After having spent a great afternoon on Groningen including a visit to the Noorderlicht photo exposition at the Suikerfabriek area, I was all set for an evening of music in the Groninger Museum where five great artists were to play a set in the museum.
Tonight’s edition is organized by the museum and the good folks of wishfulmusic. Ryan Lee Crosby opened the evening solo with a gorgeous 12-string guitar playing a very bluesy singer/songwriter set. Is sounded awesome.
Next up -all the way from Australia- was Ben Salter, very very impressive voice and also a very minimalistic approach to the music.
After these first two sets we then made our way to the next hall where a slimmed down version of Mindpark from the Netherlands. Rebecca Sier and Ralph Timmermans both on vocals and guitars and the rest of the band was present in a box, directed by Ralph. Lovely dreamy pop songs with terrific built ups. A very good set and also good to know they’ll be near here again soon at Roodehaan.
Binoculers from Germany was up next and played an impressive set. Binoculers is a ‘project’ by Nadja Rüdebusch, although she is now backed by a band in the form of keyboard-player Eve Marie. Nadja masterfully uses loops, recording and playing back guitar parts and vocals. I thought the three layers of vocals singing the chorus sounded really good.
To end the evening we went back to the first hall where Hummingville had set up the stage. A great melancholic pop band, lots of humor and terrific musicians. Great way to end the evening. Had a great night.
Thanks Groninger Museum and wishfulmusic, you set up a great evening once again.