Jamie returns for 2017 Rotary Concert
The Lady Killers are the headline act for the Rotary 2017 Concert by the Lake.
The concert, which is preparing for its third year, boasts three well known and entertaining music acts and Rotary are hoping people will take advantage of the opportunity to hear them, in the community’s own backyard.
New Zealand female band The Lady Killers, including Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch and Jackie Clarke will join funky jazz band Too Many Chiefs and Concert by the Lake regular, talented Waikato musician Jamie McDell.
People are encouraged to head down for the afternoon with a picnic and enjoy the atmosphere of great music and an opportunity to socialise with friends.
‘‘It’s not an event where you sit and focus solely on an artist. You can chat to your friends and enjoy a picnic. It’s a nice social occasion to get your friends together,’’ says Rotary Matamata event coordinator Lynette Stanley.
The concert takes place on Rotarian Peter Thissen’s property, at a man-made lake, around which mother nature has kindly supplied an amphitheatre of willow trees and cliff face.
Rotary Matamata Publicity Officer David Hulme says members of the service club put in hours of work to create the perfect atmosphere for concert goers.
‘‘No doubt it’s a lot of hard work, especially for Peter,’’ says Hulme.
‘‘He did a lot of ground work for this year and will do even more for next year. There are hundreds of volunteer hours that go into this.’’
Wet wether in the lead up to the 2015 concert and a calendar clash with the Wellington Tattoo this year meant numbers were fewer than anticipated.
Next year, Hulme says there are no major events on the same weekend, so as long as the sunny weather comes to the party, organisers are anticipating a great turn out and he and Stanley are sure the entertainment will not disappoint.
‘‘The Lady Killers play a mix- ture of country, jazz, and pop. Jackie Clarke, is a well known comedian as well, so she will entertain the crowd,’’ says Stanley.
Hulme says they are very happy the talented and popular McDell is returning to sing at the 2017 concert. Her dedication to the concert is evident, which included organising travel plans to Nashville around the concert date, so she could be here.
‘‘We think she is a fabulous New Zealand performer and we are thrilled with her commitment to the event,’’ says Hulme.
Tickets are available now, at a cost of $45 per person and proceeds will go towards local charities. You can get tickets from Colourplus, Mitre10 and Paper Plus or through the website, dedicated solely for the concert.