Gigs

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band in Taupo
30 September 2016
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band at the 4th Wall, New Plymouth
1 October 2016
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band at Whanganui Jazz Club
2 October 2016
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band at the Lido
15 October 2016
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band in Christchurch
21 October 2016
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band at 50Dundas, Dunedin
22 October 2016
Queenstown Jazz and Blues Festival
from 22 Oct 2016
to 23 Oct 2016
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band at the Nivara Lounge, Hamilton
17 November 2016
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band at Uxbridge Centre for Arts & Culture, Auckland
18 November 2016
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band in Thames
19 November 2016
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band at the Pavilion, Days Bay
27 November 2016
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band at the Lido
10 December 2016
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band in Taupo

Friday, September 30, 2016

Lovin’ it 'Live', Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band are bringing their own brand of the blues live to Taupo, they'll be celebrating their new album release 'Live at VK's'.

Collins, who is known for being an energetic front woman, likes to move between ballsy blues and soulful ballads, making them her own. She says "I'm really happy that the album has caught what I love about this band - the enormous fun and energy we have when we're playing."

At the Acacia Bay Community Hall on Friday the 30th September 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 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. Head down to the Acacia Bay Community Hall, if you love it 'live'!"

Quote from Review from Manawatu Standard June 2nd, 2014

"The Back Porch Band had a great feel about it ranging from solidly funky to gloriously gospel, their backing vocals superbly supporting this sassy songstress. With each number given a highly original blues sound, this band fairly rocked the joint..."


Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band, Friday 30th September, 2016, Acacia Bay Community Hall, doors from 6.00pm, show from 7.00pm, bookings rob@tauharasunrise.com $25, remainder on the door.
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