December 2012—January 2013
President’s column and contacts - p. 2
Blues Legend * Jimmy Reed - p. 3
New T-Shirt design - p. 4
CD suggestions for Christmas presents - page 5-6
Our President’s visits to UK & USA blues clubs - p. 7
BOP Blues visits Whakatane - p. 8
Calendar - p. 9
Sponsors & Membership details - p. 10
BOP Blues—keeping the blues alive
Mike Garner — 0272 102 612
Club Night & Jam Music Coordinator
Warren ‘Wozz’ Houston — 07 349 3142
Sally Garner — 027 273 8881
Noel Lamberton — 027 492 7221
Simon Elton — 0211 33 1950
Keith Garratt — firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Gillies — email@example.com
Peter Jongenelen —
Anita Loderus —
Keith Palmer — firstname.lastname@example.org
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BOP BLUES, 33 Caulfield Place, Rotorua
As 2012 draws to a close we have
our last Club Night and Jam coming
up on Wednesday 5th December,
at The Belgian bar. We hope that
you will all come along and support
the club and the musicians,
members and non-members, who
turn out to play. It's pleasing to
see that the numbers of both
audience and musicians continues
to grow as spring brought better
weather and summer almost here.
We also have a BOP Blues Jam event in Whakatane, on the
19th December at "The Office" and with the lighter evenings
promises a fun trip away for those of you based in Rotorua -
worth a drive over, to support this new venture - the 3rd such
There are a number of blues and blues-related events and
touring acts coming through the region in the summer, so after
Christmas, check back with the gig guide in this bulletin so you
don't miss anything, and do keep an eye on the club's website,
which is regularly updated. We try to post all relevant events
in the region, and other areas which should be of interest to
The club's Facebook is back in action. Many of you now have
phones that can take both pictures and video, we urge you to
share them with other members and everyone else who has
"liked" the page. And if you haven't yet done so please drop by
and click 'like'!
The committee values your feedback. There have been a
number of changes lately to the website, Facebook and The
Bulletin and we really want to know if we are delivering what
you want from the club. You can always just drop me a line:
email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org
My thanks go out to the committee, to the musicians who
share their time and talents at the jam, and especially to all of
you, for supporting the club throughout the year. Take care
over Christmas, and have a bluesy one!
President, BOP Blues Club Incorporated
Blues Legend –
Jimmy Reed was an American
blues musician and songwriter, a
major player in the field of electric
blues & was notable for bringing
his distinctive style of blues to
Of the blues artists of the day, Reed was
the biggest seller of blues music and had
more hits than most others. He had a
significant impact on many artists who
followed including Elvis Presley and The
Rolling Stones. His compositions include:
‘Big Boss Man’, Bright Lights, Big City’,
Baby What You Want Me To Do’, ‘Shame,
Shame, Shame’, ‘Ain’t That Lovin’ You
Baby’ and ‘Honest I Do’. Jimmy also
worked with long time friend, Eddie ‘Bad
Boy’ Taylor, the man who taught him to
play guitar and harmonica.
After failing an audition with Chess
Records, (his later chart success would
be a constant thorn in the side of the
firm), he signed with newly formed Vee-
Jay Records. His prolific period was
between 1956 & 1963, but in spite of his
numerous hits, Reed’s personal problems
(rampant alcoholism) prevented him
from achieving the same level of fame as
other blues artists of the time.
His devious schemes to tend to his
alcoholism — and the ‘just plain aberrant
‘ behavior that came as a result of it —
quickly made him the laughing stock of
his show business contemporaries.
Those who shared the stage with him in
‘top of the line’ R&B venues like The
Apollo Theatre, shook their heads and
wondered how Reed could actually
standup straight and perform, much less
hold the audience in the palm of his hand.
To paraphrase an old saying of the day,
“Nobody likes Jimmy Reed, but the
In 1968 he toured Europe as part of the
American Folk Blues Festival. He died at
the tender age of 50 in 1976. He was
inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in
1980 and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in
1991. Reed’s recordings of ‘Big Boss Man’
and ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ were both
voted onto the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame’s
list of 500 songs that shaped R‘n’R.
Wikipedia (November 2012)
‘Big Boss Man’
Life & Times—W. Romano.
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LINDSAY MacKENZIE — ‘Now and Then’
MacKenzie has crafted a charming record,
(the mixing) has given it a warm, inviting
summer sun vibe. ‘NZ Musician’
KEITH & LYNDSEY (New Tricks) — ‘Afterglow’
13 cover tracks, taking us back to some of the
great songs from 20th C ….. perfect snapshot of
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MIKE GARNER — ‘Why a Woman Gets the Blues’
Great songs, well played with plenty of grit.
Tasteful, professional & well presented.
An excellent album. ‘BOP Blues bulletin’
B-SIDE BAND — ‘Down Under & Blues’
Great rockabilly brand of blues noise,
bluesy and gutsy. ‘NZ Musician’
The blues has never been this upbeat.
KOKOMO — ‘It All Comes ‘Round’
This is rural blues….. back to their earliest
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RALPH BENNETT-EADES — ‘… A Little Somethin’’
Delta blues….. Down home singin’ & playin’…..
an enjoyable CD. ‘BOP Blues Bulletin’
THE FLAMING MUDCATS — ‘… What You Wanted’
Good honest electric blues….. Fine songs……
well played. ‘Weekend Sun’
BRILLEAUX — ‘Brilleavator’ (acoustic adventure)
The set list is still solidly founded in classic Brit R&B,
but with a more bluesy and, in some instances,
country/folk/swamp stomp spin…… take your
instruction from Brilleaux….. ‘sit down, shut up and
Catching a few
arlier this year Sally and I travelled to the
UK where we took my parents ashes for
interment in the family grave, in the
village where I was born. This was a solemn, family
occasion but later on we met up with friends and
had some holiday on the way home. There was
even some time to take in a little blues and it was
interesting to experience some blues clubs and
venues in the UK and the USA.
Hugh Budden, Mike Garner & Pete Harris
In Southampton I met up with old muso friends
from bands I was in during the 70s and 80s. Down
by the waterfront in Southampton is an old pub,
the Platform Tavern, one of the few buildings by
the docks that survived the Luftwaffe in WWII. It
was a small bar hosting an acoustic blues jam with
an enthusiastic crowd. I did a set with Pete Harris,
who some of you will remember from his trip here
2 years ago, when we played at BluesFeast, with
Jan Preston sitting in, too.
While in London I saw my son, Paul play in several
venues, the most notable being "Ain't Nothing But
The Blues" just off Carnaby Street. In this venue,
Paul was the guitarist for West Weston and the
Bluesonics - Weston being a hot harmonica player
in the Kim Wilson mould. This tiny venue was a
fantastic experience, not least because it was
mostly a young audience of 20 to 30 somethings -
all digging Weston's hot blend of Chicago style
At the end of our trip we stopped over in San
Francisco, where they have one of the USA's iconic
blues venues, Biscuits and Blues. It's a cabaret style
Paul Garner with West Weston
venue, with a box office at street level and then in
the basement is the bar and dining area. They
have two shows each night, an early and a late.
The night we were there it was a "pro jam",
meaning it wasn't an open-mic event like our jam,
but a collection of musicians from different bands,
put together for the night; the Keith Crossan Blues
Showcase, Crossan being the host and a hot sax
player. Great sound, great music, ranging from
jump blues with a horn section to more soulful
stuff. Biscuits, by the way, we would recognise as
scones. I ate Fried Green Tomatoes for a starter
and had "BBQ Pulled Pork , two fresh biscuits,
blackened parmesan corn on the cob, Louisiana
coleslaw" for 'entree' (which is what they call the
at 50 Mason Social House in San Francisco
On the next night I had a late night gig at another
music bar, "50 Mason Social House", owned by Ed
Ivey, who I've played with during a couple of Billy
T K Jnr's events in NZ and the Cook Islands. I did a
solo set, then Ed had laid on a full band with bass,
keys, drums and guitar, to accompany me. Cool to
play with such great musos, and a fantastic end to
a trip that started with such a sombre purpose.
- Mike Garner.
Recently a group of BOP Blues Club members—Robert Gillies, Noel Lamberton,
Andrea Bailey and Anita Loderus—decided to take the club jam nights concept to a
wider audience, so after a quick survey of the venues an approach was made to
Alan Unsworth the manager/owner of The Office Bar & Grill on the Strand In
Whakatane, who agreed to stage the event.
We now run blues jam nights every second month alternate to the Rotorua Jam
Night. Noel Lamberton supplies and operates a great sound system, and a group of
local musicians provide backing for individuals at the beginning of the night. This is
followed by local bands and others from the wider Bay of Plenty, such as Hammer
On, B-SIDE Band, Mack & Co, Harley Kruz & Jimi Stevens Experience.
The next Jam night is Wednesday 19 th December. Jam night Rules = 3 songs
Gold coin entry – hope to see you there.
- Rob Gillies
B-Side Band play The Office Bar—Whakatane for the BOP Blues Club visit (August 2012)
Left to right: Mike Kirk, Paul Parkhouse, Simon Elton, Carl Winter.
all details regularly updated at www.bopblues.com
BOP Blues Club/Jam night
At The Belgian Bar, 1151 Arawa St. Rotorua. 7.30pm . All welcome.
Free to Club members and participating musicians. Door Charge for non-members
Tauranga Blues Jam
At Drivers Bar, 11th Avenue, Tauranga. 7.00pm. All welcome. Free.
Enquiries: Derrin Richards. 07 576.0913
Hamilton Blues Society/Jam night
At Biddy Mulligans, Victoria St, Hamilton. 7.30pm. All welcome.
Free to Club members. $5.00 non-members.
Enquiries: Tony Kaye 021 243.3262 www.hbs.org.nz
Rotorua Jazz Club — Club night
At Arawa Lounge, Rotorua Racing Club. 5.00—8.00pm . $8 members, $12 non-members.
Enquiries: Dave Cown 07 347.9438 rotoruajazzclub.com
Mike Garner and Warren Houston will perform acoustic blues and originals at Brew craft
beer pub and coffee roaster. From 4pm, free entry.
Brew Craft Beer Pub, 1103 Tutanekai St, Rotorua Ph: 07-346 0976
- an informal group of musicians and friends who meet in a 'family friendly' environment to
share music, jam, try out new material, and socialise in an ‘unplugged’ environment.
4pm - 7pm Cash bar and food available. Free admission, all welcome.
Enquiries to Bruce MacFarlane email@example.com
Whakatane Blues Jam
‘The Office’, Whakatane Gold coin entry.
Enquiries to Rob Gillies (07) 308 5554
Rhythm Rotorua Festival Noon—8.00pm
‘Arts Village’, 1240 Hinearu Street, Downtown Rotorua. Food & Beverage available.
7 acts inc. Wizard & Oz (Aust), Shejus Greedy (Rotorua) & Brilleaux (Tauranga)
Details: www.bluesfeast.co.nz Tickets: $25.00
Marchwood Blues Picnic Various Artists midday to 8.00pm
Omokoroa , Bay of Plenty
Jan Preston - Australasia's Queen of Boogie Woogie
One Night Only—more details to come closer to the time
Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival — Summertime Blues 11.00am—5.00pm
Cobham Drive www.hamiltongardensartsfestival.co.nz/home/
Various artists Admission free Enquiries to Sally Garner 0272738881
Shaun Kirk Singer / Guitarist from Australia
More details to come closer to the time
Membership costs just $20 per year.
The membership year runs from 1 July – 30 June.
Members receive free admission to Club/Jam nights,
reduced admission to BOP Blues special events, priority
purchase for BOP Blues ticketed events — and help make
Rotorua the Blues Capital of New Zealand.
Contact the Secretary if you’d like a membership form
e-mailed to you, or download from our website.
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