Listed in: Music & Performing Arts

Your guide to events in Nelson, New Zealand

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band

Friday 21st July 2017

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band are heading back to their Nelson spiritual home The Boathouse with their warm hearted brand of the blues on Friday 21st July. This band are dynamic, masterful and all about entertainment.

Laura's band are all long-time players in the Wellington and National music scene. Wayne Mason well-known singer songwriter, also one hell of a fine boogie piano player ‘firing it up’ on their behalf. Think Fats Domino, think Dr John, think Professor Longhair and you’ll be in the right honky tonk.

John O’Connor, a masterful, pedal-free guitarist who’s played with everyone along the way, from BB King to Kiri Te Kanawa. In the engine room George Barris on warm upright bass (in his early days part of ‘Highway) is joined by Pete Cogswell on the ‘back porch’ drums.

Collins, who is known for being an engaging front woman, likes to move between ballsy blues and soulful ballads, making them her own. You'll no doubt hear a little Nina Simone, a little Etta James and Laura's take on some unsuspecting men. Laura
says "Blues comes straight from the heart and that’s just how I like it, it’s accessible, joyful, heart full music and not only that it makes me want to move – what’s not to like?”

The band have recently made ‘Live at VK


July 21


Evening cafe and bar available to all from 5pm, live music from 8pm.


Nelson & suburbs


The Boathouse
326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson
The Boathouse welcomes all for lunch Wed, Thu, Fri from 11am, and for casual dining Friday evenings from 5pm.

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Door sales $20


Additional Info

Official Website


> <