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Tue 30 Dec 2014, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park, 463 Old Taupo Rd, Springfield, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

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The Rogue Stage Presents Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men at Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park
The concert will be hosted on the lawn, behind the Chirpy Cafe. Tables, chairs and picnic benches are available, but should you wish to bring your own fold up seating, please do so. We will have open fires lit later on in the evening, adding a bit of extra magic. The mobile bamboo stage will also make its appearance again!

Parking: Signs will allocate the appropiate parking for this concert. The camp is very busy this time of the year and it is vital to make use of allocated parking.

Its is a BYO concert, food must be ordered from the cafe. Delicious home-style meals.

Opening act: John Hamilton and support 7.30pm
Main act: Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men 8.15 until 10pm
More about Bernie Griffen .....
Founding member of The Grifters, Bernie Griffen has been front and centre of New Zealand’s music scene for nearly two decades, as long-time and well-loved host of 95bFM’s Border Radio show as well as performer and champion of independent Kiwi music.

A singer-songwriter with a powerful voice full of soul, humour and sadness, Griffen is a story-teller to the core, penning songs about characters real and imagined existing in a world of criminals and saints; dusty feet and wounded hearts. He draws influence from blues, from the country-rock of Gram Parsons and The Grateful Dead, the sharp-tongued lyrical wit of Bob Dylan, the mournful wails of Neil Young and outlaw country singers like Johnny Cash.

2014 sees Griffen step out into new territory with the record Salvation, recorded at Auckland’s The Lab studio with a star-studded back-up band The Thin Men, comprised of the formidable Chris O’Connore [The Phoenix Foundation, Trinity Roots, SJD and more], Mike Hall and Mathias Jordan [Pluto], and Jolyon Mulholland [Gasoline Cowboy, Mulholland] with Steve Roach [Bernie Griffen and the Grifters] and long-time partner/collaborator Kirsten Warner.

The new record sings out like a scream in a quiet night -- Bernie’s characters are hard-living and hard-loving, outlaw and saviour, the lover and the man in trouble -- Bernie Griffen tells tales of adventure, loss and a life hard lived.

It’s a timely follow-up from 2011’s Everything So Far (Bernie Griffen and the Grifters) -- which featured the song “29 Diamonds”, championed by Radio New Zealand’s Trevor Reekie in 2011: "If there’s any justice in this industry, “29 Diamonds” would win a Silver Scroll, it is achingly poignant and it will travel forever."

Having warmed the stage for such esteemed touring acts as Justin Townes Earle, Little Band of Gold and Eileen Jewell, Griffen is a well-travelled performer who sings his heart-felt and unique brand of blues-based folk music with passion and drive.

Drawing inspiration from the rigorous work ethic of The Eastern and Delaney Davidson, Griffen and band will set off on an epic tour of New Zealand in support of Salvation, including the 25th September album launch at The Tuning Fork, Vector Arena, Auckland.
Tickets on sale at Musicworks Rotorua. $20 pre-sale or $25 on the door.
And there is always FB .. Follow The Rogue Stage or Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men for regular updates.

Kind regards,
Karin and the entire The Rogue Stage team
Listen: NZ Herald Album Stream
Interview: Radio NZ with Trevor Reekie

Should you like to stay over for the night, please feel free to contact Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park on contact phone number: 07-346 3140 (Speak to Albert or Riza De Buys or Glenys)

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