Blending jazz with the blues
Funky Auckland jazz band Two Many Chiefs can’t wait to perform in Matamata next month as part of Rotary Matamata’s third annual Concert by the Lake.
The February 19 show will be the first time the five-piece act has played on a pontoon in the middle of a lake and lead singer Lou’ana Whitney said the group are really excited about the opportunity and those that attend the show can expect a distinct jazz-funk, soul-inspired performance.
‘‘I just hope that everyone enjoys the music and that they can find something in it that they love and can resonate with,’’ Whitney said. ‘‘We play an eclectic range of music – classics, jazz and some fun versions of songs that people will know.’’
Whitney is joined by her partner Dillon Riesterer (keyboard/vocals), Cam Sangster (drums), Jason Herbert (guitar/vocals) and Cam McArthur (double bass) in a line-up which has formed from the larger, arguably more wellknown Auckland 11-piece funk jazz band Hipstamatics.
‘‘We named it Two Many Chiefs because we’ve all got a little bit of an ego and sometimes there can be a few more chiefs than necessary so it was quite a suitable name and it catches people’s attention,’’ Whitney said.
Her own musical style is unique – a blend of blues and jazz – and she said when she performs on stage it is all about singing a song with conviction and telling a story.
Two Many Chiefs will be joined on the pontoon by legendary Kiwi act The Lady Killers (Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch and Jackie Clarke) while Kiwi songstress Jamie McDell is making her third appearance in Matamata.
Rotary Matamata event co-ordinator Lynette Stanley said the line-up was arguably the strongest yet and ticket sales have been progressing well.
Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased from Matamata Mitre 10, Matamata Paper Plus, Matamata Guthrie Bowron (formerly Colourplus) or by visiting the event website www.concertbythelake.co.nz
The concert is being held on private property at 162 Jondor Road, RD2 Matamata, starting at 1pm.
Two Many Chiefs will perform at Rotary Matamata Concert by the Lake this month,