From left is Marcus Roebuck (The Boogie Train) with Stephan Gilberg, Cher Hunter and Darryn Hunter (Hunter Gilles Band) who are performing at The Honest Lawyer this summer. Photo: Kate Russell.

Honestly good jams come to Monaco


Nelson’s jazz and blues performers are banding together for a three-day summer music showcase at The Honest Lawyer.

Taking place on December 28, 29 and 30, Honest Summer Jams is a free family-friendly event will feature the very best of the region’s jazz and blues bands – even some Latin and gypsy too.

Organiser Annabel Boyes says the event takes the place of the usual annual Nelson Jazz Festival, which was cancelled earlier in the year due to Covid-19.

“We still wanted to do something and thought it would be nice to have the event between Christmas and New Year’s.”

Annabel says they also wanted to celebrate the partnership between the jazz and blues groups in Nelson.

“We’re starting to collaborate a bit more, so it seemed fitting to put on a shared event.”

There will be three bands playing each day on the Monaco pub’s new outdoor stage from 3pm – 6:30pm.

Day one will be jazz, day two will be Latin and gypsy and day three will be blues.

“All the music is aimed for a relaxed, summer afternoon,” Annabel says.

“People can make an afternoon of it by cycling or walking to The Honest Lawyer along the Whakatu Coastal Pathway, it makes parking easy too.”

Punters are encouraged to bring their own deck chairs or there is plenty of space to sit on the grass.

If it rains the bands will move into the covered courtyard inside. Honest Summer Jams is on December 28, 29 and 30 from 3pm – 6:30pm at The Honest Lawyer, Monaco. Entry is free.

See for the schedule of bands.