Sounds of Summer finale
While it hasn’t been a great summer for outdoors entertainment, Access Manawatu get full marks for persistence.
The final in the free Victoria Esplanade concert series brings out some big guns, with four local rock groups set to shake awake any semblance of summer siesta in the gardens.
It kicks off with Bearskin, another band that has come out of the UCOL contemporary music diploma.
Formed last year, the four-piece altindie rock band cite influences such as Queens of the Stone Age, Jimi Hendrix and Weezer, focusing on original songs and the odd cover or revamp, Access Radio’s community development coordinator Sam Gordon said.
The band played the annual Feed Back The Food Bank at The Stomach in December.
Second up is Brightside, an established classic rock covers band. The fivepiece backs lead vocalist Mandy Smith with a set list that spans from the 60s to the present day.
That paves the way for the Devlin brothers. Nephews of 50s Kiwi rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Johnny Devlin, Jeremy and Jason with drummer Damien Jensen are Midnight Switch.
Last at Sounds of Summer in 2015, the band has played several recent gigs around the North Island, and according to their Facebook page, the boys have several new songs to introduce.
Diamond Sutra, featuring the distinctive vocals of Tracey-Lynne Cody over heavy electronic layering, are also Sounds of Summer veterans, and will provide a fitting finale for the concert series, which will be live-streamed and Periscoped.
‘‘It’s sure to be a high-energy, highimpact concert,’’ Gordon said.
As that series ends, another begins with a week of free Access Lunchtime Concerts in The Square under way on Monday, February 13.
Each of the five hour-and-a-half performances will feature two artists in 45-minute sets each.
‘‘We’ve tried to pair an acoustic act with a band, opening soft and building from there,’’ Gordon said.
On Monday, guitarist Daniel Webster is on with rap pairing Dirty Lover.
Tuesday features the layered acoustics of Soren Olson with classic sounds from duo Catch 22.
Wednesday features another duo, String Fusion with UCOL formed band Ripple Effect.
Jeremy Devlin and Damien Jensen of Midnight Switch.