June shows announced!

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7th June – Ukrainian Vagabond Folk Singer, Make Like a Tree at The Wall and Basement Cinema Rotorua.
Music starts at 7pm (moved to an earlier time for winter).
Cost $10 per ticket, on the door $15
Hear more here: https://makelikeatreeband.bandcamp.com/

13th June – House concert with Anthonie Tonnon. Anthonie has released his second album, Successor, in March 2015. His new songs have been receiving great reviews and his newly released video, ‘Water Underground’ is a must see! Read the review here at undertheradar.co.nz. “Anthonie Tonnon could be considered a musical journalist of sorts. That is to say, rather than report on music, he reports through music.” – Paul Larsen.
Music starts at 8pm. Come and get cosy from 7.30pm onwards.
Cost $15 per ticket, on the door $20
Hear more here: http://anthonietonnon.com/

20th June – Hopetoun Brown at Ciabatta Bakery. Event starts at 6pm with delicious food served by Alex and his team. This is an one-off event, especially put on by The Rogue Stage at Ciabatta Bakery. It is a lovely cafe and it will be the first time we will be hosting an event here. Hopetoun Brown has played in Rotorua before at Vegas City Limits in the summer and they were much appreciated by the audience.
Music starts no later than 6.30pm.
Cost $20 per ticket – book early!
Hear more here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/introducing/audio/20141323/introducing-hopetoun-brown

26th June – Nadia Reid in concert at our house. ‘Measured nostalgia.’ Beautiful and thoughtful lyrics sung in Nadia’s rich voice. Stories written by herself and presented in her shy, yet sophisticated manner. It has been a long time dreaming about this show and it is happening in 4 weeks’ time!
Music starts at 8pm, come and get cosy from 7.30pm onwards.
Cost $15 per ticket, on the door $20
Hear more of Nadia’s songs here: https://nadiareid.bandcamp.com/

All events are BYO, except 7th of June at The Wall and Basement Cinema. There is a bar to purchase quality craft beer and carefully selected house wines from.

You can deposit the ticket money straight into The Rogue Stage’s Band Kitty – 020412-0086576-25. Please quote your phone number and which gig you are attending. I ll text you back with confirmation and your name will go on the door list. My phone number is 02102381057 if you have any queries. I am happy to confirm by email also, please email theroguestage@gmail.com

Thank you so much for your interest in live music, The Rogue Stage shows and for supporting local and international musicians’ craft.

Kindest regards
Karin & the Team

Sergey Onischenko at The Wall and Basement Cinema, Rotorua

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In Sergey’s own words:

“Make Like a Tree is a quintessention of travels expressed in music and photography created by Sergey Onischenko – vagabonder from Ukraine who is hitch-hiking round the world and spreading his indie-folk tunes with a touch of non-conformism and Beat Generation ideas and exhibiting his minimalistic landscape photography taken in omnifarious places during his journeys. Each concert is played with new members and all songs are created and recordered in different parts of the world. Experiments with sounds and collaborations with audience can turn one-man-band in a duo or in quite a large improvising ensemble so be ready to take part in a process of creating music. Sloundscapes of Make Like a Tree will bring you to inner world of nature, woods, mountains and songs of whales on the bottom of the ocean.”



I heard a live concert and I was mesmerized. I was there in the moment with him, away from my troubles. Please join us for an intimate night of extraordinary music creations of another kind.

Sunday, 7th June at The Wall and Basement Cinema in Hinemoa St

The show starts at 7pm, tickets are $10 and $15 on the door. You can deposit your ticket money into ‘The Rogue Stage Artists’ Kitty – 020412-0086576-25′. Please quote your mobile number as ref. Upon receipt I ll text you with confirmation and your name will go on the door list. For seat reservations, please text me on 02102381057.

Here is more about the cinema:

The Basement Cinema is Rotorua’s answer to alternative cinema. In the opinion of many, “Indie” movies are not given the respect they deserve with cinema goers being over exposed to blockbusters by the Hollywood machine. The result is that the Basement Cinema presents a more varied programme than most of the cinemas in the region. It boasts a wider range of material from the world of cinema taking in films from as far as Europe and Africa to the more close-at-hand Samoa.

More recently the cinema has taken on a new look by extending the bar to take in an extensive range of New Zealand wines and craft beers. Relax with a wine or tuck into some wedges before the show. We also have the best milkshakes available for the younger ones who may feel left out.

The two screens offer an escape from the colosol corporate cineplex with its two snug screens giving the feeling that you’re watching a private screening with the film’s producers. The comfy lounging seats mean no jostling for arm-room and seating only 13 and 23 seats means no panic to find good seats as they all have a perfect point of view. Furthermore, the theatre is on the vanguard of a new wave in cinema presting live recordings of operas from the likes of London’s National Gallery. It gives those music lovers the opportunity to experience classical theatre captured live on stage.

Its central location in town means it is easy to find, being literally a stones throw from the city focus. The cinema is locally owned and operated by helpful, friendly people. It provides the staging post for local book clubs and often hosts special screenings for groups and organisations.

So don’t be shy, come and try…

NZ Music Month 2015 Is Here!

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NZ Music Month 2015 Is Here!.

This is an exciting time in our calendar and here in Rotorua we are pooling together all our musical friends to bring to you in conjunction with Nationwide happenings for NZ Music Month, an exciting month full of musical happenimgs! Stay tuned.

Anthony Stretch – The Kicking ‘n Dreaming North Island Tour

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From Anthony’s event page:

“Alt-country serenading stomper, “Stretch”, is hauling his acoustic guitar, harmonica and kick drum across the North Island for a month of intense and intimate shows throughout May. An unforgettable performer, Stretch will be whipping up a boot stomping sound while weaving his truly soulful voice through effortless melodies.

Playing originals that feel like classics from your own lost mix tape, and taking you through the songs, influences and artists that sparked his own songwriting, every night is brimming with its own magic. Spanning raw hearted ballads to roof raising choruses, this music is a journey for your own soul.

From an upbringing in rural New Zealand listening to 45’s on a jukebox at the pub he was too young to be in, to years on roads less travelled, Stretch has been on a life long search to find out where the hell he belongs. With tales of sweet-talking his way out of being stabbed in Glasgow, or being immortalised in song by Joe Strummer, he brings the audience into his own freewheeling world.

These unique shows are in the tradition of gigs back when the audience and musician were both part of the night, when the song was more important than a selfie. With a voice rich in emotion and a passion to connect with every one he plays to, Stretch is making fans the old fashioned way, one true music lover at a time.”

I thought to add my own words, but the above encapsulated exactly what was on my mind. Anthony is a sweet guy and its going to a sweet night!

This concert is being filmed as part of a documentary by Jam TV for a new TV One series – This Town. I have limited seats and you must email me to register your interest. Depending on interest, I might move it to a bigger space, but the whole idea of the documentary is to capture live music in an intimate setting.

Tickets are $20 each and yes, please wear your best shirt/dress!

email – theroguestage@gmail.com

9th May

See you then, Karin

Joel Fafard – Canadian Blues at Rerewhakaaitu Settlers Hall

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17th April at Settlers Hall, Rerewhakaaitu, 14 Ash Pit Road

Award-winning guitarist Joel Fafard performs Southern roots and blues classics with the soul of a purist and the showmanship of a seasoned entertainer. He sings with the sexy, sandpapered-sounding vocal style of the new-generation bluesman. He tells his hilarious between-song stories with the confidence of a late show host delivering his monologue. And when he lets rip a solo on his resonator guitar, it’s easy to hear how he once earned both a Juno nomination and a Western Canadian Music Award for his skills on the axe. With his latest albums, Cluck Old Hen and Borrowed Horses, along with his live show, Fafard is using his uncommon skill as an entertainer to embark on a new musical mission: breathing new life into grand old numbers like “Ain’t no grave,” “Sitting on top of the World,” “Spoonful,” and “Long Black Veil.” His performances are as authentic as those of a Beale Street busker but infused with a touch of contemporary urban attitude. And his live show is pure polish and professionalism.

See more at http://joelfafard.com/wp/

Tix are $15 per person, $20 on the door.


Doors open at 7pm, music starts at 8pm


Hannah in the Wars – ft Hannah Curwood, Ivy Rositter and Will Wood – Sunday 19th April

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Previously Hannah has released 2 records, Sky Above, Horse Below (2007) and The Blind Love EP (2009).  Both received to resounding critical acclaim, tracks such as murder ballad It’s Been Snowing All Winter brought attention to Hannah’s use of dark lyrics, twisted imagery and ethereal melody to earn her a place as one of New Zealand’s celebrated alternative folk writers.

Now based in London, Hannah in the Wars is a new project, the result of working side by side with Roger O’Donnell of The Cure and a handpicked group of musicians.  The songs are lyrically robust, emotional narratives – Curwood’s distinctive and powerful voice is accompanied by Telecaster, piano, various synth offerings, delicate string arrangements and the brooding pulse of an orchestral percussionist on the kit.  

O’Donnell has supported the band by offering up his country home studio as a recording base, as well as providing guidance with vocal performance, arrangements and his expertise in synth programming.

The resulting 10 songs bring the likes of P J Harvey, Anna Calvi, Sharon Van Etten, Laura Marling and Smog to mind – delicacy entangled with intensity.  The album is currently being mixed by Paul Corkett (The Cure, Nick Cave, Bjork) and will be released on 99X10 records in May 2014.

Listen to a preview of the Hannah in the Wars album:


Hannah will be joined by Will Wood and Ivy Rositter

The concert will take place at Cinema 1, limited seats available. Book early to guarantee your comfy seat for this show. Come early for front row seats :)

Bar available at The Wall Bar, also serving delicious coffees

Tickets are $15 pre sale from Musicworks (cash sale)

$20 on the door