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

 


Downtown Jumping with Jazz this Easter

Downtown Jumping with Jazz this Easter

This Easter, more than twenty bands and performers will once again flood Tauranga waterfront for the 53rd National Jazz Festival’s Downtown Carnival.

Taking place in the central city on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April, Tauranga’s biggest street party brings some of the best jazz, blues, funk and soul to downtown. With four stages set up along the Strand, street performers in Red Square, and fantastic family entertainment on the waterfront, the city is a hive of activity from noon until 6pm each day.

Kicking off the festival on Saturday are local blues stalwarts Kokomo, a local six-piece who are renowned for their dynamic live shows. The stella line up also features several festival favourites, including the high-energy, hard driving, rhythm and blues band Brilleaux on Sunday.

Saturday afternoon sees the return of the ever-popular Hipstamatics performing their red hot take on funk and soul on the Radio Hauraki Stage, the perfect set to follow Aaron Saxon’s funky jazz-fusion power trio.

On Sunday jazz vocalist and flutist Trudy Lile opens the carnival with her talented foursome on the Classic Hits stage. Kelly Ballard, ex-Tauranga Boys College, returns from the Wellington Jazz School to perform later that afternoon with his contemporary jazz four-piece.

The family fun-zone is back again this year, with plenty of great rides and activities for the kids on offer on the waterfront. The Little Big Markets set up shop on Sunday, providing a place to relax and rest your weary feet between sets.

For the full Downtown Carnival lineup and to find out when your favourite band is playing, check out www.jazz.org.nz.

Catch a Bus for Free this Easter!
If you’re after a no-fuss way to travel to and from the Jazz Festival this Easter Weekend, then why not go by bus – for free! On Saturday and Sunday (19 and 20 April), Bay of Plenty Regional Council is providing free buses, at an increased frequency of service, on all Tauranga urban routes. For full route information, visit www.baybus.co.nz or call 0800 4BAYBUS (0800 422928).

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Review: The Magic Flute - Magic Moments

Max Rashbrooke: Mozart’s The Magic Flute is an extraordinary tale, blending a story of great solemnity, of elegant music and Masonic virtue overcoming hatred and discord, with elements of extreme silliness and pure fantasy. .. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: ‘Lovely Swans Of Art’

On Cillia McQueen's 'In a Slant Light': Diary-keeping forms the basis of much of this memoir – as with earlier poems – and we are led gracefully through the waves of her life as she sails through both rough and smooth waters. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: From Here And There

Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
by Helene Wong.
This is the fascinating story of Helene Wong, born in 1949 in Taihape to Chinese parents: her mother, born soon after her parents migrated here, and her father, born in China but sent to relatives in Taihape at seven to get an education in English. More>>

Chiku: Hamilton Zoo's Baby Chimpanzee Named

Hamilton Zoo has named its three-month-old baby chimpanzee after a month-long public naming competition through the popular zoo’s website. The name chosen is Chiku, a Swahili name for girls meaning "talker" or "one who chatters". More>>

Game Over: Trans-Tasman Netball League To Discontinue

Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand have confirmed that the existing ANZ Championship format will discontinue after the current 2016 season, with both organisations to form national netball leagues in their respective countries. More>>

NZSO Review: Stephen Hough Is Perfection-Plus

He took risks, and leant into the music when required. But you also felt that every moment of his playing made sense in the wider picture of the piece. Playing alongside him, the NZSO were wonderful as ever, and their guest conductor, Gustavo Gimeno, coaxed from them a slightly darker, edgier sound than I’m used to hearing. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: King Lear At Circa

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's streamlined, full throttle production, it's more than made up for by plenty of lascivious violence designed to entertain the groundlings. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news