Clubs New Zealand 2019 Annual Conference, AGM + Expo - Get ready to be entertained

24 January 2019

Along with the opportunities to learn something new, network and discuss the club industry the Clubs New Zealand Conference, AGM + Expo gives attendees the chance to relax, unwind, experience the hospitality on offer at the host club and of course enjoy some amazing musical talent.

The 2019 Conference, AGM + Expo will be no different with the Tauranga Citizens Club arranging some brilliant entertainment throughout the conference.


Wednesday 20th March - Back Porch

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The early birds to conference will be able to enjoy the music of Backporch.  As their name suggests Backporch was born on the backporch of our shack in the Coromandel hills, aided and abetted by friends, family, and the odd drop of whiskey!

No matter who they have played to/with, they found that the most popular songs were those classics from past decades that evoked strong memories of good times, simple times....songs several generations could sing along with, tap a foot to, get up and jive to...

By creating their own "bare-bones" backing tracks they found they could infuse these timeless party songs with new energy, rather than using the original backing and just doing a "karaoke" over them.

With close harmonies, guitar, the meanest ukelele picking, and blues harp/harmonica they keep the down-home feel as they pay tribute to the American greats from the earliest 1930s Country Blues, 1940's Swing, 1950's Rockabilly, and 1960's RocknRoll and Country Rock, right up to recent tracks by the likes of Jason Mraz, Darius Rucker, Ben Harper etc.

Since moving to Tauranga they have added to the repertoire by including many more Latin and other songs specifically for the ballroom dancers and the like; they have over 20 waltzes, 12 rhumbas, Cha cha's, Salsa, etc etc.


Thursday 21st March - Che Orton

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Popular and talented Che Orton is a New Zealand born singer-songwriter and a Nashville Recording Artist.

The past 20 years have seen Che performing professionally across New Zealand and around the world, picking up awards including 2012 Top Male Artist and 2013 Top Group at the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Awards. Recently Che was awarded 2016 Face TV Top Male Vocal Of The Year and 2016 Face TV Entertainer Of The Year.

Starting out with a stunning debut album titled A Big Hunk O’Love in 2012, Che showcased his astounding musical ability through Rock n Roll covers. This was shortly followed up with his 2013 release Boogie Woogie All Night Long which presented Che’s song-writing flair and impressive vocals to the world. Most recently, Che released You’re The Reason in 2015. A romantic track dedicated to his wife, You’re The Reason has become a solid favourite among top New Zealand radio stations including The Breeze.

With a loyal following in the USA and his tracks becoming successful on iTunes, Che is quickly gaining an exciting reputation as a country artist. In the near future, he will be releasing his new country album featuring some of Nashville’s hottest names. With roots in Rock N Roll, Che is set to merge his old style with Nashville’s latest country influences to produce an exciting and utterly unique sound.


Friday 22nd March - Shy and Retiring

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Those of you who attended the 2017 Club Managers Conference in Mount Maunganui will remember Shy and Retiring!  Shy and Retiring will be joining us to perform during the Clubs New Zealand Conference Cocktail Function and we are confident you will be dancing the evening away.

Shy and Retiring perform plenty of easy-listening music - Artists covered include: Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Bread, Roy Orbison, Adele, Annie Lennox, Elvis, Elton John, Credence Clearwater Revival, Alicia Keyes, Robbie Williams, Sheryl Crow etc

They also have hours of faster dance music - Artists covered include everything from The Beatles, Abba, David Bowie and Chuck Berry to Black Eyed Peas,Bruno Mars, Jessie J, DNCE, and Sia etc.

And, if  we are lucky we will be in for a treat, due to their years of experience in Musical Theatre performing songs from Phantom Of The Opera, Cats, Grease, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables etc - just for something a little different!


Saturday 23rd March - The Emerald Brothers

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The Emerald Brothers was formed by Evan Huirua in 2001.  Accompanying Evan is his brother Daniel.

Evan brings a huge variety of music and singing as well as a seemingly unlimited supply of energy, and an ease amongst people that comes with lengthy experience in the entertainment industry. He is sought after keenly for his leading edge in musical/comedy entertainment.

The entertainment is special, uplifting and very professional providing NON-STOP humour, music and dancing throughout the event.  With adept skill borne from years of making people laugh and sing along to well-known hits, he weaves an unbroken spell of merriment throughout the audience and the atmosphere is warm and relaxed.

The Emerald Brothers perform a wide variety of popular music including songs from the 40's through to 2000 ensures everyone dances at some time if not all night!   Evan is skilled in guitar and plays a wide variety of rock n roll, rock, blues, country and jazz hits amongst a massive set list of well-known songs, and has fronted a live orchestra peforming hits by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Michael Buble.

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