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SummerTimes(tm) Summer Lunches Rock Cathedral Sq.

December 22, 2003

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SummerTimes(tm) Summer Lunches Rock Cathedral Square
Summer Lunches, Cathedral Square, Friday January 9,16,23,30, February
13,20,and 27, 12.15 pm to 1.45pm

No excuse to miss lunch when there's entertainment like this on the cards!

Each Friday lunchtime from 12.15pm to 1.45pm between January 9th and February 27th, Cathedral Square comes alive to the sounds of the best in local entertainment.

Dance band Puree begin on January 9th. They will bring a beach party to Cathedral Square, giving crowds a taste of what's on offer in Twist'n by the Pool events. Dominique and Kelvin specialize in a blend of top 40 hits from the last three decades, along with funk, disco and pop classics.

Sixteen piece big band Sideline Swing will perform swing and jive music on Friday January 16th. Songs and music from the 1930's to the 1950's with the charm of yesteryear like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Count Basie make up their programme. Sideline Swing are accompanied by dancers from the Hepcat Swing Demo Troupe.

Phil Garland and Bush Telegraph are well known locally. Phil is a respected folklorist and musical balladeer who has recorded over 17 albums and has been entertaining for more than 30 years. Their performance on Friday January 23rd will have a Kiwiana theme and includes traditional and original songs.

Eight piece band FUSA will bring Hip Hop, R & B, and Jazz fusion to Cathedral Square on Friday January 30th. Five MC's front the band; Shane and Lupe Asi, Ave Robertson, Solomon Smith, and Red Setu. With an average age of 23, this young band has an international flavour, while retaining their pacific roots.

For swinging jazz sandwiched between layers of lush vocal harmony join Volare on Friday February 13th. Elizabeth Braggins, Nicki Reece and Susan De Jong are well known musical personalities. Elizabeth is known nationwide for her piano, vocal and composition work, Nicki has performed with most of Christchurch's finest jazz musicians and Susan has chalked up 15 years performing in Australia, the USA and Thailand with Big Bands, small combos and jazz choirs.

The Woolston Junior Band has over thirty members, and the majority are aged between 12 and 21 years of age. These talented youngsters are drawn from over eleven high schools throughout Christchurch and will perform on Friday February 20th. Their programme includes a wide variety of music, from movie and television themes to popular sons and big band numbers.

The Summer Lunches series finishes on Friday February 27th with a performance by Sneaky Feet, one of the city's most popular and well-known rhythm and blues bands. With over 18 years experience, Sneaky Feet are comprised of Danny Wilson, Gary Easterbrook and Mike Arthur and they regularly play events all over the Christchurch and Canterbury area.


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