Cornerstone Christmas celebrated at Sawmill

The Sawmill is one of the band’s favourite venues.

Sawmill Café favourites Cornerstone Roots return to Leigh for a pre-Christmas party on Saturday, December 21, with two young support groups in tow – Masaya and VanGrove.

While Masaya members have brought their next generation indie roots style to the Sawmill before, high energy lads band VanGrove will be making their Leigh debut.

VanGrove’s distinctive style is described alternately as high energy ska rock reggae and “rock-infused psychedelic goodness”, with members citing Sublime, Sticky Fingers, Ocean Alley and Katchafire as big influences.

Cornerstone Roots vocalist and guitarist Brian Ruawai says the Leigh Sawmill is one of the group’s all-time favourites venues and they are looking forward to bringing two exciting new bands to join them.

“We’re trying to get more younger bands out there, and are hoping by having Cornerstone tag along we can help get a good audience for them,”
he says.

“There is some great talent in New Zealand, but they struggle to keep going as touring can be costly.”

Cornerstone Roots is a six-piece group from Raglan consisting of family members Brian Ruawai, his partner and bass player Naomi Tuaopepe, daughter Kaea Ruawai on drums and son Reiki Ruawai on vocals, plus long-time members Aaron Bush on percussion and Nicholas Stevens on keyboards.

Tickets cost $20 from and doors open at 8pm.

Ticket Giveaway

Mahurangi Matters has two double passes to see Cornerstone Roots, Masaya and VanGrove. To enter the draw, email your name and contact details to with Cornerstone in the subject line. Closing date: December 18.

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