Vector Arena is proud to present The Warratahs & The Eastern together for a one-off night of roots, rock, reel and roof raising music at Auckland’s Great South Pacific Tuning Fork on Saturday 31 January. Iconic country gentlemen and players and creators of some of the finest songs New Zealand has heard, The Warratahs will team up with the hardest-driving, loudest-singing, stage-cracking Christchurch city, folk-singing wanderers The Eastern.
Joe Cocker has died at the age of 70. The singer passed away due to lung cancer. Hailing from Sheffield, England, the gravelly-voice vocalist was one of the highlights of 1969’s Woodstock Music Festival thanks to his bluesy version of The Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends. His Mad Dogs And Englishmen tour helped establish the career of Leon Russell.
It seems Austin, Texas is teeming with musical talent. The latest to emerge from the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital Of The World” is a gentleman named Alejandro Rose-Garcia…or as he’s known on record…Shakey Graves. Shakey, or “Al”, as his friends call him, stirred up a little buzz when he released his debut album in 2011. That one was a one-man-band affair, with Shakey pounding on an old Samsonite suitcase for percussion. His new album, And The War Came, is a bit more sophisticated and features several duets with vocalist Esme Patterson. With a show scheduled at Auckland’s Tuning Fork in late February, it seemed only right and just that The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda should give Shakey Graves a call and find out what’s on his mind.
Charles Bradley, the veteran soul man who forms part of the Daptone roster along with Sharon Jones and Lee Fields, is scheduled to perform in Auckland this coming March. The 66-year-old New York-based singer has had a bust few years…his latest album, Victim Of Love, was released in 2013, a documentary about him, called Soul Of America, was released in 2012 and just recently, Bradley returned to the iconic Apollo Theatre in Harlem, where he took part in a Daptone Revue show along with Sharon Jones and a host of other Daptone acts. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to Charles Bradley just a few days after the string of Apollo performances.
Philadelphia’s The War On Drugs…perhaps the hottest band on the planet (in some circles)…wrapped up their current world tour with the first of a two-night stand at Auckland’s Powerstation. Needless to say, it was sold out. It also lived up to all expectations.
It’s a dark and stormy week in Auckland, marked by heavy rain and gloomy faces. But at The Kings Arms Kiwi rockers The Datsuns take our storm and raise it, bursting in with music louder than thunder, a stage show more spectacular than lightning and a set heavier than a torrential downpour.
Vector Arena is proud to present Australian singer/songwriter Jordie Lane on his return to New Zealand. Lane will play Auckland’s Great South Pacific Tuning Fork on Thursday 19 March 2015 as part of his first national tour in two years, playing songs from his latest EP Not Built To Last, and acclaimed records Blood Thinner and Sleeping Patterns.
The clue, really, was on the ticket — Joan Armatrading. Not Joan Armatrading and band; no, just Joan Armatrading. And so that was the show — 90 minutes of one woman, three guitars and an electric piano.
Astral People in association with Robin Fernando presents the uncompromising and fearless Freddie Gibbs. As an uncut distillation of his surrounds, Gibbs will set foot in New Zealand for two shows next year in February.
Friday 20th February 2015, The Studio, Auckland
Saturday 21st February 2015, James Cabaret, Wellington
Tickets on sale from Tuesday, 23 December at 9am through Dash Tickets.