This week the concerts have a little twist as New Cool Collective was a bit theatrical and last night in Borger I visited the band the LSB Experience that is touring with comedian and presenter Dolf Jansen telling the story of the American venue The Troubadour.
In America The Troubadour has a bit of a legendary status, all the great musicians and bands have performed there and Dolf and the band are about to take us on a historical trip through the Troubadours history.
Dolf Jansen in known in the Netherlands as a skinny, marathon running comedian and radio presenter and every once in a while he does TV work too.
The LSB Experience is a band that came forth out of a shared love for the music from the seventies: The Beatles, the Eagles, Crosby Stills & Nash and more. The rich musical seventies. At it’s core three singer/guitarists Marcel Luntungan, Hans Sligter and Sjoerd van den Broek, aided by Peter Deiman on drums and Rod Hendriks on bass. All great singers and when they join forces, it’s really good.
As the band starts, Dolf sets the mood as he notices a photographer (luckily not me ;) ) and requests him not to shoot his crotch (no worries, I got my moment a bit later). As comedians do they interact with the audience and Dolf is no different there of course. Luckily he doesn’t spare himself one bit. In between jokes and light quizes with the audience Dolf introduces the bands that played at the Troubadour and the LSB Experience sings te songs (with Dolf mainly miming the songs along as he sits in the back, but also joining in with the band on a couple of songs).
After the break the interaction with the audience works better. Perhaps the audience got over the initial shock of maybe it’s the beer (or the promised after eleven mass fornication Dolf keeps talking about).
The concert is great. The LSB Experience sings and plays fantastic songs from the seventies with a really strong preference for the Eagles, some work by John Lennon, Crosby Stills & Nash James Taylor and more, but also the Bruce Springsteen classing ‘Down by the River’ with Dolf Jansen on main vocals must be mentioned!
The only downside of the evening is that they advertised the evening as ‘The story of the Troubadour’ and I found the stories about the famous venue and it’s infamous owner (there are supposed to be some weird stories about the owner) a bit lacking. A venue with a history as this should have more stories of it’s musical visitors, but instead Dolf got sidetracked with his travels to Borger and current affairs. Not a huge problem, but as I mentioned I think the venue should have enough history to keep the focus on that and about the time (the seventies).
That however really wasn’t any reason to be too disappointed about the evening. There was a lot of fun, some good stories and great music to tie it all together! Thanks Vanslag!
Oh and my ‘moment’? It wasn’t too bad: as Dolf noticed I was aiming to take a photo, he offered his best side…