SJD – 4th Sept – Casa Blanca

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SJD and full band at Casa Blanca Theater – FRIDAY 4th Sept – 8pm – $35 pre-sale/$40 on the door

SJD is in Rotorua to perform an one-off intimate show at Casa Blanca. Tickets are limited and expected to sell out.

Sean James Donnelly, or SJD for short, is back with a new album, Saint John Divine. Recorded at Roundhead Studios with Neil Finn, James Duncan, Chris O’Connor, Mike Hall, Sandy Mill, Julia Deans, Anna Coddington and Victoria Kelly.

He has a great national tour planned and below you ll find some of the shows planned for this exciting album release!

The Refreshment Room in Titirangi are hosting a ‘Classy night with SJD’ (29th August) 3 course meal and intimate show, Very Limited tickets from eventfinda. PS These guys do exquisite food!

The Paramount Theatre in Wellington (3rd September) SJD play Saint John Divine Live with String Quartet with special guest Shayne P Carter performing solo.

The Rogue Stage presents SJD with Pete Fountain at The Casa Blanca Theatre, 122 Riri St, Rotorua (4th September)

The Mercury Theatre in Auckland (10th October) SJD play Saint John Divine Live with String Quartet with special guest Shayne P Carter performing solo.

SJD will perform solo shows supporting Anika Moa’s ‘I am Woman see me tour’ around NZ in September.

‘Little pieces’ and ‘I wanna be foolish’ both feature on this album, and I can highly recommend following the link and listening to the album on bandcamp. Its a subtle album with very clever songcraft. The backing band consists of Sandy Mill, Victoria Kelly, Mike Hall, James Duncan and Chris O’Connore.

The venue is a fully functional 130 capacity theatre in the industrial zone in Rotorua. Casa Blanca Theatre is the home of Rotorua Musical Society and have put on productions since the seventies. It is a quaint little theatre, perfect for the intimacy The Rogue Stage is famous for. On this particular night, Musicworks Rotorua and Coro Sonic Lab is putting together a magnificent sound rig to bring the full SJD experience to life!

Get your tickets from Musicworks or online at Eventfinder.

For further inquiries, please contact Karin Vincent, the owner of The Rogue Stage, at or by phone 02102381057

Opening act is Pete Fountain from Tauranga, accompanied by A Beautiful Thing – Jana Pihama and Chris Duff.

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Munki Mash today on featuring Wellington based Orchestra of Spheres who will be performing live in Rotorua on 28 August at Casa Blanca. Other artists include Fur Patrol, Trinity Roots, Orchestra of Spheres, Rhombus, Grayson Gilmour, Mr Sterile Assembly and Kirsten Te Rito.

You can read more about this event here: Dominion Post, 17 August 2013

Ticket sales online – Orchestra of Spheres, 28th Aug and SJD, 4th Sept

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You can buy your tickets online for Orchestra of Spheres, 28th August, at Casa Blanca, 7pm

Eventfinder – follow this link


SJD Rogue Stage redo










and for SJD, 4th Sept, at Casa Blanca 7pm

at Eventfinder – follow this link

Here is a preview of what is in store for the SJD concert:

Orchestra of Spheres – Ancient future funk – 28th Aug – Casa Blanca

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I usually wait until after a show to post about the next one, but I received an email earlier today requesting information about the next show.

It is going to be a fun filled, colourful expose of experimental sounds from 3 bands:

Orchestra of Spheres (Wellington), Hide and Tallow (Northlands), Juan los Bastardos (Mexico) and The Engine Room (Rotorua)


Orchestra of Spheres:

Channeling Ancient Future Funk

Born out of Wellington’s Frederick Street Sound and Light Exploration Society in 2009, the Spheres have developed a cult-like following in New Zealand. Playing house parties, dance parties, DIY shows and opera houses, the Spheres have built a reputation for musically and visually ecstatic live shows. They’ve toured Europe in 2011 and 2012, and will be back in late 2013 for a series of gigs to promote their new album, Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music.

Like celestial sponges the Spheres’ clonga sound draws on influences far and wide: kuduro, psychedelic primary school disco, fire music, kwaito, free improv, south pacific demolition, shangaan electro, zeuhl, mbalax, kosmische quiche, tarraxo, witch doctor haus, orgasmo brain rave, juke/footwork, polynesian no wave prog, quarr, costume rock, inner brain clap, funk puppetré…

The Spheres use homemade instruments like the biscuit tin guitar, electric bass carillon and sexomouse marimba to create their cosmic dancing sound.

Recent tours – 2013 & 2014

07/11/2014 – Reykjavik, Iceland Iceland Airwaves
05/11/2014 Rif, Iceland The Freezer
05/11/2014 Rif, Iceland The Freezer
31/10/2014 Washington DC, USA Comet Ping Pong – w/ Performance Art Karaoke, Found Object Costume Contest
30/10/2014 Philadelphia, USA North Star Bar
29/10/2014 New Haven, USA The Bar – w/ Florida=Death
27/10/2014 Chicago, USA Beat Kitchen – w/ Evasive Backflip, Opposites
25/10/2014 Brooklyn, New York, USA Pianos
21/10/2014 New York, USA Webster Hall – w/ Popstrangers
20/10/2014 Los Angeles, USA The Mint – w/ Modern Pantheist, The Humble Cats
18/10/2014 Pomona USA Moon Block Party
29/03/2014 Paekakariki St Peter’s Hall – w/ I Drink Your Blood, Lady Laser Light
14/12/2013 Den Haag State X New Forms
13/12/2013 Charleroi Vecteur
12/12/2013 London Power Lunches
10/12/2013 Hannover Glocksee
08/12/2013 Aalborg Fryd
06/12/2013 Malmo Sing Sang Studio
03/12/2013 Berlin Berghain – w/ Wooden Shijps

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Hide and Tallow:

Horriths Ritherland, from An Emerald City, brings a theatrical element to the show, creating an unique vibe with drums and synths connected to organ pedals. Last seen live at Hamilton Fringe Festival.

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Juan los Bastardos and The Engine Room

John Hamilton aka Juan, fronts as the rock lead singer while The Engine Room provides the groove and rhythm. Home grown songs, penned by Juan himself, inspired by stories from our little city, Rotorua. Chris Duff (bass) is the man whose fingers run up and down the fret like Cecil the lion would stalk its prey and Paul Hindrup (drums) is also one to listen out for.

Last seen live at Naked Lava Bar in Rotorua (most recent), top level Pukuatua St car park one sunny day in May and their debut at The Rogue Folk Festival, Rotorua in March.


Coro Sonic Lab aka Matt Sephton is rigging up his multi channel desk to make sure every note and beat is heard and felt. A joy to experience and any production curated by Matt is sound perfection! Matt Rapid, his drum n bass dj spins might make the ride down from Coromandel.

Doors open 7pm and music starts at 8pm
Limited tickets

$20 each
More info contact Karin at or visit Musicworks Rotorua to buy your ticket over the counter. Cash only.

Bar and food available and should ticket sales warrant a bus to be organised, so it shall be.

Music at the Museum 6th Aug – SOLD OUT!

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This event is officially SOLD OUT. No door sales.

Thank you so much to all who has supported this show and bought a ticket. We look forward to present NZ folk music to you on Thursday with big smiles!


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!