Sun City Soul will be playing at a fundraising gig for The Boathouse this weekend. Photo: Ishna Jacobs.

Jazz and Soul for The Boathouse


The Boathouse is having one last push to raise funds for its rebuild, with a night of Jazz and Soul at Founders this Friday night.

Nelson Jazz Club Big Band and Sun City Soul will be taking the stage at the Granary – both will be fronted by crooner Dan Moon.

All proceeds will be going toward the rebuild of the 112-year-old venue, which was ravaged in February by ex-cyclone Fehi.

Manager of The Boathouse, Amie-Jo Trayes, says they are on track for a spring re-opening and they have bookings from mid-October. “Things have been progressing really quickly,” she says.

Amie-Jo adds there was lots of ‘skeletal damage’ and they have taken the opportunity to strengthen the frame and bring everything up to code.

“Because it’s a heritage building, we’ve had to work carefully to keep its integrity. We managed to source some hard-beech from a previous cyclone in Karamea. We want it to last another 100 years.”

Although the building was well-insured, Amie-Jo says there are still costs to cover and she has been blown away by the generosity of locals. “It really is Nelson’s Boathouse.”

Jazz and Soul for The Boathouse is on this Friday, 27 July, from 7:30pm at The Granary in Founders Park. R18, tickets are $20 and available online at or from Beggs Musicworks.