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Cuba Dupa – Capital Blues Gigs 2015

Saturday, 28 March 2015 - Sunday, 29 March 2015

Capital Blues Inc. is excited to be part of the CubDupa festival in Cuba Street, Wellington with a wide range of acts throughout the weekend on the Hotel Bristol Stage and the Glover Park Stage.

GLOVER PARK STAGE  – Saturday 28 March:

 1-1.30 pm  –  X-Ray Catz

 Antony Maddock - X-Ray Catz

1950’s Rockabilly served up RED HOT! Blues Club regulars, Wintersun (Aussie) veterans, AND many hot rod shows, festivals, weddings and the best smaller venues around the Wgtn region. Normally with Kiwi living legend Wayne Mason on barrel house piano, unavailable for Cuba. Chris steps in to cover, sharing guitar duties with Ants. Album available & will have in hand on the day. Antony Maddock Guitar, Chris Armour Guitar, Gordon Barrel Dog House and Richard TeOne Drums

2-2.30 pm   –  Neil Billington and the Jelly Roll Kings

1-Neill-Billington2Neil Billington and the Jellyroll Kings could be described as “electric Chicago-style blues pushed to the limit”. Fronted by dynamic harp-player and vocalist Neil Billington the band is a rhythm machine of seasoned performers: Deane Hunter on guitar, Bob Smith on keys, Paul Mouncey on bass and Richard Te One on drums. Blowing a gale in the spirit of this fine city is what they do best.

3-3.30 pm  –  Marg Layton and Band

Marg Layton

Join Marg Layton, one of New Zealand’s most celebrated blues singers, with her excellent band of musicians. Her impressive line-up is: MARG LAYTON vocals (into her fifth decade of performing in festivals, clubs, art galleries, cafes, theatres and many more, both here and overseas) BILL LAKE vocals and guitar (history includes The Pelicans, The Windy City Strugglers, Marg Layton), CHRIS PROWSE guitar (history includes Marg Layton, and Eva Prowse of Fly My Pretties), ANDREW CLOUSTON saxophone (Rough Justice,The Hulamen, Marg Layton), PATRICK BLEAKLEY upright bass (Blerta, Marg Layton, The Troubles), JOHN RAE drums (The Troubles and Marg Layton).


HOTEL BRISTOL STAGE – Saturday 28 March:

 3.30 – 4.00 pm – Jake Stokes Trio

Jake Stokes

British born Kiwi, Jake Stokes, (20) has been a regular at the Blues Club’s jam sessions and laying down some great guitar riffs from before he was even shaving. Since coming to New Zealand in 2000, he has matured from a much applauded boy busker on the streets of Wellington, to a singer, song-writer, guitarist and teacher, with his own record company and debut album, Midnight. At CubaDupa he will be joined by Callum Hazlitt-Black and Andrew Richardson on bass and drums.

4.30 – 5.30 pm – Julie Lamb Band

Julie Lamb

Straight from the release of their third album “When We Hang Out” which debuted at 10 on the Official NZ Album Charts – The 11 piece Julie Lamb Band has the pleasure of entertaining you at Cuba Dupa – they’ll be showcasing the blues tunes from their 3 album repertoire. Come and see why this band have been called “Wellington Festival Favourites

5.45 – 6.30 pm – Rodger Fox Funkbone Experience

Rodger Fox

Fronted by Rodger Fox – trombonist – arranger – band leader and bona fide musical legend, The FunkBone Experience wields smoky licks / classic funk / down-home blues and remakes of classic jazz standards with a repertoire reading likes the who’s who of the funk jazz area. Material by artists such as Stevie Wonder / Herbie Hancock / Maceo Parker / The Jazz Crusaders / Cold Blood / Tom Scott / Raul De Souza Jimmy McGriff and other great groove masters.

6.45 – 7.30 pm – Manalishi

Del Thomas

Specialising in Peter Green and early Fleetwood Mac blues, Manalishi delivers some of the very best music from the British Blues Boom.  If you love the blues, you’ll love the blues of ‘Manalishi’.  Their set list covers the full range of material from that time, ranging from two songs performed by Peter Green while still with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers all the way through to the last songs recorded by Peter with the band, ‘Man of the World’ and ‘Green Manalishi’.

 7.45-8.30 pm – Shaken Not Stirred

Shaken Not Stirred

With Jazz blues and lounge grooves, Shaken Not Stirred is a six piece band led by our intrepid sound man at the blues club, Damien Forlong. From Jive to Rock and Roll, with a host of classic hits for good measure, Shaken Not Stirred are also the consummate dance band. They move effortlessly from jazz standards, to popular dance classics sprinkled with a broad spectrum of fun party music in between to guarantee a top night. With their unique brand of modern swing, Latin soul, and sensual dark lounge, Shaken Not Stirred has forged a reputation for show-stopping performances. Prepare yourself for an exciting and energetic musical journey.

8.45-9.30 pm  – Tony Mad Trio

Tony Mad Trio 2

The Tony Mad Trio, playing Stevie Ray Vaughan songs from his early career in classic three piece style. Classic blues songs, Stevie’s own, and of course some Hendrix for good measure! Expect some stunning guitar work, lots of boogie, and a touch of the Vaughan magic!




11.45-12.30 pm –  Shayn Wills

SHAYN WILLS Shayn Wills – “a one man blues storm”  has a voice, a guitar style, and a harmonica soul to blow you away.

Since 1992 Shayn has played support gigs for: Albert King, Junior Wells, Robert Cray, John Hammond Jnr., Canned Heat, and Duke Robillard!

12.45-1.30 – The Raven Mavens

The Raven Mavens are Wellington jazz/blues duo Cindy Muggeridge and Marian Carter, two slinky songbirds who have a love for the evergreen, bright and breezy, jazzy songs that take you places and put a twinkle in your eye. Cindy is a veteran of some of the capital’s finest blues bands and Marian is in demand as a vocalist with several bands. With Cindy on funky piano and Marian on clarinet, and with both providing vocals and sweet harmony, these two fun loving performers bring a sassy, sizzling, happy-go-lucky slant to living that will warm the coldest night.

1.45-2.30  –  The Wellington Heads

Wellington HeadsNeil Worboys fronts a Hot jazz blues blend of Louis Jordan inspired jump tunes and 50s rhythm and blues (a la Ray Charles) as well as Hawaiian, calypso, and funky New Orleans grooves.
Bill Wood on guitars; Geoff Keith on upright bass; Greg Crayford on drums; and Neil Worboys on vocals, harmonica, guitars, banjo and ukulele.
Featuring the Barrett Reefers James Tait-Jaimeson on saxophone and Nick van Dijk on trumpet and trombone.

3.00 – 4.00 pm –   Red Dog Saloon Band

Red Dog Saloon BandStanding in for Dave Murphy today is Warwick Murray. Dougal Spier and Warwick spark on stage – expect COMEDY along with a dose of fine music – along with Roger Watkins on drums and Elliott Fuimaono on bass. So if you want to hear the greatest mix of country blues you can dance to, enjoy your listening time, and maybe even have a bit of a jive, let the Red Dog Saloon Band fill your needs!





Saturday, 28 March 2015
Sunday, 29 March 2015


Hotel Bristol
131-133 Cuba St, Te Aro
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
04-385 1147