Last Friday I received a text requesting me to come to the instore gig in Vanderveen. Bobby Long was going to play a few songs promoting his new album and the upcoming gigs. As it was a nice stop in between my way to the train station for an event later that afternoon I stopped by the store.
Subroutine is celebrating it’s tenth birthday and brought 5 acts to the Vera venue in Groningen. And as I’ve been itching to see Rats on Rafts live for a while now, this was a perfect opportunity for it.
Instead of taking a nice restful evening after the busy two days at the MXGP races on the TT Circuit, I went to Vera to start the concert season again with one of my favorite bands: The Hex Dispensers!
Last year 77 Bombay Street toured the Netherlands as well and opened for Kensington in Vanslag then. Now they’re back doing a small promo-tour through the Netherlands and for their final concert here they came back to Vanslag in Borger for what would turn out to be a fantastic evening.
As my love had visited me in May and we’re to go on vacation in September, the end of June was a good moment for a visit to Barcelona and see M. before my colleagues vacations start in July. And so Wednesday evening on the 24th I travelled to Barcelona once more to find M. waiting for me at the airport
My wonderful girlfriend M. had a big musical surprise for me. After attending the Dani Nel.lo concert a day earlier she totally kept me in the dark of the evenings plans and even arriving at La Pedrera I had no idea of where we were going and once on the roof I still was in the dark (well, there was a drumkit and a double-bass, so Jazz was obvious, but not until m. nudged me when the musicians entered the roof of La Pedrera did I know who’d we be watching/listening to.
Spending my Birthday with my girlfriend would be the best way to turn 39, so even though I ‘d just visited Barcelona in January, I flew back on February 28 to spend a few more days in that beautiful city. Escaping the cold weather in the Netherlands was a good reason too :)
I love seeing Marike Jager perform. Not only because I love her albums, but she manages to make her concerts visually interesting by using the stage to its fullest. She transformed the stage into a harbor at midnight for het ‘Here comes the Night’ tour and chose little quaint churches touring her album ‘The Silent Song’. So it would be interesting to see what she did this time, the photos I saw of a few prior gigs seemed promising.
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).