The role of the artist is a question posed by artist and audience alike, in an attempt to seek the purpose behind creativity and its cultural celebration. Ambiguous in nature, it can be difficult to underpin the exact purpose of the artist in an oversaturated market of “art” for entertainment value- a shallow reading of such profound forms of human expression. Jakob’s powerful performance on Saturday night at the Kings’ Arms, however, confirmed for me the most significant role of any artist- to incite feeling. It is only when this is achieved that art may transcend genre to exist autonomously, where comparison becomes redundant, leaving little room for petty judgment.
Vector Arena’s little sister venue The Tuning Fork may look like a Coffee Club franchise from the outside, but once you’re in the front door the heavy red velvet curtains, scent of whiskey and kitschy sign behind the bar give off a vastly different vibe. Tonight the lit-up sign reads SJD, because Sean James Donnelly and his five-piece band are here to promote new album Saint John Divine.
One of my great joys of reviewing for 13th Floor has been the discoveries of styles and singers and songwriting in the passing parade of memorable musical talent that shows up when I walk through the doors of Auckland’s Tuning Fork. I had possibly one of the best of the year with Tami Neilson, a week or so back. So it was with that same frisson of anticipation last night, that I went back to this favourite venue to listen to Frank Turner with his backing band, The Sleeping Souls. Click here to read the entire review and view a photo gallery by Michael Flynn.
First off, I must admit I can hardly be called a Ricky Martin fan…I can probably name two of his songs and I’ve never seen X Factor, so whatever shenanigans took place there are of no interest to me.
Mel Parsons kicked off her 22-date New Zealand tour with a show at Auckland’s Tuning Fork. Parsons has just released her third album, Drylands, and most of the musicians responsible for creating that record were on stage with her.
Right you lot, looks like you’re spoilt for choice again this weekend. Saturday brings not one, not two but five things! Well there’s more that on actually, but y’know the drill, I give you a few tasters or we’d be here all day. Some weeks it’s a bit like I’m Camp Mother sending you out on an orienteering mission (cue flashbacks to being home from school on a sick day, watching the Topp Twins on telly).
English folk-punk musician Frank Turner will perform tonight at Auckland’s Tuning Fork along with his band The Sleeping Souls. This will be followed by a second show at Meow in Wellington tomorrow. Turner has been more active than usual lately, having just written a memoir titled, The Road Beneath My Feet and promoted it with a short book tour in the UK. He also has a new, as yet, untitled album in the works, which was recorded in Nashville. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke with Frank Turner while he was touring Australia and spoke to him about the new book and album.