Sou'Westers blowing in
The Sou'Westers have had a busy year since releasing their debut album Going West, which spent six weeks on the charts. The country trio of Liam Ryan, Dean Hetherington and Aly Cook will be entertaining with a new rhythm section at The Boathouse in Nelson tomorrow night at 8pm (tickets $15 from Eventfinder.co.nz or on the door) and the Mussel Inn at Onekaka on Saturday night (tickets $15 from Eventfinder.co.nz or $5 from the venue).
Here comes Santa Claus
It's not Christmas without a Santa parade. Motuekans get their chance to spread some Christmas cheer at the New World Motueka Starlight Parade tomorrow evening. The family event runs along High St, with fun for the kids, music and more from 6pm. Meanwhile, Richmond's Santa Parade will be on Sunday afternoon from midday along Queen St.
Comic crusaders return
Two of New Zealand's best jokers hit the stage at The Playhouse near Mapua with hilarious yarns, jokes and philosophies tomorrow and Saturday nights. The popular duo of Gary McCormick and Tim Shadbolt are on at 8pm, with a dinner option from 6pm. Tickets $30 plus food options; all ages welcome.
Crooning, comedy and clothes
Fairfield House presents a fabulous night of 1950s music, comedy, fashion, burlesque and more at its fundraiser tomorrow evening. Tickets $20 from Everyman or $25 on the door. Doors open 7pm.
Musical debut for market
A duo will perform at the Wendelton Country Market at Eyebright on Saturday. Barry Korcheski is a 60-something professional who has spent his career entertaining at venues throughout western North America and on cruise ships. Eszter Le Couteur is in her teens and a violist. They will be under the veranda at Eyebright playing easy listening music and Christmas favourites. The market will have plants, vegetable, fruit, nuts, oils, soaps, all produced here in Nelson.
Christmas concert with bite
Hank the Shark's Underwater Christmas arrives at Nelson's Theatre Royal this weekend. Award-winning songwriter, musician, author and shark wrestler Gerry Paul will play wacky songs for the young and young at heart, while Levity Beet will cover all the important issues of the day, like zombies, ninjas and neurotic spoonbills. Two shows - at noon and 2.30pm on Saturday. Tickets $23 adults, $20 senior citizens and $15 children, with family passes available, from TicketDirect, ph 03 548 3840.
An evening with Mr Music
Kicking off a series of free Members Bar gigs at the Suburban Club is Nev Claughton, aka Mr Music, with popular hits from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Claughton has spent years fronting the Solid Gold Band and the Wizard Classic Hits Band. From 7pm; members and their guests welcome.
Carols to soothe the spirit
Sing through the Christmas story by candlelight with the Light of Christ Singers at Upper Moutere's beautiful St Paul's Lutheran Community Church on Saturday night. This family-friendly event starts the Christmas season in Moutere with a chance to relax amidst the rush of the busy season. From 7pm; supper provided.
Festive evening of dance
Dancesport Nelson is holding a Christmas dance party at Richmond School Hall on Saturday night. From 7.30pm there will be live music from the Panama Boys, playing swing, country and western, light latin, rock 'n' roll, pop, the Gay Gordons and gypsy tap, and Christmas tunes. Bring your own refreshments, glasses and a supper plate. Tickets $10. For more info,n, contact Pauline 03 547 4523.
Boogie on down
One of Nelson's hardest-working bands, Boogie Train, are playing loud, hard, rocking blues at Nelson's Vic Brew Bar on Saturday night. From 9pm; free entry.
Warming up for New Year
The organisers of this year's Happy Nu Yeah festival in Nelson's Maitai Valley are giving punters an opportunity to warm up their dancing feet with a gig featuring two of New Zealand's top electronic acts - Truth, back home after two years touring the United States, and the Upbeats, with support from Alion. Club Paradox, Bridge St, on Saturday night from 10pm; tickets $20 from Everyman, Nelson and the Wholemeal Cafe, Takaka. R18.
Get your shopping sorted
The Mapua Makers Market is the brainchild of two local artists who wanted to establish an indoor craft market with an emphasis on the makers and their products. See a great range of handmade goodies on Sunday from 10am to 3pm at the Mapua Hall.
Choir aiming high
The Nelson Male Voice Choir presents its final Nelson concert for the year on Sunday. Go Tell It On The Mountain will have 40 men onstage singing in four-part harmony. From 2pm at the Nelson School of Music; tickets $20 adults, $8 under-18s (under-10s free) from the school, Summit Real Estate Stoke, and Richmond Mall.
Festival of Christmas sounds
Head to Gardens of the World at Hope on Sunday for what is being billed as the greatest outdoor Christmas concert Nelson has ever seen, featuring Nelson City Brass, singers Aroha (from New Zealand's Got Talent) and soprano Sophie Ricketts, the Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus, New Zealand's champion youth band, and internationally acclaimed trumpet player Raffaele Bandolini. From 4.30pm.
Bicycle movie night
The Free House in Nelson is hosting an evening dedicated to bicycles on Tuesday night, with a screening of the film You Never Bike Alone and a discussion with Chris and John-Paul from Bicycle Nelson Bays. Get there at 6pm for help and advice on fixing your beloved bike at the Big Bike Tune Up. The movie starts at 7pm in the yurt; entry is free with a drink purchase.
New York state of mind
Nelson performing arts school Soundstage is hosting its end-of-year variety concert on Wednesday and Thursday next week. Nelson to New York features songs and items inspired by the promise of fame and fortune on Broadway, including jazz, musical theatre, pop and more. At 7pm both nights; tickets $22/$16 from the Theatre Royal and TicketDirect, ph 03 548 3840.
French flair on piano
Acclaimed French pianist Claire Rouault plays at the Nelson School of Music next Thursday, in what is likely to be another well-received concert. Rouault will perform Schumann's Fantasiestucke Op32, Mozart's Sonata KV331, and Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin. Tickets $15 (free for children under 12) from La Gourmandise, Nelson, TicketDirect, the Theatre Royal and the school.
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