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Musical superstars line up in extravaganza for fans

Last updated 05:00 18/04/2012
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ACOUSTIC TALENT: Mark Williams will play his own songs when he returns to play in his hometown.

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Dargaville music fans with a taste for pop, rock and reggae will have a chance to get up close and personal with three of New Zealand's most honoured musical superstars later this month.

Pop-rock singer Mark Williams, these days the lead vocalist for legendary rock band Dragon and reggae godfathers Tama Lundon and Dil Karaka, founding members of Herbs, will perform at the Dargaville Town Hall on April 28, alongside Maungaturoto group Localize.

Williams, Lundon and Karaka will present their music in an unplugged, acoustic format before Localize take to the stage with their powerhouse sound.

Last year, huge numbers braved stormy weather in Dargaville to see and hear Dragon and Herbs perform together for the first time. This time Williams, who was born in Te Kopuru, will perform without his band mates, highlighting some of the music that made him a star in his own right and earned him an induction into New Zealand's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Likewise, Lundon and Karaka will present Herbs' songs in their purest form – stripped back and unplugged.

For this whistle-stop visit, Williams, Lundon and Karaka will be joined by members of up-and-coming Maungaturoto band Localize, featuring brothers Ben and Tau Ratima.

The Dargaville stop is part of the Home to the Heartland tour, with the musicians also playing smaller and more intimate venues in Waipapa, Kawakawa and at the Ascension Vineyard near Warkworth.

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