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National Jazz Festival 2017 - Hurricane Party


Sat 15 Apr 2017, 7:30pm–11:00pm
Sun 16 Apr 2017, 7:30pm–11:00pm

Where: The Tauranga on the Waterfront, 1 Second Avenue, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission (per day): $35.00
  • General Admission (Double Header): $60.00
  • Additional fees may apply

A night of off-the-scale talent from these ensemble blues roots juggernauts.

Blast your blues away with local legends Brilleaux followed by NZ’s sensational Swamp Thing on Saturday night! Local band Brilleaux kick off the Hurricane Party this year after rave reviews during their third UK tour recently. No slow renditions of old blues classics here - just energetic, sweaty rock n roll with screaming harmonica.

On a big stage with an audience of music lovers, Brilleaux are in their element, so stack the chairs, clear the dance floor.

Followed by... Swamp Thing, whose ability to entertain and captivate an audience, showcase their outstanding musical passion. Grant Haua's unique vocal sound is deep and gravelly, while Michael Barker's instrumental skills lay the solid foundation that drives Swamp Thing Swamp through soundscapes from brooding to high energy dance grooves. The enriched line-up includes Ben Wilcox on keyboards; Finn Scholes on trumpet & vibraphone; Jonathan Brittain on trombone.

As an exclusive Festival treat the crew will be joined by highly acclaimed Mike Foster on sousaphone and double bass - straight from Louisiana!

Brilleaux - 7:30pm - 9:15pm
Swamp Thing - 9:45pm - 11:30pm

The Cactus Channel & the Hipstamatics (Sun 16 April):

Kicking off the night - Melbourne’s best-kept secret The Cactus Channel bring their infectiously funk sound to Tauranga. Described as “Tightly raw soul, rambling deep-funk jams and organ-driven party mash-ups” this 8 piece outfit have been delighting Festival audiences all over Australia - and now it’s our turn!

Then, Jazz Festival favourites - Hipstamatics take the stage. This unbelievably talented ensemble take iconic tunes and reinterpret them into an authentic vintage soul/funk/Jazz style of their own distinct flavour.

Elements of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and James Brown are evident in the sound. Comprising three lead vocals and a horn section this 9 piece band will surely bring the party! See you on the dance floor!

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