Sunday, January 29, 2017
Summer Blues at Days Bay
Wellington based Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band are back at the Days Bay Pavilion Café on Sunday 29th January – they promise they’ll amp up your Sunday one way or another with Summer blues or singing ‘the lack of Summer blues’!
This band are dynamic, masterful and all about entertainment.
Collins, who is known for being an engaging front woman, likes to move between ballsy blues and soulful ballads, making them her own. You'll no doubt hear Nina Simone, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt and Laura's take on some unsuspecting men, Bill Withers and BB King amongst them.
Laura says "Blues comes straight from the heart and that’s just how I like it, it’s accessible, joyful, heart full music and not only that it makes me want to move – what’s not to like?”
Laura's band are all long time players in the Wellington and National music scene.
Wayne Mason, well-known singer songwriter, is also one hell of a fine boogie piano player and we’re lucky enough to have him ‘firing it up’ on our behalf. Think Fats Domino, think Dr John, think Professor Longhair and you’ll be in the right honky tonk.
On guitar John O’Connor is making it sing, a man of long time fame in the Wellington music scene (he's worked with Kiri Te Kanawa, Mark Williams, BB King, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley). He’s a pedal free man, it’s all in his fingers – just masterful.
In the engine room George Barris on warm upright bass (in his early days part of ‘Highway) is joined by Pete Cogswell on the ‘back porch’ drums. “Having a pulled back rhythm section just allows us to be lower volume and bring a really warm vocal led sound. We’ll still make you want to dance though, this band just swings.”
Come and warm up your Summer with the blues at Days Bay on Sunday 29th January.
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band, Sunday 29th January, 2017, Days Bay Pavilion Café, book for dinner on 562 7775.