Virtual Blues

To remind you that we are here – a weekly YouTube playlist of NZ blues gigs. 
Yes, we know you can do it all by yourselves, no doubt – but it’s fun. Each playlist will be about an hour long. Unless I get carried away…Online (usually) blues gigs with an NZ focus. 
On Saturday from 5-9.45 Cuba Dupa are giving us in home entertainment with their Go Home Stay Home initiative… link

Keep an eye out for the Bluz Club dad, Pip Payne – he’s been doing some live work on facebook too.

The very clever Under The Radar has put up a section of Online gigs. They’re not all blues, but they are gigs!
 This week:
Took a (Wellington-centric) trip around the North Island found some songs, buskers, jams, Londons at their home, and a guitar lesson for all of you that have enough strings for your guitars!
Thanks for all of the emails of encouragement, you’re all stars! This week I looked for NZ blues selections including many of our faves and a couple of furriners from Up North.
I get lots of interesting things in me inbox, including Andrew London’s newsletter – a highly recommended read. It prompted me to add his Live at the Londons’ gig onto the playlist – So while you’re watching – perhaps hit the sign up link! (Music starts at about 3 mins with the very funny Appliances)
This week we have fab single songs from Jake Stokes, The Tempests; Jams from from Mainstreet in the 80’s (I was probably there…but I’d never remember!) and the Realm in Hataitai (I remember this one); Street work from Auckand and Rotorua; A concert from the London’s and a lesson from Chris Armour! Phew – after that I felt like I’d played a gig meself!
Also don’t forget to look for sign up links, tip jars etc – Musicians are a bit “not earny” at the moment – so perhaps put the price of the pint you’re saving into the tip jar!
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The Capital Blues Club has a new home at Jack Hackett’s.  Formally ‘Bill Direen’s’ bar in the nineties, the stage at Jack Hackett’s hosted the very early gigs for the Blue’s Club back in 1996. After a long stint at The Bristol, the Club is fortuitously returning to its roots at the Crossroads of Dixon and Taranaki Streets.

Blues artist Pip Payne was the driving force behind the Blues Club in the early years. He is returning to the very same stage 22 years later for the (re)opening night party with his band ‘The Gospel Project’ featuring Wayne Mason on keys.

The idea to host the club really struck a chord with Jack Hackett’s manager – Matt McLaughlin.  “I’m a huge fan and supporter of local live music. I know beer and blues on a Friday  is going to be  really appealing, especially as we head into summer. I want Jack Hackett’s to be recognised as the go-to destination for Blues in the Capital. So we are committed to continuing this great tradition.”

Club member,  treasurer of 8 years and musician Julie Lamb is really excited about the move. “It’s a great new venue for us – it’s a  bigger space and the acoustics are great for the Blues sound. Every good club needs a good base, and we are thrilled with our new home.

I’m proud of our history. We are the longest running Blues club in the southern hemisphere. Every week for 22 years we’ve brought Wellington live Blues music. We provide a regular dose of monthly Roots culture on Del Thomas’s radio show on Access radio, and the Blues stage within the CupaDupa festival is our baby.

The Blues Club plays a vital role in keeping the Blues alive. The NZ School of music does 3 big band nights a year at the Blues Club – The students come through and show their chops. The evening is studded with talent proving that the genre continues to inspire young musicians. We are immensely proud to support that.”

Founding member of the Blues Club, Dougal Speir says “The Blues has always has been relevant. It has that ‘special thing’ that never goes away. The structure of the Blues makes it incredibly accessible. Me? I’m a 3 chord wonder. But that’s basically all you need to express the full spectrum of life’s emotion. Jack White of the White Stripes said that he was profoundly influenced hearing the power of the blues expressed just with acapella and handclaps. It will influence people til eternity.

Julie adds “For over two decades, we’ve supported our local Blues artists with opportunities for their music and to develop our national Blues sound.  New Zealanders really connect to the rich blues history, culture and sound. It is a vehicle for telling ballsy stories. Its roots are in struggle and slavery, and the dark emotional storylines of racism and poverty are still relevant today. And since the very beginning, it’s always been great music to appreciate with mates and a beer in hand”.

Blue September – Blues musicians in support of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Dougal Speir and Del Thomas are putting together a band – Del n Doog’s Deepest Blues Band – to perform at a fundraising gig for Blue September – prostate cancer awareness month. This will be at the Mana Cruising Club, Pascoe Ave, Mana on Saturday 22 September. Put that event in your diary!

Capital Blues Radio – July 2018

This month’s Capital Blues Radio Show features tracks from the Bar-Kays, Lucinda Williams, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan and early (Peter Green etc) Fleetwood Mac. Vintage Trouble, our own Wellington Heads and Ray Charles precede more from Fleetwood Mac who wrap up the show. Your host is Del Thomas.  Del is on the committee of Capital Blues Inc., Wellington New Zealand and hails originally from Scotland.

Capital Blues Radio – June 2018

The wonderful Bonnie Raitt kicks off this month’s Capital Blues Radio Show.  Nick Granville, Robert Johnson, the Chris Amour Quartet, Johnnie Winter and Ben Harper follow but not before the first of several Neil Young tracks is played.  Also featuring are Matt Hay, the Murray Brothers and Jimmy Reed.  Your host is Del Thomas. Del is on the committee of Capital Blues Inc., Wellington New Zealand and hails originally from Scotland.