The Big Blues Up – March 26th-28th 2021

The Poverty Bay Blues Club in Collaboration with Smash Palace are very proud to announce our next major event – The Big Blues Up 2021.

Save $10 and Pre Order your tickets – order online here.

Kicking off at 7pm on Friday the 26th of March and running Saturday night and Sunday lunch time, we are going to be treated to no less than 9 quality acts over the three days.

Headliners this year are the very fabulous and Groovey Brilleaux – Supported by 8 high quazlity local acts.

This is our premier event for 2021, so you don’t want to miss it.

Check out more Brilleaux Youtube Videos here:-

They will be supported by 8 quality local acts.

Ernie J White – one of own and a Stalwart of the club – soulful electric blues.
Read more about Ernies recent album release here.

Richard Alexander – The One Man Sound Machine!

90 Days – Jerram Fielders crew – “well seasoned” true Blues-men

Bridge Street Band – newly formed collaboration of imported locals 🙂

Killing Floor – Rocking Blues and more energy than a rabbit on speed.

Speaking of Rabbits – the least treat in store is The Rabbits – young talented folk that came out of the Smash Palace Build a Band experience – fantastic to watch.

Please note kickoff Saturday is 6.30 NOT 7pm

Tickets are only $20 on the Door each day or $50 presales for all 3 days if you order online here.

See you there!

Past Events

Room Full of Blues – November 10th & 11th

Brilleaux get to play the Dome Room!  That’s right folks, back from their hot UK Tour we are excited to announce
that Brilleaux are confirmed to play at the Dome Room Saturday November the 10th from 6pm onwards.

They will be joined by the fantastic Sarah Spicer and local Blues icon – Richard Alexander
on a night that will be truly memorable.

Then on Sunday afternoon we will be treated to the Brilleaux acoustic set live in Dome Room Garden Bar – 4-6pm.

Tickets are $20 for Saturday night – $10 for Sunday afternoon.
Sunday Garden bar gig Free entry for PBBC Members.

To purchase tickets for Saturday Night – click here.

To purchase tickets for Sunday afternoon – click here.

Learn more about Brilleaux here.

Learn more about Sarah Spicer here.


  • Please note this is our usual Jam night date – April 3rd – Jan happened to be in the district so we have invited her for a special appearance to share the stage with local artists.
    She will open up at 8pm for a taste of whats to come and then we’ll have some local acts as usual and then back to the Jan Preston Duo for a time – they will be supported by a local on bass and anything could happen!
  • Because it’s a special night, it will be $10 on the door  (you’d normally pay upwards of $25+ to see an act of the calibre of Jan)  or just $5 for registered PBBC members.

More About Jan….



TicketSunday Afternoon 1st of October 2017
Tairawhiti Museum Stout Street Gisborne
Sunday October 1st – 2pm
Tickets on sale and available from Museum

Facebook Event Details –

Blues & Roots on 35 Community Music & Arts Festival

Friday 24th – Sunday 26th November 2017
Gisborne Sound Shell Marine Parade

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This year will be our third festival and we have changed the format to open on the Friday night at thew Dome room – Poverty Bay Club, a full day of music at the Soundshell from noon till 8.30pm and then an after party at Smash Palace from 9pm.

To close out the weekend we have confirmed Brilleaux will play their acoustic set at the Gisborne Wine Centre
(Crawford Road Kitchen – Crawford Road the Wharf)

Our Vision for the Festival

youngmanLast year was the ten year anniversary of the Poverty Bay Blues Club and to commemorate we delivered a free, fun family day of music and arts in acentral public location – namely the Community Soundshell in Marine Parade.

In 2015 we ran a “warm up” event and it proved very successful attracting around 1,000 people from all walks of life, ages and cultures.  One of our principal outcomes of the event is to attract a wide variety of people and ages from across the community and to raise awareness of the quality of some our local musicians – and in doing so also awareness of Blues & Roots as a genre of music that people wouldn’t typically associate with family activities.

Our vision is to build upon that event and this year attract around 2,000 people and host 9 hours of continuous Blues & Roots style music that is the cornerstone of our organisations ties with local musicians in the Blues genre.

The 2015 year event involved 32 local musicians as well as two out of town acts,
the headliners being Brendon Thomas & the Vibes

– well known X-Factor young and upcoming stars.
Along with local musicians were support people, volunteers and local businesses that all worked together to make the 2015 inaugural event a great success.

The principal differences to this year’s event will be the inclusion of a group of local creative artists that will be given a dedicated area to showcase locally produced art works.

We are in discussions with the local creative arts people, along with accommodation providers and tourism operators with a focus on developing a range of packaged experiences; whereby we bring people to stay at facilities on or adjacent to Highway 35 “The Blues Highway”.

We’d like to involve the locals as much as possible as part of our purpose as an
organization is to foster and grow an appreciation of Blues music across the community
and give musicians a safe and fun medium to express themselves .

Our vision is to develop an annual event that not only showcases our local artists and musicians, but also fosters the notion of community spirit, connection to the land and each other through the medium of music and most importantly, being able to provide a safe, fun family day that Gisborne and Tairawhiti become renown for.

The festival will extend upon this part of our vision by;

  • Involving and allowing local musicians to play to a large outdoor audience
  • Provide an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work
  • Allow free access to anyone in the community to come and enjoy Blues & Roots music
  • Promote cultural awareness of Mana Tairāwhiti – celebrating our region and it’s talent
  • Promote community involvement and collaboration through music and the arts
  • Establishing a local music event that attracts visitors to the Region

We have already garnered the support of many preeminent local artists and they have expressed an interest in being involved and hence we are planning to host an arts tent for local artists to display their work and provide an opportunity for the public to become aware of these people and the amazing work that happens behind the art scene in Gisborne also.

The day is a free entry event and hence needs to be fully funded. The budget we had last year was $30,000, this year we are looking towards $45,000 – $50,000, however we were unsuccessful in securing the last portion of funding required to put on the original event; we have restructured the event to allow us to continue and hence will work with the GDC to host the event at the sound shell where there is an existing stage established and it’s a lower cost of infrastructure required for us.

To see first-hand how we put last year’s event together and how it went on the day – please see our Youtube video about the festival here:-

We see the need of a free community event that is accessible, enjoyable and promotes the many positive aspects of Tairawhiti and acknowledges our collective responsibility for the land and life that we share here.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Darren Hart – Club President – 022-0184-678

It’s made possible by our very kind supporters;

ECCT – Eastern & Central Community Trust

GisborneDistrict Council

Infinity Foundation 

NZCT – The New Zealand Community Trust

Lion Foundation 

The Gisborne Herald 

NetworxNZ – Darren Hart


Blues Music Gisborne

The DomeRoom
September 25th 3pm
$20 at the door,
PBBC Members $15

The DomeRoom

Isaiah Brunt
$15 at the door,
PBBC Members $10


Big Daddy Wilson & Steve ‘Guitar’ Gilles.

bigDady-tour2Three years ago Big Daddy Wilson, originally from North Carolina in the USA, toured New Zealand for the first time in a well received and successful tour all across the country.
Finally he’s back again, with plenty of new songs and a brand new album to bring along for the ride.
By his side is old band mate from way back and good friend Steve ‘Guitar’ Gilles, playing the acoustic guitar and resonator slide as well as blues harp.
Together they hit the road this September and October for 20 gigs in New Zealand!

Sunday 20th September 2015 – 3pm at the Dome Bar Gisborne
$20 on the door or presales from –


Swamp Thing – Live at the Dome Room February 21st 2015!

Ahead of their first USA tour in April 2015, Bay of Plenty’s Swamp Thing will play one show Saturday February 21 8pm at The Dome Cinema Gisborne.

Having garnered a loyal NZ & OZ following through consistently delivering their own special blend of high energy swamp infused blues music, Swamp Thing’s Michael Barker ( former John Butler Trio ) and Grant Haua are out to road test a batch of brand new songs while promoting a live DVD & Album called ‘ Let’s Get Live ‘.
The band was formed by Barker in 2010 on his return to Rotorua after living in Melbourne since 1985. Drawn to the two man blues format Barker fortuitously met Grant Haua, a man with true blues grit in his voice and fire in his belly. What has ensued is a musical collaboration that has attracted the attention of The Tipitina Foundation who have invited Swamp Thing as artists in residence in Baton Rouge for the month of April where the band will appear as featured international artist at The Baton Rouge Blues Festival ahead of a tour through Louisiana’s juke joints, bar circuit and participate in music workshops before hang time as guests at The New Orleans Jazz Festival.

For a night of toe tapping and jaw dropping entertainment make your way to The Dome Bar and Cinema on Saturday February 21 comfortable footwear is advisable!

$20 tickets online from,

tickets are also available from The Aviary in the PBC,

$25 door sales subject to availability


Blues on 35 Blues Jam Tokomaru Bay

Highlights from the Tokomaru Bay Inaugural Blues on 35 Event!

Much more video footage to come, this is just a sample of the first few acts….

The next planned Blues Club Event is;

Saturday – September 20th – The Inaugural Highway 35 Blues Highway Gig!


That’s right, we’re taking the Blues Club on the Road.

We’ll be at the Te Puka Tavern – Tokumaru Bay from 4pm in the afternoon until late.

Local musicians have already confirmed their coming and we’ll be involving the local Tokomaru Bay community to bring out the locals so a night of fantastic entertainment is assured!

We have more than a dozen confirmed Gisborne musicians heading up so the format will be that the Blues Club will provide music until 8pm and then the floor will be open for local musos to take the stage – it’s going to be a lot of fun!

The Blues Club is providing a bus to venue that will leave from the Gisborne Deli at midday on Saturday.  Accommodation is available at the Te Puka tavern or marae styles down the road with friends in an old converted church – so we won’t be returning until Sunday after breakfast.


  1. Great Job Darren for a first shot. bit of a shame that the mixer wasnt working as well as it could have. but all in all that little recorder works a treat

  2. the sound quality actually gets better as we go along…. not sure if that was your ninja skills or the fact I tink I dialled back the gain on the camera somewhat….. see you tomorrow!

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