Christel Yardley / Stuff
Erin Myers, one of the musicians performing at the Share the Stage Showcase concert at the Clarence Street Theater on Friday night, hopes Hamiltonians will get off the couch and come out in support of her and her peers in the entertainment industry.
Dozens of Waikato’s most talented musicians, singers, dancers and other performers will take the stage in Hamilton for a special “pay what you want” variety concert.
The Share the Stage showcase will take place at the Clarence Street Theater on Friday, October 28.
The two-hour event, which begins at 7 p.m. and will feature approximately 100 artists, is both a fundraiser and a celebration of the new Waikato Regional Theater currently under construction on Victoria Street.
Because the showcase is largely funded by Trust Waikato, the organizers allow the price of admission to be set by those who walk through the doors.
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“This event was specifically designed for community and family, so we invite all of you to attend and just pay what you want.”
Since the showcase is free of charge, places will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis.
The doors to the Clarence Street Theater lobby will open at 6.30pm – or perhaps earlier for the few enthusiasts who show up earlier to be seated.
Acts confirmed for the show so far include two performances by members of Hamilton Operatic; show troupes from the performance studio Dance Effects (DFX); a band from Sacred Heart Girls’ High School; drag Piper Blaster; the Waikato Rivertones Choir; the Mighty River Harmony Barbershop Choir; and an act called The 4 Dones.
Also featured is one of the region’s rising stars, singer/songwriter Erin Myers, a 20-year-old artist from Fort Myers, Florida who began writing her first songs at the age of 16. .
Myers, who works as a nurse at Waikato Hospital when not creating music, released a self-produced EP titled Slow motion in 2019, spent time at Victoria University of Wellington studying for a Bachelor of Music commercial and released two professional-produced singles this year.
The most recent, Bad Reception, was released earlier this month. Contrary to its name, it reached 1,000 streams on Spotify in 72 hours and caught the attention of music bloggers and alternative radio stations across the country.
Myers has the ability to play ukulele, guitar, bass, and piano, and creates songs in pop, indie, folk, punk, and rock genres. His musical influences include Kimbra, The Neighbourhood, Yungblud and Radiohead.
On Friday night’s show, Myers will be joined by guitar master Maciek Hrybowicz, who is originally from Poland and spent time in London, where he performed, wrote, produced and toured for more than 25 years. His album Awa was released in 2019.