Over the month of May Wellington Museum will be celebrating some of the gems of Aotearoa music history with a unique exhibition and concert series for NZ Music Month. The temporary exhibition called "Burning up Years: Aotearoa Music History is a collaboration with Audio Culture showcasing the Wellington music scene from 1960 to 1978 - displaying rare vinyl, posters, album art, NZ made music equipment and music videos. The Friday concert series will be held every Friday in May at Wellington Museum - with the added attraction of re-uniting some of New Zealand's musical acts from the early 70s to not so long ago, spanning genres of blues, psychedelic rock, post-punk to hip-hop.
The unique exhibition will display a number of rare Kiwi music objects and items as Museums Wellington Events Programmer Ben James elaborates;
"For the exhibition the stage will be set up like it would have been between the years 1960 - 1972. We have a rare Commodore six-string guitar dating from the late 1950s with four-way push-button tone selector and Milton vibrato from Jon McLeary who played for the Spines. As well as gear from The Ghost of Tapeman which includes a vintage Sonic ss stack and TR100, we have other historical music gear from old brands such as Jansen, Holden, Wasp, Concord, Fountain as well... the list goes on. There will also be rare LPs sought after by collectors, and a listening post where you can listen to bands from the era."
Music website Audio Culture will provide the historical content of the exhibition - giving interesting insights and stories of particular New Zealand musicians who were popular in their day.
The concert series and exhibition begins on 4 May with an opening night of local Wellington DJs playing old-skool vinyl of kiwi-classics. Post-punk and blues will be revisited on 11 May with rare performances from alternative music pioneers Peter Jeffries from Nocturnal Projections and This Kind of Punishment and Chris Matthews from the HeadlessChickens and Children's Hour, with blues band Rhythm Hawks rounding out the night.
18 May will see the return of King Kapisi to his hometown and will perform his 1999 debut album Savage Thoughts in its entirety, along with special guests Teremoana Rapley, Tha Feelstyle, MC's and DJ Raw.
And on 25 May, 1960s and 70s kiwi rock guitar legend Billy TK who at that time was dubbed the ‘Maori Jimi Hendrix' with his wild guitar playing will re-unite with his band from that time - The Powerhouse.
This unique exhibition and concert series is not to be missed.
Burning Up Years Exhibition
Exhibition runs from 4 May to 25 May at Wellington Museum | Free Entry
Friday 4th May
Opening night of Burning up Years
DJ's Boss Dude (Death Ray Records), Ms Juliet and TV DiSKO (Radio Active), Eclectica will be playing old vinyl of kiwi-classics, 8.30pm | Koha entry
Friday 11th May
Peter Jefferies (Nocturnal Projections and This Kind Of Punishment), Chris Matthews (The Headless Chickens and Children's hour), Rhythm Hawks (Blues) , 8.30pm | $20
Friday 18th May
King Kapisi performs Savage Thoughts in full. With guests DJ Raw, MC's, Tha Feelstyle and Teremoana Rapley, 8.30pm | $15
Friday 25th of May
Billy TK and Powerhouse, 8.30pm | $20
For more information and tickets, visit Wellington Museum website.