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Midge Marsden to play fundraiser concert

By June 30, 2010 One Comment

It’s been more than three years since Midge Marsden brought his band to Raglan but he returns for one special night on July 9th. Midge has offered to play a one off concert to raise funds for Don and Otis Rowe, who are heading to Serbia for the World Junior Kickboxing Champs.
The boys’ father and Midge’s longtime manager, Jim Rowe, asked Midge and local musician/artist/DJ Mark Kington if they would help out and the result is this one off concert at the Harbour View Hotel.
Midge Marsden is a legend in New Zealand with a professional career spanning 50 years. Named “NZ Entertainer of the Year” in 1990 his many recordings include the critically acclaimed ‘Burning Rain’, which achieved gold status. More recently he has released albums with The Rodger Fox Big Band, Bullfrog Rata, NZ Harmonica sessions and his latest semi-acoustic album TRAVEL ‘N TIME. Midge has played such famous venues as Ronnie Scott’s in London, Tipitinas in New Orleans, Antones in Austin and Beale St in Memphis.
Midge was awarded the honour of New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to New Zealand music in 2006. Shortly after he was also awarded an honorary Bachelor of Arts from the Waikato Polytechnic.
Midge’s backing band lineup includes longtime drummer Mike Abbott, Bassist Shane (Mo) Te Maru, acclaimed guitarist Chet O’Connell and special guest guitarist Gary Verberne.
Gary has played with the greats of NZ music including When The Cats Away, Dave Dobbyn, Graham Brazier and has even toured the USA with Shona Laing. Chet O’Connel is a star in his own right having toured NZ extensively with Shane Cortez and the class of ’58 as well as a guest appearance in the ‘World Series Guitar Festival Concert’ alongside Tommy Emanuel.
Midge remains New Zealand’s pre-eminent rhythm and blues artist. His combination of excellent musicians and unstoppable energy combine to guarantee a great show every time.
With the incomparable funk DJ Mark ’Fanger’ Kington providing the vinyl grooves this promises to be a night to remember.

Ticket prices
The first 100 pre-sale tickets are $15 with remaining tickets and door sales $20.
Doors open 7pm > 1am

WIN A DOUBLE PASS
We have one double pass to give away to Midge’s concert.
Simply email us at info@raglanchronicle.co.nz with “Midge” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include your contact details.
Draw closes Wednesday 7 July.

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