Mass hysteria in Borger today as The Beatles played at the local Vanslag church. Well.. The Beatles Revival that is, a Czech band playing the songs by the Beatles in a periodically correct setting.
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.
On Saturday June 29 the MotoGP was races in Assen and on the days preceding that, our little town is bustling with festivities. A funfair is opened a week in advance and on Wednesday halfway to the big event the center of Assen is transformed into a huge festival area with lots of music.
Last week on Thursday Mattanja Joy Bradley came to Groningen with a new band for a ‘ radio 3FM Serious Talent tour’ and I just had to check that out. Also The New Shining -another 3FM Serious Talent- was to play the second part of the gig.
Janne Schra is on a theater-tour and after having performed as Schradinova and -before that- as a member of Room Eleven, she now tours under her own name. And I was extremely thrilled when I saw that she’d come to Assen, my hometown. Our theater De Nieuwe Kolk was opened earlier this year and this was to be my first visit to the theater.
Shakespear once said “To be or not to be, that is the question”, Descartes said “I think therefor I am” but it was Duke Ellington who said “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing”. With that Joe Jackson lead in the closing song to the regular set of the concert he played in De Oosterpoort yesterday.
I didn’t know the band (hardly ever listen to radio and can’t remember when I last actually watched MTV, does that even still exist?), but I do have my antennas out for interesting names and Of Monsters And Men raised a buzz. And so last night I -finally- went to Noorderzon.
The 19th edition of Swingin’ Groningen is held this year. Quite impressive considering the 5 years the festival was on hold. It got a ‘reboot’ last year and thankfully they’re back to stay so this year Groningen was swinging again for a good three days.
To think I almost missed this gig. Took a few wrong turns in a cycling trip that ended up a 106km trip where I intended to do 60 and got home just in time to freshen up, eat a bit and jump in the car to get to this gig. And I wanted to see Sonja so badly since her first album Winterland. That was not to be, but I’m ever so pleased to see that she’s touring with her new album Transcendental Man.
On Tuesday Amadou & Mariam -also known as ‘the blind couple from Mali‘- played at De Oosterpoort. They had their international breakthrough in 2005 with the then released album ‘Dimanche à Bamako’ and in that year they also performed at the Dutch festival Lowlands. I didn’t attend but did see some of it on TV and wished I was there. Now then that is finally possible in the smaller hall of the venue.
It’s been a month since I saw Marike Jager and band in De Oosterpoort, but their tour brought them to Leeuwarden last Thursday, in De Harmonie; the biggest theatre of the province and among the biggest of the Netherlands. A good change to finally check out that theatre and how can I there’s no better reason to go there then to see Marike on stage again.
Marike Jager is hitting the theaters with a new show “De Nacht” (The Night). As the show is being recorded photographers are asked not to stand front-stage and in the way of camera’s. Luckily with recorded shows the light is usually fantastic, so no problem’s there then :-)
I really have Inge van Calkar/Zaza to thank for this great extra concert as she invited me after the photos I took of her at Schradinova’s gig. Back to Groningen again for a great night of music.
There have been a good deal of great concerts in Groningen lately. And although it’s hard to keep up a schedule like the last two weeks, going cold turkey over night isn’t really working either, so I was very happy to see that Schradinova was coming to Vera. With Zaza opening for her no less!