Showband’s last show in Porirua
‘‘An event like The Last Stand Tour will likely be the final reunion of this era of music for these popular bands, and we hope the lineup of international entertainers will be greatly appreciated everywhere they go.’’
The International Maori Volcanics Showband are bringing their unique style to Porirua’s Te Rauparaha Arena on February 11.
The cobbled-together band, which celebrates the 1960s and 1970s era of showbands, features members and friends of bands such as the Hi Fives, The Quin Tikis, The Hi Quins and The Castaways for The Last Stand Tour.
The tour will feature concerts in Whangarei, Auckland, Rotorua and Porirua.
Publicist Annette Paki said there are many people out there who harbour fond memories of the ‘‘good old days’’ of the showband era.
‘‘An event like The Last Stand Tour will likely be the final reunion of this era of music for these popular bands, and we hope the lineup of international entertainers will be greatly appreciated everywhere they go,’’ she said.
Many of the International Maori Volcanics Showband have returned home from Las Vegas and other overseas bases to be in Auckland.
They have put the final tour on in light of several members passing away recently, Paki said.
Mahora and Billy Peters of the Maori Volcanics are putting the concerts together and promise that there will not be the calibre of this lineup ever again.
Paki said there is also the hope to hold workshops for the public and establish a Maori Musicians and Entertainers Hall of Fame in the near future.
‘‘That way we can ensure there is a social and cultural footprint left and the huge collective and individual contribution made all over the world by Maori entertainers is recognised.’’
The workshops, Paki said, could unearth the next generation of showband performers that could find themselves on stage in Las Vegas, Hawaii and elsewhere.
The Te Rauparaha Arena show begins at 7.30pm on February 11 and is the only one in this region.
Tickets are available from TicketDirect and are $45, with front row seating costing $75.