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Laura Collins & The Back Porch Blues Band - Jazz Festival

Laura Collins & The Back Porch Blues Band - Jazz Festival

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  • Sat 10 Jun ’17, 8:30pm – 10:30pm


The Lido Cafe, Cnr Victoria & Wakefield Sts, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


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Hitting the Wellington Jazz Festival with the Blues at the Lido.

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band are back to warm up your Summer with some blues - they promise they’ll amp up the heat.

This band are dynamic, masterful and all about entertainment.

Collins, who is known for being an engaging front woman, likes to move between ballsy blues and soulful ballads, making them her own. 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 warm 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.”

Reviewed in the Cook Island News. Read the full review here:

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..."

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