Sadly after all the anticipation, the concert at BHB Beach tonight has had to be cancelled due to weather. Auckland Council advise that rescheduling the event is not possible. Another big event scheduled for tonight - the pre-season match between the Blues and the Chiefs at Shadbolt Park, has also been cancelled.
Midge Marsden is a big favourite in the Bay. This year the suport act was to be The Flaming Mudcats. BEACON welcomes your feedback and memories of previous events.
“His Midgesty” Returns
What would a summer in Blockhouse Bay be without the iconic Midge Marsden concert at the beach? One shudders to think. But relax, cos … he’s BACK!
So … bring your picnic dinner and be prepared to dance by the water at sunset. Yes, Auckland City Council’s Music in Parks is again hosting Midge Marsden and his band at Blockhouse Bay Beach – as has been the case for more years than anyone actually remembers. His combination of excellent musicianship and unstoppable energy combine to guarantee a great show every time.
“I feel very privileged to be asked to perform here again” says Midge, sounding slightly bemused when asked about his popularity with the locals, “the loyalty is very humbling!”
Midge Marsden’s long career in music began as a young man in New Plymouth. In 1964 he bought a fiesta-red Fender Stratocaster for £150 – in those days, the equivalent of a house deposit. It was one of only a few in the country at the time, and despite the fact that he could hardly play, it got him his first gig as a rhythm guitarist in a backing band, touring with Johnny Cooper’s talent show, Have a Shot
Eventually Midge sold his Stratocaster, but after forty years it was offered back to him by the original purchaser, and is once again with its first owner. Rumour has it that the newly-restored, fiesta-red Fender Stratocaster may make a rare appearance at the Blockhouse Bay gig.
Opening for Midge is The Flaming Mudcats, a rocking rhythm and blues band who have taken their show to festivals and clubs in the USA, Australia and the Pacific. If the name is new to you, check them out at www.theflamingmudcats.com . They are seriously hot, and sure to get you warmed up and your groove on.
Just a reminder, most locals are aware of the parking challenges with events at the beach, so be prepared to walk and carry your picnic gear. If a picnic is not your thing, there will also be some food vendors on site, and don’t forget the local food retailers in the village.
Where: Blockhouse Bay Beach Reserve
When: Friday 17th February, starting 6pm