This is Noriko, of  George and Noriko  fame, at Coastella 2018 who, well best to let them tell you: George and Noriko break all the rules. The duo brings something unique, something unexpected. Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player, they have been kicking up a storm wherever they play.  George’s lightning fast blues licks & growling harmonica enhanced by Noriko’s percussive of the traditional Shamisen (Japanese banjo) has morphed into a kind of bluegrass hard country blues with a Japanese twist. It's quite something - go listen to their music, it's pretty bloody kick ass.

wellingtonista: Cheap and Cheerful: Offbeat Originals

Cheap and Cheerful: Offbeat Originals

This week’s Cheap and Cheerful is written by Sindy

Where: Offbeat Originals, Left Bank, Cuba St
What: Burger, toasted sandwich, milkshake
How much: $9, $4, $4 respectively

Offbeat Originals plays on the same 20-something’s sense of nostalgia that so many other places are cashing in on at the mo – they got their spaceman cigarette candies, their giraffe-brand milkshake cups, and their toasted sammages. But Offbeat seems sincere with their use of kiwi-kid icons and don’t charge an arm and a leg for your own memories.

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