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The Big Blues Up

Three days of blues with acts that range from locals, The Blues Butlers, to headliner band the high-energy, hard driving Brilleaux, are set to rock the Palace this month.

Poverty Bay Blues Club (PBBC) blues aficionados such as the Bridge Street Band, Killing Floor, and Ernie J White make up a good part of The Big Blues Up programme, which includes up-and-coming band, The Rabbits.

“Every other band playing over the weekend has been formed through the Poverty Bay Blues Club,” says club captain Darryn Clyne.

Rich Alexander, Killing Floor, The Blues Butlers, and Eru Tamanui hit the stage on the Friday night, while Saturday features Ernie J White, Bridge Street Band, 90 Days, The Rabbits, and Brilleaux. Sunday wraps up from noon with a Brilleaux acoustic set as band members chill offstage with punters before a barbecue lunch and a Build-a-Blues Band jam.

During The Big Blues Up weekend, The Rabbits’ school-age band members will have the opportunity to hang out, jam and go through the soundcheck and other band stuff with Brilleaux.

Brilleaux’s vocalist, harmonica, guitar and theremin player, Graham Clark, is keen to help promote young people in music, says Clyne.

“That’s our mantra too. Young muzos are our future.”

The Big Blues Up, Smash Palace, March 26 at 7pm, March 27-28 at 4pm. Tickets $50 presales (all days) are available at www.povertybaybluesclub.co.nz . Door sales for each day are $20.

BLUES BLASTERS: As headliners for the three-day Big Blues Up this month, high-energy, hard driving, British-style R&B, Tauranga band, Brilleaux, are in a mood to rock Smash Palace. Picture supplied