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Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band


Sat 13 Jun 2015, 8:30pm–11:00pm

Where: The Old Mill, 32 Main St, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Listed by: Laura Collins

Makin' the house jump with Back Porch Blues at The Old Mill

Wellington based Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band are heading to The Old Mill, Napier on Saturday 13th June ready to 'make the house jump'.
Laura Collins, known for her soulful vocal delivery, on-stage energy and emphasis on entertainment says “I’m all about putting on a show. I’m lucky enough to be playing with some men who are huge talents, they've all played many a juke joint in their time".

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 'Mad Professor' style wild solos with a wonderful sense of abandon. John O'Connor on guitar has worked with many of New Zealand’s well-known musicians and is considered one of New Zealand’s guitar legends. He has played and recorded with many well known artists including BB King, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.

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 says "We’re about keeping it mellow and easy on the ears, but we’ll still make you want to dance. We've been messing with some great tunes, expect Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Fats Domino and you're in the right honky tonk. We'll have our soulful moments but we're also heading out to make the house jump".

Quote from Review from Manawatu Standard June 2nd, 2014

"The Back Porch Band had a great feel about it ranging from solidly funky to gloriously gospel, their backing vocals superbly supporting this sassy songstress. With each number given a highly original blues sound, this band fairly rocked the joint..."

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band, Saturday 13th June, The Old Mill, Napier, Doors open: 7.30pm, show from 8.30 - 11.00pm, tickets $20 on the door

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