Yesterday the new year in Concert photography started with Swinder in Groningen. Amidst the storm Ciara that was getting stronger and stronger we enjoyed the soothing calming and comforting dialect songs from this Groninger band.
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.
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.
In a rush to get everything in order for the vacation, I failed to finish the review on Preuvenement, the cultural season-start of the autumn/winter time in Assen. On two outstandingly bright and sunny days we saw a mixture of music and lots and lots of culinary treats in the Gouverneurstuin in Assen.
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.
This year the second album of Maurice van Hoek -Traveling Man- was released and got some rave reviews. And the announcement that he was coming to Vanslag made me a happy man!
I do love new musical initiatives. A few years ago the church in Borger was transformed into a concert-stage which has earned it’s place in many a bands agenda, a few years before that some friends organized houseconcerts in Groningen, which eventually grew to concerts in the synagogue and a four night programming at Groningen’s Noorderzon festival, I’ve seen the birth of the German Static Roots Festival and now a few friends and colleagues of mine have decided to organise several concerts in the community house Poortershoes in Groningen starting with Black Bottle Riot. To kick things off at full steam!
In a few days Eurosonic is going to start again in Groningen and with so many bands -from all over Europe- playing in Groningen, it’s easy to overlook some of them and for that reason alone it’s great that in the day’s before it starts there are some preview shows. In Vanslag in Borger last night they showcased 7 acts from the province of Drenthe that will all play at Eurosonic-Noorderslag next week.
It’s been a long and great summer, but after all the vacations and trips, al the cycling it’s also finally time to start the concert season again and last on September 30 I dusted of the gear and headed to Vanslag for Vanderlinde.
I learned about Bauer (not to be confused with the in the Netherlands slightly more known Frans or the American Baauer) in 2006 when they released the album ‘The Bauer Melody of 2006’, an absolutely gorgeous album recorded with the Metropole Orchestra. The fourth album of the band and for a long time… the last. Until this year that is. Ten years after that release and shortly before my vacation to Guatemala I suddenly saw a new Bauer album ‘Eyes Fully Open.
And then it turned out that the band would visit Vera in Groningen. A change I could not pass on, because you never know… maybe I’ll have to wait another ten years for another chance.
Time Shift festival is an event that celebrates 100 years of inovation. On May 26 1913 “Le Sacre du Printemps” premiered in Paris. Back then a groundbreaking and shocking performance. Now a collaboration of art and performance institutes from Groningen have organized this festival with the intent to discover what in modern day art and performance can still be renewed.