Acts line up for festival
More than 100 musicians are tuning up their instruments and vocal chords for three days of nonstop music this Easter.
Waiheke International Jazz Festival director John Quigley says the line up is arguably the best since he resurrected the festival in 2011 after a four year lull.
Bands are flying in from Germany, Australia and the UK to join some exciting names from New Zealand such as the WellingtonShake-‘Em-On-Downers and Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes.
Quigley has stuck to the format of three venues and a diverse range of shows filling three days and two nights from Easter Friday to Sunday.
Dealing with so many musicians, Quigley says, can be a fluid experience but he saw the last-minute replacement of one of the Good Friday Groove Acts as a positive thing.
‘‘Jesse Sheehan had to pull out as he’s joined Neil Finn’s band.
‘‘But that shows me I’m on to a good thing in my selection of quality musicians.’’
Quigley has replaced Jesse Sheehan with British R&B, soul, reggae and hip hop singersongwriter Kevin Mark Trail, who is best known for his collaboration with band The Streets.
‘‘Kevin’s over here working on an album. Everyone wants him. He’ll be playing with Sola Rosa on Saturday night,’’ Quigley says.
Solid Brew, from Germany, is one of the international acts. The band has a modern jazz funk sound that veers into blues and rock.
The four members are enjoying Waiheke Island before performing five times over the Easter festival and then embarking on a New Zea- land tour. Band member Stefan Nagler says: ‘‘This island is paradise.’’
Excitement brewing: Solid Brew, from Germany, are playing at the Waiheke International Jazz Festival this weekend. From left: Markus Dassau, Stefan Nagler, Thomas Koenig and Arnold Ogrodnik. Go to aucklandcity harbournews. co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a video tour teaser of Solid Brew