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Crown Julz and The 24 Carats: South Island Tour


Fri 9 Jul 2010, 8:00pm

Where: Fat Eddie's, 179 Tuam St, Christchurch

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: julian

Come to Fat Eddie's and help us welcome Crown Julz and the 24 Carats to our stage. Crown Julz and the 24 Carats are a Wellington based trio featuring Crown Julz on vocals and guitar, Ben Wood on Drums and Patrick Bleakly on electric bass. They occasionally employ the talents of top Wellington saxophonist and organ player Lucien Johnson.

Crown Julz was introduced to the mysteries of music as a boy by his half Bajan Grandmother. His Bajan Great-Grandfather eloped to England with a high society white woman (Crown Julz's Great-Grandmother). The Bajan influence gives Crown Julz a strong afro-carribean flavour which mixes with his second love - Blues music. Throw funk, jazz and a bit of Celtic-prog into the mix and you have an idea of Crown Julz's potent style of guitar playing and singing. Since moving to Wellington 13 years ago he has collaborated with some of the city's finest musicians including Rick Cranson and Tom Callwood (Little Bushman rhythm section), Lucien Johnson, Jeff Henderson, and Nigel Patterson (Black Seeds).

Ben Wood is a prolific multi-instrumentalist heavily invloved in the Wellington music scene. His father worked as a diplomat throughout Ben's teenage years which took him to many different parts of the world where he soaked up the local culture and music. Ben plays drums with top NZ reggae band Hikoikoi as well as guitar with Hannah Howes. He records his own material under the moniker The Lorax.

Patrick Bleakly was the bass player for legendary kiwi psychedelic rockers Blerta and toured NZ and Austrailia with them. When Blerta ended he formed a Mammal with some of the other members of Blerta and went on to tour and record with that band. After a couple of years hiatus, he burst back into the scene as NZ jazz legend Johnathon Crayford's bass player. Patrick has played and still plays with just about every jazz and funk musician in Wellington and every second jazz gig you see in the Capital has Patrick pumping out the bass.

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