Static Roots Festival 2018

This year marks the third year of a fantastic festival in Germany. Starting in 2016 as a one-off to mark the 50th birthday of it’s organizer Dietmar Leibecke, two editions on it feels like it’s always been here. It’s one of the musical highlights of my year, that’s for sure! Getting more attention around the world it’s certainly getting more noticed and I’ve been looking forwards to the festival for the past few months!

Welcome to Static Roots Festival 2018!

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Swingin’ Groningen 2018

This weekend is the 2018 edition of the Swingin’ Groningen festival and every year I try to at least get one night in and this year I visited on Friday evening as that had the best part of the program for me.

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Guy One in Vera

There’s a thing about African music that just makes my heart beat a bit faster and happier. Luckily I’m not the only one and so we are getting more and more funky Afrobeat of African bluesy bands playing in Europe. It doesn’t attract the amounts of crowd like the big western rockbands do, but there’s a good bunch of music lovers that will turn up for these concerts! Last Wednesday Guy One from Ghana played at Vera.

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Broken Brass Ensemble and special guests in Simplon

Not so long ago I ran into the album ‘Astonishing Tales From Beyond The Brass Dimension’ by the Broken Brass Ensemble, a brass band (naturally) from the Netherlands. And then I saw they’d come to Simplon for a concert. A very nice coincidence and of course I went there too.

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Ray Cuza & Septeto Sazonando at Harlem Jazz Club

On March 17 we headed to the third concert in a few days time and this time we headed to the Harlem Jazz Club where Ray Cuza & Septeto Sazonando would perform.

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Gabriel Amargant & Manel Fortià

I was in Barcelona again for a few days with Monica and we visited several concerts. To start with we headed to the Jazz club JazzMan where we just managed to find a small spot to watch the concert of Gabriel Amargant and Manel Fortià.

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Alex Akela and Birgit Wijdemans in Cafe Peter en Leni

Last Friday I went to see Alex Akela and Birgit Wijdemans in a cafe in Steendam, a new location for me, but a really nice café and it was good to meet up with some old friends.

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Eurosonic preview @ Vanslag

In a few days Eurosonic is going to start again in Groningen and with so many bands -from all over Europe- playing in Groningen, it’s easy to overlook some of them and for that reason alone it’s great that in the day’s before it starts  there are some preview shows. In Vanslag in Borger last night they showcased 7 acts from the province of Drenthe that will all play at Eurosonic-Noorderslag next week.

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Joris Teepe presents NYCTG: Jack Walrath

Last Tuesday I visited the Oosterpoort venue for a jazz concert in the café-lounge area. In a program where an New York based jazz-player comes to Groningen, hence the name of the series: New York Comes To Groningen. Tonight that New Yorker is Jack Walrath.

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