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The beat goes on for Music in Parks

Auckland City Council
Media release

10 January 2008

The beat goes on for Music in Parks

Thirteen free concerts during January are kick-starting a summer of live Kiwi music in Aucklanders’ favourite parks and reserves.

This year marks Auckland City Council’s 15th Music in Parks series, showcasing our local music scene and bringing Aucklanders together.

Two popular programmes during the month – Drake Jazz at the Rotunda, and The Culture Garden – will have jazz lovers and those wanting to explore new musical genres captivated.

Drake Jazz at the Rotunda is Auckland’s longest running annual jazz festival set in the historic Auckland Domain band rotunda. During January, these weekly Sunday afternoon concerts feature the talents of Karen Hunter, the Peter Wood Quintet, Mojave and Go Blow.

The Culture Garden presents a wide range of musical genres in Auckland’s more intimate park settings, and provides the opportunity for Aucklanders to discover new music. During January, experience Latin sounds with Kantuta; Scandinavian folk music with Habbadàm; the voices of the Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artists from The New Zealand Opera; and bilingual jazz from Whirimako Black.

As the summer hots up, so does the music – and with more than 40 free concerts from January to March, there’s something to suit the tastes of all music lovers.

Music in Parks 2008 is proudly sponsored by Holden Astra and Drake International, and supported by New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT), The Lion Foundation, Radioworks (Solid Gold, The Breeze, More FM, Radio Live and Kiwi FM), 95bFM, Mission Bay The Promenade, Ecover, and NZ Rockshops.

Visit www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/mips for full Music in Parks programme details.

Note to editors:

Music in Parks – Upcoming January events

Saturday, 12 January, 10am to midnight

Holden Astra Summer Sounds – 2008 Great Fitzroy Mussel Festival

Featuring the Great Brain Robbers and Shaun Kelly and friends

Port Fitzroy Boating Club, Great Barrier Island

Saturday, 12 January, 6pm to 9pm

The Culture Garden – featuring Kantuta

Jellicoe Park, Onehunga

Sunday, 13 January, 2pm to 4pm

Drake Jazz at the Rotunda – featuring Peter Wood

Band rotunda, Auckland Domain

Saturday, 19 January, 3pm to 5pm

The Culture Garden – featuring Habbadàm

Alberton Park, Mt Albert

Sunday, 20 January, 2pm to 4pm

Drake Jazz at the Rotunda – featuring Mojave

Band rotunda, Auckland Domain

Sunday, 20 January, 4.30pm to 6pm

The Culture Garden – featuring the Dame Malvina Emerging Artists from the New Zealand Opera

Wintergardens, Auckland Domain

Saturday, 26 January, 2pm to 9pm

Holden Astra Summer Sounds – Waiheke’s Little Day In
Featuring Billy TK junior, Unity Pacific and Ben Kara, and other local talent

Onetangi Sports Park, Waiheke Island

Sunday, 27 January, 2pm to 4pm

Drake Jazz at the Rotunda – featuring Go Blow

Band rotunda, Auckland Domain

Sunday, 27 January, 4.30pm to 6pm

The Culture Garden – featuring Whirimako Black

Wintergardens, Auckland Domain

Monday, 28 January, 3pm to 6pm

Holden Astra Summer Sounds – Coyle Park

Featuring Don McGlashan and The Seven Sisters, Tim Guy, and Heavy Jones Trio

Coyle Park, Point Chevalier


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