The BOP Blues Club established in 2006, based in ROTORUA New Zealand, aims to promote Blues Music in the Bay of Plenty. Every Year since 2011, BOP Blues brings to Rotorua a Blues Festival that attracts musicians and Blues lovers from all over New Zealand and Australia. The 2021 Rotorua Blues Festival will NOT be running over LABOUR Weekend 23rd – 25th October – this is due to the uncertainty of the COVID Pandemic Lockdowns put in place.
Objectives of the Bay of Plenty Blues Club
- To promote and further the playing, performance, enjoyment and study of Blues music by way of concerts, public performances, tuition, encouragement and support to Blues musicians of all ages and those interested in Blues.
- To nurture and develop Blues among young and aspiring musicians.
- To develop a network of people with a common interest in Blues music.
MEET OUR PATRON
The Bop Blues Club are very privileged and honored to have The fabulous Midge Marsden as our Patron. Keith Douglas “Midge” Marsden’s career spans four decades he has played thousands of concerts to countless people. He has performed with a list of artists that reads like a definitive Who’s Who of New Zealand. He has travelled extensively all over the world playing with the greats.
In 1990 he was voted New Zealand Entertainer of the year and in 2006 he was awarded the NZ Order of Merit becoming Sir Midge Marsden, New Zealand ambassador of the blues.
Midge performed with his great band at the Rotorua Blues Festival in 2019.
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