Midnite Special



Founding band members, Lex and Michelle Greaves are two of the 14 children born to revered country recording artist, the late Rusty Greaves, with whom they began performing on stage with when they were pre-school age. Fourteen years ago they established Midnite Special and have been working in clubs and concert-halls throughout New Zealand ever since, accumulating a wealth of experience and developing a high level of professionalism. The band has seen a variety of line-up changes throughout its decade and a half tenure, the latest of which is among the most versatile and dynamic. Lex is the groups Musical-Director/Bass player and shares lead vocal duties with Michelle. Highly organized vocal harmonies are provided by the other band members, giving the band a unique warmth and robust sound, which is hard to surpass.


Robert Katipa comes from a very talented family also and has established himself as one of the countries premier country-rock guitarists, during his fifteen year career. Robert, like Lex and Michelle grew up in the Country Music scene, absorbing the mentorship of his father, Bob Katipa also a notable guitar player and musician. Robert is a very versatile and sought after guitarist, frequently hired as a backing musician for music festivals and recording sessions. We are thrilled to have him in the band.


Chadd Te Paa also hales from an extremely talented family establishing himself as a drummer in all genres of music.  Like Lex, Michelle and Rob grew up around the Country Music scene.  Chadd is a solid performer and singer in his own right.  His version of Wipe Out and stage performance will blow you away.


Michael was fortunate enough to receive a world-class apprenticeship in the music industry during his engagement with the Bob Pariss band in the 1970s. Pariss’ band provided backing for the A-list of New Zealand entertainers during the era, including Billy T James and the Yandell sisters. The experience afforded to him provided the necessary skills to break into the international club circuit, with residencies in the United Kingdom and Bruneii throughout the late seventies and eighties. Since his return to new Zealand he has continued to perform regularly throughout the country, as well as acting as entertainment manager for several hotels, including Wellington’s Plaza Hotel and Auckland’s Carlton Hotel and Hotel Du Vin. After so many years of working solo he is excited to be in this dynamic team of musicians.


Hello Everyone!!!
And welcome to the "Midnite Special" Website!!!

Here you will find what we have been up to in our News section, links to other great website's, and of course our Gig guide and Photo gallery!!!

Take the time to look around, and feel free to make an enquiry or even just to say "Hello"!!!

Call Lex on 027 483 7439

Call Michelle on 027 284 3704


Hello all,

Well Happy New Year one and all.  We had a great year last year and now we look forward to entertaining you all this year.

Don't forget if you haven't got our album "Take A Ride" with Midnite Special, get yourself a copy by emailing or phone 027 483 7439.

We welcome Chadd Te Paa to the band as our new drummer.  Chadd is an incredibly talented drummer and a surprise a minute.  Check out his version of Wipe Out at one of our gigs.

We have some great gigs coming up on our Gig Guide  Check it out for dates and we will see you at one really soon.

Also don't forget we are available via our Midnite Special facebook page also.

Michelle and the band

Gig Guide

GIG Guide

Sunday 28th January Grey Lynn RSC 4:30pm start

Friday 9th February Stetson Club Dairy Flat Hall 8:00pm

Saturday 10th February Manurewa Cosi Club 7:00pm

Saturday 24th March Hamilton Workingmens Club with Kevin Greaves 7:30pm

Saturday 7th April Manurewa Cosi Club 7:00pm

11/12/13th May Bay Of Islands Country Rock Festival

Saturday 19th May Pukekohe Cosi Club with Kevin Greaves & Jodi Vaughan 7:30pm

Friday 8th June Stetson Club Dairy Flat Hall 8:00pm

Friday 14th September Stetson Club Dairy Flat Hall 8:00pm

NEW YEARS EVE - Stetson Club Dairy Flat Hall 8:00pm



Photo Gallery & Play List

Midnite Special Song List

Peaceful Easy Feeling
Proud Mary
Long Train Running
Love will keep us alive
You to me are everything
Drift Away
Lay Down Sally
I shot the sheriff
Take it to the limit
You make me feel like dancing
Blue Suede shoes
April Sun in Cuba
All shook up
Have you ever seen the rain
Midnite Special
Steal my kisses
What’s goin’ on
Mama Mia
Under the board walk
Another Saturday Night
Saturday night at the movies
Why Does Love
With or without you
Sweet Darlin
Pink Cadillac
Lightning Crashes
I feel lucky
Mustang Sally
Something to talk about
Listen to the music
Hotel California
Sweet Home Alabama
I love Rock n Roll
Better man
Play that funky music white boy
Pretty Women
Hurts so good
I want to break free
Dancing Queen
Crazy little thing called love
River Deep, Mountain High
Simply the best
La Bamba
Twist and shout
Dreadlock Holiday
Summer of 69
Johnny B. Goode
Stuck in the middle with you
Walk of Life
Mary had a little lamb
Heading in the right direction
Come on over
Wonderful tonight
If tomorrow never comes
Everything to me
Ring, ring
When you say nothing at all
The great pretender
The Gambler
Islands in the stream
Six days on the road
If I said you had a beautiful body
Achy Breaky heart
Bluest heart ache
Honey, Honey
I like it, I love it
Man, I feel like a woman
Rocky Top
Independence day
Pour Me
Mi vida loca
Better things to do
Dance the night away
Ruby, Ruby
Lipstick on your collar
Blue beat
Honey Don’t
Rock around the clock
Great balls of fire
That’ll be the day
Every time that you walk in the room
I saw her standing there
The Twist
Take it easy
Billie Jean
Blame It On The Boogie
Wonder Wall

Better Man