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Tuning up . . . The 70s Show organisers (from left) John Simpson and Philip Howe are looking forward to hosting the 1970s musical tribute concert next month. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

A community concert celebrating music of the 1970s is set to be a musical exhibition, the event’s co-organiser says.

“The 70s Show” co-organiser Philip Howe said next month’s concert had been inspired by an exhibition at South Canterbury Museum two years ago, which had looked at Timaru’s music scene in the 1960s.

He and fellow organiser John Simpson had decided to follow up with a celebration of the music in the following decade, and turn it into a live music, family-friendly event.

The concert, to be held outside the South Canterbury Museum on February 17, would feature Black Sheep, The Burritos and The Groove performing ’70s songs, both from New Zealand and overseas.

The concert would celebrate the history of the music and the music venues from Timaru’s past. Most venues from that time were no longer running, Mr Howe said.

“Every pub wanted a band [to play] every weekend.”

Residents were also encouraged to dress up in their ’70s finest for a fashion contest, to be judged by Timaru Mayor Damon Odey.

“I think he’ll really get into it.”

There would also be a ’70s quiz, with multi-choice answers, entertainment for children, a display about the 1970s inside the museum and food stalls.

Mr Howe hoped the event, which included performances by at least two musicians who were performing in Timaru in the ’70s, would encourage residents to recognise their “recent past”.

“It makes the point that history isn’t just Victorian history.”

It would also provide a bit of “musical education” for those who did not know much about the transition from the rock and roll of the 1960s into ’70s rock.

“Our living heritage is interesting.”

The organisers also hoped it could become a regular event if it was popular.

“There really is a crying need . for more events like this in Timaru.”

“The 70s Show” will be held on February 17 from 7pm-10pm, outside the South Canterbury Museum.