J Mascis and Rudy Lentze in Vera

It was December 6, we had just said our goodbyes to Sint Nicholas for another year (a Dutch tradition) and as I was in Groningen, I could not let the opportunity pass me by to visit J Mascis in Vera.

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Mono and Helen Money in Vera

Mono played in Vera last Tuesday and took Helen Money along with them, a hightly impressive and loud instrumental evening was to follow.

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Amsterdam canals

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Artwatchers

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Inge van Calkar in Vanslag

I’ve seen Inge van Calkar a few times now, including when she operated under the name Zaza, but with there already being a Zaz, a Zazi and a Zazie, it’s good that Inge performs as Inge van Calkar now :) The last time I saw her was on the fantastic FestivalderAa festival and now with a full band she rocked the Vanslag church  in Borger last Friday.

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Ane Brun in De Oosterpoort

About 10 years ago I saw Ane Brun on a little stage at the Take Root festival that was then still held in my hometown. In a little hall, between plastic cactus in a corduroy suit Ane played and it was simply fantastic. I haven’t seen her since and so ten years on it was about time and the gig in the Oosterpoort was the perfect opportunity.

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Bookstore

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World Press Photo Groningen

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Martinikerk Groningen

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Bluesfestival in De Tamboer

At one point in my life I really want to go to America and see, hear and feel blues. Not the “I’m Joe Bonamassa and I can fit 100 guitars on a stage” blues, not the bluesrock that has at least two dazzling guitar-solos fired at the audience at machinegun speed, but real actual blues. Blues that starts in your toes, loosens up the knees as it rises and doesn’t get past the hips as it’s impossible not to shake your ass (or booty) when you hear it. That blues -THAT BLUES- came to De Tamboer last weekend.

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Sharon van Etten and Marisa Anderson in Vera

It’s been nearly two years ago that Sharon van Etten came to Vera, on December 5th. That was a terrific concert so seeing the announcement that she was coming back to Vera was absolutely terrific.

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Elliott Brood and Peter Thisell in Vanslag

Last Friday the Canadians of Elliot Brood came to Borger, a band that I’ve last seen a long long time ago. The first time in 2005 in a very small setting in a small, intimate café in Assen (De Witte Bal, where many of my musical roots lay) and then in 2008 at the Take Roots festival. Quite a few years have passed and a day after the guys played at the former church Paradiso in Amsterdam they now came to the Church-turned-venue of Borger: Vanslag, together with Swedish singer-songwriter Peter Thisell.

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House Of Cosy Cushions

Not long ago I was invited by Richard of House Of Cosy Cushions to visit his art-project (or Installation) Twijduuster, but unfortunately I already had a gig that evening in the Synagog with wishfulmusic‘s Leendert and Cast Glass. In the end this is probably as it was meant to be as I got another chance, this time in the church in Oostum.

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Marga Weimans ‘Fashion House’

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Wallis Bird and Sofia Dragt

Checking out the Vera agenda my eyes caught the announcement of Wallis Bird, with the added catchy videoclip to the song Hardly Hardly I was hooked.

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