International Blues Music Day, Saturday 3 August 2019

Biddy’s front bar 1-5pm with Joe Lewis Band performing later in the evening. Blues acts include:  Kim Earl and The Wide Boys, Sean Lurnan (our youngest HBS member), Showdown, Maskell Street  (from Auckland). Last year, 2018, HBS was fortunate to host Toni Swain and band in celebration of IBMD . As usual, raffles, live music, gold coin donation, fun for all.

HBS Sunday Afternoon, Sunday 28 July

1-5PM at Biddy’s Front Bar. Another relaxed Sunday Afternoon of Blues with four fabulous acts: 1pm: Mark “Fatt Max” Hill (from Auckland) 2pm: River Rockers 3pm: Under The Influence 4pm: Kitset Blues As usual, Gold Coin donation although entry is free and there may be a raffle or two.

Blues Night, Thursday 11 July 2019

From 7pm until 10:30pm back bar at Biddy’s. Whiteboard controlled stage each act gets 3 songs or 15 minutes to perform. Earlier part of the night is for jamming and novice performers then from 8pm onward for bands.  Wind-up is around 10:30pm when a band starts up in the front bar. Child friendly, some great raffles, Gold Coin donation, LIVE music.  Come along and have some fun.

Fete de la Musique or World Music Day 22 and 23 June 2019

A regular participant in fete de la Musique, Biddy Mulligan’s in Hood are hosting two stages, one in each bar.  Starting from 1pm the musical programme is: The front bar managed by John Maydon is presenting a number of emerging and novice artists along with some really well known Hamilton performers, including: Al’s Angels, Chris Penman, Roger McLay, and Angela Sullivan. In the back bar we have Shotgun, Conmen, The Toads from Tokoroa, and Al’s Angels.

Rotorua Blues Festival – Queen’s Birthday 2019

After news of funding cuts for this festival Hamilton Blues Society supported BOP Blues Club by providing eight HBS bands at the Barcode Bar on Arawa Street.   A fantastic night of music followed, well attended by HBS members and local supporters.  Let’s hope that the Rotorua Blues Festival organising Committee were satisfied with HBS efforts.  Starting at 5pm in the afternoon, the eight bands were: Under The Influence, Black Sheep, Out Of The Blue, The Dirty Tones,  Shotgun, Velvet Bulldozer, Situation Vacant, and finally Magic & 3am Blues.

Blues Stock – Saturday 20th April 2019

Easter Saturday 20 April 2019 at the The Backyard Bar and Eatery, 1333 Horotiu Road, Whatawhata Tickets $25, Workshops: $15; HBS members $5 discount Online sales: bank account 01-0370-0080503-00, email: Free Camping – Blues Beers Workshops start 10am: Slide Guitar with Max Macdonald Harmonica with Haggis Maguiness Headline Act 1pm: The Flaming Mudcats Afternoon line-up from 2:50pm: Conmen The Toads Art Gecko The Blues Busters Steam Pudding B-Side Boys Joe Lewis Band Situation Vacant

Under The Influence

Under The Influence

UNDER THE INFLUENCE have been together since the beginning of 2017, when Hugo Kappes, followed by Chrissy Thomasen, joined its founding members – Bobbi Prentice, Gleniss Kehely and Pete Wood. The band’s original name was The Rifters, but when Under the Influence was suggested instead, members voted unanimously in favour. Under the Influence of what? – of BLUES MUSIC of course. The band has slowly built a repertoire of songs over the past two years and is going from strength to strength. Chrissy took up drums at age 39 and began playing in church worship teams. New to Hamilton Blues Society, Chrissy’s first brush with Blues was a stint in Al’s Angels 2015-16, before joining Under the Influence. Chrissy works in Property Management and is also passionate about visual and the creative arts, acting, dancing, writing, photography, painting and making videos. Gleniss plays an invaluable role in the band. Aside from doing percussion and backing vocals, Gleniss keeps an accurate log of band music and songs, recording fine details and taking video for the band to review. She provides constant feedback on performances, and this helps the band to continually to reflect, adjust and grow. Glennis has been a member of HBS for many years and is currently serving as Chairperson (2018– 2019). Pete loves to play his Music Man bass guitar, but when he wants to make a statement, he plays Genevieve – his upright bass. Also a member of HBS for many years, Pete began by mixing itContinue readingUnder The Influence

The picture show the Rockaholics perfoming at Pirongia Blues Festival.


Formed about 5 years as a party band from previous groups too numerous to mention, The Rockaholics have been gigging around the Waikato. B.O.P and Auckland. The ‘Holics have a static line up: John Maydon (vocal, guitar and harmonica), Paul Alderton (vocals and drums), Mark Kneebone (vocals and bass), and Chris Penman (vocals and guitar). Occasionally they also incorporate Brian Omundsen (vocals and sax), and/or Norbet Abel (keyboards) when required. Blues from all genres has always been a large part of the band’s repertoire and they enjoy a good jam session.

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