NZ Music Month was launched in Christchurch on Saturday night at the Art Gallery with a great line-up of local artists. The night kicked off with the duo of Kim K and Tim Chesney and their laid back, folk sound that got toes tapping.
The 40-strong barbershop group, The Canterbury Plainsmen were a real crowd pleaser, starting off with some classic barbershop harmonies then switching to some upbeat New Zealand pop hits, including Dave Dobbyn’s Slice of Heaven. The audience didn’t want them to leave and so we were treated to one final number before they left the stage to a huge round of applause.
Steve Abel, a singer-songwriter from Auckland who’s been compared to Tom Waits and Nick Cave, was one of my favourites of the night. His songs are kind of dark and gloomy, but he has a great voice and I really enjoyed his set. I was inspired to find his album in the library so I could hear more of his music.
Sacha Vee, a fantastic up-and-coming soul/funk artist from Christchurch, was the perfect end to the evening and had the audience swaying and toe-tapping to her funky sound. Her music reminds me of a great group called Zero 7 and one of their lead vocalists, Sia.
We have many more fantastic music acts for you to listen to throughout May so check out the programme and get down to your local library today.