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Kokomo Joins The Festival Lineup!

Kokomo on stage

Hailing from the sunny Bay of Plenty, blues ‘n’ roots band Kokomo has been together now since the 1990. They’ve become renowned for dynamic live shows and smart distinctive song-writing. During this time the band has toured extensively throughout New Zealand, performing at major rock, blues, jazz and folk festivals.

The band has released fourteen albums, a DVD and several singles. The first two albums were collections of traditional blues, while subsequent releases predominantly feature the band’s own songs while occasionally dipping back into the blues world. 

Their fifteenth album, Workhorse, was launched at the Port Of Tauranga 59th National Jazz Festival during Matariki weekend 2022.

They have performed and toured with the likes of Roy Phillips (Peddlers), Hammond Gamble, Dragon, Jan Preston, Midge Marsden, Shona Laing, Barry Saunders, Mike Cooper and many others.

They have also played with overseas blues and jazz acts, including Georgie Fame, Richard O’Brien, Doug McLeod, Keb Mo, Buddy Guy, Mississippi Willie Foster, The LeRoi Brothers, Hans Theessink, New Orleans singer Lillian Boutte, Hawaiian steel wizard Ken Emerson, and legendary guitarist Amos Garrett (Butterfield Blues Band).

Derek Jacombs – vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin 

Grant Bullot – harmonica, washboard

Nigel Masters – electric and upright bass

Santiago Rebagliati – electric guitar

Ian “Beano” Gilpin – drums

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