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Taos & S.S.


Sat 31 Dec 2011, 12:00pm–5:30am

Where: Dux de Lux, 14-16 Church St, Queenstown

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Live show only: $15.00
  • Taos: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Taos are stoked to be bringing in the new year in the beautiful setting of Queenstown. For $20 you not only gain entry to the Dux de Lux, but you also have access to Subculture all day from high noon till 5:30am... Both bars will have a free drink for you on arrival too.

Tickets available from Dux de Lux, Subculture & Quest. (If you just want to hit the live show it's a $15 ticket and one free drink with it.)

The band was born in 2001 on Waiheke Island, with members David Walters and Chris Leqeta, who are now based in Christchurch. The uniqueness that is the Taos sound has proved that they are an upcoming force in the New Zealand music scene.

Their captivating crossblend of Aotearoa roots/rock/reggae/dub/dancehall/D 'n' B music, and ability to create high-energy freestyle flows during their stage performances, always leaves the crowd wanting more...

The name Taos came from a few things: "The Art Of Sound"; "Try Achieve Other Styles"; "Trees Are Organic Sculptures"; and Tao, a Chinese way of thinking. All these were influenced by the original MC Billy Fluid in 2001.

2005 saw the band expand with new members. Davie Walters, the original guitarist, now fronts the band with vocals and keys; Chris Leqeta continued on drums, ensuring the original Taos sound is heard; Aaron Flintoff on guitar; Bryce Collier on bass; Tamati Taukamo on guitar and vocals. Recently, DJ Iwikau has been added to the mix, taking over drums with Chris now on saxophone and vocals

Taos have had the privilege to play numerous venues and festivals, from Culturefest on Waiheke Island, Dunedin Winter Solstice and the Canaan Downs Festival. They have played alongside the following talented NZ artists; Katchfire, Kora, Cornerstone Roots, Sunshine Soundsystem, Rhombus, House of Shem, UK group Overproof Sound System and Australian group The Potbelleez to name a few. Taos have also been privileged to collaborate live on stage with MCs and vocalists Billy Fluid (original Taos), Mana, Kp, Switch, Imon Star, P.Diggs, Antsman, Lisa T, and a host of other top Kiwi musicians.

You can hear some of their recordings at their Myspace. Also their Youtube Channel features some live recordings in Christchurch.