Real taste of country comes to city

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Anahera Waiariki and Manaia Rikiti-Graham.
Anahera Waiariki and Manaia Rikiti-Graham.

Country music fans are in for a treat on Sunday.

The Geyserland Country Music Club is hosting its annual Country in the Park event.

The free music show will see members of Geyserland and Phoenix Country Music Clubs entertaining.

The Geyserland club's regular backing band will support the artists.

Rotorua singer Anahera Waiariki is guest artist and will perform early in the afternoon. Waiariki won the junior section at the New Zealand Country Music Entertainer of the Year Awards in 2015.

Another local country star, Manaia Rikiti-Graham, will also perform solo and with Anahera. The pair, and friend Adrian, won the recent Rotorua Glo Festival busking competition.

Geyserland Country Music Club secretary Julie Hill said: "This is our sixth Country in the Park. What started out as a small promotional event to attract new members now sees big crowds in the hundreds and people attending from around the North Island.

"Country in the Park is an opportunity for our talented members to perform outside of the normal club day environment to a wider audience. There's a perception that country music is for an older audience.

"But we have singers of all ages who will delight with everything from traditional country to new country and country rock."

Ms Hill said people coming to the free family event were encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and settle back on their deckchairs to enjoy the whole day or just come and go.

Details:

What: Country in the Park

Where: Government Gardens Band Rotunda

When: Sunday 11.30am to 4pm

How much: Free

- Rotorua Daily Post

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