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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Join us for the 350 Birdman competition tomorrow.

P-Huny and I will be down at the main stage for the competition, tomorrow Sunday 23, 10am – 5pm at Taranaki St Wharf, Frank Kitts park and the waterfront (Monday 24 Jan if wet).

You can enter online or on the day. See for details on 3 stages of bands, Crafts market, information stalls, Kids rides and activities, Food court, Kids talent quest and Birdkidz as well as the Main Birdman competition (from 12).
If the weather looks dodgy tomorrow, listen to Groove 107.7FM to find out if it's been postponed till Monday (or phone 384 1998 from 8am).

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The CoffeeBar Kid is back

Back and refreshed the CoffeeBar Kid is back and raring to go. This week we have blues/alt country artists Mercury Crow in the studio and with guitars in hand. Check out their new single "Kiss Me or Kill Me" sounding like early Stones or Black Crowes they are all swamp rock and down home blues.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A tremendous loss - No more Barry

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Barry Lakeman, host of 'Blues with Barry' and other shows on Groove for around 8 years. Barry died of Cancer on the afternoon of Sunday the 9th of January.

As well as a broadcaster on Groove and other stations previously, Barry was an R & B and Blues musician, Blues enthusiast, quiz writer, IT Project Manager, playwright, actor, friend, car rally organiser and navigator, train enthusiast, magazine maker, father, brother, husband, uncle, lover of life and questions and theatre, and much more.
Thank you Barry so much for all you've given to Groove over the years; the talent, wit, musical knowledge, professionalism, humour, enthusiasm and dedication to the station. The longest standing member of the team apart from the Coffebar kid and myself. I always appreciated you manning the fort on-air when others of us were broadcasting down at the beach or at the Organic river festival etc. You are already sorely missed from Groove and will be dearly missed by me personally.

Dean Conland - Groovemiester.

A public memorial service was held at Downstage Theatre. In great Barry style it featured excerpts from his plays including the premiere of a short play he wrote in the last few months.