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Blue River Baby


Blue River Baby is a powerhouse New Zealand six-piece originals band. A wondrous infusion of soul, funk, psychedelic rock, ska, rhythm and blues.

Originally formed in 2016 the bands members are a drawn from current and ex members from Whole Lotta Led, My Golden Soul, Julie Lamb Band, Rodger Fox, The Deville Brothers, & Circa Improvisors.

Recognised for their musicianship & improvisational ability, they were invited to play as live support in the 2017 International Comedy Festival finals show for Theater sports at Circa theatre, Jamming live alongside the actors.

Ivy Padilla joined as lead singer in early October 2017.
Two weeks later on the 12th of October 2017 in search of venues to play they took a selection of originals, Closer, You Go, Walk of Shame and Blackyard Town to the Wellington heats of the National Battle of the Bands at Valhalla which saw them winning through to a Semi final on the 4th of November.

At the 4th of November Semi final at Valhalla they introduced Crazy Town and updated versions of Closer, Walk of Shame and Blackyard Town This performance lifted them on to the Wellington Regional finals at San Fran on Cuba street on December 1st .

On December 1st after further working on their songs they performed
Crazy Town, Closer, Walk of Shame, and Blackyard Town. This performance saw them qualify through to the National Battle of the Bands NZ Final held over the weekend of the 16th and 17th of December 2017.

At the NZ National Battle of the Bands finals they drew a spot on the Sunday evening, bringing out Crazy Town, Closer, Walk of Shame, and Blackyard Town.

They were awarded 3rd = place on the night and won a number of accolades including Best Drummer for Jason Hotton and invites to play venues and festivals into 2018 including a booking to play mainstage NYE 2018/19 for Nelson City in front of 7-10,000 people.
After writing some more great songs BRBB are now set record and release their original material Mid 2018.

Keep an ear out for Vigilante Panda a song which came about one evening as Ivy Padilla “AKA Panda” described a violent attack she’d witnessed against a crippled man in Wellington city on her way to lunch, she stepped up and gave the male attacker a lung full from her rather impressive pipes which sent the guy packing. The boys laid down a groove with Cam improvising the main body of lyrics together that night.

We've booked recording sessions on the mid May with Lee Prebble at The Surgery studios in Newtown. Lee will record and mix our songs for us as we trust his ear and direction, he has an impressive line-up of Tui awards in the kitchen, plus he's worked with the likes of The Black Seeds, Dave Dobbyn, The Phoenix foundation, The Nudge, TrinityRoots and many other solid bands and soloists.

We'll have Mike Gibson from Munki master the recordings for us as he comes highly recommended and has worked with the likes of, Flight of the Concords, Steriogram, Fat Freddy's Drop, TrinityRoots, Rhombus and many others.

Blue River Baby are currently taking bookings and invites to open for local and visiting bands, live venues and festivals in 2018 -2019.

Band Members:
Ivy Padilla (vocals)
Cam Crawford (backing vocals, keyboards, hammond)
Jason Hotton (drums)
Matt Fitzpatrick (guitar)
John Gualter (saxophone)
Dave Bamford (bass)


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