Let’s Go Descarrego!

June 4, 12.10 – Whitianga Hotel Let’s Go Descarrego! is a pairing of two well known local musicians, Stewart Pedley and Leo Magri. Their vibrant music draws influence from the long traditions of folk storytelling, Rhythm & Blues, Brazilian percussion, and the New Orleans sound. In the energetic merging of voices, percussion and guitar, Let’s Go Descarrego! tell tales of …

Catherine Tunks & her Beautiful Dreamers Band

June 3 , 12.00 pm – Whitianga Hotel June 4, 3.15 pm – Whitianga Town HallJust a little part 70’s folk rock, one quart deep south country, shadows of a gospel soul priestess and a former life of a jazz & blues diva, Catherine Tunks is a performing artist that doesn’t buy into the genre moulding factory very easily. Just …

Paul Ubana Jones

Born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father, Paul Ubana Jones was playing guitar by the age of 11. This was the beginning of a three-decade career that would see him crossing continents and recording eight albums. After graduating from music college, where he studied guitar, cello and composition, Paul began to forge his own contemporary style, …

Louie Shelton Band

8.10 pm – Whitianga Town Hall The Mercury Music Festival is thrilled to welcome the Louie Shelton Band, comprised of a fantastic group of Australian and NZ music professionals. The Louie Shelton Band will of course will feature Louie Shelton, legendary session guitarist with his smooth guitar licks. Joining Louie will be Mark Dennison on sax, Bruce Kerr on bass …

Soul Sax Plus

Paul Lee  singer/songwriter has been a professional musician for over 30 years, backing NZ icons such as Al Hunter, Josie Rika, Tommy Fergusson and Sonny Day.   Now performing as the duo Soul Sax Plus with his wife Jani.  Soul Sax Plus will  Playing an all original set of funk, blues, jazz and Coromandel soul. Paul plays tenor, soprano sax, …

Darren Watson

No-one plays classic rhythm & blues like Darren Watson. Over the better part of three decades he has developed a style that, while touching on all of the greats who inspired him, is personal, powerful and identifiably his own. Watson gained New Zealand-wide fame in the late 1980s as the fresh-faced, young front-man and guitar-slinger for Chicago Smoke Shop. The …