I ve had a roll since last week with publicity and media cover for The Rogue Stage. First it was front page of the weekend paper, Rotorua Weekender, credit to Mike Watson and Stephen Parker for such a great article. Mike captured the essence of what it is we do here perfectly and by “we” I do mean all of us, including you, the audience. Music is more powerful when you listen and enjoy it and the audience’s generous listening ears are crucial to the life of The Rogue Stage.
Today it was TV Rotorua, Wayne Douglas and Graeme who came to our house. We did an informal interview about what The Rogue Stage is and what is planned for the summer ahead, on the (Tihi Tea Stop) deck. Wayne Douglas made it so easy and I felt so at ease (I was a wreck last night, realizing that I ll be on your tv screens in your living rooms!). Camera man Graeme took great shots of the bamboo stage, strategically missing the compost bins behind the stage. We had such a great time and so much respect for Wayne, who is testimony to keeping his passion alive for so many years, sharing Rotorua stories with locals via broadcasting.
I ve been working on The Rogue Stage for so long, spending hours day and night, designing posters, organizing concerts and researching new sounds and reviews. To get recognition for my efforts is such a compliment and it means more people in Rotorua will get the chance to come along and enjoy great NZ music with us.
I am almost done with the A1 size poster and please do go in to Musicworks Rotorua to pick up a leaflet to take back with you. John has kindly printed off hundreds and Sandy is a superstar selling concert tickets. All tickets for all shows will be in store in the very near future. (Only a certain amount of pre-sales will be released for you to buy over the counter, the rest will be online or door sales.)
Thank you all for making music, clapping and coming along to the shows, buying local CDs and playing it to your friends. The Rogue Stage is about what is happening now, being present and appreciating art.