Summer serenade continues
An afternoon of cruisy laidback music beckons at Palmerston North’s Victoria Esplanade on Sunday.
The theme of this weekend’s Sounds of Summer concert is ‘‘Chill Out’’.
Concert convenor Fraser Greig from Access Manawatu said the three-hour afternoon session on the Esplanade lawn featured two established acts and two that were new.
It opens with the melodies, acoustic tones and layered electronica of Soren Olson. The Manawatu musician and vocal coach plays regularly with Brent Tanoa in The Harvesters, and with James Nixon as Messy Belly.
Next up is a couple who combine guitar with vocals, Jeff & Sheree, aka Jeff and Sheree Carr from band Raleigh Twenty.
Members of newly formed instrumental band Kokoa Nashi got together while on the UCOL contemporary music course.
The four-piece have been playing gigs at The Stomach, Snails and the Celtic, and are planning to record a first EP.
Drummer Kahi Bettridge said the band had ‘‘a lazy Sunday kind of a vibe, so it should go down well’’.
The other new outfit is Unexpected Crossroads, a six-piece jazz-funk outfit Greig said was made up of highly proficient musicians who boasted a wealth of playing experience..
Drummer Kahi Bettridge and bass player Lewis Barker from Kokoa Nashi.