I was talking with a friend the other day about how we missed Downstage – the Wellington theatre. It was great. Saw some amazing plays there and comedy and also live music. They created this initiative called the Soundstage Series. It sorta didn’t really – quite – work. I’d had some involvement, suggested some names and so on…but I think they got most of the booking wrong. One thing they got right – and it worked for a while – was getting Paul Ubana Jones along to play there. It arrived at a good time for both Paul and the theatre.
He was sick of pub gigs where people talked over the show and were there for the beer as much as for the gig. And the theatre needed someone really great to play there – and that of course was Paul.
I wrote about his first Downstage show. But I saw him a few times there. And it was always a little different – this time he played some of the songs that had shaped (and moved) him; early favourites from the 60s and so on. It was one of the very best times I’ve ever seen him play.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.