How lucky was I? Just booked my vacation to New York and checking out what music there would be only to find out that the Alabama Shakes would be playing at Summerstage in Central Park. And my hotel was just about located at Central Park. So there was no doubt in my mind I’d go and see them. Even packed my 70-200mm lens just for that occasion. Now if they’ll only let me bring it to the festival…
A few months ago I read the announcement that Elvis Costello was going to come to Groningen! That was something to look forward to. The man’s musical career is as long as I am old and he still releases great albums. The gig in De Oosterpoort (on November 8th) would be a solo-performance, to be opened by Larkin Poe
One day after Richmond Fontaine I was back in Groningen again, now in De Oosterpoort for another ‘folk’ band: Noah and the Whale. I remember seeing them before quite a while ago. As it turns out it was just a little over two years ago. On September 20th, in Vera actually. Also I remember not really knowing what to think of them back then, but I wanted to give them another try.
Early last week I was asked by FileUnder to take some photographs of the Portland/Oregon based Blitzen Trapper concert in Vera on May 20th. Didn’t really know the band, but usually FileUnder sends me to the right gigs so hey, why not?
Opening for them was The Dutchess And The Duke from Seattle. I loved them. A great duo playing seated on two barstools playing some lovely songs
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After the Dutchess and The Duke it was time for main act Blitzen Trapper, a mix of alternative, indie and ‘experimental’ folk rock. It took a bit of work getting the images I wanted as the light didn’t help as much as it has lately and the band-members were either in each others way of half hidden behind instruments.
The concert was good. The venue was well filled and although I didn’t know any of the songs, I enjoyed myself a lot. However, for myself in the end I was most impressed bu the Dutches and the Duke. Still also the Blitzen Trapper was a great one
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