Auckland musician Tom Rodwell is set to spark some night life in Matakana when he brings his three-piece band, Storehouse, to town next month.
The concert will be held at the Matakana Hall on August 17 from 8pm until late.
It’s a ‘bring your own drinks’ event, but is open to all ages.
Tom says the concert, as part of his ‘All Rite’ tour, is all about reaching out to people in the wider Auckland area, as more small venues in town close down.
“Like any traditional blues performance, we will adjust our sound to suit the audience on the night. We can even change tracks halfway through a song at the drop of a hat.
“Both the drummer, Chris O’Connor, and bassist, Jeff Henderson, are fantastic at improvising, which makes the performance run really smoothly.”
Chris is the drummer for Phoenix Foundation and has played with the likes of Neil Finn and the
Auckland Chamber Orchestra. Jeff has managed Wellington music venues and was artistic director for the Wellington International Jazz Festival for a decade.
Tom has played with the likes of Trinity Roots and has toured Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States for the past 15 years.
“I got into rhythm and blues when I was 12, listening to a John Lee Hooker tape at school sports day.
Then I started playing shows in Ponsonby with a school band,” Tom says.
“I now play about 100 shows each year and have performed at vineyards in Matakana and the Leigh Sawmill Café.”
He recently recorded a new album, which he will be putting on vinyl, which he believes has a strong future.
“While CDs are being left behind, vinyl is still a popular format for buying music on.
“I have to travel to Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, where Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys recorded.
They are able to transition my recording from two-inch tape to vinyl without a computer system.”
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