Red Rock’s live revival

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Engaging live band Taos will help re-launch Red Rock as a dedicated live music venue this Saturday. 

The well-known Christchurch band has often entertained Queenstown’s crowds with its cross blend of Aotearoa roots, rock, reggae, dub, drum ‘n’ bass and dance hall. 

Regulars at Dux de Lux and Subculture before they closed, they also played the inaugural Shotover Sunshine Festival. 

Frontman Davie Walters says: “It will be non-stop music all night at Red Rock – we’re a band that goes longer than a DJ. 

“We enjoy the live thing more than anything; we definitely wouldn’t call ourselves a studio band although we’re working on a self-produced album. 

“We still have a genre we play, but there’s a lot of improvisation, it’s quite free-flowing in the energy that we release.” 

The band was born in 2001 on Waiheke Island and has had a fluid line-up over the years. Original members Walters, vocals and guitar, and Chris Leqeta, saxophone and percussion, are joined by guitarist Tamati Taukamo and new bassist Jessie and Hones on vocals for the Queenstown gig. 

The high-energy sets, with catchy riffs, soulful lyrics and big bass lines, always contain elements of improvisation, though the band bases them around structured songs rather than its pure jam roots.

Taos play Red Rock this Saturday from 9pm-ish, with music all afternoon and evening for the re-launch party. Free admission