Dunedin music institution which has helped launch some of
Otago's best young singers and musicians is calling time this
The Oxo Cubans will pack up their gear for the final time at
Isis Bar on Friday after performing there for the best part
of a decade.
''It's the end of an era,'' drummer Marcel Rodeka said
''We've been playing at the Isis Bar for nine years now and
we were at the Albert Arms for 10 years before that. We had a
three-week break and then started here.''
The band has used the venue to help develop the performance
skills of many up-and-coming Otago singers and musicians.
''We've had some real diamonds through here over the years,
but any gig goes in cycles,'' guitarist Craig Reeves said.
''People like Kylie Price, Annah Mac and her sisters, Kristin
and Rita Macdonald have all sung with us. Most of the musos
in town have sat in at one time or another. There's a good
chance every former Oxo who can walk will stagger through the
door at some stage on Friday night.''
The band was considering other venues and would ''definitely
be carrying on'', Mr Rodeka said.
''We're open to offers.''
Isis Bar has been sold to Etrusco at the Savoy owners Fred
and Meegan Gianone.
''It's going to be an extension of Etrusco; somewhere
comfortable people can come and relax before their meal,''
Mrs Gianone said yesterday.
''We're hoping to have it done before the end of the year.''
The Oxo Cubans perform their final gigs at Isis Bar at 8pm
tomorrow and 8.30pm on Friday.