Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tonight on "The Adventures of the Coffeebar Kid"

Tonite and exclusive with Author Josh Easby, former Manager of Radio Hauraki and Journalist, turned publisher abot his new book "Live: Gigs that Rocked New Zealand".
Whether they played a pub or a stadium, whether small and local or a big international action "Live... " documents some of the best moments and stories from concerts perfomed in NZ over the last 30 od years from Gene Vincent to the BDO extravaganza this book covers every one and every thing - almost. No WOMAD, we commiserate. But we'll get to the bottom of that too. Check out for more info.
Also, the 'Kid talks to Country/Caberet Act Jesse James and the Outlaws about her upcoming show at the San Fransciscio bathouse and her new album - "The Price of Gum".
Check out their video 'Angila' on Youtube:
Band members include - Ryan Prebble (Bond St Bridge), Mara TK (Fly My Pretties), Justin Firefly, Tm Prebble, James Coyle and of Course Jesse Moss
St. Peters Hall - Paekakareki - 13 November
San Franscisco Bath House - Nov 14

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Adventures of the Coffeebar Kid: Tonite

Hi, Groovers swing on in! Tonite we have :

The 2011 WOMAD line Up - Groove was at the official Launch last week and has all the news! (see the pic above - we made the society pages in the Dom Post!)

Also we have interviews with Emma Paki (an her new CD) and Ian Chapman - author of "Kiwi Rock Chicks, Pop Stars and Trail Blazers. "

And we also have an interview with Folk/Country Artist Eva Prowse. So tune in from 6PM tonite on Groove 107.7 FM

Eva Prowse -
Download Music, Buy Album and Check gigs Dates

Emma Paki - You tube clip for 'Century Sky' -

WOMAD : Link to the Artist Line Up -

Thursday, July 8, 2010

8 July On The Show : A Tribute to Jackie Robinson

Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was the first black Major League Baseball (MLB) player of the modern era.[1] Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. As the first black man to play in the major leagues since the 1880s, he was instrumental in bringing an end to racial segregation in professional baseball, which had relegated black players to the Negro leagues for six decades. The example of his character and unquestionable talent challenged the traditional basis of segregation, which then marked many other aspects of American life, and contributed significantly to the Civil Rights Movement.
Apart from his cultural impact, Robinson had an exceptional baseball career. Over ten seasons, he played in six World Series and contributed to the Dodgers' 1955 World Championship. He was selected for six consecutive All-Star Games from 1949 to 1954,[5] was the recipient of the inaugural MLB Rookie of the Year Award in 1947, and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949 – the first black player so honored. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. In 1997, Major League Baseball retired his uniform number, 42, across all major league teams.
Robinson was also known for his pursuits outside the baseball diamond. He was the first black television analyst in Major League Baseball, and the first black vice-president of a major American corporation. In the 1960s, he helped establish the Freedom National Bank, an African-American-owned/controlled financial institution based in Harlem, New York. In recognition of his achievements on and off the field, Robinson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

About Jackie's Career (Highlights)

Second baseman
Born: January 31, 1919(1919-01-31)Cairo, Georgia
Died: October 24, 1972 (aged 53)Stamford, Connecticut
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut April 15, 1947 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
October 10, 1956 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Some Career Statistics
Batting average .311 / Hits 1,518 / Home runs 137 / Runs batted in 734 / Stolen bases 197
Teams : Negro leagues Kansas City Monarchs (1945) / International League Montreal Royals (1946) / Major League Baseball / Brooklyn Dodgers (19471956) / Career highlights and awards / 6× All-Star selection (1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954) / Negro League All-Star selection (1945) / World Series champion (1955) / 1947 MLB Rookie of the Year 1949 NL MVP / Jersey number 42 retired by all MLB teams

Friday, March 19, 2010

Tonite on the Adventures of the Coffee Bar Kid

...It's All about WOMAD - We have an interview with Joey from Calexico and samples from the festival, music and more!

(Pst: Check out interviews, Sounds and Videos from our latest adventure:Click on the Flikr site for Photos: )

Thursday, March 18, 2010

MORE links from WOMAD 2010

WOMAD 2010 was an exhilarating mix of sounds and sights from around the world, a huge success with great performances and food in the stunning Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands

Any lost property contact comments / feedback please email to applications will be available here from May 2010
Check out the Taste the World recipies hereArtist applications - download form hereWomad 2011 dates are 18 19 20 March 2011

Check out interviews, Sounds and Videos from our latest adventure: Click on the Flikr site for Photos:

You can also see more check the Youtube clips:
All of these are from New Plymouth WOMAD 2010
Ojos Du Brujo in action:
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble:
LA Mitchell :
Babylon Circus:
Calexico and Bablon Circus on Stage together:

And Some Official Vids:
Iva Lankum's Professional Video of 'No" :
OJOS Du Brujo Live in 2004:

also some links to the bands:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tonite it's all about Festivals: 11 March 2010

It's a short show tonight as we prepare for WOMAD in New Plymouth this Weekend. We're rushed off our feet at Groove - Tonight; Reviews & interviews of International Festival Shows: Don MacGlashin, Irya's Playground, Ship Songs and 13 Most Beautiful and a look towards tonight's show: Calexico - 7.30 at the Pacific Blue Club.

Coming to WOMAD - click to see more:

Sola Rosa feat. Iva Lankum - Turn Around.mp3 Torrent Details :

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble :

Eddi Reader:


More at Womad Website:

Review: Irya's Playground Sunday 7 March

We had Irya in the studio last week to talk about their show and their support of the Circus Performance 'Inside Out'. Swedish act, Irya's Playground are on record agreat act. On stage, though, they were a little wooden.

Lead singer Irya Gmeyner's act whilst aloof from the audience just somehow failed to really engage me. However, I got the feeling some of this was the venue itself, and Irya confirmed that with me post-gig. Rock bands find it hard to interact when the audience are sitting and this was the case for them, too.

They rattled through a number of album songs and a few newbies, mostly from the "Inside Out' show, minus the costume. Whilst all skillfully played, they just lacked some 'spark' ,something to really grab you.

Expections were "My Angel" and "Room 54" which are the two main singles from their self titled debut - Rare moments of brillance, soring above their other works.
in a contrived attempt to liven the show up Irya (pronounce 'Erry Ya') dropped in little dubious annecdotes about the band members, such as meeting drummer Eric Nilssen at a party dressed as a transvestite. But even a story of a previous boyfriend who'd turned a bank robber somehow didn't really work. Not a cringe as such - just flat Annoying interventions from Pange Oberg, Irya's partner and co-writer seemed to undermine her stage presense and frustrate her no end. But far from a stage tension, there was just blandness.

That said I was highly impressed by guitarist Jon Bergstrom's guitars (at least i think it was Jon, my mistake if not), touted as the band's 'neighbour' who they'd hijacked at the last minute to go on tour.

Overall I guess this show, heavily promoted during the "Inside Out" gigs and patronised mostly by the cast of that show, so in that sense they had a good following.

They did garner an encore and played the Church's "Under the Milky Way" - a pretty good performance.

If I sound like I'k flip flopping here it's because the show had all the potential to be great but just did't come in as expected. Sad really.

Perhaps I'm in the minority here:

"The quintet of musicians, Irya's Playground ("Sweden's alternative rock darlings"), have a great thing going and all the songs, by remarkable vocalist Irya Gmeyner, are as impressive as her OTT glamorous dress-ups."

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Coffee Bar Kid Hits the Festival

What a fantastic Week!
Along side the amazing fare of interviews last week and this week - the Kid was able to interview some big stars from the festival including Don McGlashin who played in Ian Hughes Show: Ship Songs.

Ship Songs.
An amazing juxtoposition between an Irish concvict narator, the tale of a forgotten Chinese explorer and the story of how his parent met. Interwoven with interactive film (computer animation on a large screen behind huges) our wily yarn spinner talks about a nurse heading to Canada to help eskimos, really to escape the drudgery of a post war UK but along the way veers off in the direction of a Chinese Explorer who having discovered most of the known world is ordered to be struck off the pages of history by his Emperor. At the same time he refers to his own history as a convict sent to a penal colony for "simply being Irish!". Along the way he jumps ship to land in New Zealand where he flls for a dusky Maori Maiden, but is later recaptured.

Along the way the show is peppered with muscial interludes and shanties written and performed by Don McGlashin and two collaborators (Chris O'connor and Dave Khan) with naughtical beards and gruff "arrhs!" and knowing nods. The animate sequences mix with a screen that unzips to create portholes, or spread aside to become doorways or even a sick bed where our nurse tends to her patient, a hurt sailor.

Hughes assumes all the voices of his charactors moving seamlessly between them and breaking in and out of charactor to make asides with the 'band'.

This was a brilliant show. I hear it was supposed to come to Downstage earlier in the year but didn't eventuate. If it does return then book early. I'd see it again.

The coffee Bar Kid gives this show 4/5 Stars!

Monday, March 1, 2010


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And I've been Meaning to publish this : Karen Hunter's New Album Words and Groove

This was first published by the Groove Guide Jan 2010 /

Karen Hunter with Ron Samson and Aaron Coddel – Words and Groove / 5 Stars (No question)

When the lady quips “You’re so full of Oysters, there’s no room for humble pie” you’d better ‘Pull your Head in’! So begins, Guitarist/Songwriter Karen Hunter’s second excursion, building songs around eagle eyed observations (“only a boy could miss those cues” on ‘A Kiss without a Moustache’) and razor sharp witticisms, (“Let’s post pictures on facebook…on ‘Headroom’). The NZ Herald described her voice as ‘one of the most sensuous in the country’, and they’re right. Words & Groove is a delicious blend of original jazz and dirty blues (‘Long Hot Summer’), shades of Orient (‘Purify’) and lush performance poetry (‘Wheelspin’/ ‘Little by Little’)). Always innovative and entertaining, Hunter’s performance entwines personal experience with liberally embellishment, straddling danger and the mundane. Underpinning the infrastructure is the superb musicianship of jazzmen Ron Samsom and Aaron Coddell. Together the trio deliver cerebral, complex, yet delicate layers which, sweet and sumptuous like the filo of a honey baklava. Music that lingers on the palate long after the morsel is devoured.

Tim Gruar

Thursday, February 25, 2010

On the Adventures of the Coffeebar Kid tonight.

Whew - this is a rushed little note.

As WOMAD and the International Festival Loom even closer we find a moment or two to write this.

Iva Lankum, Soul singer deluxe has a wee chat and we go see some wattery art at the Wellington Museum of City and Sea, Vessels, part of the International Festival of the Arts.
Wait there's more! But you'll have to Tune In at 6PM - Groove 107.7FM

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I'll have a flat white with one. This week with the Kid

This week on the Adventures of the Coffee Bar Kid (Thurs 6PM) :
We are very excited to have Sacha Vee in the house. Sacha has a Dutch West Indian background and has been singing since her early teens. She took out the prestigious Tauranga Jazz Festival 'Best Vocalist Award" at the tender age of 16. She's done her digs with P-Funk Expressway, Departure Lounge, Oval Office and Rare Shot Blue, and now Ladies and Germs, she's launching her own EP. And Joins us after 6Pm to play her favourite tunes and chat with the Kid.
Get a Taste of Vee at:

Sasha Plays Hope Bro.s form 10PM on 20th Feb ,
and Don't miss out an in Store at Real Groovy from 1PM

Plus, we have Anna Coddington on the Phone - trailblazing pop diva appearing at WOMAD this year, that gig just gets hotter!

Jump online and check Anna at :

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Coffee Bar Kid is in the House!

This week the Kid's been super busy recording interviews with Jenny Morris, whose here for the International Festival of the Arts (Pacific Blue Lounge), Tama Waipara (Who plays the Ruby Lounge on Friday) and Andrew Spraggon of Sola Rosa (Headling One Love Festival on waitangi Day) Also there's new Music and the usual range of caffine based offerings: Get you weekly fix from 6PM every Thursday Night only on Groove 107.7 FM.

Check Out :
Jenny Morris :
International Festival of the Arts :
Sola Rosa
One Love :

Phew! What Big Adventures!

Groove has been super busy over the last week at the launch of the Fringe Festival, arranging artist interviews with the International Festival team and camping out at the Organic River Festical in Kiberly Reserve, Levin.

Fringe Festival Opening.
On Thursday (28th) Nite hundreds of sweaty punters crammed into Mighty Mighty to witness the opening of the Fringe Festival, now in its 20th year - Happy Birthday Fringe! Highlights were Raybon Khan, who compared, insulted the crowd (in jest) and untertook a one man stand up comedy show all in one! Also The One Night Stands (Cabaret Act), who sung Jazzy Brit Spear's numbers, impressed and (Festival CEO) Zelda's School Mam act, as she demanded the crowd quieten down for the formal side of the proceedings an act to see by it self! On our Flickr page you'll see photos and a brilliant shot of a 'girl' jumping out of a rubber cake - It's the Fringe, had to be done! go to and select the "Fringe" set.

The full Programme is on:

Organic River Festival.
On Friday night Dean and Pam upped sticks and headed for the Organic River Festival (29-31 January 2010). The camping grounds are now spread over two distinct paddocks areas, a vast improvement from last year as the access and general layout is far more welcoming and flexible. Management of the site improved too with greater security onsite and a zero waste rubbish policy including staff on hand to advise about what is recyclable and what is not.

This 'reporter' hit the Festival on Saturday and was treated to a swim in the local river, and a fantastic day of music and food. Mike's organic Beer was a highlight. Also a number of stalls offered vegan burgers, ice cream and other treats. Despite being a carnivore I was impressed with the quality and value for money of what I ate, almost makes me give up meat - almost! Musically, headliners An emerald City, who'd just flown in from Paris, were a highlight. Their swirling East-European musical offerings were mesmeriing and hypnotic. Medicine Crow, who performed earlier, put up a brave display, despite the earlier slot, and consequential smaller crowd and Jess Chambers won over hearts with her set. Watch out for that girl, she'll go far.

Roy G and the Bivinators played a brilliant set too. Their music is similar to John Butlers, wth plenty of distorted guitars and bluesy bass at the core of each song.

The weekend turned on a stunner. At one point I measured 29 Degrees down by the river, and even after sun down we were still in our tees and shorts. this year's Organic River Festival despite a smaller, lesser known line up of guests and artists was spectacular. With a chilled relaxed family atmosphere, low achol pressense and a good security and management structure, this is a festival on the rise. the Cherry on the top was strolling back to my car, some 50 metres from the event I was offered a lift on the back of the security guards' quad bike so i would,nt have to fumble around in the dark - all class! Check out and click on the Organic River Festival Set.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Return Of the Coffee Bar Kid

Yep, the Kid is back - Every Thursday on Groove from 6.
This week Punk Jazz peformer Miho Wada. Miho will be chatting about her upcoming Gig at the Watusi and playing tunes from her debut album "Postcards to your bed" available from and .
Karen Hunter also dropped by earler in the week to chat with the Kid about her Wednesday Gig, her new Album : Words and Groove and to sing a few tunes - Live! We'll replay that interview.
Karen also wanted fans to contact her via facebook and email. Go to her site:
Photos from Karen's interview: