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Main Events

At Blue Smoke we specialize in live music and good hospitality. It is our goal to provide a welcoming and intimate concert environment for all comers to hear and experience performances from some of the finest acts touring New Zealand.

See the event guide below to view a list of our upcoming main events.

We’re taking table reservations for pre-show meals and refreshments so be in touch today!

Richter City Rebels ‘South Island Tour’

Saturday 26th January 2019

Aotearoa’s first and finest New Orleans brass band, Richter City Rebels are hitting the road again for their annual summer tour around the beautiful South Island! Returning to the one and only Blue Smoke to deliver their signature explosive beats and feel-good vibe.

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Isaiah B Brunt Trio

Thursday 31st January 2019

“His is an age-old sound reminiscent of the kind of earthy blues, soul and folk that held sway during the mid-1960s. His rampaging slide stings, utilizing tried’n’true blues progressions but adding a modern sheen to the whole shebang…a dynamite new roots-reverent newcomer to the American blues scene.”

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The Young Folk (Ireland) NZ Tour

Thursday 14th February 2019

Hailing from Dublin, The Young Folk marry traditional acoustic instrumentation and vocal harmonies with contemporary production techniques resulting in a sound which has been compared with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Crosby Stills & Nash. “One of the most promising young bands to come out of Ireland in several decades” (Maverick Magazine)

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Cate Le Bon

Thursday 21st February 2019

Cate is amazing. Her vocals are rich and warm, a delicious aural treat, enveloping you within a shell of intoxicating melody. Her multi-instrumental mastery simultaneously shreds and quells. The takeaway from Cate Le Bon’s shows? A euphoric sonic experience – psychedelic, entrancing, quirky, poignant, dynamic and moving.

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Julia Jacklin

Wednesday 27th February 2019

The second full-length album from Australian singer/songwriter Julia Jacklin, Crushing embodies every possible meaning of its title word. It’s an album formed from sheer intensity of feeling, an in-the-moment narrative of heartbreak and infatuation. And with her storytelling centered on bodies and crossed boundaries and smothering closeness, Crushing reveals how our physical experience of the world shapes and sometimes distorts our inner lives.

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Milk & Honey Festival – Bic Runga & French Concession

Friday 8th March 2019

To celebrate International Women’s Day in 2019, over twenty of Aotearoa’s finest female artists are gathering across three cities to perform a series of shows on Friday March 8th. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see Bic Runga perform a rare hometown concert on the Blue Smoke stage.

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Alejandro Escovedo

Sunday 17th March 2019

Recipient of the AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD and the AUSTIN MUSIC AWARD’S TOWNES VAN ZANDT SONGWRITER AWARD, and NO DEPRESSION magazine’s ARTIST OF THE DECADE, the legendary Mexican-American singer-songwriter will tour on the back of his acclaimed new immigration-themed album The Crossing.

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Daniel Champagne

Thursday 21st March 2019

“Daniel Champagne is a crossroads. Fusing the strong traditions of Blues, Folk and other roots art with pop showmanship and admirable lyrical ability. I firmly believe that he will become an ambassador for roots music in a time where it desperately needs representation.”

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