Looking for Alaska vs Albi and the Wolves

19 August 2017, Common Room, Hastings Auckland folk (but not as you know it) band Albi and the Wolves have their biggest fans in Hastings, and Albi, in turn, is a massive fan of Common Room: “It goes without saying; this is the best pub in the whole damn country!” What is billed as a…

Grawlixes

23 July 2017, Common Room Some say work and love don’t mix, that it creates a world of complexities and problems and leads to inevitable break-up. Robin Cederman and Penelope Esplin of Grawlixes have taken their experiences as an ex-couple and have crafted music that is funny, intimate and refreshingly real. This was the last…

Revolutionary Arts Ensemble: Kung Fu Jazz

20 July 2017, Common Room Adrian Thornton has crazy, good ideas, and Anton Wuts is the music wizard who makes stuff happen… so… take 1960s free jazz, a massive dose of the avant-garde saxophonist, Albert Ayler, and speed it all up, give it a punk rock spin, two drum-kits, keys, guitars, enough brass, and you…

Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

19 May 2017, Common Room, Hastings Being a feminist killjoy, it can be tough to have a laugh. Once you’ve been on the receiving end of a social system that discriminates on the basis of factors outside your control, it becomes hard to poke fun at others under similar criteria. Cori Gonzalez-Macuer is a comedic…

Anton Wuts Quintet

4 May 2017, Common Room Hawke’s Bay is well-endowed with big talent, many of them Bay homegrowns who have flown and returned to ‘settle’, have lived elsewhere, been there, seen that and now just want a bit of peace-and- (dare I say quiet?). The size of their skill and experience can’t quite squeeze itself into…

Paul Ubana Jones

27 April 2017, Common Room There’s something about Paul Ubana Jones that gives you a direct line to a whole other era of greatness. It’s not just his fabulous ‘fro (all grey now), his dapper ease and stories – watching Jimi Hendrix live in SoHo as a youngster, for instance. Or the fact that the…

Stretch: Bury All Horses album tour

15 April 2017, Common Room, Hastings Stretch returned to his home town to play a sold-out gig at the Common Room on Saturday night.  Described as an “alt-country” musician, there were definite tones of rock and hints of blues in there too. Stretch warmed us – and himself – up with heartfelt ballads before really…

Lake South

Sunday 2 April 2017 It’s 5pm on a Sunday at the Common Room and a twinge of excitement nudges at me as I watch a blanket slide off a makeshift table and reveal electronic music gadgetry. The push of a button activates a pre-programmed 80’s electronic drum pattern, with super clean production and a bouncy…

Strong Invincible

8 March 2017, International Women’s Day, Common Room Strong Invincible had a solid mission: to fund raise for our local Women’s Refuge by showcasing some of Hawke’s Bay’s finest women performers, on International Women’s Day.  A glass of local bubbles at the door, and paella-a-go-go for dinner sweetened us up for the acts, including a…

Sabu Toyozumi

16 March 2017, Common Room Thursday night at the Common Room. The room fills nicely as something extraordinary is about to happen. Internationally acclaimed improvising drummer Sabu Toyozumi and the rest of his quartet are setting up and getting ready for what will be an extremely fun and adventurous night. Joined by the musical genius of…