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Ben Waters - An Evening of Boogie Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll


Tue 29 Mar 2016, 8:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, 33 Buckingham St, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $79.38 ($75.00 + $4.38 fees)
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Listed by: akaroamusic

Boogie blues and rock ‘n’ roll legend Ben Waters returns to NZ with full live band following a sell-out tour of Australia and NZ in 2015. Ben’s prodigious piano talents, backed up by his son Tom on alto sax, are well renowned in the music business.

The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shakin’ Stevens, Ray Davies and Jools Holland – Ben has played with them all.

Ben has had a remarkable apprenticeship, having worked and recorded with many of the legendary greats of the rock ‘n roll world – The Rolling Stones in particular. Jools Holland, the internationally acclaimed band leader and boogie pianist, described Ben Waters as one of his favourite piano players of all time and asked him to perform at his wedding.

Ben and his band have performed for royalty and at Ray Davies’s Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London – Ray selected The Ben Waters Band as one of his favourites. They have toured Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, Hong Kong, Barbados, Australia and the States, where Ben played in the Lincoln Center and on Broadway in New York with the ABC&D of Boogie Woogie. (The A being Axel Zwingenberger; B – Ben Waters; C – Charlie Watts; D - Dave Green). He performed at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013 alongside Ronnie Wood at the fabulous Blues Fest.

Mick Jagger summed Ben up characteristically – “F…ing brilliant!”

Ben and his son Tom have played on Broadway in New York at the famous Les Paul’s Iridium Club. Tom (now 15) has been amazing audiences all over the world and steals the show every time! His alto sax was given to him by Tim Ries of the Rolling Stones at the Hyde Park concert in 2013, and it is his most precious possession. So prodigious is his talent he has been tutored by the legendary Blue Lou Marini (Blues Brothers) in New York.

Ben recorded “Boogie for Stu” at Jools Holland’s studio – a commemorative album in honour of the late Ian Stewart, family friend and founder of The Rolling Stones, all of whom, along with Jools and P-J Harvey are featured in the CD. It has topped blues and rock ‘n' roll charts worldwide.

Ben’s only previous visit to NZ (squeezed in at the last minute on a brief tour of Australia last year) resulted in two sell out performances in Akaroa where he will be returning for 2 gigs at the start of this tour.

Included in the ticket price is a donation to the Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group (WCG). Doors and bar open from 7pm - light refreshments available.

Don’t miss this rare chance to see one of the true greats of rock ‘n’ roll performing live at the Athenaeum in Arrowtown.

"One of the best pianists in the U.K." – The Times
"I have been a boogie fan since the 50's and seen pianists all over the world, none come close to Waters" – Blueprint Magazine
"Ben's Solos are full of flare and bravado" – The Birmingham Post
"Probably the best pianist I have played with" – Pete Thomas (sax with Elton John, Fats Domino)
“F***ing brilliant” – Mick Jagger
Jools Holland – Mojo Magazine – Ben Waters Band (Shakin in The Makin) – selected as one of his ten favourite boogie woogie albums ever.