28-29 FEBRUARY 2004

cuba-st-carnivalThe Blues stage is once again taking shape at the same site as the last festival – outside/inside the Hotel Bristol, Cuba Mall.

This year has a fantastic range of bands from country blues through to swing and jazz and across to chicago blues and back again.

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  • SATURDAY 28th
    • 1200: The Bruce Brothers
    • 1500: Capital Blues Extraviganza
    • 1900: The Warratahs
    • 2100: Darren Watson Band
  • SUNDAY 29th
    • 1200: Marg Layton Band
    • 1500:Wayne Mason Band
    • 1700:Shaken Not Stirred



(Capital Times article – 15 August 2001)

The Blues moves people and makes them want to get up and dance and that’s just what blues fans will be doing at Capital Blues Inc.’s 5th birthday.

The club president Trudy Benham says “The thing about blues is that it expresses experiences common to us all. The birthday celebration will be held on August 16 at the Hotel Bristol. We are going to go a little bit special. With a weekly spot at the Bristol, Capital Blues hires mostly local bands but also bands from Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Wanganui and the South Island. Every now and then we treat ourselves to an outside band but mostly we promote local blues. NZ has very few blues clubs. There’s one in Hamilton, and a blues bar in Christchurch. In Wellington, Thursday night blues is here to stay. I don’t know why Thursdays work so well but they do. There’s only one more working day so it kick starts everyone’s weekend”.