Curtis Salgado at Vanslag

Just two days after the Ruben Hoeke gig at Live op Zondag I headed to Borger again for Curtis Salgado in Vanslag. Last year Curtis and band performed at the Holland Blues Festival in Grolloo and was one of the headliners there. On the fifth of November they were at Vanslag!

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Ruben Hoeke Band at Live op Zondag

For the second act in this series of Live op Zondag we saw the return of Ruben Hoeke, who ended the first season of Live op Zondag earlier this year in March. However with a newly released album there were new songs and seeing how terrific the first gig was, I was looking forward to this concert as well.

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Dustbowl Revival at Vanslag

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.

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Ralph de Jongh at Live op Zondag

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.

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Laurence Jones and The Tightropes in Vanslag

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.

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Michelle David and the Gospel Sessions at Vanslag

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!

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Jerôme Hol Trio in Poortershoes

For the fifth edition of the ‘Live op Zondag’ concerts in Poortershoes Jerôme Hol came to Groningen with his trio to bring a good deal of Jazz drenched in hard blues and a heavy metal sound.

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Spider & The Fly and 4Horsemen at Asser Blues Dagen

Last night I was out to the Asser Bluesdagen with Monica. More of a relaxed evening than a full on photography night. The weather was a lot better then expected so we went to have a look.

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The Tightropes at Poortershoes

Last Sunday was the second edition of Live at Zondag (Live on Sunday) at Poortershoes, a terrific initiative from a bunch of music loving people that decided at organising a set of concerts was an experiment they really wanted to and so they went for it. This afternoon we got a gig by The Tightropes

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Ralph de Jongh at Vanslag with guests

Of all the musicians I’ve seen over the years I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw Ralph de Jong the most. However every concert of Ralph is an experience in it’s own and the energy he brings either on his own or with band makes every concert something to experience. It’s going to be hard to top his previous gig in Borger where he actually got married, but that doesn’t mean the concert should stop and so last Saturday Ralph was back in Vanslag and brought both a band and some guests with him.

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The Etta James Experience in Vanslag

There are many great musicians that you’ll never be able to see live. Either because the ticket-prices are outrageously high, because the artists never cross that great ocean or because they have sadly passed away. And I’m really quite allergic to the average tribute band, especially when the original is still up and about, but there definitely are exceptions and yesterday was such an exception: the Etta James Experience.

As we’ll never get to see Etta perform live (then again it’s halloween soon and you never know what may come to pass), last night I saw a terrific performance by a huge Dutch band paying tribute to the late and great Etta James.

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