Wovenhand at De Oosterpoort

I was at the Oosterpoort on Wednesday, and it’s been wel over a year since I was last there. Two concerts in March 2016 and before that I even have to go back all the way to 2014. So a visit to the Oosterpoort venue was well overdue and it couldn’t have been with a better band: Wovenhand!

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New Cool Collective and John Buijsman in De Oosterpoort

New Cool Collective came back to Groningen and I was rather shocked to see I had not seem them live since 2013. And that’s just too long without seeing the band so I was very happy to go to the Oosterpoort venue and see the band again last Wednesday.

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood in De Oosterpoort

Back in the nineties The Black Crowes release Shake Your Money Maker, but it wasn’t till “The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion” that I got hooked. Man, that seems like a long time ago.

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Cross Linx 2016

This year marks the 15th edition of the Cross Linx festival, the festival that aims to bring new ‘avant-garde’ popmusic and mix it up. To bring unexpected musical combinations and add a touch of that magic classical tough. This years edition had a few interesting surprises again.

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Ane Brun in De Oosterpoort

About 10 years ago I saw Ane Brun on a little stage at the Take Root festival that was then still held in my hometown. In a little hall, between plastic cactus in a corduroy suit Ane played and it was simply fantastic. I haven’t seen her since and so ten years on it was about time and the gig in the Oosterpoort was the perfect opportunity.

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Platoplanet 2014

Last Sunday the annual festival Platoplanet -by recordstore Plato- was held at the Oosterpoort venue again. As I was enjoying what might be one of the last very sunny Sunday afternoons of the year on my roadbike, I was not able to attend the whole festival, but the music-addict in me could not let the whole event pass me by so after a shower and a good meal I grabbed my gear and drove my Alfa GT to the Oosterpoort.

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Warpaint and Amatorski at De Oosterpoort

Most of the summer-festivals have been held now and as the weather’s slowly shifting into fall-mode (lots and lots of rain this week), what better way to start the indoor concert season that with a fantastic band? And as luck would have it De Oosterpoort had Warpaint over.

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Meschiya Lake Quartet in Jazzcafe De Spieghel

Two years ago at the 15th edition of Take Root Meschiya Lake left a big impression with her striking looks and fantastic mix of old time jazz, ragtime and rhythm&blues. However as is life for festival photographers I didn’t get to see all that much of her as other acts were also being played and needed attention. So how fantastic was it that Meschiya was bringing her quartet to Jazzcafe De Spieghel in Groningen?

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Marike Jager in De Oosterpoort

Last Wednesday the lovely Marike Jager returned to De Oosterpoort. Before (or while) she’s working on new material Marike takes us into the night one more time with her ‘Here Comes The Night’ tour. A great chance to see that terrific stage setup one more time.

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Trixie Whitley and Echo Beatty in De Oosterpoort

A quick look on Wikipedia and you can see how Trixie Whitley’s artistic path was formed at birth. Born into a family of artists, poets and musicians (Chris Whitley being her father), growing up around musicians (including Daniel Lanois), playing drums, piano and guitar, active in an acting career, DJ’ing and a dancing career. And all this before she was 20! A very impressive biography. And now she’s touring the Netherlands and I’ve only heard high praises so far.

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Wende – The Berlin Sessions in De Oosterpoort

In April, shortly before the release of her new album Last Resistance, Wende came to Groningen to start a short clubtour called The Naked Sessions. A minimalistic show in Vera mixing Wende’s songwriting and voice with electronica and beats from the Trance scene and it was fantastic. Sold out venue and the combination of Wende and Vera worked! But now Wende is the second string of concerts, bigger this time: the Berlin sessions and she’s in the Oosterpoort venue for that gig.

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Seasick Steve and Gemma Ray in De Oosterpoort

Having hardly recovered from the album presentation of Town of Saints I was back in Groningen on Monday for one of my blues heroes: Seasick Steve. Aged 72 the man is exactly what the blues ought to be: raw, steaming and in that old fashioned story-telling style. The gig in the Oosterpoort was  -as it should be- sold out!

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