Venus wrote:The evening started while we were in the queue outside of the venue. Andy was the first one to come out to take a photo of the long queue which formed not long before doors opened due to the sold out nature of the gig. Nigel soon followed to take photos too.
We had a prime pick of seats once we entered the venue. We soon settled on second row centre seats so we had an amazing view of WIUO up close.
There was a 1 hour set, then a 20 minute interval followed by another hour long set plus an encore of two more songs so we had a fun-packed full length show.
Bek handed out a giant comb to a guy in the front row while singing Pretty Baby by Blondie ("You, you with the comb, you look OK in every way" ).
During the second half of the show, the crowd seemed well and truly pumped up (maybe some had a couple of drinks during that interval to build their energy levels up ). People were dancing in the aisles, WIUO were even more lively and the cheers were even louder.
Encore- Common People, Hoki Mai.
They reserved a seat for someone in the front row to record the whole show so I hope it's uploaded sometime soon so we get to see it.
I settled on mostly taking short HQ videos clips.
Emira talked about the long term with their EP and UK tour and Age suggested that she could be their manager since she had it all planned out.
Bret Mckenzie Ambassador for the New Zealand Ukulele Trust
Wednesday, 4 September 2013, 10:32 am
Press Release: New Zealand Ukulele Trust
Bret Mckenzie Ambassador for the New Zealand Ukulele Trust
Bret. By Pat Shepherd
Academy Award winner and musical all rounder Bret McKenzie is the 2013 ambassador of The New Zealand Ukulele Trust.
The New Zealand Ukulele Trust is dedicated to improving young people’s access and participation in music by providing instruments, workshops, competitions and resources at no cost to families. It also stages the annual New Zealand Ukulele Festival, a free community event.
Bret McKenzie wholeheartedly supports this vision; “I'm really excited to be the 2013 Ambassador for the NZ Ukulele Trust. Not only because it's a ridiculously long title but also because I want to help bring music to more young people in New Zealand”.
As a young person Bret McKenzie was encouraged to try dance, music and sport. He learnt to play a number of instruments, including guitar, ukulele and keyboards. Bret McKenzie says “the ukulele is such an accessible instrument - easy to learn and great for a large group to play and sing along to.”
The New Zealand Ukulele Trust is delighted to announce the official appointment of McKenzie as Trust ambassador. “It is fantastic to have a New Zealand musician who has made it on the world stage endorse our efforts to get more kiwi kids accessing the benefits of learning an instrument,” says trust chairperson Mary Cornish.
Bret McKenzie, most famous for his international success as being one half of musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords and winning an Academy Award for song 'Man or Muppet' from movie The Muppets in February 2012. He has also been involved in local acts; most recently starring in NZ feature film Two Little Boys, a cameo in Lord Of The Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring and has also toured as part of dub/funk band The Black Seeds. He is also a founding member of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.
For further information on The New Zealand Ukulele Trust and the festival please visit http://www.nzukulelefestival.org.nz
The reason for the phone call is because McKenzie has just been named Ambassador for the New Zealand Ukulele Trust - a title he finds hilariously longwinded but a role he's enthusiastic about.
"I get asked to do quite a few charity things but this was one that caught my eye and something I felt a real connection to.
"I've been playing the ukulele for a while, I helped to start the ukulele orchestra in Wellington in 2005 and since then it's amazing how many people I've had come up to me and tell me about their weekly ukulele group - it's a bit like a book club or something.
"In fact, several of my friends are 'over' the ukulele," he says. "They feel like it's been a little overexposed. But you can't deny it's a very joyous instrument."
One key reason for the instrument's rising popularity is the appeal it holds for children as an introduction to the world of music.
"When I was at school it was all about the recorder and I definitely think the ukulele is a huge leap forward. Being able to sing along, and sing in a group, and accompany yourself, is such an amazing feeling."
The trust is all about helping to provide instruments, resources and knowledge, to schools and communities, including teaching interested teachers how to play the ukulele so they can pass it on to their classes.
"It's great because there are teachers out there who thought they wouldn't be any good at music, but they've picked up the ukulele and embraced it and now they're rock stars in their own schools."
McKenzie is very thankful for his own teachers and their musical encouragement. "I had one teacher who always had the whole school singing Beatles' songs. Assemblies would go on far longer than they needed to, so he could get in a few more Sgt Pepper jams. It was lucky for me that I chanced upon a few great music teachers, and that's something that the trust can help to make happen."
As for his own two young children, he hasn't forced the instrument on them just yet.
"I've got a few ukuleles around the house, but we'll just see if they pick them up. They're pretty little."
Those ukuleles have a serious purpose too - they do get used while McKenzie is composing new material. The Academy Award winning-writer is now finishing the songs for the next Muppet film, Muppets Most Wanted, which stars Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey.
Great H wrote:Fingers crossed for you 4ever!
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