Time & Location
About The Event
Licensed Bar, Food, Coffee, Market Stalls and amazing Blues Talent from around NZ
Gates open at 2pm with the first act going on stage at 3.30pm, you will need to have your printed ticket with you to gain entry.
Ticket price includes free camping on the night - Gates into the parking/camping area will open at 9am day of the event - please note there are no toilet facilities in this area. Toilets and shower blocks will only be made available for campers during and after the event not before. To have full access to facilities for the duration of your stay check out our membership option and become a Friend of River Park Event Centre.
Drinks, alcohol and food can be purchased on site. This is not a BYO event.
Please note: You must print your ticket and bring it with you to be scanned on entry, no ticket no entry, gate sales will be available for $45. Eftpos available at the gate. There is no cellphone coverage at River Park Event Centre.
The Line Up
Kokomo - Hailing from Tauranga in the sunny Bay of Plenty, Kokomo (originally “KokomoBlues”) has become known as one of the country's leading blues & roots bands and has become renowned for dynamic live shows and smart distinctive songwriting. Starting life in the early nineties as an acoustic guitar/harmonica/bass trio, the band has grown into a multi-instrumental ensemble that has toured extensively throughout New Zealand, performing at the country’s major rock, blues, jazz and folk festivals. Between touring the band has released ten albums and a live concert DVD. The first two were collections of traditional blues, while subsequent albums predominantly feature the band’s own songs. In 2016 Kokomo released a 2-CD boxed set, Batten Down the Hatches, to celebrate 25 years together, launching it at a sold-out concert at Tauranga's Baycourt Theater which was filmed and recorded.
The Flaming Mudcats - “Blues sunny side up, easy over, spicy or funky….it’s all on the menu with these guys.”
Now regarded among the country’s premier blues acts, The Flaming Mudcats have taken their show throughout NZ and performed in Australia, Pacific Islands and the USA.
This high energy harmonica and guitar four-piece, blend their sets with original material and covers drawn from their eclectic influences. Killer grooves, blazing licks and harp wizardry…butt shakers to soulful grinders are what you get.
The band is fronted by Craig Bracken, on vocals and harp, Doug Bygrave on guitar along with Johnny Yu on bass and Ian Thomson on drums.
Shaken Not Stirred featuring Bullfrog Rata - Shaken Not Stirred are a legendary jazz band and dance band. The most versatile band in the land! Featuring saxophone, trombone, drums, bass, guitar, and great singing! Available to perform jazz, swing and soul with a selection of NZ’s leading female vocalists, or alternatively performing pop, rock, RnB and soul classics – a truly versatile band. Bullfrog Rata - He may not have sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads, and his accent may be more Manawatu than Mississippi, but Bullfrog Rata is a blues-man heart and soul. Starting out in the late eighties as a busker on the streets of towns throughout New Zealand because, as he recounts, “no-one wanted to play with me”. He is now one of New Zealand’s premier blues artist who has notched up an impressive list of support slot credits which include, among others, Tina Turner, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Charley Pride, Junior Wells and Canned Heat.
Brilleaux - Brilleaux was formed specifically to play a variation of up-tempo British Rhythm & Blues not common on the music scene in the southern hemisphere, most blues bands opting to play the more classic Texas or Chicago style blues. The name Brilleaux was chosen as a tribute to the late Dr Feelgood vocalist Lee Brilleaux. Brilleaux play hard, driving, fast and tough R&B
No slow renditions of old blues classics here - just energetic, sweaty rock n roll with screaming harmonica. Brilleaux has toured the UK 4 times and appeared at festivals in the England, Wales, Italy and Samoa.
Dave Murphy - Dave Murphy is a finger-style, blues picking guitar legend and one of New Zealand's best interpreters of the blues. Well known as a key member of the Red Dog Saloon Band, one of the hottest live performance bands around, Dave feels most at home on stage. In the 1980s Dave traveled through the Unites States meeting musicians and learning blues tunes from the originals like Eugene Powell and Sonny Boy Nelson. This experience gave Dave an insight into music that has kept him in touch with the heart and soul of the blues ever since.