Skinny Hobos

19 May 2017, the Cabana, Napier Walking into the Cabana on a Friday night, I was confronted by a bunch of teenagers going hard to the Twisted Zips, a group of local school lads playing covers of their idols (and a tribute to the late Chris Cornell). This young band – really together, good stage…

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band

20 May 2017, The Cabana, Napier I make my way to the back of Roy Brown’s iconic venue. Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band fill the small raised stage, glittering lights tinsel in drops to the floor behind and the familiar palm tree silhouettes black on concrete wall. Posters and memorabilia fill this…

The Chills

28 April 2017, Cabana, Napier Expectation was high and the crowd was swelling, the Cabana’s distinct smell of sweaty dancers and dissipated dry ice putting me in mind of great nights rocking out to some loud music here. I was looking forward to the renowned Dunedin sound from years gone by that I thought I…

Sam Manzanza and the Afro Beat Quartet

15 April 2017, The Cabana We’re seated at The Cabana’s distinctive collaged tables for the first song of the night: a lulling, bluesy number. Sam Manzanza, resplendent in his dashiki, kufi hat and glowing white sneakers, is joined by a merry and eclectic band of men, the Afro Beat Quartet.  Together through their music, they…

Amanda Palmer at the Cabana

Sunday 19 February 2017 It starts on a barrel. And seeing her standing up there I recall my first meeting of Amanda Palmer, in her book, retelling time as a human statue, on high, posed. Then she roams the crowd, playing Nirvana. She’s a traveling troubadour. But I know what she’s really up to. She’s…