Growing up in Austin, Texas, I was exposed to a lot of live music, after all Austin claims to be the “Live Music Capitol” of the world… I remember going to free concerts in the park listening to Stevie Ray Vaughn playing while I played frisbee with my family and when I was a teenager seeing The Chilli Pepper’s playing in the UT student union to about 100 people before they were famous and then later going to Antone’s and listening to BB King playing his blues to a packed house of maybe 200 people on a Wednesday night.
Since moving to New Zealand and in particular Rotorua, going to live music shows is probably one of the few things I miss about living in the States. Sure there are a few big concerts that come here as part of their world tour, but the tickets to those shows are fairly expensive and the fact that most of the best shows sell out in a matter of minutes means that 9/10 you either have to buy them at even higher prices off scalpers or miss out, but there are few places that have the intimacy that those clubs I grew up going to in Austin here. Fortunately, there is a new venue that has opened up here in Rotorua called The Rouge Stage that is changing that. They host house concerts here in Rotorua and are attracting both National and International performers to appear on their stage. It is filling a hole in the cultural life of Rotorua and making it just that much better to live here.
Here are a few images from two of their concerts that I have shot: