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Blue River Baby


Blue River Baby Band (BRBB) are an electric psychedelic soul and funk rock band from Wellington New Zealand. A hard working Six-piece outfit made up of killer NZ talent, their music transports us from Today’s turmoil’s and chaos to find loving connections with each other and our surroundings.

This music has power, its foundation is built on a solid vintage vibe played on real instruments with a fresh organic sensibility. When you hear them for the first time it’s like they’ve always been here, it’s music to move you, with a message willing us to be present and awake to our actions and our environmental impacts.

Formed in 2016 BRBB are bound by their passion of psychedelic rock, funk, soul and roots, individually they’ve played on charting albums, toured in bands, appeared in block buster films, worked as pro gigging and session musicians and played on some of the biggest stages and festivals in NZ and overseas.

Blue River Baby Band are
Ivy Padilla ‘Panda’ (Lead Vocals) / Cam Crawford ‘Cam Chop’ (Vocals, Keys)
Jason Hotton ‘Hotts’ (Drums, percussion) / Matt Fitzpatrick ‘Guitar Jesus’ (Lead guitar)
Dave Bamford ‘BamBam’ (Bass guitar) / John Gaulter ‘Goose’ (Horns)

BRBB are building a strong and loyal following, they love to play live, feeding off the crowd’s energy and delivering an impressive show each time. Their biggest gig to date was as main headline act for NYE in Nelson where they delivered an electric 75-minute set of originals to 20,000 party revellers keeping them on their feet well into 2019.

To date they’ve played a bunch of shows in the North and South Island including one of the last shows at the iconic Kings Arms in Auckland during the NZ Battle of the band’s National finals in 2017.

In 2018 they recorded a debut album with the legendary Dr Lee Prebble live at the Surgery Studios in Wellington, the album was engineered and mixed by Lee himself then mastered late 2018 by Mike Gibson of Munki studios.

Their first single Blackyard Town was released in Jan 2019 and hit #7 on the iTunes NZ top 200 RnB chart, featuring on Radio in Australia, USA, UK and local NZ Stations where it was selected as a Hit Pick by RadioActive 88.6FM and reached #9 on their Top 11 countdown.

The bands recently released second single Walk of Shame released 29/3rd/2019 so far has managed to reach #20 on the United Kingdom iTunes top 200 blues charts and received radio play across New Zealand on Channel Z, RDU FM, Fresh FM Nelson, RadioActive, RadioAccess, and more.

Their self-titled album BRBB will be released in New Zealand and Worldwide in May 2019 then toured throughout the country. From there they will be preparing to support visiting international acts and playing festivals late 2019 and into 2020

Their next show will be at the NZ Music Month Lovelands underground invitation only gig 4th May 2019. With dates in Auckland, Raglan, Napier, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch to follow.

BRBB love networking with other bands and promoters so feel free to contact them about your upcoming show
email - blueriverbabyband@gmail.com

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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