Esplanade concerts kick off for summer
A small but appreciative crowd turned out to enjoy the first Sounds of Summer concert in the Esplanade on Sunday.
The concert opened with established Sounds of Summer (SOS) performers Manawataki, the city African drumming ensemble, with Ceol Manawatu delivering their established taste of Kiwi Celtic.
Joining them were first time SOSers Jake Braid, aka Jakeland performing solo in an indie-folk set that included songs from his recently released EP Unsure, and UCOL originated alt-country Mumford & Sons inspired outfit Thistle & Weeds.
This Sunday sees four new acts take the Esplanade stage, anchored by soul-ska influenced band, Truly Made.
Featuring a line-up of well-
Enquiries Debbie Baker email@example.com or (06) 368 6539. FIREMAN’S FOOTBALL: Prepare to get wet! Himatangi Beach Volunteer Fire Brigade fundraiser. Make up a team of four – adults, teens and kids divisions. Gold coin entry per player, sausage sizzle, drinks. 10am, Himatangi Park, Koputara Road, Himatangi Beach, January 23. EnquiriesWayne Dear 027 232 4518. BIG DIG: $3 donation for PN Surf Lifesaving Club with More FM, January 23, Himatangi Beach, 1pm. SOUNDS OF SUMMER Esplanade Sunday Concert: Jemma Marie, The MightyWays, Quiet Storm, G_Phunk, Victoria Esplanade, January 24, 2 – 5pm. Enquiries accessmanawatu.co.nz WOODWORKWORKSHOPS: Register for Manawatu Woodworkers’ Guild school holiday workshops aimed at years 7 & 8, Monday to Friday, January 25 – 29, 9am – 12noon. $20 per day, $80 for the week. Enquiries and regos Don Tietjens, 354 4268 or firstname.lastname@example.org BIKEWISE IN FARNHAM PARK: Includes Bluelight Cycle with NZ Police and SportManawatu for 8-13 known accomplished musicians, the Truly Made’s highly regarded 2014 EP For The Summer is just as appropriate now as it was when first released.
year-olds, Farnham Park, Farnham Ave, Highbury, Saturday, January 30,11am – 1pm. Register Te Aroha Noa 021 075 0952. KIWIBURN: New Zealand’s 13th regional Burning Man event, ‘the Paddock’, Hunterville. Art theme is ‘Pot luck and emotion’, January 27 – February 1. Enquiries kiwiburn.com 152nd TURAKINA HIGHLAND GAMES: Hosted by Clan Keith, Turakina Domain, Cameron Road, Turakina, Saturday January 30. Entry $10, children under 15, free. Gates open 8am. Enquiries email@example.com NZ MOTOCROSS INTERNATIONAL GRAND PRIX: 55th annual event, Manawatu Orion MotoClub, Woodville, January 30 – 31. Enquiriesmanawatu-orion.com SOUNDS OF SUMMER Esplanade Sunday Concert: Manawatu Community Choir, Nic Mason, Table Fox Becoming Thieves, Victoria Esplanade, January 31, 2 – 5pm. Enquiries accessmanawatu.co.nz WAITANGI DAY: Family fun national day and Tiriti oWaitangi commemorations with food, music, and history, Saturday, February 6, 10am – 2pm, Te Manawa. SUPERSTOCK TEAMS
In 2014 Libby Offord – as one half of duo Ad Lib – made the top 10 of the secondary school Smokefree Rockquest, and competed again in the regional
CHALLENGE: 12 Superstock teams including the British Lions race over two days, Palmerston North International Speedway, Saturday & Sunday, February 6 – 7, 7pm. Enquiries pnspeedway.co.nz, TicketDirect 0800 4 TICKET. SOUNDS OF SUMMER Esplanade Sunday Concert: Daniel Webster, Stanley Pedigree, Neon Fusion, the Bing Turkby Ensemble, Victoria Esplanade, February 7, 2 – 5pm. Enquiries accessmanawatu.co.nz GO BY BIKE DAY: Wednesday February 10. Register national Go By Bike Day events firstname.lastname@example.org HEART FOUNDATION APPEAL: Volunteers wanted for Manawatu/ MidCentral Branch of the Heart Foundation 2016 Palmerston North annual street collection appeal, February Friday 12 – Saturday 13. Volunteer on 358 7745 or email@example.com BIKEWISE WHEEL-A-THON: Family event, Shirriffs Road Go Kart track, February 12, 5-7pm. SUPER RUGBY: Pre-season Hurricanes v Blues, Eketahuna Rugby Football Club, February 13. Tickets Tui Brewery, Mangatainoka, 06 376 0815. Rockquest as a solo performer.
She makes her first SOS appearance alongside other first timers String Fusion and the Papaeoia Funk Ensemble.
Duo String Fusion, Kate Farrugia and Bill Nicholson have played at Tokomaru’s Bent Horseshoe and for last year’s Alliance Francaise winter solstice Fete de la Musique at City Library.
Performing a mix of funk, jazz, soul and latin, The Papaeoia Funk Ensemble make their first SOS appearance, last year playing a Queen’s Birthday concert at the Joseph Street Kitchen. NEWZEALAND GRAND PRIX: Round 5 and finale of the TRS racing series, with teams from Brazil, UK, USA, Austria, China, Canada, France, Russia and New Zealand, Manfeild, Feilding, February 13 – 14. SOUNDS OF SUMMER Esplanade Sunday Concert: Dirty Harry, Grizzly Smith, Ukephoria, HUFF, The Esplanade, February 14, 2 – 5pm. I TRIED THE TRI Series: Triathlon for kids aged 2-12 begins Monday February 15, 5.20 – 7pm, Freyberg Pool and Skoglund Park, entry $5. Also February 22 & 29, March 7 & 14. Enquiries 951 6823, triclub.co.nz firstname.lastname@example.org. SOUNDS OF SUMMER Lunchtime Concerts: Libby Offord, The Jakeland Band, Monday, February 15, The Square, 12noon – 1.30pm. ESPLANADE DAY: Annual community carnival – stalls, food and entertainment, Sunday. February 21, 10am – 4pm, Victoria Esplanade. GLOBE THEATREAWARDS: Acknowledging the best from the 25 regional non-professional productions of 2015, Globe Theatre, Friday, February 26, 7.30pm. Tickets $35, Earlybird concession (January 31) $25. Enquiries 351 4409, email@example.com,
Jon Bowen, lead singer of Truly Made at New Year in The Square.