The action started early in the piece at CocoPutt Ale House in Arorangi on Sunday.
“Tooks,” who owns CocoPutt with his partner Megan, is also an accomplished harmonica player and he celebrated his birthday by not only serving food for a whole room full of diners, but also taking to the stage later on to play with a bunch of local musicians.
Starting out with the Sharp Blax duo performing with Mo Newport of Triggerfish, the band gradually expanded during the evening as several off-duty musicians wandered in for a jam. Lucky diners were treated to some wonderful guitar work from Anania Browne, playing a pristine white Les Paul Gibson that beautifully enhanced his style of playing.
On Wednesday night visiting Los Angeles-based Kiwi musician Greg Johnson played at Sails Restaurant in Muri. Accompanied by former New Zealand band Goldenhorse guitarist Ben King, Johnson entertained a packed bar and restaurant with a selection of his older songs and tracks off his new album, Swing the Lantern.
Switching effortlessly between keyboards and guitar, the legendary award-winning songwriter, whose work has also featured in a host of movies and TV shows, demonstrated all the talent that has won him awards including NZ Tui Top Male Vocalist (1995), the APPRA Silver Scroll for song writing and the NZ Tui Best Compilation Album (2003).
King provided the perfect accompaniment, with some spot-on harmonies and top-class guitar work.
Thanks to Mo and Glenda at Motone for organising a great night out and a celebration not only of Sails 25 years of existence, but also of well-known island personality Anne Tierney’s 70th birthday.
And while we’re on the subject of entertainment, don’t forget folks, there’s even more live entertainment on Rarotonga tonight. This time it’s at CocoPutt where again thanks to Motone, there will be a performance by top-rated New Zealand comedy stars, The Improv Bandits.
The show starts at 8pm and guarantees a load of laughs.