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Laura Collins and The Back Porch Blues Band


Fri 21 Oct 2016, 9:00pm–11:30pm

Where: Iconic Restaurant Club Bar, 236 High Street, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Door Sales: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Laura Collins

Lovin’ it 'Live', Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band.

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band are bringing their own brand of the blues live to Christchurch, they'll be celebrating their new album release 'Live at VK's'.

Collins, who is known for being an energetic front woman, likes to move between ballsy blues and soulful ballads, making them her own. She says "I'm really happy that the album has caught what I love about this band - the enormous fun and energy we have when we're playing."

At the Iconic Bar on Friday the 21st October you'll no doubt hear Nina Simone, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt and Laura's take on some unsuspecting men, Bill Withers and BB King amongst them.

Laura says "Blues comes straight from the heart and that’s just how I like it, it’s accessible, joyful, heart full music and not only that it makes me want to move – what’s not to like?”

Laura's band are all long time players in the Wellington and National music scene. Wayne Mason, well-known singer-songwriter, is also one hell of a fine boogie piano player and we’re lucky enough to have him ‘firing it up’ on our behalf. Think Fats Domino, think Dr John, think Professor Longhair and you’ll be in the right honky tonk.

On guitar John O’Connoris making it sing, a man of long time fame in the Wellington music scene (he's worked with Kiri Te Kanawa, Mark Williams, BB King, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley). He’s a pedal free man, it’s all in his fingers – just masterful.

In the engine room George Barris on upright bass (in his early days part of ‘Highway) is joined by Pete Cogswell on the ‘back porch’ drums. “Having a pulled back rhythm section just allows us to be lower volume and bring a really warm vocal led sound. We’ll still make you want to dance, though, this band just swings. Head down to the Iconic, if you love it 'live'!"

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band, Friday 21st October, 2016, Iconic Bar, Christchurch, doors 8.30pm, show from 9pm, tickets $20 on the door.

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..."

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