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Rhythm & Vines Summer Sessions 08-09

  • Music: Rock, Reggae, House, Dub
  • DJs: Brazilbeat Sound System, 38:40
  • Bands: Blackbird, Skankamelia
  • Tickets: $10 door

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Rhythm & Vines supports Gisborne music with Summer Sessions event

The annual “Summer Sessions” club nights promoted by Rhythm & Vines are back! The tradition of spreading the R&V feeling to Gisborne town venues in the weeks preceding and following the festival carries on with two events planned for this year.

Saturday, 20 December at the Poverty Bay Club, affectionately dubbed “Locals Only!”, will feature a stellar Gizzy lineup: Blackbird, Skankamelia, BrazilBeat Sound System, and 38:40 DJ collective. Saturday, 3 January at Soho will feature Dick “Magik” Johnson, DJ Hat and +1.

“We are pleased to support the vibrant Gisborne music scene,” said R&V Programme Director Hamish Pinkham. “We book local acts into the festival lineup every year and there’s a great diversity of bands and DJs on the East Coast.” This year’s local lineup includes punk-pop trio The Nervous Surgeons, hip-hop reggae styles from The Suns of Io, and minimal/techno aficionado DJ Hat.

Pinkham’s band Blackbird is first up in the Poverty Bay Club’s legendary Dome Room on Dec 20th. Traditionally a summer project, recent gigs in Auckland have the folk-rock band in top form and hungry for their year-end performances. Laid-back guitar and vocal harmonies anchor their spellbinding live shows. With songwriting as one of Blackbird’s recognised strengths, they continue in their sunny, unhurried fashion, to compile their substantial repertoire toward an upcoming release.

Quintessential Gizzy band, Skankamelia bring their heavy, surfed-up sound to Summer Sessions for the first time. Lead singer Dion “D” Whaanga affirms there has been a great response over the past year for their self-titled EP. Unquestionably a rising New Zealand band to watch, Skankamelia always keep it real onstage with their inventive punk-reggae-dub fusion.

BrazilBeat Sound System wraps the night in the Dome Room with a mashup of down & dirty styles from roots samba to electro, breaks and drum’n bass, fraught with live percussion. Transplants from Brazil (percussionist/MC Nego Beto) and California (DJ Mara), BBSS proudly call Gisborne home, and affirm that once the summer madness is over, they will be hitting the studio hard, to record their second album.

38:40 Collective loosely describes a posse of DJs and promoters hailing from Aotearoa’s most eastern tip. DJs Tim Livingston and Toby Burrows will be spinning deep and funky house all night in the bar at Poverty Bay Club on the 20th of December.

So get this holiday and year-end season off to the right start! Check out what’s good in Gizzy!