Sounds of sum­mer


It’s the Sounds of Sum­mer (SOS) in the Es­planade one last time. The al­fresco se­ries fi­nale opens this Sun­day af­ter­noon with Dirty Hairy, who fea­tured last week along­side Stan­ley Pedi­gree. Stom­ach co­or­di­na­tor Matt Davies, by way of Croa­tia, plays with jazz, hip hop, soul and funk flavours, and has just an­nounced up com­ing gigs at The Fish.

Aaron ‘Griz­zly’ Smith, vo­cal­ist and gui­tarist with The Blue Griz­zly Band then brings his solo ver­sions of the group’s heavy blues rock and mod­ern blues funk to the stage.

That’s fol­lowed by a burst from the re­gion’s peren­ni­ally favourite plunkers, Ukepho­ria. The pop­u­lar six-piece uke en­sem­ble has gigged re­cently at the ‘‘new’’ Bent Horse­shoe, aka The Hokowhitu Bowl­ing Club, sup­ported Septem­ber’s ukelele fes­ti­val, and are best known for pro­mot­ing a plunk­ing good time.

‘Fresh outta Swamp­ton’, two­piece live elec­tronic band HUFF gets to fin­ish off the 2016 ses­sions. Veter­ans of Mel­bourne’s Square-Sounds and a 2014 tour to Ja­pan, Hay­den Sin­clair and Craig Black have been to­gether since 2011, mak­ing use of synths, drum ma­chines, vo­cals, sam­ples and re­verb.

SOS isn’t all over just yet . Each day next week, it con­tin­ues with lunchtime con­certs in The Square, Be­tween mid­day and 1.30pm from Mon­day 15 un­til Fri­day 19, the daily ‘mu­sic to munch your lunch to’ gig pro­files two lo­cal mu­si­cal acts. Among them are per­form­ers from the Es­planade, of­fer­ing an op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ci­ate their tal­ent all over again. Among the mu­si­cians repris­ing their per­for­mances are Libby Of­ford, the Bing Turkby En­sem­ble and G_Phunk.

De­tails are in What’s On and at ac­cess­man­


Jen­nifer Moss and Dale Brider of Ukepho­ria play­ing at last year’s Sounds of Sum­mer Es­planade con­cert .

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