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 …

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 …

The Burtones

When the Burtones hit the stage they come out loud and strong and if there’s a dance floor it’s filled before the first song is over.

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 …