Queen's Birthday Weekend 27 May - 1 June 2015
Downtown Rotorua, free live music in 'Eat Streat' all weekend
Blues Cruise (Sat & Sun), Youth blues guitar seminar and workshop




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1) Hollie Smith

Hollie Smith is one of NZ`s most predominant and celebrated New Zealand musicians. After working with numerous bands including Trinity Roots, Fat Freddys Drop and Detroit dance legend Recloose she was approached by NZ royalty Don McGlashan to perform on a movie soundtrack single “Bathe in the River” that topped the NZ Charts and became one of the biggest and iconic singles in NZ history.
This set the stage for her debut album “Long Player” which went straight to number one on the NZ charts. This multi platinum selling album had sold out national tours and saw her take away several Nz music awards included Best producer, Best Female Solo Artist and Breakthrough artist of the year. Long Player caught the attention of Bruce Lundvell head of Blue note records New York where she spent time working with Philidelphia heavyweight soul producer James Poyser. This also saw her tour Europe as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Her follow up album Humor and the Misfortune of Others also hit number one receiving rave review and again numerous award nominations and sell out tours, proving she was here to stay. During this time also supporting such prestigious international acts Bob Dylan, Coldplay and Simply Red. Hollie Smith released her third in NZ in 2011 which has seen yet again different side to her vast style. “* * * * * ” The New Zealand Herald
“I challenge you not to love her.” The Nelson Mail
See Hollie Smith perform as a Duo on Eat Streat Saturday 30th May at 1.00 p.m

2) Andy Phillips (Australia) with the Engine Room

"Melbourne based band Andy Phillips & Locals The Engine Room, perform classic blues based retro rock, which they deliver in a unique way that can only be described as ‘Cadillac Walk style’. Their ability to take the audience from mellow bourbon-soaked blues numbers right through to the shake it up and rock it out songs and everything in between, leave audiences deeply satisfied, yet wanting more.
Andy Phillips (guitar/vocals) has gained the well-deserved reputation for being a talented and tasteful guitarist, his blend of driving rhythms, tasty riffs and dynamic sequences mesmerise and satisfy even the most discerning of listeners.
Andy is Joined this weekend by Chris Duff on Bass and Paul Hindrup on Drums
This incredible trio of talent works tightly together on stage to deliver a musically sensational, energetic & entertaining show. This is a band to watch!
www.andyphillipsandthecadillacwalk.com for more info
See Andy Phillips and the Engine Room on Eat Streat Saturday 30th May 12.00 p.m and the Blues Cruise on the Lakeland Queen Sunday 31st 3.00-5.00 p.m and at Brew Bar Sunday evening 31st May at 9.00 p.m

3) Isaiah B Brunt (Australia)

Isaiah has been a top Aussie production guy and former studio owner of Darling Harbour studios who has worked along side some of Australia's top groups including solo projects by Rob Hirst, Midnight Oil, Steve Prestwich, Cold Chisel, Julio Iglesias Orchestra, with American Idols Randy Jackson and Goo Goo Dolls have rehearsed there during Australian tours. Not only has Isaiah been behind the board for globally upper echelon bands, he's been a go-to side man for bands touring down under like the time Keanu Reeves band Dog Star hit Sydney and Isaiah recorded them aiding them on their shows around Sydney. All the while working with other peoples music, Isaiah always knew where his heart lay. The same place it first was when he heard his father strum the ukulele, blow harmonica and unleash the lap steel. Isaiah was the 2010 Sydney Blues Society's Performer of the Year, probably the best dressed cat in Memphis and good enough musically to be one of the very few to be reviewed in The Memphis Daily. more at: http://www.isaiahbbrunt.com/index/#sthash.OjX8Bh6c.dpuf
See Isaiah performances on the Blues Cruise Saturday 30th May at 3.00 p.m and Live at Scottys Bar from 7.00 p.m Same evening and Atticus Finch 8.00-10.00 P.m on Sunday

4) Recliner Rockers

The Recliner Rockers history begins in 2005 when Al and Geoff were playing together in a covers band and started talking about their love of rockabilly, blues and other roots music. Putting on a colourful, energetic show just came naturally with Al's seriously dynamic guitar playing and Geoff's crazy spinning double bass acrobatics.
Along with Julian's flamboyant drumming and Bruce's smooth sax style, their flare for showmanship truly matches their musical prowess. The first gig of note was the Whangamata Beach Hop in 2006, where the venue they played was filled to capacity and people were being turned away from the door. The Recliner Rockers with their repertoire of covers and originals quickly became a favourite and have been invited back every year since. The Recliner Rockers have since become festival favourites performing regularly at many.
See The Recliner Rockers on Eat Streat 4.00 p.m Saturday 30th and Ambrosia Bar 9.00 p.m That evening

5) The Broken Stone (Gisborne)

Four piece Blues Rock band from Out East. Adrian Athy –Guitars, Quannah Nickerson-vocals, Ryan Raggett-bass, Lincoln Wright drums, percussion
Formed in late 2011 The Broken Stone set about writing songs. Songs with a groove. Sometimes slow and haunting but often fast and free. The Broken Stone showcase musical flair and fluency with frequent improvisations making each show truly unique. So much energy surrounds this bands hometown Gisborne. A city in Poverty Bay, famous as the first city in the world to see the new day’s sun and the gateway to New Zealand’s wild Blues Highway 35. The Broken Stone has distilled the essence of all this and woven it intimately with their experiences, passions and pains to bring truly unique songs that delineate The Broken Stone.
The Broken Stone will be performing on Eat Streat 3.00 p.m Sarturday 30th May and CBK Bar that night from 5.00 p.m

6) B-Side Band (Tauranga)

B-SIDE BAND play their brand of roots music: rockabilly plus rhythm & blues with a dash of country and jazz swing. Their repertoire comes from the 20th century through to the present along with their originals. Paul comes from the "Waterfront Blues Band" (Christchurch) and Simon from "The Furys" (Auckland). Formed in 2005 they now play the annual Tauranga Easter Jazz Festival, the Rotorua Winter Blues Festival and the Tauranga Winter Blues Festival. Music with a difference!!
Paul Parkhouse: vocals/harmonica/saxophone, Simon Elton: vocals/acoustic guitar Carl Winter: rockabilly drumkit/percussion
B-Side Band will be on Eat Streat Sunday 31st May at 3.00 p.m

7) The Mike Garner Band

Returns to the 2015 festival, and features Stuart Lawrence on upright and electric bass, Stewart Martin on Guitar and Warren Houston on drums, and of Course Mike Garner Lead Guitar and Vocals. The MGB, bring a mixture of hot Chicago blues and Garner's original songs. Catch the band for immaculate harmonica playing, danceable grooves and some of the best blues in NZ.
Mike Garner Band will be on Eat Streat Sunday 31st May at 12.00 oclock

8) Hammer On (Rotorua)

Peri Grant & Jimmy Murrray - a duo with unique harmonies, harmonica and guitar licks, enriched with ukulele, stomp box and percussion to titillate the ear and deliver a show which entertains and involves the audience. Jimmy Murray and Peri Grant both come from blues backgrounds and this is evident in their presentation of original compositions, based on life experiences and the blues covers chosen.
See Peri and Jimmy on the Lakeland Queen opening for Isaiah Brunt Saturday 30th May 3.00-5.00 p.m, Café Epheses 6.00-8.00 p.m Saturday and Solace 4.00-6.00 Sunday

9) Say What ! (Whakatane)

Based in Whakatane (Bay of Plenty), “Say What” is a blues/funk/soul collaboration of musicians who have made and played music in many parts of the world. The Bass of Rob Gillies will surely keep everyone entertained.
Say What will be at the Novotel Clarks Bar on Saturday evening from 6-8.00 p.m, and on Eat Streat main stage on Sunday 1.00-1.40 p.m

10) William Henry Band

Four pieces known as, 'William-Henry Band' consisting of Billy Max playing guitar and Vocals, Mike Kirk guitar, Rory Macartney bass, and Graeme Hardaker Drums and vocal. All great muscians from Tauranga performing classic and orginal Blues Numbers with strong Guitars.
See William Henry Band Sunday 11.00-11.40 Main Stage Eat Streat

11) Fifth Sun

A busy weekend for the Fifth Sun, Lloyd Akroyd on vocals, Chris Duff Bass and , Paul Hindrup on Drums , Original numbers with a few covers thrown in , Blues/Funk/Soul
Bop Blues Club regulars and favourites on the music scene in Rotorua
See Fifth Sun on the Lakeland Queen opening for Andy Phillips on Sunday 3.00-5.00, and at Ponsonby Rd Bar 6.00-8.00 on the Sunday as well

12) Fiona Cosgrove and The Blues News

Fiona Cosgrove aka Fee, lives on her Ruatoki farm just outside of Whakatane where she breaks in horses. Fiona has performed at many venues in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato region as a soloist and part of a Duo. She is member of Double D variety show and is backing vocalist for Whakatane based Reggae Band Yesiyah. While she can cover most genres vocally, it’s the Blues is where she’s most at home with. Fiona has performed at Blues Jam Nights in Whakatane and Rotorua and these shows have given her the opportunity to get her teeth right into the Blues.
Fiona has written a song called “Mean Time Man” which will get its first air on the Good morning Show TV One on the Thursday preceding the festival. There are plans to record an EP hopefully to release for the Summer Period.
Fiona`s voice will leave you wanting more, performing with Rueben Paraha and Rob Gillies as the Fiona Cosgrove and The Blues News
Playing on Eat Streat Sunday 2.00 p.m

13) Mud Sticks

Stuart Martin Lead Guitar/Vocals, Tim Charleson Rhythm Guiat, Gary Watson Drums, Rick Williams Bass
This group are locals and are a BOPBLUES club night favourite with strong lead Guitar riffs by Stu , covering all your Blues Classics , don’t miss these guys on
Eat Streat Main Stage Opening the Festival on Saturday 30th May at 11.00 am


Adrian Forbes , Guitar and Vocals, Daniel Parr Guitar and Vocals, Ryley Payne on Drums and Euan Robinson on Keys , local High School Students the Club has worked with over the last 18 months
These guys have come a long way in such a short time. Mentored every week by BOP Blues Senior members Stuart Martin and Paul Hindrup, so much so that the club is extremely proud to present to the public for this festival. You will be amazed at their musicianship and skill. A most inspiring young group to all young wannabe musicians. Get up dancing, they will love it, enjoy their 40 minute set on
Eat Streat Saturday 30th May at 2.00 p.m