New loves, old fav’s, blues back at Whanganui Jazz Club
Laura Collins and her Back Porch Blues Band are bringing their warm brand of the blues back to Whanganui Jazz Club on Sunday 1st July.
Laura, who is up front from the very start, with high energy, cheek and vocal strength leads and celebrates her band – and gives them licence to shine. And shine they do, with Wayne Mason, master of boogie ‘burning it up’ on the keys and adding his iconic voice to the vocal mix and John O’Connor, ‘eating it up’ on lead guitar, never self-indulgent – just soulful and astonishing.
The rhythm section brings a warm acoustic volume with George Barris on tasty upright bass and Peter Cogswell on the ‘back porch’ drums proving that you don’t need to be loud to groove.
Expect to hear a little Fats Domino, Beth Hart, Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, John Lee Hooker, some of Laura’s own and others she can put her stamp on, all with their roots in the blues.
This band is a combination of ‘old hands’ who have been making music a long time, absolutely revelling in the playing. A night out with Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band is a joyful celebration of why we would ‘keep the music live’.
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band, Sunday 1st July, Whanganui Jazz Club, Whanganui RSA, Hill Street, show from 6.30 – 8.30pm. Tickets $10 members, $20 non-members.
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