Founders Park Twilight Concert

From 4pm through until around 9.30pm.
Eight food stalls will include French crêpes & galettes, South African dried meats and vegetarian super-foods & delicacies. Beers, wines, coffee and non-alcoholic refreshments will be available from Founder’s Park’s own cafe/bars. Alternatively, bring your own picnic and drinks (alcohol permitted) to enjoy as you relax on the lawn.

Founders Park Twilight Concert

Wellington City Shake-‘Em-On-Downers

Where: Founders Park – concert starts @ 4pm. Wellington City Shake-’Em-On-Downers will be playing @ 8pm.
This is your only chance to hear this fabulous septet perform in the festival.
Date: Friday 5th January 2018
$10 gate entry, under 16s free – covers five bands.

The Wellington City Shake-’Em-On-Downers, the capital’s most danceable yet offbeat New Orleans-style swing septet, have performed on stages throughout the country since their formation as a busking quartet of young musicians with questionable haircuts in 2011. Performing energetic interpretations of standards from the New Orleans tradition and and American songbook, as well as original compositions inspired by the era, they promise to serve up a spicy jambalaya full of mystery meat.

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Set starts @ 8pm

Founders Park Twilight Concert

Craig Walters Quartet

Where: Founders Park – concert starts @ 4pm. The Craig Walters Quartet will be playing @ 7pm.
Date: Friday 5th January 2018
$10 gate entry, under 16s free – covers five bands.

Set starts @ 7pm

Founders Park Twilight Concert

Steve Mitchell Band

Where: Founders Park – concert starts @ 4pm. The Steve Mitchell Band will be playing @ 6pm.
Date: Friday 5th January 2018
$10 gate entry, under 16s free – covers five bands.

Set starts @ 6pm

Founders Park Twilight Concert

T-Bone Kate & the Sizzlers

Where: Founders Park – concert starts @ 4pm. T-Bone Kate & the Sizzlers will be playing @ 5pm.
Date: Friday 5th January 2018
$10 gate entry, under 16s free – covers five bands.

T-Bone Kate and the Sizzlers play foot tapping, dixie tunes from the dawn of the jazz age.

Made up largely from members of the world famous (in Nelson) Nelson Jazz Club Big Band, the band features the legendary (T-bone) Kate Redgrove  on trombone, Dave North on clarinet, Mark Rawdon pounding out the rhythm, Mason Robinson on trumpet and Jeff Swanney with his favourite squeeze – Fat Sally – providing the bass.

The band have only formed recently, but already are playing regularly around Nelson.  Don’t miss the opportunity to hear some great music to complement a cold drink on a sunny Nelson summer day.

Set starts @ 5pm

Founders Park Twilight Concert

Nelson Jazz Club Big Band

Where: Founders Park – concert starts @ 4pm. Nelson Jazz Club Big Band will be playing @ 4pm.
Date: Friday 5th January 2018
$10 gate entry, under 16s free – covers five bands.

The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band – styled after the great bands of the Forties and Fifties – is a traditional stage band that plays syncopated written arrangements with improvised interludes. Most people will be familiar with Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, but Big Bands have been popular since the dawn of jazz and show no sign of losing their appeal, with new arrangements of contemporary music appearing all the time.

The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band has been in existence for more than twenty years, and has played at every Nelson Jazz Festival since its inception as well as playing regular gigs in the region.

Set starts @ 4pm