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(Fri, Nov 3) GRANT HAUA + Oscar LaDell

November 3, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm AEDT

Maori bluesman Grant Haua is set to play George Lane with Oscar LaDell in support.
Grant Haua of Ngati Pukenga descent from Aotearoa New Zealand. Solo Acoustic Blues, a guitar maestro – musicians musician. His deep timbred soul blues vocals/ acoustic guitars and foot percussion (cajon/ snare) provide for a performance of style that relates heavily to his maori culture which are at the heart of these songs. Grant wants the audiences at his show to feel like they’re guests in his home and like the songs, his home is pretty simple but it’s warm, cozy and friendly. So welcome. This is his place. First time shows in Melbourne as a solo artist.
Grant Haua is no stranger to folk being in New Zealand’s most influential Blues Duo, Swamp Thing (performed at a number of Australian festivals including Womadelaide, Woodford , Bridgetown Blues). Departing the duo in 2019 to pursue his solo career, all roads lead to Europe with Grant signing to French recording label Dixie Frog Records, ahead of his album AWA Blues ranking in the top 25 albums 2021, in Rolling Stone Magazine France. Now with three album releases including this Novembers 2023 Mana Blues band album .
Take a listen to some of Grant Haua below:

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“With simple effective guitar playing, a voice to make mountains crumble, and a minimalist rhythm, Grant Haua knows how to make the powder speak with good melodies and an unstoppable sense of groove”. – Jean-Marc Petit (La Voix du Nord) France
“Grant Haua puts two worlds together, that of his own Roots mixed with raw Blues. An excellent fusion and undoubtedly because of the authentic character of both”. – Rein van den Berg. (johnnysgarden.nl). Netherlands
“Haua is a seasoned artist who touches all kinds of points in the blues and folk from Taj Mahal and JJ Cale to dialed down Stevie Ray and even an adventurous touch of acoustic James Blood Ulmer. Seems like this is Grant Haua’s time. And deservedly so”.- Graham Reid (Elsewhere Magazine).Aotearoa New Zealand .
With support at George Lane from fellow Kiwi Bluesman now Melbourne resident Oscar LaDell.
Oscar LaDell is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who brings a timeless vulnerability and passionate approach to his original music. Hailing originally from Denver Colorado, LaDell grew up in Purakaunui Dunedin in the South of Aotearoa. Drawing from the moody and poignant scenes of his home, LaDell writes, plays and sings with incisiveness and depth.
His live shows are incendiary sermons of soul, blending swaying grooves with dynamic storms of guitar, all tied together by Oscar’s magnetic voice.
Take a listen to some of Oscar’s music below:

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Doors open at 7:00pm and tickets can be purchased below:
See you there 🙂
Multiple Ticket Prices + BF

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        


November 3, 2023
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm AEDT
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George Lane St Kilda


George Lane St Kilda