Band on the home straight

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TRANZITION’S time on the road with Gray Bartlett will lead them home for a special performance next month.
The band recently returned from supporting Bartlett on his Private Conversations tour in Canterbury and members were now looking forward to performing at the Civic Theatre on August 13, lead vocalist Stephen Wilcox said.
‘‘It’s always nice to perform for the home crowd, especially in the Civic. It’s such a good venue.’’
Wilcox said the concert would feature Bartlett’s well-known standards such as Apache and Yellow Rose of Texas, along with some new music.
Tranzition would play hits by the likes of Tom Jones, Elvis, Cliff Richard and Merle Haggard, he said.
‘‘It’s all well known songs that people love and like to sing along to. There’ll be a lot of variety.’’
The concert will also feature special guests Kayla Wilcox, who won the IMT Rising Star Award at the Southland Entertainment Awards in March and is performing in Mary Poppins; ‘‘The Kaipoi Kid’’ Jay Shingleton, who won several awards at this year’s Gold Guitar Awards in Gore including the intermediate runner-up; and Gold Guitars 40-plus overall winner Jacinta Kerepeti.
‘‘I think we’ve got a nice mix,’’ Wilcox said.
Wilcox said there were A and B reserve ticket prices, along with a VIP ticket option which included an A reserve seat, signed Private Conversations CD, a signed show poster and a meet and greet with Bartlett following the performance.
The band ‘‘had a blast’’ at the initial gigs, held at the Timaru Theatre Royal and in Christchurch at the Hornby Working Men’s Club, he said. The Christchurch gig was a full house.
‘‘It was a great crowd. We had a dance floor and it was full most of the night.’’
Wilcox said the band would organise a second round of tours to Dunedin and Central Otago later in the year after Bartlett returned from a trip to the United States.
Í Gray Bartlett Private Conversations tour featuring Tranzition. Civic Theatre, Invercargill, Saturday, August 13, 7.30pm. Tickets from the Invercargill City Council booking office and TicketDirect.

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