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Laura Collins & The Back Porch Blues Band - Dressed Up Blues


Fri 21 Mar 2014, 8:00pm

Where: Princes Gate Hotel, 1057 Arawa St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $22.50 ($20.00 + $2.50 fees)
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Listed by: Sally Garner

The luxurious feel of the Princes Gate Monarch Room will set a rich backdrop to a night of 'warm-hearted, dressed- up blues' dished up by Wellington based Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band.

Laura Collins, known for her soulful vocal delivery and on-stage energy giving it sass, cheek and heart in equal measure says “I’m all about putting on a show. I’m lucky enough to be playing with some men who are huge talents, I enjoy working with them just so I get to listen to them". One of those talents is Wayne Mason, a well-known Kiwi songwriter in his other life, also one hell of a stonkin’ boogie blues piano player. So look out for wild solos with a wonderful sense of abandon. Matthew Newman, originally from Portland Oregon on guitar, moves between adding funk to handing out heart-wrenching solos with ease. In the engine room George Barris (long time NZ player, of early fame in the band 'Highway') on mellow upright bass and Pete Cogswell on Back Porch Drums.

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band were last in Rotorua for their sold out Blues Cruise at the Rotorua Blues Festival in 2013. Sally Garner, one of the festival organisers says " a fantastic line up of seasoned blues musicians performing in Rotorua’s newest up-market venue— this has to be one show you won’t want to miss!

Laura says having a more acoustic rhythm section allows the band to stay at an easy volume “It doesn’t need to be loud to groove, this is a vocals led band and I’m all about finding the heart of the song. We’re about keeping it mellow, easy on the ears, but we’ll still make you want to dance”.
You can expect a little Etta James, some Bonnie Raitt, some Muddy Waters and many more favourites, a whole lot of cheek, some fine playing and a dressed up, toe-tapping, good old southern time on the back porch.

The Monarch Room, Princes Gate Hotel.

Tickets $20 on the door, numbers limited.

To book for dinner prior contact The Princes Gate Hotel.
Free phone: 0800 500 705
Phone: +64 7-348 1179

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