Adam McGrath & The Roaring Days, Old Lodge Theatre , Friday 19 October 7.30pm
The Pursuit of Dreams - live with Dr Dragos - Hokitika's Regent Theatre, 25th October, 6.30pm
'Maungatapu' by Justine Eade - Hokitika's Regent Theatre, 7.30pm, 26th October
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band - 10th November 2018, Old Lodge Theatre
Cliff Richards Dance Party - 17th November 7pm
The Tattletale Saints - 11th December, Old Lodge Theatre
Check out below for information about these events.
Adam McGrath & The Roaring Days,
Old Lodge Theatre ,
Friday 19 October 7.30pm
Larger than life Adam McGrath has been a huge hit each time he’s toured with Arts On Tour, whether on his own or with iconic country band The Eastern.
A folk singer/songwriter ‘stationed wherever I land’, McGrath is at home with bluegrass, blues, country and rock and roll as much as folk and is known for the intensity, passion, love and humour of his performances.
This time he’s joined by a small but mighty rhythm section, The Roaring Days.
He’s been described by RNZ and the NZ Herald as a national treasure; Barry Saunders of the Warratahs sums him up simply as ‘the truth’.
Tickets from the Hokitika Regent Theatre or ONLINE
The Pursuit of Dreams - live with Dr Dragos
Hokitika's Regent Theatre,
25th October, 6.30pm
This is an All Saints War Memorial Church restoration fundraiser - the evening will include an update on the restoration project as well as information on the guided tours project
Dr. Dragos is a writer, award-winning scientist,and speaker who has presented on five continents. He will be in Hokitika on 25 October promoting his book at the Regent Theatre, from 6.30pm
As a scientist, Dragos holds a Ph.D in the field of satellite-based intelligence and has received several international awards for his research. His team at Singularity University was named by Forbes Magazine “among the smartest people in the world,” and Dragos was nominated for the M.I.T. Innovators Under 35 Award – a most prestigious recognition for “the brightest minds in Europe who are changing society” with their ideas.
Everyone deserves to make their dreams a reality. What dreams of yours have you deferred for too long? It's all too common for our passions to fall by the wayside amongst the daily grind of ordinary living. In The Pursuit of Dreams, Dr. Dragos shares the deeply personal experience of how he accomplished his dreams —including traveling to the North and South Poles without any money or connections — to show how you can reclaim your power and take charge of your life.
Travel the world with Dr. Dragos, go behind the scenes in Silicon Valley and NASA headquarters, and meet an eclectic cast of characters, including a Buddhist teacher, an Army veteran, a monk from Transylvania, an innovator at Google, and a NASA legend. Their fascinating conversations connect science, spirituality, and entrepreneurship to inspire and empower you to realize your dreams. The book transcends all cultures and is a must-read for every person who wants to make their dreams a reality.
Tickets are $10 available from the Regent or ONLINE HERE
by Justin Eade
7.30pm, 26th October
Hokitika's Regent Theatre
“In 1866, the ‘Burgess/Kelly Gang’ murdered five men on the Maungatapu track, near Nelson, in New Zealand’s most infamous case of bush-ranging. The gang’s subsequent arrest, trial and hangings set the whole colony aflame with a mixture of morbid curiousity and righteous indignation.
From their time in Otago Gaol, to their escapades in Hokitika, Greymouth, Westport, and then travelling to Nelson…
this play examines the relationships between gang members Burgess, Kelly, Levy and Sullivan as they plot and carry out the murders, are arrested, tried, then executed. From Burgess’ remarkable death row ‘confession’, to Sullivan’s betrayal of the others in return for a pardon, to Levy’s possible innocence, and Kelly’s emotional execution histrionics, everything about this remarkable tale was inherently dramatic. Murder, mayhem, love, loyalty, betrayal, honour, comradeship, justice and injustice… this story has it all.”
‘Maungatapu’ had its World Premiere at the Nelson Arts Festival in October 2017, and form there undertook a sold
out regional tour of the Top of the South region to audience acclaim. It is written by Justin Eade, directed by Giles
Burton, and stars Nick Kemplen, Cameron West, Daniel Allan and Pete Coates.
“Four strong experienced actors – each being the others equal and perfectly cast, held our interest from the opening moment onwards.” JANET WHITTINGTON, NELSON MAIL
"Simple, powerful, provocative." TRISH SULLIVAN, ECHOES FROM THE WINGS
“Top marks to the actors. With the haunting continuity music, evocative lighting and seamless scene changes we are not left hanging … unlike the murderers. The audience are appreciative and impressed.” JUDY POWLEY,
Tickets $25.00 from the Hokitika Regent Theatre or ONLINE
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band
Old Lodge Theatre
8.00pm, Saturday 10th November
Wellington based Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band are heading to play The Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika on Saturday 10thNovember. They’ll be loving the blues ‘live’ as always.
This band are dynamic, masterful and all about entertainment.
Laura, who is up front from the very start, with high energy, cheek and vocal strength leads and celebrates her band – and gives them licence to shine. And shine they do, with Wayne Mason, master of boogie ‘burning it up’ on the keys and adding his iconic voice to the vocal mix. Wayne Mason well-known singer songwriter, also one hell of a fine boogie piano player ‘firing it up’ on their behalf. Think Fats Domino, think Dr John, think Professor Longhair and you’ll be in the right honky tonk.
John O’Connor will be ‘eating it up’ on lead guitar, never self-indulgent – just soulful and astonishing. He’s played with everyone along the way, from BB King to Kiri Te Kanawa.
The rhythm section brings a warm acoustic volume with George Barris on tasty upright bass and Peter Cogswell on the ‘back porch’ drums proving that you don’t need to be loud to groove.
Expect to hear a little Fats Domino, Beth Hart, Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, John Lee Hooker, some of Laura’s own and others she can put her stamp on, all with their roots in the blues. 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?”
This band is a combination of ‘old hands’ who have been making music a long time, absolutely revelling in the playing. A night out with Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band is a joyful celebration of why we would ‘keep the music live’.
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band play the The Old Lodge Theatre, Saturday 10thNovember, 2018, show from 8.00pm, tickets $20. Tickets from Hokitika's Regent Theatre or online HERE.
Cliff Richards Dance Party
You are invited to
A fund-raising evening for Hokitika’s Regent Theatre
The Cliff Richards dance party
Music provided – via movie – by Cliff Richards from his latest European concerts.
Come dressed for the era, dance to the music – lights will be dimmed.
Spot prizes for great dressing and great dancing.
Funds raised will go towards the performance light and sound upgrade.
The Tattletale Saints
Old Lodge Theatre
7.30pm, 11th December
December 2018 sees Auckland born, Nashville based Tattletale Saints return home, performing 13 intimate acoustic duo concerts around the country in support of the release of two new singles.
This tour marks a return to the acoustic duo sound that first introduced the Saints’ music to New Zealand audiences in 2012, earning them the Tui for Folk Album of The Year in 2014.
Cy Winstanley (guitar/vocals and APRA Silver Scroll nominee) and Vanessa McGowan (bass/vocals) have been based Stateside for the last 5 years, living and working alongside Nashville’s best. This time in Music City USA has brought a new depth of artistry and polish to their performances and songwriting.
Audiences can look forward to a mix of old and new songs, along with the band’s takes on classic country, pop and American songbook hits.
“..elements of folk, good old Appalachia style music, and a splash of country...well-written songs with stirring vocals.” No Depression Magazine
Saturday 1st - Whangarei
Sunday 2nd - Whangateau
Wednesday 5th - Tauranga
Thursday 6th - Te Pahu
Friday 7th - Whanganui
Saturday 8th - Wellington
Sunday 9th - Nelson
Wednesday 12th - Okarito
Friday 14th - Wanaka
Sunday 16th - Christchurch
Tuesday 18th - Wairoa
Thursday 20th - Auckland
Tickets from the Hokitika Regent Theatre or ONLINE