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.
Last Friday I was back in Borger again, this time for a gig in the Roots on the Road series. They had a great band on with Ha Ha Tonka and opened with a set by New York based Christopher Paul Stelling.
Now that the festival is in it’s second hour, it’s getting pretty busy and the first main act on the biggest stage is a big part of the reason for that. I have to rush to that stage to find a decent spot and only just about manage. Now bring on Charles Bradley, the “Screaming Eagle Of Soul”!
A few months ago I read the announcement that Elvis Costello was going to come to Groningen! That was something to look forward to. The man’s musical career is as long as I am old and he still releases great albums. The gig in De Oosterpoort (on November 8th) would be a solo-performance, to be opened by Larkin Poe
It’s September, the concert summerbreak is over and what better way to kick of the new concert season than with a festival? Take Root -a festival for “past, present and upcoming American music”- had it’s 14th edition on September 10th. There were some mighty shoes to fill after last years edition. An edition I missed due to medical conditions. But I’m back I and I surely was not going to miss this edition!
I learned about Tift Merritt via Last.fm, thanks to Marybeth Damico (thanks Marybeth ;)). It’s one of those great benefits from these kind of sites: learning about other artists via friends. And as luck had it Tift Merritt is touring with Josh Ritter and they just happened to come to Groningen. Life can be that easy.