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Midge Marsden to sing in the park

Last updated 05:00 08/02/2013
Midge Marsden

FAVOURITE GIG: Midge Marsden is returning to Music in Parks.

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Blues and R'n'B legend Midge Marsden is set to rock Blockhouse Bay Beach Reserve next week as part of the Music in Parks series.

Mr Marsden says the Blockhouse Bay gig is one he particularly looks forward to with locals requesting him year after year.

"I've nurtured a real affinity with the place; it's like my second home. I recognise the regulars who are there every year and Blockhouse Bay Beach Reserve is such a lovely spot, right next to the sea."

The singer's career spans more than 50 years and he has a New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to music.

He has played countless concerts in New Zealand and overseas, and performed with artists including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and BB King.

Mayor Len Brown says it's an honour to have internationally recognised artists like Midge Marsden play in the Music in Parks series where the gig has become a local tradition.

"Aucklanders are really spoilt for choice this year. It's wonderful to be able to present a living legend like Midge at an event that's free for anyone to attend, not to mention all the other equally talented, but lesser known, artists performing in the series," Mr Brown says.

Mr Marsden is performing on February 15 and will be supported by The Alibis, whose music is influenced by swing and jump blues combos from the 1950s rhythm and blues era and the neo-swing revival of the late 1990s.

Auckland Council's Music in Parks series is now in its 20th year and covers a range of musical genres from the New Zealand Opera to Avalanche City and Adeaze.

The 2013 programme features more than 40 performances and it runs until March 24.

Go to musicinparks.co.nz for more information.

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What: Music in Parks – Midge Marsden supported by The Alibis

Date: February 15

Time: 6pm-9.30pm

Venue: Blockhouse Bay Beach Reserve

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