There are many great musicians that you’ll never be able to see live. Either because the ticket-prices are outrageously high, because the artists never cross that great ocean or because they have sadly passed away. And I’m really quite allergic to the average tribute band, especially when the original is still up and about, but there definitely are exceptions and yesterday was such an exception: the Etta James Experience.
As we’ll never get to see Etta perform live (then again it’s halloween soon and you never know what may come to pass), last night I saw a terrific performance by a huge Dutch band paying tribute to the late and great Etta James.
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My time in Barcelone this last Sunday was almost at an end, but there was one more concert to see: Koko Jean & The Tonics featuring Dani Nel.lo. A terrific voice and now in combination with a great Rhythm&Blues saxophone player, that was going to have to bee good!
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When I first visited my girlfriend in Barcelona in January this year, we attended a concert in Jamboree by Dani Nel.lo. As I had planned another visit to M. the past week I saw that Dani was playing again. This time in Luz de Gas and it seemed a good plan to go to another Dani Nel.lo concert as we’d both enjoyed it a lot the first time.
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I’m a bit behind but working my hardest to catch up. On Pentecost – May 19th- I traveled to Raalte for the annual Ribs & Blues festival. Mainly to see Nick Waterhouse, but as ever the Sunday program of this free festival is brimming with talented blues and bluesy acts. So it’s a joy to visit it every year.
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De Oosterpoort has done it once again. For the past few years they’ve always managed to get one of the top acts from Pinkpop to appear here up north for an extra show. Most recently Queens of the Stone Age and Wolfmother and this year they hauled in Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.
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After two beautiful, intimate concerts I ended the musical week with a completely different concert. Didn’t really know what to expect, but I found the idea of Staff Benda Bilili one I could not possibly miss out on.
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Admiring your heroes when you ought to be working is punished immediately, so once I left Eric Sardinas for the ‘Grote Zaal’ to see Jimmie Vaughan, the place was nearly full. Getting half a decent spot for photos is a hassle.
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Now that the festival is in it’s second hour, it’s getting pretty busy and the first main act on the biggest stage is a big part of the reason for that. I have to rush to that stage to find a decent spot and only just about manage. Now bring on Charles Bradley, the “Screaming Eagle Of Soul”!
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I’ve been looking forward to this edition of the R&B Night for a long long time. A bunch of fantastic names got out pretty early and the time table showed that the names were spread very nicely so there would be enough time to see just about everything I wanted and it’s a great place to see and catch up with lots of musical friends. The evening started with a few great names so I dived right in.
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As broad as my musical taste is, there is on style I will always fall back on. No matter what my mood is, I love old blues. It might not have wild guitar solos, but I just love the ‘simple’ structured Delta Blues. So I was thrilled to find my request to shoot at the Keb’ Mo’ gig approved.
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