Hi all, this is my last column for the Otago Daily Times after 14 years as a music columnist.
It is the first of May and with that comes New Zealand Music Month and the return of those shirts with the target on the front.
Seasonal changes are celebrated the world over, with many people marking the beginning, end and middle of each of the four seasons.
Event organiser Hazel Murtagh is used to juggling bands, timetables and even stages, and it's a skill she has brought to the fore co-ordinating today's Thieves Alley Market.
Dunedin's Matt Middleton has been the core of The Aesthetics since co-forming the band in the late 1990s.
Many Otago people celebrated the arrival of 2009 with music of some description: some rocked in the new year, others went to The Octagon, and some took in a little folk at the Whare Flat Folk Festival.
Organisers of tonight's Celebrate 08 gig hope to provide a place for Dunedin's youth to shake their booties.
The Pirates Rugby Clubrooms will be swaying tonight to the music of the islands with the talents of Koile, the Kia Orana Performing Arts troupe and the Island String Band combining for a show called Hiva Koile.
Bill Direen has been around the New Zealand music scene since one of the first incarnations of The Bilders entered a "battle of the bands" contest in Christchurch about the same time as Roger Shepherd and pals were forming Flying Nun.
May has been New Zealand Music Month for so many years now there is a groundswell of opinion that says it should be scrapped, as the industry is strong enough to look after itself.
Dunedin musician John Egenes gets into the New Zealand Music Month spirit with a CD release this week.
One-time Dunedin musician Yule Guttenbeil played around the usual traps during the early "naughties" before leaving town in 2006.
An Emerald City is playing some of the shows on The Datsuns tour of New Zealand, including the Dunedin one. In last week's "On The Floor" we had a chat with The Datsuns, so this week we got hold of An Emerald City's keyboard player and guitarist Sam Handley.
The North Island rock 'n' roll juggernaut that is The Datsuns steamrolls into town later this month, playing Sammy's on April 24 with An Emerald City.
Drum and bass duo Patrick Hawkins and Stu Maxwell have been wowing crowds around New Zealand for a few years now, and have also been getting their product to market, or at least their CDs in shops.
Little Bushman's frontman Warren Maxwell remembers the band's last gig in Dunedin well.