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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Carrara Park Jazz Picnic (+ Newtown Big Bike Fix Up) TODAY

Newtown Festival crew, Carrara Park neighbours and Groove 107.7FM invite you to bring your lunch and join them for the day today at the Annual - Carrara Park Jazz Picnic, AKA The “Little Day In” at Carrara Park, Regent St, Newtown.

This is what the Soundshell concerts used to be: Lot's of room on the grass to choose a great spot, relaxing Jazz and's even sheltered from the wind (if there is any). The forecast is for a high of 22 degrees and any drops of (well needed) rain to clear this morning so it's looking good!

Pack some treats and enjoy the Jazz Picnic, from 12 noon.- 6.30pm.

We'll be playing tunes on site before and in between live acts and are broadcasting the event live.

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 from 2 stages…


1 pm: The Wend

Newtown Locals playing their take on tradtional blues.

2 pm: Serendipity

The ultimate Duo – Mike Duffy and Jeremy Desmond.

2:30 pm: Elizabeth Wise

All the way from Memphis, Tn. 24 Year old Elizabeth Wise born and raised in Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and spent last 4 years working on music in Memphis. Her own Memphis-based band, which includes blues/jazz legend Dr. Herman Green who accompanied BB King, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis for years, has been a regular band during tourist season on Beale St., played all over Memphis, while her Richmond-based band has toured Virginia.

3:30 pm: Megan Wheeler

British muso travelling New Zealand and combining other travelling musicians in the set. Look out ya’ll!

4 pm: Nigel Patterson

Led by Nigel Patterson, one of New Zealand’s finest keyboardists/composers (The Black Seeds, Fly My Pretties) with support from Lucien Johnson (Shogun Orchestra, The Troubles) on tenor saxophone, and Peter Elliot on drums the trio combines expert musicianship with passion and creativity.

Inspired by such greats as Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Mal Waldron, McCoy Tyner and many others The NP Trio creates a contemporary, sophisticated and digestible take on the jazz idiom.

5 pm: Serendipity

See above …

5:30 pm: The Bandits

6 piece Salsa Band. These young and up and coming Jazz School trained performers are playing regularly in the Wellington scene and will bring the grass dancefloor alive in the afternoon...

As a bonus this year there's also the Big Bike Fix Up - does your bike need some TLC? Got a flat tyre or squeaky brakes? Bring it along and our volunteer mechanics will help fix it up. 10am - 2pm.

How do you get there? It's a hidden Gem so take a squizz at this map:

For more details follow the link on the right hand side of the page at

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