Nelson Musical Theatre, 95 Atawhai Drive, Friday 23rd February, 2018, doors 7.30pm, show from 8.00pm, bar on site, $20 on the door, $8 from every ticket goes to the Boathouse rebuild fund
Keeping the blues ‘live’ for the Boathouse.
Wellington based Laura Collins and her Back Porch Blues Band, who were set to play the Boathouse on Friday 23rd February, due to storm damage will now be ‘keeping the blues live’ at the Nelson Musical Theatre and fundraising to help rebuild the Boathouse whilst they’re at it.
Collins says “The Boathouse is a much-loved venue of ours and many touring bands, this seems like the ideal opportunity to give them a little love whilst we’re down there.”
Laura, who is up front from the very start, with high energy, cheek and vocal strength leads and celebrates her band – and gives them licence to shine. And shine they do, with Wayne Mason, master of boogie ‘burning it up’ on the keys and adding his iconic voice to the vocal mix and John O’Connor, ‘eating it up’ on lead guitar, never self-indulgent – just soulful and astonishing.
The rhythm section brings a warm acoustic volume with George Barris on tasty upright bass and Peter Cogswell on the ‘back porch’ drums proving that you don’t need to be loud to groove. Expect to be out of your seats, this band just swings.
You will likely hear a little Fats Domino, Beth Hart, Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, John Lee Hooker, some of Laura’s own and others she can put her stamp on, all with their roots in the blues.
This band is a combination of ‘old hands’ who have been making music a long time, absolutely revelling in the playing. A night out with Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band is a joyful celebration of why we would ‘keep the music live’.
Reviewed in the Cook Island News.
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