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Ukulele trio headlining at Rivercity Caboodle 2013

13 September 2012

Renowned Ukulele Trio headed for the River City

Ukuleles headlining at Rivercity Caboodle 2013

Earlier this year Mainstreet Wanganui closed off parts of the CBD to create a carnival atmosphere for the inaugural Rivercity Caboodle. The event was such a hit with visitors and locals alike that planning is already well underway for the next one and Mainstreet has managed to secure one of New Zealand’s top ukulele acts to headline it. ‘The Nukes’ are an Auckland based trio who play original pieces composed for ukulele and their unique blend of humour, nostalgia, kiwiana and charm has delighted audiences all over the country. The Nukes are: David Parker (Rhythm Cage, The Parker Project), Ben Collier (Goldenhorse, The Magnets) and David Thiele (or Snapper as they call him on stage) is the eccentric glue that binds them all. With ukulele music now back in vogue this group are sure to be a hit with music lovers of all ages.

In the past two years The Nukes have been stirring up a huge national following with a succession of performances at festivals such as The Bluff Oyster Festival, Splore, Hamilton Garden Festival, Coromandel Ukulele Festival, Devonport Food & Wine Festival, Hawkes Bay and NZ Ukulele Festivals, Titirangi Festival of Music and huge highlights in 2012, the Melbourne Ukulele festival and WOMAD.

Mainstreet Wanganui Marketing Manager Elise Goodge says, “after the rave reviews ‘The Nukes’ received at WOMAD last year I knew we had to have them, lucky for us Snapper has family here in Whanganui so when I phoned him he said he had been hoping an opportunity to play in Whanganui would present itself, it was very serendipitous.”

Mainstreet are reprising some of the most popular aspects of this year’s Caboodle next year including an outdoor movie screening in the evening and the Ridgway Street stage, they will also be acting on feedback gathered from the community and retailers and will be closing down some additional areas of the CBD to traffic and including a ‘kids zone’ for families.

With visiting out of town acts such as ‘The Nukes’ and some of our best local talent on show Whanganui will once again be the place to be next Wellington Anniversary Weekend.

The Rivercity Caboodle (part of the Wanganui Vintage Weekend)
When: Saturday 19 January 2013
Where: Wanganui CBD
Time: 10am – 12 midnight

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