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Ben Salter, Callum Gentleman and Alicesea 17 September

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I am thrilled to announce Ben Salter’s return to The Rogue Stage in a few weeks. This is an album release tour of his new album ‘Back Yourself’.

You can watch ‘Isolationism’ – released April 2017, here: https://youtu.be/sjqtbEB_2jY

His first show with us was in our garden, on a home made stage, performing for a small group of people. His songs filled the night sky with utter brilliance. An outstanding performance, magnificent songs and an artist whom you beg not to finish.

Ben Salter has collaborated, written and performed with artists as diverse as Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Tim Rogers (You Am I, The Temperance Union), Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger), Gareth Liddiard (The Drones) and Marlon Williams, to name a few. He has toured with acts such as Cat Power, J Mascis, Gareth Liddiard, Counting Crows, Marlon Williams and most recently Built To Spill.

For this upcoming show, Ben is joined by Callum Gentleman and Alicesea (Mt Manganui).

Listen:

Ben Salter

Callum Gentleman

Alicesea

Tickets are for sale directly from the artists at this online link: http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/gig/55830/Ben-Salter.utr

$20 pre-sale and $25 on the door.

Doors open strictly at 6.30pm, first act on at 7pm.

Enjoy pre-show drinks or dinner from Princes Gate Hotel, Dukes Bar. The show will take place in the Monarch Room, entrance on Hinemaru St.

Tea n Happiness will provide plant based food n drinks, menu will be advertised on Sunday morning.

It will be great to enjoy this show with you,

Karin

Richard Gilewitz 14 May Rotorua

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“His quick wit and twisted sense of humor has made him an entertainer as well as a fine guitarist.” Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine

For nearly four decades, American fingerstyle wizard Richard Gilewitz has fascinated listeners with 6 and 12-string finger gymnastics while spinning enchanting yarns of a seasoned raconteur. His concert performances around the world spill over with unexpected turns of the funnies, thought-provoking takes on life on the road, and tunes that propel the audience on a magical journey of sight and sound. His signature playing style delivers a technical diversity of banjo style patterns and classical arpeggios with a rhythmic percussive approach, exploring the history of guitar with sounds of folk to Americana, the blues to the classical, ragtime to pop, and somewhere in between.In addition to his concert performances, his GillaCamp Guitar and Ukulele Workshops, Meet the Artist Seminars, Clinics, and Avenues for Success educational program for schools inspire players worldwide, providing opportunities for music lovers to work on their craft and young players to learn fingerstyle techniques and tips of the trade.

Growing up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Huntsville, Alabama, Richard embraced such diverse artists as The Beatles, Andres Segovia, Kraftwerk, Leo Kottke, J.S. Bach, Arlo Guthrie, John Fahey and Flatt & Scruggs. Soaking up the wealth of inspiration supplied by the assorted acts featured at the Renfro Valley festivals, “The Dr. Demento Radio Show” and “The Midnight Special”, Richard welcomed the challenge of mastering and adapting many styles of music for the acoustic guitar — a trait that continually places him among a multitude of genres.

Richard began honing his skills both as a performer and composer during the late 1970’s at the University of Alabama, playing the local coffeehouse circuit while pursing degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Music. Following graduation, Richard placed his musical calling in the background and joined the world of flight simulation design, telemetry and satellite systems.

The 1980’s brought Richard to Florida where he released his first LP recording, Somewhere In Between. As the pull of his passion for performing and recording became so compelling, Richard left corporate life to teach and perform full time in a career that has propelled him into an international music arena. He has gone on to release seven more recordings plus a number of educational materials.

Collaborating with Mel Bay Publications, Richard released Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop; a book based on his guitar workshops, First Lessons: Fingerstyle Ukulele,along with a DVD of “All Time Favorite Fingerstyle Guitar Tunes” and a live performance DVD, “Live at Charlotte’s Web”, as well as several interactive instructional software videos with TrueFire.   He is a contributing writer for Acoustic Magazine (UK), Ukulele Magazine (UK), the L2P Network and has been featured in several other trade magazines such as Premier Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Fingerstyle Guitar. He has the nod of several major music companies, including D’Addario, Shubb, L.R. Baggs, and Audio-Technica..

Students around the globe attend Richard’s roving GillaCamp Guitar/Ukulele Workshops and Guitars, Gear, and a Bit of Ukulele Clinics. These interactive experiences provide players an avenue to renew their love of the instrument and hone their craft. Designed for all level of player, these events explore a wide variety of topics in a group and individual setting. Richard also has a number of international students that study with him through Skype and is guest instructor at a number of international guitar retreats including Winterbreak in Australia and Guitar Retreats in the UK. Meet the Artist Educational Outreach takes him into the learning environment at grade/middle/high schools, colleges, and universities as this 1-5 day residency program introduces students to the professional musician. Classes include lectures and instruction. He is on the faculty of Master the Possibilities of Ocala Florida, and is a Sherpa Classroom Instructor with TrueFire.

Today, recognized world-wide as a performer who has a quirky take on everything around him, Richard continues to live up to this depiction with rousing shows filled with offbeat observations combined with his right-hand wizardry and heaps of technique. With Richard’s performances teeming with sparkles of mood mastery and wonderment, he shares a fresh impression of sound to the listener during his concert appearances and at his workshops.

Through mutual friends and connections, it is an honour to host Richard at The Rogue Stage.

Venue will be disclosed closer to the time of the event and will be carefully chosen according to the amount of people registering to attend. Tickets are $30 and you can pre-order yours online at eventbrite.co.nz.

The first 10 tickets will have a discounted price, enter this PROMO code when you buy online and get your tickets for $20 each.

Doors open at 6pm and concert starts at 7pm. A warm up act, Adrian Forbes, will be playing Tommy Emmanuel hits to get us in the mood.

Thank you,

Karin

Wairakei Folk Festival // WFF 2017!

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The Rogue Stage presents, in conjunction with Lava Glass Taupo, Jerseybob and Raw Balance NZ, an evening of exquisite live folk music hosted in the magnificent glass sculpture garden of Lava Glass Taupo.
Throughout the day you can enjoy live music from local and international artists performing in the purpose built amphitheater situated at the venue. The soundshell stage, with pond and water feature, is a visual compliment to all events. Lighting up at night, creating an ambient vibe, this will add the final touches to what will be an amzing evening! There is ample seating on the grassy tiered steps for 350 people to comfortably enjoy the music. (Bring your own cushions and blanket please.)

WFF 2017 line-up!

The Bollandshttp://thebollands.com/
Always on the road, New Zealand folk duo, The Bollands, have been singing their infectious foot stomping folk songs since 2011. With their love of travel, music, good friends & fine wine, they have gained a reputation for their passion-filled live shows and heartfelt folk tunes. Their energetic music stems from their upbringing in the folk and roots music scenes in small towns and folk clubs throughout New Zealand. Christian, a hairy folk singer, met Joyce, the not so hairy pianist, at a campfire jam on a remote beach in their home country, New Zealand. They clicked instantly. Since that fate-filled night, they have been playing their passion-filled songs on the road throughout the world. For the past few years Joyce and Christian have been based in Hong Kong touring constantly.

“It’s honest songwriting…with a very unpretentious feel. Traditional motifs are delivered in a modern fashion with relaxed confidence, a cohesive vibe and some great harmonies.” – NZ Musician

Bob Vincent aka Jerseybob  – https://www.reverbnation.com/jerseybob

For those of you who have been lucky to be charmed by his rich voice, poignant lyrics and melodic harmonies need no introduction to this extraordinary and talented musician, but for those who still feel unsure whether its worth to abandon the couch for….

He has played in some great venues, up and down the country. That means South Island too, including Stewart Island. Bars, cafes, clubs, pubs, streets, house concerts, gardens, beaches, floating pontoons, bowls, ferries, stages, you name it, Bob probably has done it. He regularly amps the crowd at the Mussel Inn, Oneka, a legendary venue with some legendary local brew and home to the Captain Cooker, down in Golden Bay. I think he has a standing extended everlasting invitation by the owner!

He has shared the limelight in NZ with Luke Hurley (NZ artist featured on the ‘Insatiable Moon’ sound track), Panda (USA), Midge McCleary (NZ) and Stu O’Connor (UK). All favourites on the live music scene. NZ-landers have seen Jerseybob play and perform his music for the last 10 years and steadily he has built a group of faithful followers. Some so dedicated, following in his trail to the next stage.

Jerseybob has his own unique style, fusing folk inspired tunes with his quick witted tongue. A blend he has stamped as Folkcomedy. His songs tell tales, from here and from far far away. Tales of love ‘Simple Love Song’, death ‘My Mum’s Mum’, age ‘Wish List’, an old house ‘This Old House’ and living by the sea ‘Ebb and Flow’. He is a man with a gentle soul and he shares his truths so openly and trustingly. His fingers run up and down the familiar fretboard ‘McCleary’s Womb’, as if on a mad coffee rush, pulsating to a deep earthy rhythm, or they just dance ever so gently ‘This One’s for Nibs’. You get more than just a regular guy playing guitar nicely, you get a vibe, a heartbeat, a moment you definitely want to be part of.

You get more than just a regular guy playing guitar nicely, you get a vibe, a heartbeat, a moment you definitely want to be part of. His wife Monika has now joined him on Cajon and adds a driving beat to the acoustic sounds. She also adds a much more attractive look to the worn out troubadours weathered face.. LOL


 Lloyd Akroyd – https://soundcloud.com/lloydakroydmusic

Singer song writer working musician from Rotorua, A blend of Rock,pop,blues/jazz & funk.


Looking for Alaska – http://www.lookingforalaska.co.nz/

Like two weary vagabonds hitch-hiking along the open road with nothing but a guitar and a suitcase of songs and wayward memories, pop-folk duo Looking For Alaska are ready to set the New Zealand folk scene alight.

Members Aaron Gott and Amy Maynard offer up a sound rooted in country-style guitar and soaring harmonies woven together at their very fibre, intensified by their magentic on-stage chemistry. The duo’s familiarity, closeness and authenticity is fuelled by their real-life romance, creating a magnetic performance style that captivates their audience time and time again, and has seen them open for the likes of Fly My Pretties and Herbs, and as a featured act at the Auckland Folk Festival.Having performed together extensively since they bonded during a recording assignment at music school in 2012, Aaron and Amy embarked upon their newest musical endeavour Looking For Alaska two years ago, and have since worked tirelessly to create a collection of original material, ranging from thigh-slapping, foot-stomping folk sing-alongs, to poignant heart-rending ballads drenched in melancholy.

Accompanied by their band, Looking For Alaska have recently emerged from Roundhead Studios where they have recorded their debut album, set for release in October 2016, and accompanied by a nationwide tour.

 

More acts to be announced soon!


Food, drinks and bar:

Enjoy food from Lava Glass Cafe or from the food trucks parked in the grounds. Lava Glass Cafe is fully licenced, stocking a variety of local wines and beer, including non-alcoholic beverages such as specialty coffees and teas. Eftpos available at Lava Glass Cafe and both food trucks – Raw Balance and Tea n Happiness.

A little bit of history behind WFF
In 2014 The Rogue Stage, a nomad live music theater created by Karin and Barry Vincent from Rotorua, hosted the first of three annual folk festivals at a scout camp near Kerosene Creek. From its inauguration 3 years ago, the Waiotapu Folk Festival has gained a reputation among musicians and music lovers as a festival designed for the attentive listener. Audiences are left spell bound and amazed by the live music presented by artists such as Great North, Bernie Griffen, Adam McGrath, Lonesome Pines (Flora Knight, Ben Woolley, Hannah Harding), Archer, Glass Vaults, Matiu Te Huki, The Bitter Years, Bondstreet Bridge, Lloyd Akroyd, Juan los Bastardos, James Kenyon, Callum Gentleman, Albi (from Albi and the Wolves), Hugh McGinlay, Tourettes, Will Wood, Greg Malcolm and Jenny Ward, Katy Cable, Sonic Delusion, Jerseybob and much much more.
In 2017 we decided to move the festival closer to Taupo, giving the opportunity for Taupo music lovers to experience this unique boutique festival. As it is held in Wairakei, we also decided to keep WFF alive as Wairakei Folk Festival.

Tickets are $30 per adult, $5 for 3 to 13 yr old, $12 for teens 13 to 16, $22 for students and OAP. Family tickets $55 (2 adults and 3 children up to age 13)
Tickets can be bought at Raw Balance NZ and My Music in Taupo or at Musicworks Rotorua. Please pre-order tickets at theroguestage@gmail.com for collection if you require other than single adult tickets.
Contact details:
Karin Vincent 02102381057 or theroguestage@gmail.com,
Barry Vincent 0226441778 or Bob Vincent 0224112889

The Frank Burkitt Band at Prince’s Gate Boutique Hotel, 29 Oct

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Frank Burkitt has done it again! The long wait is almost over! Released 21st Oct, Frank has written and recorded new songs for a brand new EP and will be performing his collection of new songs live this Saturday in Rotorua with his four trusty band mates – Krissy Jackson, James Geluk, Cameron ‘Dusty’ and Clara. 

Their last full band performance was a superior folk acoustic experience -Frank’s vocal range, the stories in the songs, combined with the support from his band, makes for a true musical treat. 

On tour, stopping at all the major live music meccas in the North Island, The Frank Burkitt Band guarantees an authentic folk experience for all folk enthusiasts! 

Details of the show:

This is a seated, 3 part Dinner Show. Tickets are available as Show Only $30, Rogue Stage Member Dinner & Show $85 and General Admission Dinner & Show $90. Please contact Prince’s Gate front desk to book. 

Phone – 073481179

Email – info@princesgate.co.nz 

Curated, Organised and Presented by The Rogue Stage 

Events coming up for Sept, Oct and Nov 2016 at The Rogue Stage

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What’s coming up for live music, art and all sorts of fun at The Rogue Stage!

Gigs in September:

10th Ed Zuccollo – Synths, beats and funk <— buy ticket
15th SS&POETS Nite at Rogue Lounge <— text 02102381057 for address
17th False Heights EP Fundraiser <— buy ticket
24th Callum Gentleman Band Experience and Ian Pirrie – Guitarist <— buy ticket

Gigs/Events in October:

30th Sept to 2nd Oct – The Rogue Gallery Art Exhibition with Wellington based alchemist artist, Deano Shirriffs. Details of workshop and live SLAM poetry tbc for Saturday 1st Oct.

8thLooking For Alaska NZ Album Release, Full band <— buy ticket

10th – 14th  Pop Up Recording Studio with Coro Sonic Lab / Matt Sephton <— event details FB or send Matt an email at matt@corosoniclab.co.nz
12th – SS&POETS Nite at Rogue Lounge —> text 02102381057 for address
22ndRogue Stage Ball – Dinner n djs with Alexi Kapetaneas <— buy tickets
29th – The Frank Burkitt Band Full Band DINNER SHOW <— tickets at info@princesgate.co.nz or 073481179

Gigs in November:

4th Alpaca Social Club with Craig Denham and Jon Sanders <— buy tickets
12th Robert Vincent and The David Merritt Poetry Experience* DINNER SHOW <— tickets at info@princesgate.co.nz
17th SS&POETS Nite @ Rogue Lounge —> text 02102381057 for address
19th Hopetoun Brown at Rotorua Museum <— tickets to be released middle Oct
21st to 24th West African Drumming and Dance Workshop with Robert Koffie Fugah <— buy tickets
25th – Blues from Australia with Frank Sultana, national tour <— buy tickets

*Dinner shows, tickets directly from Princes Gate info@princesgate.co.nz

All other gigs at The Monarch, Prince’s Gate – event info at www.theroguestage.co.nz or Facebook. Hard copy tickets available from Musicworks Rotorua.

Dec – last Singer Songwriters and Poets Nite until Feb 2017

Jan – catch us at Coro Summer Festival with Tea and Happiness NZ, 14th Jan.

Back in Feb with Daniel Champagne on the 12th of Feb at Prince’s Gate Hotel.

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The Rogue Lounge is open!

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Mead Norton has captured these great images of the opening night of The Rogue Lounge at the New Arts Space, 1150 Pukuatua St, Rotorua.
It feels so great to finally say, ‘Yes! The Rogue Stage has a permanent performance space!’ We can now share with you and invite you to the smallest theater in Rotorua.
The artists who performed for the opening night were, young and upcoming slam poet Liam Dixon and actor, writer, musician and poet, Callum Gentleman.
It was Liam Dixon’s first time on a stage and he did so well. He wrote a poem that morning and delivered it perfectly. Confident and smooth, well done! We look forward to more evenings of slam poetry! It will be neat to see more young talents perform and build their confidence – please stay in touch!
Callum Gentleman was our guest artist and the show had stunning moments of heart to heart sincerity, great skill, and magic. The last date on his 20 dates, two month long tour of both islands, it was an absolute treat to have Callum on stage, live and in his element. Thank you Callum for opening The Rogue Lounge for us, we appreciate your work so much, esp knowing behind the brave exterior, your loss of a friend was extremely sad and hard to deal with. You are a true gentleman.
More about the space:
The New Arts Space is the brain child and vision of Ally Rogers, a visual artist, community worker and Children’s Art House coordinator. It is a space which I co manage with Ally – she deals with visual art, the gallery and studio spaces for practicing art while I am focused on performance art, music tuition programs and community engagement. (The Rogue Stage will still roam from time to time – like the Rotorua Museum shows – but The Rogue Lounge is a permanent theater for an audience of less than 30).
My heart is full of joy! Our dream has come true!
It has taken a long time to get to this point and in the 5th anniversary of the conception of this idea, we are so proud to say, ‘yes, we worked hard to make it happen’. Working in so many different spaces and theaters in Jersey, South Africa and NZ, we have incorporated the inspiration each one has given us. We transformed a previous derelict space, known as the pharmacy, into a space dedicated to performance art. We joke and laugh between us, saying that we are now healing with music and that we are administering a different kind of medicine: community.
We are blessed to share this with so many great friends, because along this journey, we ve met many amazing and inspirational individuals. When our arms were tired and our souls depleted, we kept our vision by being inspired by all the great artists we know from around the world – their songs kept our minds focused on the reason for creating this space. As we painted over out-dated murals and decoupaged pages of old piano scores on the walls, we realized that we are in the middle of doing something we talked about for so long and something we both enjoy so much, wow, and that feels so good!
Living in a city known nationally as ‘the cradle of culture’, Rotorua’s rich landscape is phenomenally inspiring. The longer we live here, the more it has become important to us to create a space to host contemporary & original performance art in. Important to such an extend that we stopped dreaming about it and decided to do it!
We had a lot of help from our friends, without them supporting us, we would not have come this far.
Thank you Mead Norton, professional behind the lens as always, Jason Hamon for friendship, recording the behind the scenes moments, muscle, laughs and boy sitting, keeping our spirits up and darn good photos too, Ally Rogers for the chai tea, calm and keeping the positive vision, and for saying yes so many times, Barry Anderson Vincent, there ll be nowhere without this man, pushing it through to the end, up and down a ladder like a yoyo, to Van Driver for laying down carpets found in a skip – no one can tell its done so well, to Cathy Barker for moral support, popping in now and then and general broad shoulders of ‘its brilliant, you ll be alright’ prep talks, John Hamilton for great ideas and business advice and for Jacob Vincent for setting up the gear. Many thanks also to the lovely audience who came, thanks for listening and enjoying the performances – it was magical!
arohanui Karin and Barry
Further info: to attend, please book beforehand. It is not a walk inn venue. Send your intention to attend to theroguestage@gmail.com or text/phone 02102381057

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