Thursday January 11, 2018
Concert aims to bring back youth music scene Aro Creative is hosting an all ages music event at Aro Valley Community Centre on the 20th of January with aims to rekindle an all-ages music scene in Wellington. Local musicians including electronic producers, indie rockers, psych-funk sages and and hip hop trappers will converge upon Aro Valley to get down on a night of musical prodigy, zest and sensation. This is the first of a series of events by Aro Creative, including a stage performance at Frank Kitts Park on Wellington Anniversary Day and another at Kilbirnie Festival on March 11. Organiser Josh Denize says the intention is to work with the same artists to create a “symbiosis” between Wellington’s creative people. Delivering music to an all-ages audience and inviting young people to participate in a musical culture tangible to them is pivotal in encouraging an artistic society of musicians, listeners and dancers, he says. “When I arrived in Wellington to study commercial music, I was 17 and had been organising, playing, and regularly attending all-ages shows in Auckland. “My first homework assignment from university was to review a local gig,” Josh says. “Being underage, my best efforts to sit in on Wellington’s music
Fan favourite for Summer Star Trek’s final season
Andre Smith of Heavy Chest, one of the bands playing at Aro Creative’s all-ages gig. PHOTO: Supplied
scene were stymied and I returned to classes uninspired.” Josh says organising all-ages music is about making certain that passionate and creative people have access to an avenue of self expression and to New Zealand’s unique music culture. Tickets to the all-ages concert, which begins at 8pm, are $10. The event is free of alcohol and glass.
After five years, the team behind the award-winning ‘Summer Star Trek’ are approaching the end of their mission with a show that fans are bound to enjoy the most. The show, a tongue-and-cheek riff on the famous ‘Summer Shakespeare’, is exactly what it says on the bottle: a live, outdoor theatrical performance of an original Star Trek episode. Dedicated cast and crew have been performing to packed audiences at Aro Valley Park. For four summers now, with each new iteration becoming bigger and better than the last. The final chapter is the fan favourite The Trouble with Tribbles. “Enterprise Entertainment set out on a five-year mission to bring Star Trek to the people of Wellington and to have as much fun as possible,” production manager Chanel Furborough says. “The Trouble with Tribbles brings us to the end of this mission and we can’t think of a funnier episode to end with.” To protect a space station with a vital grain shipment, Kirk and the crew of the SS Enter-
prise must navigate Federation bureaucrats, a Klingon battle cruiser and a peddler who sells furry, purring, hungry little creatures as pets. Promising plenty of laughs, “the best western/sci-fi bar brawl this side of Firefly” and familiar faces from previous seasons, Tribbles is classic Star Trek fare. Actors reprising their roles include James Bayliss as Kirk, Jono Ensor as Spock and Brenton Hodgson as resident Doctor, Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy. The breathtaking Space Babes, led by Dianne Tanento are back too and taking the helm for the second year in a row is director Devon Nuku, who must wrangle all the action onstage and off. “I really enjoy the work that we do, there are many challenges that the team encounters but through teamwork we overcome most things…or make it work regardless,” Devon says. The Trouble with Tribbles will show at Aro Valley Park on January 17-20 and 24-27 at 6.30, with pre-show entertainment from 6pm. Entry is by koha.
Trinity Roots to play at Waitangi Day festival
Trnity Roots will be the big drawcard at this Waitangi Day’s Kotahi music festival. PHOTO: Supplied
Organisers of Kotahi, the annual Waitangi Day music festival at Kahurangi School in Strathmore Park, are excited about the great line-up of local acts for this year’s festival. “We wanted to do something a bit bigger for our fifth year,” event co-ordinator Amanda Hereaka says. “So we invited five performers from our previous festivals, as well as including performers from our local community. “The line-up reflects the spirit of Kotahi: great local music and celebrating our community.” Legendary Wellington musicians Trinity Roots will be playing, along with the beautiful, soulful sounds of A Girl Named Mo; blues and folk from the Tyson Smith Group; one-fifth of the legendary Footsouljahs, Flowz and the Dream Team; and electronica from Disas-
teradio. “We make sure there’s something for everyone at Kotahi,” says Amanda. “This year, we’ll have the perennial kids’ favourite of the downhill cardboard slide, as well as mini golf and Capital E’s beautiful Bloom, which consists of pink interlocking pieces for kids to build with. “And we want people to be well fed, so we cook hangi, invite food trucks and a coffee cart, and people can bring their own picnics. Then everyone settles in on the grassy slope of our natural amphitheatre and listens and dances to the music.” “We’re supported by many local organisations, which we really appreciate, as well as our wonderful local community.” While entry will be free, koha is appreciated. Gates open at 2.30pm with Trinity Roots set to perform at 7.10pm.
Cook Strait News 11-01-18