It’s past midnight, the hours are starting to count (what idiot decides to take 2 camera’s and 7 lenses along anyway? Oh yeah… me) but two blokes from my hometown are also playing on the festival and I really heed to see them too.
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”!
I’ve been looking forward to this edition of the R&B Night for a long long time. A bunch of fantastic names got out pretty early and the time table showed that the names were spread very nicely so there would be enough time to see just about everything I wanted and it’s a great place to see and catch up with lots of musical friends. The evening started with a few great names so I dived right in.
This weekend the Superbike races are held at the TT Circuit of Assen and though it’s not as big an event as the TT Races are, it is big enough to organise a Superbike Night in Assen. Two stages, two bands and -as long as the weather holds up- a good atmosphere.
Always looking for new musical styles and challenges in concert photography I saw a great opportunity when I read that Fado-singer Cristina Branco would play in De Oosterpoort. Didn’t really know what to expect from a photography point of view, but I didn’t really think it would be a very easy shoot.
It’s been nearly six years since I first (and last) saw Mark Lanegan, then as part of The Twilight Singers playing in Vera. A fantastic sound, but couldn’t much remember of Mark visually. He’s back in Groningen, this time with the Mark Lanegan Band, promoting his latest album Blues Funeral.
The Last weekend of January is traditionally Bluesnight with lots of bluesgigs in various café’s, pubs, bars and venues. You can run along all night from one location to the other to see as much as possible, or you pick a few and enjoy the full gig. As I’d be playing hotel for one of the bands, I didn’t hop around very much and saw only a three gigs, but they were three fantastic gigs
After two weeks of shooting concerts in Groningen with everything from loud Hardrock to the most quiet Lo-fi music, it was nice to end the cycle with a gorgeous singer/songwriter concert in Roodehaan. So Alex Akela’s invitation to come see him support Mattanja Joy Bradley in Warfhuizen was a very welcome one.
On Monday Madeleine Peyroux played at De Oosterpoort in Groningen. Playing in Spain the day before, her trip to Groningen was shrouded in fog. Still she and her band made in well in time for a fantastic concert.
As broad as my musical taste is, there is on style I will always fall back on. No matter what my mood is, I love old blues. It might not have wild guitar solos, but I just love the ‘simple’ structured Delta Blues. So I was thrilled to find my request to shoot at the Keb’ Mo’ gig approved.
After a great afternoon with some fantastic blues music, Ribs&Blues headed into the evening for some more blues.
After two days of watching bands perform at the Groeten uit Grolloo festival, I just had to to to Ribs&Blues in Raalte to shoot some blues artists. And with John Amor and Aynsley Lister there was more then enough reason to go. The sun was shining, heat up the barbecue and get those bands playing, I’m on my way to Raalte!
Yesterday we returned to Grolloo for the second day of the bluesfestival. Again without camera and though it didn’t feel as awkward, I’d have more than my share of moments that I cursed not having it with me. But most of all I enjoyed, no loved the acts on stage. Again.