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.
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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.
Continue reading Dame Flux & Spinvis on Time Shift festival
Kendler will present their brand new EP on May 11 in Viadukt in Groningen, but last Friday they played a full-band gig in Vanslag and that was a great opportunity to see the band after having seen frontman Gijs on his own at my livingroom concert recently.
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Meadowlake is a young band from Groningen, but you wouldn’t guess they’ve been playing for about a year when you hear them.
Continue reading Meadowlake in Vera Kelderbar
Sofie Letitre brought her full band to a gorgeous new stage in a church in Borger. A huge room with beautiful styled windows, a chandelier and a big church organ set the scene for a superb gig. Continue reading Sofie Letitre in Vanslag
Torre Florim and Roos Rebergen came to Groningen to present their second album to a wildly enthusiastic Vera crowd on Thursday evening.
Continue reading Torre Florim en Roos Rebergen presenteren De Tweede Speeldoos in Vera
I decided to give Ben Caplan a try in Vera last night. What I’d seen on Youtube sounded promising and the word of mouth buzz was good too, so it seemed a very good idea to end the week like that. I wasn’t really expecting the venue to be as crowded as it turned out to be.
Continue reading Ben Caplan and Hilbrandt Mill in Vera
Wende perfored in Vera last week as part of her clubtour for the upcoming album The Last Resistance. It has been a while since I last saw Wende as she has taken some time for the new album. Written in Berlin coupled with strongly posed portraits in black&white I couldn’t help but think of “Heroes” album of David Bowie, from David’s Berlin period. For the current clubtour Wende is accompanied not by a whole band, nor an orchestra but a very tight unit of only two men on guitar, bass and electronica.
Continue reading Wende -The Naked Sessions in Vera
Sales of the tickets to Qeaux Qeaux Joans gig in Simplon on February 22 went so well that Qeaux Qeaux was promoted to the main stage and that’s always good news. I bought my ticket early so no worries there and last week I finally got to see her live.
Continue reading Qeaux Qeaux Joans and Sofie Letitre
Having recently successfully founded her new album project through crowd-funding (voordekunst), on Thursday January 10th, Irene Wiersma and Corneel Canters gave a first glimpse into the new sound of Dame Flux in the art gallery with tsjalling. And it was good. Different, but very fresh!
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Anneke van Giersbergen is like the ultimate rock soundtrack to a feelgood movie. She has an enormous positive attitude on stage, you just can’t help but like her. And she has a kick-ass band supporting her. Continue reading Anneke van Giersbergen & Kill Ferelli in Vera
I first saw Sofie Letitre almost exactly 2 years ago, opening a show for Sophie Hunger. Mostly her alone on piano, with the help of Ferdie van der Singel on guitar hoping to hear more from Sofie before long. After the show I remember Sofie handing out her EP, then still as ‘Le Titre’. It has taken a little while, but on November 8 she finally had her release-gig for her debut album ‘Back Where We Came From’, in Simplon!
Continue reading Sofie Letitre and Fons Jörgen in Simplon
After the last InDeKringloop session I leisurely made my way to the Hedon venue to pick up my photographers accreditation for the Let’s Get Lot festival and re-parked my car (9 Euro for three hours worth of parking and I still had about 10 hours of parking to go). All set and ready to go for a brand new festival in Zwolle: Let’s Get Lost.
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Last Sunday the 5th edition of PlatoPlanet was held in De Oosterpoort. PlatoPlanet is sort of a preview to Eurosonic/Noorderslag and is organised by Plato in combination with the Oosterpoort venue.
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Friday -almost a week after the Rhythm&Blues festival- I’m well rested and it’s hight time to check out music again and with Kim Janssen and Rue Royale in Vera I’m in for an evening of absolute gorgeous music.
Continue reading Kim Janssen and Rue Royale in Vera