Performing at the crossroads of jazz, folk and pop, local singer/songwriter Lou Perkins finds her way back to Little & Local Coffee Kitchen in Snells Beach to perform a one-off concert on Friday, August 30.
Lou has been a familiar face around the Warkworth region, cutting her teeth busking outside New World and on the stage at the Matakana Farmers Market.
Lou gained confidence in her abilities after winning local talent contest Rodney Live in 2009, and securing a place performing at Coca Cola Christmas in the Park at Auckland Domain two years in a row. She went on from there to enjoy making a living singing at weddings and events around Auckland.
Her favourite music moments have been opening for 10cc, Starship and Lynrd Skynrd, and releasing her own songs on The Darling EP in 2015.
Following that, Lou retreated from public performing to try a regular 9 to 5 job, do some overseas travel, and start a family. But the music stayed with her and she is emerging from her hiatus for one night, backed by some musical mates, armed with some original songs and inspired by life as a new mother.
“I just wanted to recharge my batteries and see what else was hovering on the horizon,” she says.
“I love writing and singing. Taking time out has refuelled the tanks and given me a whole new outlook on life.”
Hosted by poet Mark Raffills, the show kicks off at 7.30pm with an open-mic session featuring local poets and musicians. Lou will take to the stage around 8.15pm for a 40-minute set.
Mark says the aim of the Live@Little & Local series of concerts has been to create a community-based performance venue and to foster local talent.
Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Coffee and counter food available.