The concert season is full steam again with many concerts being held. A true sign of the end of the summer(festival) and the start of a new season. In Autumn the leaves are turning yellow and red and for some reason that feels a really good match to Americana music, maybe it’s the time of year. The Dustbowl Revival at least played every possible color of the musical palette and then some more.
On October six Ralph de Jongh kicked off the new season of Love op Zondag, the series of Jazz and Blues concerts held in Poortershoes in Groningen. After last season’s six concerts the series is back for five more and with Ralph they were of to an amazing start.
In a rush to get everything in order for the vacation, I failed to finish the review on Preuvenement, the cultural season-start of the autumn/winter time in Assen. On two outstandingly bright and sunny days we saw a mixture of music and lots and lots of culinary treats in the Gouverneurstuin in Assen.
We could mix a day at Wildlands in Emmen with the Gouden Pijl road cycling event in Emmen in one day, a perfect combination and so after having seen lots of wild animals in the park we were of to see wild cyclists in the center of Emmen.
It has been years since I visited the zoo in Emmen and haven’t been there at all since in changed to the ‘Wildlands’ zoo experience it now is, so as Monica had visited the zoo several times now, this was a great time for her to guide me through the zoo.
This year halfway July was the fourth edition of the fantastic Static Roots Festival in Zentrum Altenberg in Oberhausen. A young festival that is growing and improving every year and as a result of that they SOLD OUT this year, a fantastic achievement and I’m really proud to have been a part of this great festival from the very beginning!
A beautiful initiative from the Dutch organisation Natuurmonumenten is the Midsummer nightwalk that we did last weekend. In the night of course :)
The last concert I saw at Vanslag before it’s summer concert-stop was, halfway May, Fred Eaglesmith who brought his wife Tif Ginn -a seriously good guitarist- along. An evening filled with jokes, stories and a song here or there.
Mid April Laurence Jones returned to Vanslag. I saw him play there before in October 2017. Back then in a tight 4-man formation, this time the group has expanded a bit.
I finally have my new bike, a Ridley X-Trail gravel bike. It’s NOT going to replace the Bianchi, but will allow me a few different roads, sometimes a more relaxed ride and to do a bit mor cycling late in the year. I took the Sony camera along for it’s first real ride for some shots.
Hearing that Michelle David was coming to Vanslag with the Gospel Sessions was just the best. I mean: The Gospel Sessions in a former church, the ‘Cathedral of music’ of the North, it can’t get much better than that!
Every once in a while it’s nice to visit a concert where you don’t really know what to expect and on March 15 I found myself at Vanslag in Borger for a concert by Marlene Bakker.