Latin American influenced rock and gypsy influenced jazz are the musical treats on offer at No.1 The Strand this week.
On Thursday night La Wahira, the Tauranga based rock band that features musicians from Argentine, Uruguay, England and New Zealand, takes centre stage.
Led by guitarist and vocalist Santiago Rebagliati, La Wahira plays original rock music of the sort one associates with bands like Pink Floyd, but with Latin percussion and some flamenco style guitar.
La Wahira brings a twin guitar attack to No.1 The Strand this Thursday.
La Wahira has been picking up a following since they first came together less than two years ago. La Wahira plays from 7.30pm on Thursday.
The gypsy musical caravan rolls in to No.1 The Strand on Sunday afternoon when Robbie Laven and Marion Arts, a.k.a. Bonjour Swing, play there.
They used to ply their craft with blues/rock band the Red Hot Peppers, before cutting three albums as a duo. They also wrote and performed much of the soundtrack for 1970s New Zealand film Solo, and Marion has a solo album available called Songs of the Rings, which has a distinctly Celtic feel. And if that isn’t enough, their son Oscar is also a very talented musician who has occasionally guested with them on stage.
Bonjour Swing is on from 3pm on Sunday afternoon.