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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even though I’m in a very busy schedule at work, I saw that Nick Lowe was going to play in De Oosterpoort on March 15 (a day before a software update at work) and I really wanted to go and see Nick. So aware of a short night ahead of me, I went anyway :)
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?
Well that’s a bit awkward… I went to see Mister and Mississippi in December last year and completely forgot to post the photos… Mea Culpa, but here’s the set anyway.
Benjamin Herman came to Groningen last Friday. Leaving the New Cool Collective to it’s own devices Benjamin is touring with a more pure-Jazz oriented quartet now.
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.
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.
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.