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Struggle No More


Fri 4 May 2018, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Sat 12 May 2018, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full Price: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Concession: $8.20 ($8.00 + $0.20 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

Celebrating NZ Music Month with Costa Botes' affectionate music documentary on Wellington band, The Windy City Strugglers, one of New Zealand’s most enduring blues bands.

“The Windy City Strugglers finally get their close-up in Costa Botes’ funny, affectionate music documentary. First appearing in 1968, when The Stones were the world’s most famous blues band, The Strugglers were founded by Australian draft-dodger Bill Lake, and emulated the gentler blues of Memphis jug bands. Lake’s flatmate and friend Rick Bryant would soon join the band. As other groups rose and fell around him, Bryant would always come back to The Strugglers. Covering songs they loved, they eventually evolved into first-rate songwriters themselves. Botes talks to Strugglers past and present, draws colourful anecdotage from such reliable witnesses as Simon Morris, Graham Brazier and Midge Marsden – and whips in a few music industry types to reveal the limitations of the commercial world. The saga Botes traces here is such a distinctively Kiwi one, with a shy guy at the heart of it. Stoically self-effacing offstage, Lake gently asserts the value of changing only enough to stay true to the stuff you love.” — NZIFF, 2006

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