Welcome to the May 2009 Bulletin of the Hamilton Blues Society
The April Jam was a fantastic fusion and a rocking good night: we had several ladies singing and
another playing the viola, plus a different kind of "number one squeeze" - a well-loved piano
accordion - and everyone seemed to have only great words to say at the end! Tony our webmaster has done some great work to get our photo pages updated so take a look soon.
All photos are taken by Sönke Dwenger www.dithmarschen-wiki.de/Soenke_Dwenger - be sure to read his Biography (in English) or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Next jam for 2009 is Thursday 14th May at Biddy Mulligan starting at 7pm with ‘Have a Go’ Hour
Gumboots and Blues Saturday 23rd May 7.30pm ~ Founders Theatre, Hamilton
PROCEEDS TO HOSPICE WAIKATO. A Variety Show Extravaganza featuring:
Blues Legend Midge Marsden, Entertainer Jackie Clarke, Compere Frankie Stevens, Opera Star
Julia Booth, Hamilton Gospel Choir and many more exciting local acts including Hamilton Blues
Societies Johnny Stash and Pauline Sinel.
Tickets from Ticket Direct $60, or $50 if group of 4 or more + Fees, Pre-Sales at all Hamilton
Libraries, Phone Sales 0800 224 224, Door Sales one hour prior to event.
HBS presents its 2nd Annual…
Ladies Sing the Blues show
with special guests from Wellington Mojo Mama (and the Hired Guns) featuring
Thursday 28th May 8pm ~ Altitude Bar (the old ‘Lady H’ for those that remember those
days!) 30 Alexandra Street, Hamilton
Tickets $10 for members, $15 for non-members, pre sold tickets available at May Jam night
and from Altitude Bar, Shearers Music Works or from Pauline on 021 109 5630.
This is the show of the year with Chris Maydon, Pauline Sinel & Zeb Davies on stage as
Hamilton„s Ladies singing the Blues followed by a rocking good night with Mojo Mama and
one of New Zealand‟s favorite blues men BullFrog Rata. So come along and support us in this
new Big venue enlisted especially for this night. It‟s going to be a big one!
Ladies Sing the Blues in Rotorua featuring the HBS women Sunday 31st May 7pm ~ The
Belgian Bar, 1151 Arawa Street, Rotorua.
AGM of the Hamilton Blues Society
Thursday 11th June 2009 7pm, prior to the Jam ~ Biddy Mulligan’s Irish Bar, 742
Come along early to support the club and help vote in the new committee. All 08/09 financial
members have a vote.
BOP Blues Jam ~ The Belgian Bar, 1151 Arawa Street, Rotorua.
The BOP blues jam is held on the first Wednesday of the month over in Rotorua. Door charge is
$5 for non-members and no charge for BOP Blues members and participating musicians.
Hamilton Jazz Society ~ Centennial Lounge, Te Rapa Racecourse, Hamilton
The Jazz Society meets for a Regular monthly jazz evening on the last Sunday of the month.
Members of HBS who show their membership cards can enter at the Hamilton Jazz Society
Members $7, Non-members $12, Meals $13.
Hamilton Acoustic Music Club ~ Biddy Mulligan’s Irish Bar, 742 Victoria Street
The Acoustic Music Club meets for a Regular monthly jam on the first Wednesday of the month.
Other Notices & Reviews
I am still keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in taking over this email bulletin
once a month. It‟s mainly a gig guide with a few reviews and points of interest.
I can provide a lot of the detail of what needs to be included, but would love someone with a
creative flare/flair to put their mark on it. Email Pauline at email@example.com if you are
Review of National Jazz Festival Jazz Village Tauranga Easter Sunday – by Pauline Sinel
The Hamilton Blues Society did it so well. We hosted the „Jamming Stage‟ at the TV3 Jazz Village from 11am through to after 4pm on Sunday the 12th April 2009. The Jazz Village was new venue and concept for the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga. It was located at the old historic village near the hospital. It was a roaring success with 11,000 through the gates on the Sunday. The setting was magic with the overall feeling of a New Orleans village oozing from every street corner in the miniature village. They had 5 stages running throughout and it was open on Sunday and Monday from 10-6pm. The only complaint of that first day was they had under catered for the numbers so it was taking an hour to queue for coffee and food. They got it right for the Monday crowd however.
HBS took over 5 bands to cover the 5 hours, they were Blue Print, Johnny Stash, the HBS Band with the Ladies (and the Man) Sing the Blues show, River Rockers and the Stienikins. We had great technical sound support from Peter Wood & Kevin as we had to take our own PA. This totaled 22 of us Hamiltonians showing them how we do the blues over the hill. The venue was a replica of the ‘Grand old opery’ as someone put it and it was packed with a constant turnover of people all day.
HBS has a lot to be proud of and they have already asked us back for next year‟s festival.
Comments from the Tony Joe White 23rd April 2009 Power Clarence Street Theatre
"Wow, Ian Moss was just amazing as a solo performer; I really found that aspect a bonus to the
night. Tony Joe and band were just great from where I sat, sound was good and the keyboards were grunty. Could have done more for an encore though, I felt a bit let down there" and on the other side of the fence. “It was awful” which I think stemmed from the heavy bass sound.