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The Christchurch Pop Up Concert Series - Blues in the Night


Sat 18 Jul 2015, 7:30pm–10:30pm

Where: Sumner Community Centre, 28 Wiggins St, Christchurch

Restrictions: R18

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A cabaret style acoustic blues extravaganza featuring Christchurch's vintage blues heavyweights hosted by Scottish born folk blues jazz singer/songwriter Isabella (Izzy) Miller Bell aka Ma Bell. Blues in the Night takes a nostalgic trip down memory lane to recapture and tell the story of the Blues - Fifty deadly night shades

Ma Bell's Guests include 1 Foot in the Blues featuring Barbara Fox & Blair Allchurch. Barbara is a pianist and vocalist with the voice of the blues, a singer that tells it like it is - natural and raw - a powerful unforgettable brew. She is a blues artist who has shared the stage with many local luminaries such as the Coalrangers, Ranchsliders and Billy Ebeling, and has opened for legendary blues greats Charlie Musselwhite and John Hammond. Blair's musical career began in the 70's playing guitar for much acclaimed local band Gretel who supported international touring acts Blood Sweat & Tears and Suzie Quatro. Partners off and on stage they more recently opened for Australian slide guitar maestro Jeff Lang. A common love for the blues, a clash of country and roots influences and a heartfelt conviction to their craft has led to the formation of this unique duo.

Jon Maxim Hooker & Izzy Miller Bell two leading exponents of the acoustic tradition join with Susan Grant - two time instrumental award winner of the Gore Golden guitar awards. Performing as Mama's Got The Blues they traverse across folk blues, Jazz and country lines leaving no stone unturned, from birth to death with all the juicy bits in between.

Delta Lady join the line up, a gutsy acoustic trio fronted by Catherine Smith who's soaring vocals and gritty guitar mingle with the superb harp playing of Billy Vallance layered across Dutch born Hans Verhagen's dirty dobra to deliver some smoking hot authentic Delta Blues.

Adding a little sizzle and spice to the night burlesque star Miss Bonita Danger Doll makes a special guest appearance. Hailing from Christchurch this burlesque beauty will captivate and mesmerize you, an alluring femme fatale who is all woman with a love for danger that like the blues runs through the veins. Bonita Danger Doll is "Aphrodite in fishnets".

If your shade is blue then this is the show for you - fifty deadly night shades - bring your own poison. Warning! Not for the fainthearted.

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For more Info call 384 4177 or 021 178 1107. Table Reservations Groups of 8 +

Note: Change of programme: sorry to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances Jon Maxim Hooker will not be performing, however delighted to announce that guitarist Bob Heinz with Mike Kime on upright bass will be joining the line up.

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