Music showdown promises glory

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 08:30 06/10/2012
Graeme Crehan
DAVID UNWIN
BATTLING: Graeme Crehan performs in one of the semifinals of the Battle of the Grand in Palmerston North.

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A Palmerston North music competition is set to come to its climax, with the winner getting the opportunity to record and perform with New Zealand chart-topper Tiki Taane.

The Battle of the Grand has been taking place every Thursday at The Grand Beer Cafe on Church St for the past few months.

The semifinals ended last week, with three acts: Laura, Brothers in Arms and Dick Tracy, through to the final next Thursday.

The Grand owner Stephen Bragg said the music competition had gone better than he hoped.

"Each act had to play 30 minutes of original music - that's six songs of their own.

"There's some amazing original talent in this town."

The acts have been judged by Taane, well-known for his work with Salmonella Dub and his solo smash hit Always On My Mind.

The winner will have the chance to have a single recorded and mixed by Taane the very next day at The Stomach, and would also perform with him that night at The Grand at a fundraising event for Arohanui Hospice.

Taane will also pop into the hospice on Thursday to perform for staff and patients.

The hospice fundraiser will be a black-tie event. It starts at 7pm and tickets cost $20. They can be purchased from the bar.

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- Manawatu Standard

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