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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ever wondered what that great track was?

For everyone who wonders what that great track they heard on Groove was we bring...

Another advance from the Groove 107.7FM technical boffins: We are now sending song title and artist information with the online audio stream so you can see the names and artists as they are playing. But wait, there's some players (like on our site) it'll also show a photo or album cover of the artist! Try out the player on our this page or the Shows page.

The song/artist info will also show in other players like I-tunes, Tunein etc.
There's also a list of previously played tracks at the Groove Tunein page but there is a bit of a problem at the Tunein website end currently and it misses some here and there. Let us know if it would be useful to you to have a list like this on our own site.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

This Thursday on The Adventures of the CoffeeBar Kid

We have a packed line up. We feature the new single from the Thomas Oliver Band, The New Fly My Pretties Album and DVD and Interviews from Nathan Haines on the new album  "Poet's Embrace", and Author Paul Thomas on his new book in the Ihaka series.

See you at 7.30 tonight and every Thursday evening - only on Groove 107.7FM

Thursday, March 22, 2012

This week on the adventures of the Coffee Bar Kid - WOMAD 2012

Check out the debrief, music, sounds and smells from WOMAD - tune in from 7.30 PM on line or live on 107.7FM this coming Thursday.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Still time to come up to Womad overnight or for the day tomorrow.

The weather's perfect here at Womad, the artists are talented, the people are nice, the food is delicious and the vibe is great!

Monday, March 12, 2012


Gather your friends and family together and head to one of the world's most stunning venues for a three-day celebration of music and global culture.

We've talked a lot about the music but there are also some great films showing under the stars at the intimate Pinetum stage including new and classic Kiwi movies. See the details here.
The full music schedule is here.

... And Groove will be there - DJ's Dean, Jarek and the Coffeebar kid will be on the ground reporting with Live Crosses to the Studio, and featuring tunes and interviews all WOMAD Weekend. What's more we are giving away 3 day tickets and Camping passes now so you can join us! Stay tuned to Groove 107.7FM to get them. (Value: $236 for 3 day pass and $54 for camping).

Travel deal Here's a special offer for WOMAD-goers for the festival weekend.

Go to to make your bus booking, and if the current fare price is more the $29.99 then use the promotion code 46493939. This will ensure that you do not pay anymore then $29.99 (each way + booking fee) when travelling to/from New Plymouth for the festival. For Wellingtonians, the bus leaves at 7.30am on Friday and gets to the festival at 2.20pm. Read more info on this website Bus to Womad.

And a little history ....

WOMAD was founded in 1980 by Peter Gabriel, Thomas Brooman, Bob Hooton, Stephen Pritchard, Martin Elbourne and Jonathan Arthur.

The first WOMAD festival was in Shepton Mallet, UK in 1982. The audience saw Peter Gabriel, Don Cherry, The Beat, Drummers of Burundi, Echo and The Bunnymen, Imrat Khan, Prince Nico M' barga, Simple Minds, Suns of Arqa and Ekome amongst others performing. Since 1982 WOMAD Festivals has travelled all over the world, bringing artists to numerous locations and entertaining over one million people.

WOMAD New Zealand 2012 is the eighth WOMAD to be held at the stunning New Plymouth site in Taranaki. Prior to shifting to New Plymouth WOMAD NZ occured twice in Auckland.

Ethos    From the outset, the WOMAD name has reflected the festival’s idea; to be embracing but non-definitive, inspiring and outward looking; and more than anything, enthusiastic about a world that has no boundaries in its ability to communicate through music and movement.
WOMAD has always presented music that they felt to be of excellence, passion and individuality, regardless of musical genre or geographical origin. WOMAD encourages collaboration amongst the artists they invite to perform.

Adult workshops are taken by the musicians and will involve dance, musical instruments and discussions. Children's workshops involve painting, circus skills, graffiti, modelling, story telling and more.

Taste The World     Musicians cook a choice of dish from their home country in front of an audience. Global Market. The Global Market sells international food and wares.

WOMAD in the UK takes place in the grounds of Charlton Park, a stately home in Wiltshire. The arena holds at least 8 stages with a further one in the Arboretum. An old fashioned steam fair, global market, children's area, wellbeing section is also found on the WOMAD UK festival site.

WOMAD happens in:
WOMADelaide, Adelaide, South Australia. WOMAD New Zealand, Taranaki, New Zealand. WOMAD Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi. UAE WOMAD Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. WOMAD Sicily, Sicily, Italy. WOMAD Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.

For more information go to

Friday, March 09, 2012

Join us tomorrow at the:

  • When: Tomorrow! 10th March 12:00pm
  • Where: Carrara Park
Kick back and relax to jazz all afternoon in the peaceful sunshine at Carrara park.
Bring a picnic, your blankets, kids, grandparents, friends and come and listen to a variety of jazz styles…6 live acts interspersed with the Groove 107.7FM tunes you know and love. We'll be broadcasting the bands too if the technology holds together so make sure you tune in via FM or stream if you really can't make it.

Performers this year are:

12pm - A Tongan Dance Group to kick things off

1pm – The Deanne Krieg Trio

The Deanne Krieg Trio are current students of the NZ School of Music. Having jammed together since 2010, their first public début saw them winning second place in the 2011 Ken Avery Jazz competition. All members play in current Wellington bands such as “The Dreamers” and “Bradford Shelves”.

2pm – “The People’s Duo” w/Richard Thai
“The People’s Duo is a new musical endeavor of Richard Thai and Cory Champion. This saxophone/drums duo has an open sound, playing modern interpretations and original arrangements of jazz standards. The People’s Duo the demonstrate their focus of exploration through improvisation and experimentation of their music.”

3pm – Chris Buckland Trio

4pm – Seismic Swing
Seismic Swing is:  Tim Booth on keys, Pat Stewart on bass and Simon Jones on guitar and vocals. They’ll be bringing the swing to the picnic with tunes from Duke and the American Songbook.

5pm – Tim Key Duo

6pm – Klezmer Rebs
Back at the Newtown Festival for the fourth year, the Klezmer Rebs will share their own version of klezmer music, world/folk music born out of the Yiddish/Jewish culture of eastern Europe.

Note: The Weather is looking great for tomorrow with a forecast high of 20 degrees and fine. If somehow it is wet, the picnic will happen on Sunday (the 11th of March).
Jump over to the Newtown Festival Website
Where is it?... It's the green bit in the map below:

Review - First Aid Kit (International Festival, Testra Festival Club - Thurs 8 Mar)

Check out the CoffeeBar Kid's review on: Adventures of the Coffeebarkid

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

This week on the Adventures of the CoffeeBar Kid

This week, it's a WOMAD Special.  We have an exclusive interview with guitarist and songwriter and earthquake survivor Paul Ubana Jones.  After what seems like an age Paul is finally at WOMAD this year 16 -18 March at New Plymouth.  Also appearing is Harrison from Grounation, another great band coming to WOMAD this year.  Plus plenty of music from bands cong to the event. 

For more info:

And finally we play some music from Kimmo Pohjonen (the avant garde accordianist who appeared on Saturday and Sunday at the Internationational Festival of the Arts)


See you at 7.30 PM on Thursday only on Groove 107.7FM

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Newtown Fair is this Sunday and we'll be Grooving there!...

The festival that tops them all is here! The 2012 Newtown Festival is running now until the 20th of March and it’s your chance to experience the diversity and richness that is uniquely Newtown.

This Sunday the 4th sees Wellingtons biggest annual street party, the famous Newtown Street Fair with 11 performance stages including a buskers pitch, DJ and community stages, over 350 stalls, children’s rides and street performers to entertain 60 000 people! Bigger than ever with a new layout covering 9 streets, it’s the Newtown Street Fair, this Sunday.

We'll be down in the stylish Green St precinct playing and broadcasting a mix of our 4000 hand selected tunes to perfectly set the Cafe style mood in the street. Come up and say Hi, make a request, maybe say a word on-air or even win a CD or ticket to WOMAD!

The following week it’s the Carrara park jazz picnic featuring live jazz all day on Saturday the 10th. Mark your calendar now!
Groove will be down at both events broadcasting and playing tunes.
For details, event map, street closures and the massive band line up, click here
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