Christchurch entertainers the Be There Bicycle Band will
play in Queenstown and Arrowtown this weekend. Photo
The rebranded Queenstown International Jazz and Blues
Festival has unveiled a series of free community concerts in
the resort and Arrowtown over the weekend, weather permitting.
The Queenstown JazzFest Trust is presenting the events to
complement its ticketed concerts in venues across the
Wakatipu, in a bid to keep the festival family-friendly,
accessible to all and to create performance opportunities for
A New Orleans Street Parade starts today at noon from the
Queenstown Gardens bandstand with a procession along Marine
Pde, around Earnslaw Park and up Queenstown Mall to perform
on the Village Green.
Led by the Be There Bicycle Band, of Christchurch, the
procession will include a wide variety of entertainers,
including musicians, dancers, street performers and acrobats.
The Queenstown Village Green Community Stage is the venue for
free live music today and tomorrow from 1pm to 6pm.
Three jazz bands from James Hargest College, Invercargill,
get the show rolling today from 1pm to 2.50pm, followed by
the Big Mountain Brothers Band, of Queenstown and Wanaka
(3pm-4.20pm), and the Jack Daniels Blues Band, of
Invercargill (4.30pm to 6pm).
A jazz band from Wakatipu High School takes the stage
tomorrow from 1pm to 1.50pm, then the school's senior band
Best Served Chilled plays from 2pm to 2.50pm.
Neo, an Invercargill six-piece band, entertains from 3pm to
4.20pm, followed by the Queenstown and Sydney based Jason
Thornton Quartet at 4.30pm to 6pm.
Arrowtown is not left out this weekend, with ''Jazz on the
Green'' taking place on Buckingham Green in the village
The Be There Bicycle Band wheels in to play tomorrow from
noon until 12.30pm, then the Jason Thornton Quartet will
finish off from 12.30pm to 2pm.