I saw Basia Bulat back in 2013 in the Groninger Museum where she completely blew me away with a fantastic concert. We’re a few years on, I missed a concert or two but finally got it all set so I could see her in the Grand Theatre in Groningen last Friday.
I was invited some time ago to visit the opening of the new Groninger Museum exposition ‘Nieuwe Wilden’ (or ‘New Wild’ in English): the German art form that started in the early 80’s and had a strong connection to the then emerging musical punk-scene. It was my very first ever invitation to an opening of an exposition and I do love to experience some new things every so often…
I’ve seen Vanessa quite a few times now, mostly in small setups. Either completely on her own or with one or two supporting musicians on guitar, mandolin or violin. But now Vanessa is touring with the Danish band The Sentimentals, a chance to see her with a full band and on stage. But there was more last Friday evening, first Groningen based Sascha Elisah would be releasing her debut single!
Not long ago I was invited by Richard of House Of Cosy Cushions to visit his art-project (or Installation) Twijduuster, but unfortunately I already had a gig that evening in the Synagog with wishfulmusic‘s Leendert and Cast Glass. In the end this is probably as it was meant to be as I got another chance, this time in the church in Oostum.
Only a day after Hugh Cornwell’s acoustic history lesson in the punk and new wave of The Stranglers today I was back at Vanslag again for a very different kind of concert: House of Cosy Cushions were playing there this afternoon and what I know of their music it seemed a great match for the former church.
At the previous event at the Groninger Museum I was already tipped that soon a very special concert was to be held in the museum. The only concert that Canadian singer-songwriter Basia Bulat was to give in the Netherlands. A few Google searches made me realize I really had to be there.
After having spent a great afternoon on Groningen including a visit to the Noorderlicht photo exposition at the Suikerfabriek area, I was all set for an evening of music in the Groninger Museum where five great artists were to play a set in the museum.
After the success of last years Groninger Museum Live editions, the concept is back. It’s been altered a bit adding poetry and theater, but also there’s still music. This first edition of the year was to include Aafke Romeijn, whom I failed to see every time I got the chance so far and also a performance by Mattanja Joy Bradley.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know one thing about fashion. I saw some catwalk photos of a guy half dressed as a teddy bear carrying an inflated inner-tube of a rear tractor tyre as an accessory and I really didn’t see the fashion in that, nor what the spin-off of it should be. However the photos of the renowned designer Azzedine Alaïa exposition that the Groninger Museum has on at the moment intrigued me.