Sum­mer ser­e­nade con­tin­ues

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - RICHARD MAYS

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..

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Drum­mer Kahi Bet­tridge and bass player Lewis Barker from Kokoa Nashi.

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