Block party brings local music to life
A day of music, play and food to celebrate NZ Music Month and inspire musicians
Palmerston North’s Coleman Mall will have a street party tomorrow like no other.
In celebration of Youth Week and NZ Music Month, organisations have combined to bring you Manawatu¯ Block Party, a day of music and play, great food and coffee.
Block Party organiser Nat Scurr said the event was about bringing top-tier musicians to Palmerston North to inspire local aspiring musicians.
Coleman Mall in the heart of Palmerston North will be blocked off for the day tomorrow.
He said that the event had a different edge from others in Palmerston North, with performers on the street at ground level, creating an intimate environment where people can connect.
“We aren’t going to be on a stage.
set your event reminder on your smartphone so you don’t miss that chance to experience an intimate jam session where musicians will share their heart for music.’ organiser Natt Scurr
We’re on the ground, a real street party,” Nat said.
Jazz-influenced hip-hop producer and musician Raiza Biza will be headlining the event and talking about the challenges of pursuing music and also why it’s important to him.
Raiza was born in Rwanda and moved to New Zealand at the age of 14.
He has just finished touring China and Europe and is coming along to perform and mingle with local musicians, and mentor them with hints and tips on getting their music out into the world.
“So set your event reminder on your smartphone so you don’t miss that chance to experience an intimate jam session where musicians will share their heart for music.”
Nat has been involved in the music industry for 20 years as an event coordinator, recording artist, producer and DJ.
In the early 2000s he came to Palmerston North where he cut his teeth in the music scene, before making his way to Auckland.
He returned to Palmerston North two years ago, where he identified a need for more local urban music events.
He said throwing the Block Party was about giving back to the community that helped to teach him.
In the lead-up to the party, Nat ran two workshops, We Came To DJ, and We Came To Play with Youth Space.
He said that for youth, music is not just about a career path, it’s an art, an outlet for expression.
“I want to encourage more youth to use it as an outlet,” he said.
Other musicians in the lineup are Nat Lover, Stanley Pedigree, Charnao, Natesha, Turner Knows and DJ Teva.
Youth Space will also be hosting a youth gala and basketball in the street throughout the afternoon.
Musica kicks off at 6.30pm- 9.30pm.
BLOCK Party organiser Nat Scurr and youth services co-ordinator Lucky Sione.