Cat's Away, who in the late 80s were named Top Group at the NZ Music Awards as well as celebrating a gold album and the number one single "Melting Pot". Debbie's range of talents, including acting, producing, and radio broadcasting has made her a significant influence in the New Zealand entertainment industry. This year she was a finalist at the 2005 Vodafone NZ Music Awards in the category of Best Female Solo Artist with her first solo album, "Soothe Me".

If you want more retro this summer, check out Auckland City's 80s Revival concert on Saturday 18 March, supported by The Rock 90.2, which promises three hours of high energy, outrageous fun, wild fashion and big hair.

Rock legend Jordan Luck, frontman for the Exponents and one of New Zealand's finest singer songwriters, will be performing all his well-known Exponents hits with his new group Luck. They will be ably supported by class act Club Nerd who will play some great 80s hits guaranteed to get everyone up dancing!

The Auckland City Music in Parks series 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 or listen to Solid Gold 93.4FM 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.

Auckland City - proud supporter of Kiwi music.

ENDS

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