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Midge Marsden Bumper Concert at Rotorua Blues Festival

Midge Marsden Bumper Concert at Rotorua Blues Festival

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  • Sun 2 Jun, 8:00pm – 12:00am


Rotorua Citizens Club, 1146 Rangiuru St, Rotorua


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $35.00


Bop Blues Club

The Bumper Concert featuring Midge Marsden, Wizard and Oz, Rion Lydon, and Andy Phillips.

New Zealand's legendary music icon Midge Marsden needs no introduction... Midge's career spans five decades, and during that time he has played thousands of concerts in New Zealand and introduced several generations of Kiwi's to the Rhythm & Blues.

An early career change and passion for R & B and roots music led a sixteen-year-old Midge to join the 1960’s band ‘Bari and the Breakaways’. At the end of the 60’s Midge joined the NZBC working in radio, however music performance pulled him in again with the Wellington cult band ‘The Country Flyers’; followed by several years in Australia with ‘The Phil Manning Band’. On return to New Zealand in the mid 80’s he began a solo career forming ‘The Midge Marsden Connection’ and then ‘The Midge Marsden Band’.

This resulted in several albums and a loyal fan base and following. Midge’s career highlight was the 'Gold' selling album ‘Burning Rain’ in 1990.

Midge has toured the USA many times, each time befriending artists such as Little Willie Foster, Bobby Mack &, Ronnie Taylor. He encouraged all these artists to tour New Zealand, which helped broaden New Zealanders' appreciation of blues music. Marsden was also a friend of Stevie Ray Vaughan; upon living in Texas at various times he would stay at Vaughan's house for months on end. He toured with Stevie a few times, playing harmonica.

Midge graduated with a diploma in southern studies at the University of Mississippi in 1996 and on his return to New Zealand he went on to tutor at Waikato Institute of Technology in "Bluesology."

In 2006, Midge was made a member of the New Zealand 'Order of Merit' for services to music.

Wizard & Oz - These talented men from Mornington Peninsula, Australia have entertained audiences all over Australia and NZ for Years.

Rion Lydon is a talented Blues/Rock guitarist originally from Onepu near Kawerau now living in Sydney Australia.He started playing guitar at the age of 7 and have far too many influences to name, but if he had to name one it would be Rory Gallagner.

Andy Phillips - Following excursions in the States, New Zealand and a bucket load of Festivals, Melbourne's own Andy Phillips fronts the band "Cadillac Walk" showcasing his striking Vox and electric guitar. Andy's Band "Cadillac Walk" has been winning fans since inception in 2013.

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