Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Boh Runga and sister Pearl to perform in Christchurch

17th February 2014

Boh Runga and sister Pearl to perform in Christchurch

Boh Runga of Stellar* and ‘AnikaBoh&Holly’ fame, will return to where it all started for her— back to Christchurch to sing with her first band Amez Amez, alongside her sister Pearl. Amez Amez were a popular covers band in the club scene from 1984-1991, having residencies at Papanui Tavern, The Occidental and Firehouse Nightclub.

In 2007 Boh and Pearl attended a Simple Minds concert and on hearing a familiar song they used to cover, reminisced about the idea of reuniting Amez Amez for a one-off show in Christchurch. The band did reform with original members in 2009, minus Boh however, and played at the Bedford. They were delighted to see so many familiar faces from the past come along to support them. Spurred on by the success of that first reunion show the band has remained active— playing regularly in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington—which is no mean feat considering that not all of their band members live in the same country, let alone the same city. They play to sell-out crowds, performing a handpicked selection of the biggest New Wave and New Romantic hits, staying true to the sound and style of the era and evoking a feeling of nostalgia in their audiences.

Calling themselves a "specialist covers band," Amez Amez features the brilliant sound-alike vocals and high energy stage antics of frontman Justin Maclaren, backed by Boh Runga (vocals), Pearl Runga (vocals/synths), drummer and programmer Andrew Maclaren (also from Stellar*), guitarist Andrew Thorne and bassist Brett Wells. On occasion they are joined by original guitarists, Paul Mason (Pop Mechanix) who resides in Australia and Chris Warburton who lives in Wanaka.

Amez Amez's two-hour long show entitled "AutoMatic 80s" comprises a selection of hits by bands including Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Simple Minds, Erasure, Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Dead or Alive, Madness, ABC, Blondie, U2, OMD, Icehouse, Spandau Ballet, Kim Carnes, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears and many more. The hundreds of hours of preproduction, musicianship and attention to vocal detail create an authentic live Eighties music experience that leaves enthralled concertgoers exhausted and voiceless. This is a band that loves the era—loves their audiences—and knows how to deliver the hits.

Boh and Amez Amez will be performing one show only at The Ferry Alehouse, Christchurch, on Saturday 1st March. Tickets available through iTICKET.

More information available at: www.automatic80s.co.nz and www.facebook.com/AmezAmez

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Cyclists Net First NZ Gold

New Zealand won a gold meal and two bronzes on the first day of the Commonwealth Games. There was joy and heartbreak in an incredibly full day of sport. Here's how the New Zealanders fared. More>>

Cap Bocage: Anti-Mining Campaign Doco Debuts At NZ Film Festival

Playing at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, Cap Bocage is a close-up exploration of the forces that came into play when environmental issues and indigenous rights became intertwined in New Caledonia ... More>>

Film Fest:

More Film:

Sharon Ellis Review: A View From The Bridge

Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge is Circa’s latest big production, it opened on Saturday 19 July and it is a stunning triumph. More>>

Māori Language Week: He Karanga Kia Kaha Ake Te Tīhau Ki Te Reo Māori

The Māori Language Commission wishes to see social media swamped with Māori language tweets and messages for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori using the hashtag #tekupu. More>>

ALSO:

Book Vote: Kiwis Prefer Young Adult & Classics

To compile their Top 100 List for 2014, Whitcoulls again asked New Zealanders to vote for their favourite books and authors. And while classic novels continue to appeal to Kiwi readers, 2014 marks a significant new trend – the increasing popularity of novels for young adults. More>>

ALSO:

Five NZ Cities: Bill Bailey Back To The Southern Hemisphere

The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show Limboland. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Book Television Is Coming

Carole Beu of The Women’s Bookshop in Auckland, Graham Beattie of The Book Blog and producer Deb Faith of FaceTV have raised enough money via crowd funding at Boosted – just under $7,000 so far – for 12 episodes, which begin production in September, and will be on screen later that month. More>>

Electric Sheep: Light Nelson Exceeds All Expectations

Light Nelson exceeded all expectations drawing over 40,000 people over two nights to the Queens Gardens and surrounds. The event, with over 40 installations from local and national artists, is in its second year, and organisers were hoping they’d top last year’s crowd of 16,000. More>>

MacGyver: Richard Dean Anderson To Attend Armageddon This October

New Zealand’s biggest pulp-culture event, the Armageddon Expo is proud to announce the world’s most recognised DIY action hero will be attending the Auckland event at the ASB Showgrounds from October 24th to 27th. More>>

ALSO:

Barbershop Gold: Māori Party Singing Praises Of The Musical Island Boys

The Maori Party has congratulated four young men on a mission, who in 2002 took up barbershop singing at Tawa College, and tonight took out the Gold Medal in the 2014 International Barbershop Harmony Society competitions in Las Vegas. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news