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
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.
Valentine’s Day Thursday 14 February 2019 Door open at 7pm with music from 7:30pm. The usual blues night of entertainment, HBS ensembles, raffle draws, etc. Gold Coin donation at the door, child friendly.
First HBS Concert Series for 2019 The Flaming Mudcats in concert supported by two HBS ensembles We are doubly pleased to mention that Darcy Perry will be joining The Flaming Mudcats on stage for this concert. 1pm: Paper, Scissors, Blues 2pm: The Flaming Mudcats 4pm: The Black Sheep Door charge applies: HBS Members $10: $15 Non-members
Thursday 21 February between 5pm and 7pm two HBS bands perform at the Hamilton Gardens Hub stage in Hamilton East, by Turtle Lake: 5pm: Conmen 6pm: Out Of The Blues And then repeated on Wednesday 21 February between 5pm and 7pm with another two HBS bands performing at the Hamilton Gardens Hub Stage in Hamilton East, by Turtle Lake. 5pm: the Black Sheep 6pm: Shotgun Both nights are free entry, all part of the Arts Festival.
Biddy’s back bar on Hood Street hosts the second HBS afternoon of blues with: 1pm: Out of the Blues2pm: Mark “Fatt Max” Hill (joining us from Auckland) 3pm: Under the Influence4pm: Graham and the Electric Eels Gold coin entry, child friendly, great afternoon of blues music.
Stage on the corner of Commerce Street and Lake Road: midday: Magic and 3am Blues 1pm: Under The Influence 2pm: Shotgun
Doors open at 7pm with music from 7:30pm onwards. Gold coin donation, child friendly with raffles, merchandise and live music. Whiteboard-controlled stage appearances of HBS ensembles. HBS provides back-line gear, PA sound system and drums.