Weekend line-up

The Mister Nobody Quintet are coming together for a one-off performance at the Boathouse in Nelson tonight at 8pm.

You may remember them from their last gig, at the 2011 Nelson Jazz Festival at Washbourn Gardens.

Leader Brett Holland has been living and performing in the United States since, but is home for other performances and family, and says putting the group together was ''a must-do''.

Members include Gabor Tolnay on keyboards, Tony Bowater on drums, David Bowater on saxes, and Steve Hainstock on basses.

Check out their original jazz compositions from 8pm. Tickets $10 on the door.

ABBA Returns

The return of 1970s glor Madsen Promotions brings you The ABBA Tribute show at The Playhouse near Mapua tomorrow night, with 1970s style in all its glory. It's not a karaoke show - there are real instruments, lighting and sound, all aimed to get you on the dancefloor.

Tickets $20, from 8pm

Summer yoga on the beach

What better way to begin a relaxing summer break? Saturday morning will see yoga beginners and devotees on the sands at Tahunanui Beach from 8am.

Bring a beach towel or a yoga mat and soak up some early-morning peace and sunshine. The classes also run on Wednesdays from 7.45am.

Cost is $5, no experience necessary - inquiries, call 03 546 4670

Christmas in Golden Bay

Golden Bay's Santa Parade is on this Saturday morning from 10am, with a parade of festive floats down Takaka's Commercial St.

Be part of a float or be part of the crowd, checking out two brass bands, horses, emergency service vehicles, collectable vehicles and tractors, and community groups.

Parade of lantern light
At 7pm on Saturday, the light-filled celebrations will begin as people make their way up the Centre of New Zealand, discovering a magical world of wacky installations and performances.

Once at the top of the hill, listen to some fantastic music and watch the sun slowly set and the darkness rise.

Phat Club family reunite

The undisputed kings of New Zealand drum'n'bass, the Upbeats, are bringing an official Happy New Year Warm Up Party to Paradox (site of the former Phat Club) in Nelson on Saturday night.

There'll be support from Alion, Over Ride and Grynd. Organisers will be reinstalling the original Phat Club sound system and light show especially for this one-off celebration.

Tickets $10 from Everyman, Nelson, or $20 on the door. From 10pm, entry R18

Festive fun with the Johnny

The Johnnys are holding their Christmas party this Saturday night at the Free House in Nelson.

There will be prizes for the best-dressed Santa, and a great time is guaranteed with this high-energy, thoughtful female trio of Johnny Cash devotees. Listen to their sensitive, character-filled renditions of Cash songs from 8pm.

Tickets $15 in advance or $20 on the door.

Time to rock

If ABBA wasn't enough, Madsen Promotions is also bringing The Queen Tribute show to the Playhouse on Saturday night.

It will include all the classics - We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, and more. There's bound to be a soundtrack from your teenage years in there somewhere.

Tickets $20, from 8pm.

Plinks and good time

Appleby's the Abbey Garden Bar and Cafe is hosting a ukulele Sunday session this weekend, with open mike and singalongs encouraged.

Bring your instrument and join in, or get up and have a go yourself.

It runs from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, and entry is free.

Kiwi Flyer stars on show

Soundstage is holding its end-of-year variety concert at Nelson's Theatre Royal next Wednesday and Thursday nights, featuring singing, dancing, music and musical theatre from 150 talented young performers, including some of the young talent of Kiwi Flyer.

Tickets, available from Ticket Direct or at the Theatre Royal, are $19 plus service fee, and shows start at 7pm.

Happy birthday, Mussel Inn

Onekaka's grand Mussel Inn is celebrating 20 years, and eight-piece marimba ensemble Chimuka will be performing there on Wednesday night as part of the celebrations.

Join in from 7pm.

Sing along for Christma

Next Thursday night sees a Christmas singing session in the Free House's garden yurt. It's a fun get-together where you can sing most of the Christmas songs you've ever heard of and a few you probably don't know.

From 7pm, entry free.