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Two hats . . . South Canterbury Museum director and Burritos guitarist Phillip Howe performs during the Retro Rock event at the South Canterbury Museum.

by Greta Yeoman

Timaru was rocking on Saturday night as the Retro Rock concert took over the town.

The concert, hosted by the South Canterbury Museum, was held outside the museum’s Perth St address.

Event co-organiser John Simpson said it had been another great event, which was only made possible by the volunteers behind the event.

He expressed special thanks to co-organiser and museum director Phillip Howe, who had also performed with his band The Burrittos, for his work on the event.

Mr Simpson, who stepped in as MC so it was one less role for Mr Howe, said the evening – despite drawing a smaller crowd than last year’s The 70s Show concert – had gone well.

“We punch above our weight in lots of things,” he said of the evening’s musical performances.

Master of ceremonies . . . Retro Rock at the Museum event organiser John Simpson comperes Saturday’s event. PHOTOS: GRETA YEOMAN

He described Devil’s Handbrake as “an amazing band”, which spent much of its set “ripping it out” performing covers of AC/DC, Pink Floyd and others.

“Drummer Dale Pelvin – aka ‘Dave’ – kept the music tight.”

Black Sheep was a “nice and tight little unit” and The Burritos warmed up the crowd as the opening act, Mr Simpson said.

He also wanted to acknowledge the rehearsal hours the bands would have put in before performing live.

“They don’t just rock up on the night,” Mr Simpson said.

A strong crew of volunteers from the South Canterbury Museum had helped put the evening’s activities together, putting in plenty of “hard yakka” in the lead-up.

“Let’s sing about the unsung heroes.”

They included the people doing sound and lighting and projecting the images from the museum’s collection later in the evening, he said.

He also thanked the sponsors – including the Timaru District Council, the Creative Communities Scheme and Hilton Haulage, which supplied the truck which was used as the stage – for their involvement.

“Those things mean we can hold a free concert.”