The ASB Gardens Magic concert series

The ASB Gardens Magic concert series.

The Botanic Garden Soundshell is a lovely place isn’t it. And chances are, over the last few years you’ve probably caught a free evening summer concert there a few times and had a blast. After all, the location is beautiful, the entertainment always good, if not exceptional, and that time of evening at the end of a nice day, simply magic.

This year’s edition of the ASB Gardens Magic Concert Series is already in full swing, and as long as this rain settles down, we’re gonna be treated to a few more special shows over the next couple of weeks. So, working in a similar vein to my Wellington music re-cap blog entry last week, I thought I might spotlight a few of the free shows coming up at the Soundshell that really stand out to me.

Wednesday the 16th of January, JoHanna & The Mystery, 8pm start.

The project of singer and multi-instrumentalist JoHanna and her backing back The Mystery, JoHanna & The Mystery is an exercise in smoked out lounge bar future soul. Seductive and smouldering, their music recalls aspects of Amy Winehouse, PJ Harvey and The Doors, all couched with a formalist hip-hop edge.

Friday the 18th of January, Data Hui, 8pm start.

Lead by singer/multi-instrumentalist and producer Mara TK, Data Hui is an exercise in vivid, Maori centric psychedelic funk, rock and jazz, created in the tradition of the likes of Sun-Ra, George Clinton and countless other Afrofuturist musicians interested in the intersection between sound and the idea of space. Placing things through a regional lens specific to New Zealand, Data Hui casts fresh, evocative light on the above concepts.

Saturday the 19th of January, The Nudge, 8pm start.

Newtown’s very own, over the last few years The Nudge have carved out a new space for themselves somewhere on the borders of blues and psychedelica. Pained, yet celebratory, this three piece create vocal, keyboard, drums and guitar heavy soundworlds which speak to the immediate nature of life, while at the same time paying homage that which has passed on.

Friday the 25th of January, Disasteradio, 8pm start.

Disasteradio is one of those under the radar, yet increasingly visible Wellington acts. A one man electronic music band, his songs are fun, fast and colourful. Perfectly pitched towards the meme, .gif, viral YouTube video and tumblr culture of now, his music extends beyond the confines of cyberspace, reminding us that as much time as a lot of us spend patched into the internet these days, real life still happens in real time.

Sunday the 27th of January, The Gospel Show featuring Lisa Tomlins, 8pm start.

For over a decade now, Lisa Tomlins has been one of the well loved singing voices of Wellington. Following the recent gospel revival in the United States, we’re making our own contribution to this trend with The Gospel Show, a collective that has been singing at Meow on the second Sunday of every month. Having steadily built a buzz in recent times, on the 27th, with Lisa Tomlins at their helm, they’ll take the stage at The Soundshell.


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