Coming up

The new Masked Marvel, Wednesday 14 November 8 pm

It was Charley Patton’s third record in November 1929 and the Paramount marketing department were looking for a new gimmick. Calculating it would boost their presence in the rural blues market, they released the new recording under the name the Masked Marvel, complete with a competition to guess the artist’s real name.

It must have worked for them because here we are 90 years later talking about it. We figure what worked for them has to work for us so in the great tradition of music and marketing gimmicks from that era, this month, the Auckland Bluegrass Club presents the new Masked Marvel.

  • This Masked Marvel inhabits a wide variety of traditional American styles. We are going to see old timey and country, perhaps a dab of Hawaiian and gospel, and perhaps what he is best known for – a country blues or two.
  • This Masked Marvel plucks and plays with panache the 6 string guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar, mandolin, and every now and then, like a rabbit from a hat he’ll produce an autoharp. By the time he puts it down, it is too hot to touch.
  • This Masked Marvel sings too, and has a deep knowledge about the styles in which he performs. Honestly, you’d think he was there when they were recorded. Each song comes with it’s very own entertaining and thoroughly researched back story.

If you have guessed the identity of the new Masked Marvel, be at the Auckland Bluegrass Club at the Bunker on Wednesday 14 November at 8pm precisely. You can quietly bask in your superior knowledge, and reward yourself by buying a raffle ticket.

If you have no idea of the identity of the new Masked Marvel,  be at the Auckland Bluegrass Club at at 8pm precisely anyway, listen to some great first half performers, before the new Masked Marvel is unmasked.

The new Masked Marvel
Auckland Bluegrass Club
Wednesday 14 November 2018  8 pm
The Bunker, Devonport.  (Gate will be open)
Members $8 non members $10 at the door

Show opens with floor spots

Sonoran Dogs (USA) special concert Wednesday 28 November, 8 pm

When they start picking, the Sonoran Dogs bluegrass band absolutely sizzle, and they are going to turn up the heat just for us at the Bunker as part of their New Zealand tour.

The Sonoran Dogs are genuine American bluegrass exports from Tucson and Phoenix Arizona. They’ve been a hit in bluegrass and folk circles all over the US Southwest states and Australia since 2011 when the seasoned veterans and champion pickers brought the band together.

At this show you will be treated to traditional and contemporary music, and it’s not just bluegrass – they may stray into original songs, improvisation, folk, Americana, Celtic, or newgrass, played with special flair and expertise that only comes from rare talent and a tightly packed calendar.

Don’t miss the two full-on sets of this amazing show, and the honest truth is you don’t even have to be a hard core bluegrass fan to enjoy it – they are that good.

Sonoran Dogs Bluegrass Band in special concert
Auckland Bluegrass Club
Wednesday 28 November 2018 8 pm
The Bunker, Devonport. (Gate will be open)

Book your seats on line at Under the Radar $25 +BF

By the way, there is nothing menacing about a Sonoran Dog, it is a hot dog originating in Hermosillo, the capital of the Mexican state of Sonora, in the late 1980s and now hugely popular in Tucson and Phoenix probably thanks to the extra bacon, the bolillo bun, pinto beans, onions tomatoes and jalapeno salsa.

Christmas club night Wednesday 12 December 2018

Join us for a bluegrass style Christmas celebration…

Kiwigrass Bluegrass Festival 1-3 February 2019

Kiwigrass is the New Zealand Bluegrass Festival.

Kiwigrass is being organised by a keen group of bluegrass lovers in New Zealand.  Their goal is to raise the profile of bluegrass in New Zealand, promote New Zealand based bluegrass musicians to the world, and bring the joy of the American bluegrass festival experience to New Zealand.

We love the idea and many of our members will be heading down there to take in the line up of great overseas acts, and may even camp a few days earlier to attend master classes if they eventuate.

Dates: 1-3 February 2019. Kick off Friday evening, wrap up late Sunday afternoon.

Venue: Narrows Park. Hamilton, New Zealand.

Narrows Park is a great venue with good camping and bunk facilities, with lots of space and rooms for jamming an performances.

There are 120 cabin beds, 24 powered camping sites, and acres of unpowered camping available.