Without music, life would be a mistake – Frederich Nietzsche
This weekend I took my (almost) monthly trip to Hawke’s Bay to see some friends. I like to visit when I can since I moved to Auckland so that my friends don’t forget my face.
The weather was lovely, and after a lunch at Off The Track, and a mooch around Emmerson Street, we headed to a bar called Monica Loves to watch a gig by a local solo artist called Stretch, on his ‘Less Rock more Roll’ Tour of NZ.
A mix of country and folk, and with a pretty stern line against people talking while he played (wasn’t sure who it was directed at as we were at the back, but Stretch was clearly unhappy at people muttering during his set), it was pretty good entertainment. Especially the second half of the set where Stretch was joined by a backing band, which got a lot of toes tapping.
I may not rush out and buy the album, but it’s always good to discover local artists in my adopted country.
The other lovely thing about the gig was the crowd. Stretch clearly has a good local following of groovy, open minded people, and I made some new friends out in the smoking area.
More info on Stretch and links to his music can be found on his website.
For a good night experiencing new music – 3 out of 5 stars