Museum gig ticket update – 6th August

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Dear readers

There has been a huge demand for tickets and I have exactly 2 tickets left in The Rogue Stage Box Office.

Musicworks Rotorua has 25 left and I am not sure how many at Rotorua Museum.

If you want to come, please buy your tickets as soon as you can.

Re food:

You are encouraged to place a pre-order with cafe staff to be ready for you, either upon arrival 6pm or at the break, 8pm.

Kindest regards and huge gratitude for your support!

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Music at the Museum is back!

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One night of extraordinary live music at Rotorua Museum!

Five bands – featuring Emmiline Henry & Jason Hamon, Fraser Ross & Jeremy Desmond, Albi and the Wolves, Brendan & Alison Turner and The Bads – from 6pm to 9pm.

The evening will kick off in the Museum Café at 6pm with Emmiline Henry and Jason Hamon, winners of the New Zealand Music Month 2015 Rotorua You Tube Challenge.
Guests will then enjoy music by Fraser Ross, accompanied by Jeremy Desmond on guitar.

At 7pm Albi and the Wolves will get your toes tapping in the stunning acoustics of the Museum foyer, with Albi’s smooth vocals and music that draws inspiration from a wide variety of genres.

Talented duo Brendan and Alison Turner will then take to the stage singing original folk harmonies before the intermission at 8pm.

Well respected folk and country band The Bads, with special guest Mr Dave Khan, wrap up the night with a 45 minute set sure to get you on your feet!

Tickets are $20 per person or $10 for students and tickets are on sale from Rotorua Museum reception, Musicworks (1141 Pukuatua Street), or through The Rogue Stage at

The Museum Café is licensed and will be open for refreshments until the end of the intermission so enjoy tasty hot food, beverages and coffees. You might like to pre-order platters to have between 6pm – 7pm.

For further information contact Karin Vincent, The Rogue Stage, phone 021 0238 1057 or email

Tickets have already been selling like hot cakes! I do hope you all will be able to come, this is going to be a great night!

Two Chiefs – 25 July – The Rogue Stage Lounge

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Midge McCleary, is back with a brand new album and new tunes. “Sugar” will deliver his unique style of blues, funk, folk and jazz blend – based on his percussive fingerstyle guitar playing. Having toured for almost two decades, nationally and internationally, his talent has gone under the radar for far too long. An exceptional player, intricate and melodious one moment, the next grooving a marathon of notes on the fret board. His trusty stomp box rocking out the beat to his alternate tunings and slapping bass lines. Midge’s most recent tour was to South East Asia: playing shows in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

Previously, Midge has played at The Marlborough Wine Festival, Herbs Unplugged, Jersey Fish Festival, Sark Folk Festival, support for Paul Ubana Jones, Sanctuary Sounds, Mai Farm Sustainable Festival and Marlborough International Sauvignon Blanc Day.

Listen more here: Midge McCleary Myspace



Supporting Midge, is chief no 2, Pete Fountain. I met Pete at an original ‘Naked’ music showcase at Lava Bar, Rotorua. His songs immediately struck me as well poised, beautifully composed and delivered with so much depth. I had to investigate and found in return a talent of song. His first album, ‘Will’, was produced by Eddie Rayner of Split Endz and Crowded House fame. It received both radio and TV play in NZ and in 2012 it was re-released to the international market via iTunes. Each song on this album stands out, each with its own story.

Listen more here: Pete Fountain Bandcamp


Suggested minimum donation is $20, includes a vegetarian meal, courtesy Tea & Happiness.

BYO drinks and if you prefer, food.

To book, email or buy over the counter (cash only) from Musicworks Rotorua.

Too Many Chiefs – ALMOST sold out!

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Be quick, a few tickets remain at Musicworks Rotorua, Pukuatua St. Tickets have flown out the door in the last week! A good crowd is expected for this show and book your seat as soon as possible if you are keen to come. Limited numbers as this will be hosted in the lounge.

Here is a clip from the NZ movie, Second Hand Wedding, to which Andrew London (of the chiefs) provided much of the soundtrack to. Looks like a great movie! Have you seen it?

Too Many Chiefs – 18 July – Shambles Theater

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Four great NZ singer songwriters are performing live this coming Saturday, 18th July, at Shambles Theater. Too Many Chiefs, features Wayne Mason, Rob Joass, Andrew London and Laura Collins.

From a chance meeting in a Paekakariki cafe in 2012, four singer/songwriter bandleaders hatched a cunning plan to join forces and present a show featuring their favourite original songs, without their usual ‘Indians’. Although working in slightly different genres the Chiefs discovered enough common ground to compile a repertoire that brings together elements of jazz, country, folk, blues and good old rock’n’roll, and showcases some of the best songwriting New Zealand has to offer.

Wayne Mason is something of a Kiwi icon, having won the ‘song of the millennium’ with his song ‘Nature’, first recorded in the ’60s with The Fourmyula, and also covered by the Muttonbirds in the ’90s. A founder member of the legendary Warratahs, Wayne has also recorded several albums under his own name, ‘Sense Got Out’ being the most recent.

Rob Joass leads two groups; ‘The Shot Band’ and ‘Hobnail’. He has toured Canada and parts of Europe with his gritty songs that are equal parts Celtic folk and country rock, the occasional barb of satirical humour betraying a mischievous sense of perspective on the human condition, honed by decades of constant touring through the highways and back roads of NZ.

Andrew London is best known for his trio Hot Club Sandwich, whose repertoire consists mostly of Andrew’s whimsical, humourous and satirical ditties. He was also a founder member of Kapiti’s ‘Cattlestops’, a five-piece country band whose album ‘Back to Rosetta Road’ provided much of the soundtrack to the movie ‘Second Hand Wedding’.

Laura Collins brings a welcome gentility to the stage, thankfully balancing the testosterone level. Known for her soulful voice and bringing ‘heart on sleeve and tongue in cheek’ in equal measure to her own writing, her instinctive and empathetic vocal contributions to the other Chief’s songs are highlights of the show.


Opening act: Gary Forrester

Based in Wellington, Gary (or Jeshel as some would know him), visits Rotorua regularly. It was during one of these visits that I met him through a mutual friend, John Hamilton. Gary have been recording and producing album since the 1980’s and has been profiled in Random House Australia as a major influence on Australian music during that time. His latest album, Alma Rose, is a stunning collection of self penned songs. It is available from Musicworks Rotorua and as one of my favourite albums, I urge you to get a copy. Otago Daily Times gave it four out of five stars.

Cost per person to attend the concert is $25. You can pre book your ticket by email or you can buy it over the counter at Musicworks Rotorua. While you are in the shop, you can also pick up a copy of NZ Musician Magazine and read Chris Dent’s review of Alma Rose.

Tickets not pre-booked and bought on the door is $30

Cash bar and light meals available, doors open at 6.30pm

Group bookings of more than 10 people $20 per ticket.

See you Saturday!

Glass Vaults – Sojourn Released

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This weekend Glass Vaults is headlining the Illume After Party. Illume, the annual festival of light and art in Coromandel Town, is celebrating a midwinter heart warming community get together. Lots to see and do for locals and visitors.

Illume After Party is hosted in the Old Four Square Building in Coromandel Town.

There are still tickets left, $15 each pre booked at and $20 on the door.

Come celebrate with us the joy of friendship,

Glass Vaults – 4 July – Illume After Party – Coromandel Town

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Glass vaultsA very exciting weekend ahead! The Rogue Stage is going on tour with Glass Vaults!

This coming weekend, Illume is happening in Coromandel Town. The town is lit up and lots of art, live music and light installations take place. In collaboration with Coro Sonic Lab, The Rogue Stage is presenting this magnificent band as the headline act at the Illume After Party.

Date: 4th July

Where: the old Four Square building in Coromandel Town

Time: 10.30pm onward

Cost: $15 per ticket pre booked (at or $20 on the door

Coro Sonic Lab is well known in Rotorua for excellent sound care at the annual Rogue Fest, and with Nuit de Joie – a midwinter gig held on the Lakeland Queen with Mamaku Project in August 2013. Matt Sephton (Coro Sonic Lab) goes beyond duty to secure a super delivery of sound.

glass vaultsGlass Vaults is band from Wellington and is led by core members Richard Larsen and Rowan Pierce. Some describe their music as ‘glacial pop’ – I think of it as rhythms communicating live on stage alongside synthesizers and vocal harmonies. The live experience of Glass Vaults is an experience of becoming aware of higher levels of resonance and vibration, pulsating rhythms, sonic landscapes and the minimal vocal arrangements echoing without weight.

Kind regards,