Be prepared for a Super Saturday of creative arts in Hamilton on March 16 including the free Saw Wave-Outdoor Music Concert at Victoria on the River.

Saw Wave is the second concert in a series of free outdoor events in Hamilton's central city, organised by the Hamilton Live Music Trust.

For anyone who isn't an audio engineer or a music audiophile, there are clues in the concert names as to what people can expect — the first was the Sine Wave concert last month.

The concerts are named after audio waveforms. Sine waves are the building blocks of sound. A pure sine wave has a peaceful yet eerie quality to it — a perfect fit with the ambient and experimental electronic music of the Sine Wave concert.


Saw waves or sawtooth waves, on the other hand, have a harsh, raw sound.

It is a fitting name for the next concert non Saturday focusing on some of Hamilton's finest guitar-driven acts — The Hollow Grinders, Contenders, and Deadly Sam and the Summertime Bandit.

Event organiser Lauren Kerr-Bell was thrilled with the public response to the first concert.
"There is always an element of risk in organising a public concert filled with experimentation and improvisation, but we were happy to see so many people attending and supporting the musicians."

Alongside Saw Wave is the Boon Hamilton Street Art Festival, with 10 walls being transformed with street art, the Hamilton Buskers Festival, another exciting new event earlier in the day filled with music, street theatre, poetry, and dance, and the latest Pecha Kucha event, with a range of fun and informative speeches on the topic of 'creative cities'.

PechaKucha (the Japanese word for 'chit chat') celebrates the unique stories we all have to tell. PechaKucha Nights Hamilton give a platform to a wide range of people, to speak on a diversity of topics.

The model sees presenters define their own topic, with each having just 20 seconds for each of 20 images.

Lauren says all the Super Saturday events have been carefully co-ordinated to ensure that no one misses out on any of the festivities.

"So bring along your dinner or some snacks, and check out some of Hamilton's finest bands on a weekend jam-packed with exciting creative events in the central city.

Super Saturday
March 16

■Buskers Festival: 10-3pm Garden Place
■Saw Wave: Outdoor music concert, 5pm-8pm, Victoria on the River, Free event — cancelled if raining
■Pecha Kucha Creatives Cities: 8pm-10pm Victoria On The River
■Boon Street Art Festival: March 15-17, Central City

Saw Wave bands

■The Hollow Grinders

Hailed as one New Zealand's best surf guitar bands, NZ legends The Hollow Grinders never fail to put on a fantastically ferocious show. The band even has a song written about them, immortalised by Californian band The Neptunes with their song Hollow Grinders are Go.

The band are currently promoting their latest album Surfin' Taniwha, which has received fantastic reviews and has received radioplay both in New Zealand and abroad.

■Deadly Sam and The Summertime Bandit

Sam Kimber-Bell is back with new his band, the aptly named Deadly Sam and The Summertime Bandit. You may know Deadly Sam as the brilliant guitarist in Dick Dynamite and The Doppelgangers. As a member of Dick Dynamite with his brother Ricky Kimber-Bell, the band won the York St Band Experiments, released a video clocking up a whopping 750,000 views and counting, and has supported the likes of US legends Stray Cat's Slim Jim Phantom.


The Spinoff proclaimed Contenders' latest songs as one the best underground releases of 2018. The band have recently been in the studio with sound engineer wizard Scott Newth, the man behind the mixing desk for The Datsuns.