Covid schmovid. Since all you sensible, beautiful people played your part in flattening the curve and helping to get our lives back to some form of normality, the entertainment floodgates have well and truly opened.
It seems three months without live entertainment may have made people more appreciative of the options they have here in the safe south, judging by the enthusiastic responses we’ve seen in southern venues. Long may it continue. We have so much to offer here it’s too easy to take it for granted. Note to self: let’s not do that.
If you’re in the market for a great night out the musos club has a full menu on offer, including the club’s two biggies of the year: the theatrette and the ILT Southland Entertainment Awards.
Before that, though, the club is pleased to host South Africa-born, South Otago-based singer-songwriter Ronél Hunter, on Saturday August 15, with support from Margaret Ferguson and Jared Brown. Early bird sales are available on undertheradar.co.nz for $10 or you can pay $15 on the door.
This year’s 27th annual theatrette is a shaping up to be a belter. The show is titled You Know You’ve Made It When, featuring big hits that were written to make a statement to individuals, good, bad or brutal, so expect plenty of good yarns from MC Carl “Millsy” Mills as well. The evening offers a feast for the stomach and the soul, with a sit-down dining experience and a standout lineup of well-known southern entertainers and bright young talents.
All this can be yours for the reasonable sum of $45 by purchasing tickets at Little Fire Musicworks in Dee Street, Invercargill. The show runs from Sunday 31 August till Wednesday September 2.
This year’s Southland Entertainment Awards show is going to be a lot different from the usual formal affair. The show was scheduled to run in April, but with lockdown forcing a postponement the organising team felt a party-like celebration was called for. So that’s what you’re getting this year: a different-style awards show, at a different venue – the Ascot Park Hotel – with some fresh new faces and some past winners all performing on the night.
The show is titled Back to the Future, honouring our former winners as well as highlighting up-and-coming stars. Nick Tansley is again your host in what will be a fast-paced night of great Southland entertainment, with some twists and a party into the night afterwards. Tickets will be just $25 for this very cool event.
Also coming up:
September 5: Bass Bender/drum & bass night, MCed by Oblisk and featuring Dishfire, Intake, Submersion and Stryde. Prepare yourself for a hefty night of drum & bass with some of the finest selectors from the Deep South, and bring your bass face. Tickets $10 on Eventbrite.
October 17: Seralynne, What Love Is album launch. A homegrown album release is always worth celebrating, and here Seralynne will bring you her contemporary pop, ballads and storytelling, supported by Aliesha Park. Entry $10 on the door, or entry plus CD for $25.
October 22: Jordan Luck Band, Who Loves NZ The Most tour, supported by ekko park. You know what you’re getting. Some of the greatest pop and pub rock anthems ever written in Aotearoa, from the man himself. Not many tickets left for this one, so get amongst it ASAP. Tickets $40 + booking fee on jordanluck.com
Don’t forget that all gigs advertised here are public events and you are most welcome to buy a ticket and come join in the fun. Keep an eye on Southland Musicians Club’s Facebook page for more cool stuff.