Free concerts rock Rodney parks

Last updated 05:00 05/02/2013
James RAy
FREE TO ALL: James RAy.
Owen Hugh
FOLKY FUN: Owen Hugh.

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Free concerts in Rodney this month include JamesRAy and Owen Hugh at Stanmore Bay and The Reputations at Huapai.

The gigs are part of the Auckland Council 2013 Music in Parks series of 40 performances until March 24.

A multi-award winning country artist and song writer, JamesRAy of Red Beach plays alternative country rock.

He toured the world with Bob Dylan before a lifestyle change enticed him to New Zealand from the United States in 2000.

He is a superb solo performer.

JamesRAy has become known for his own style of alternative "feel good" country and Texas rock music.

Singer/songwriter Owen Hugh of Orewa has produced eight independent CDs and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and opened for the Saw Doctors.

His song list ranges from covers of The Beatles to Crowded House and Robbie Williams, as well original music.

The Reputations are a hard-hitting 10-piece band with a roster of experienced musicians.

They play authentic vintage soul, funk and gospel-infused covers including standards ranging from Al Green to Eddie Floyd to Aretha Franklin as well as original music.

The line-up is Sophia Faalogo (vocals), Steven Shaw (bass), Earl Robertson (drums), Dominic Blaazer (keys), Dave Khan (guitar), Tom Irvine (guitar), Ed Geddes (baritone sax), Ben Campbell (tenor sax), Jon Cook (trumpet) and Andy Pearce (alto sax).

JamesRAy and Owen Hugh play at Stanmore Bay Reserve on February 16 from 3pm till 5pm.

The Reputations are at the Huapai Reserve on February 24 from 3pm till 5pm.

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