Blues maestros here to mentor youth


Keen young blues musicians will get the opportunity to develop their talents next weekend as part of the Blues Festival in Rotorua.

The festival is being held over Queen's Birthday weekend and will feature free seminars, which is in keeping with the objectives of the Bay of Plenty Blues Club to "nurture and develop Blues among young and aspiring musicians".

There will be two opportunities for young students to gain knowledge of the blues guitar. Sponsored by the Rotorua District Council in celebration of New Zealand Music Month, these will be free of charge to music students in the Rotorua region.

On Friday May 31, festival headliner Jimi Hocking (Melbourne, Australia) will run a seminar for students - talking, demonstrating and answering questions on blues and rock guitar.

Jimi Hocking has mastered live guitar sound from years of experience touring and recording. The students will learn tips and tricks from a true master. On Sunday June 2, music teachers Jason Herbert from Auckland and Rob Powley from Rotorua will lead a hands on blues guitar workshop for advanced students nominated by their tutor.

Both the seminar and workshop will be held at Novotel Rotorua Lakeside. Registration is essential. Contact the Bay of Plenty Blues Club, email info@bopblues.com or phone (027) 273 8881.

The Bay of Plenty Blues Club's annual Blues festival is held all over Rotorua over Queen's Birthday Weekend and includes the Blues Cruise on the Saturday and Sunday on the Lakeland Queen, Saturday's Streat Party as well as continuous bands playing in various venues around the city from Friday to Sunday.

For festival details, visit www.bopblues.com/bluesfest

- ROTORUA DAILY POST

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