Jamie re­turns for 2017 Ro­tary Con­cert

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.