One day after the Sven Hammond Soul gig in Groningen and an afternoon clearing out the forest near Oudemolen as a team-outing from work I was tired, worn and also already back to the next gig. This time in Borger, back to Vanslag.
In the Netherlands concerts are usually held inside, but every once in a while -when the weather is good- you can find those magical open air places with just the perfect music for the location. On the first of June -when the weather was exceptionally well- the good folks of Roots on the Road and Coco Maria held a concert outside. With a setting sun, great music and a beautiful location the scene for a super concert was set!
It’s been over a month since the last concert. A vacation and not many interesting concerts kept me away from the venues. However I saw that Mister and Mississippi was going to play at Vera in Groningen and as it’s been even longer since I last was at Vera, this was a great opportunity to ‘get back in the game’. Since I saw them three times in 2013, they’ve been of my radar, so this was a good time to see what they’ve been up to.
While I was enjoying the Vanessa Peters concert in the Groninger Museum on Friday evening, the Vanslag venue in Borger had Oh Susanna on stage. Oh well, you can’t be everywhere all the time and I was in luck as last Saturday it was international Record Store Day and Oh Susanna would play a set in my local record store, so I got to see them after all!
It seems only days ago I was in Vanslag… oh wait, it was. But there’s still more lovely concerts there and this evening saw the return of Amy Speace whom I saw earlier this year together with Cara Luft and B.J. Baartmans.
With the New Year’s receptions behind us, the New Year’s resolutions forgotten and everyone back at work it’s also high time to get back to seeing concerts and starting in the Vanslag stage with Amy Speace and Jens Lysdal was just the way to go.
Last Saturday, halfway through editing my Welcome to the Village photos I needed a break from the computer and so I… went an saw another concert. Well, that’s not really how it was. I was hugely impressed by Town of Saints at Welcome to the Village and seeing they were performing at Roodehaan Live in Warfhuizen was a perfect opportunity to go and see them again! And as an added bonus there was Dina Popma.
On May 5th we celebrate freedom in the Netherlands, it was the day the Second World War ended for the Netherlands in 1945. There are festivals all over the country with a bunch of mayor bands and a lot of local bands. This year was my first visit to the festival in Groningen.
Last Saturday was the Saturday of September: the day the Take Root festival in the Oosterpoort venue in Groningen had it’s 15th edition. A bunch of names I was quite keen on seeing, a few names that I already knew and one name that would blow them all away (but more on that later).