Presented by The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival.
The Eastern are a string band that roars like a punk band, that swings like a gospel band, that drinks like a country band, that works like a bar band, that hopes like folk singers, and sings love songs like union songs, and writes union songs like love songs, and wants to slow dance and stand on tables, all at the same time. Whether roaring as their big six-piece string band or swinging the loud lonesome sound as a three piece and averaging over 200 shows a year, The Eastern can hold it down in all settings for all comers.
The Eastern have invited special guests Luckless and Ravens to start the evening off. 'Luckless' is the Berlin-based, New Zealand originated project of Ivy Rossiter, and 'Ravens' is the punk and gypsy infused folk collaborative of Alice Ryan Williams, Reb Fountain & Jess Shanks.