Tamikrest in Vera

There is something in African music that just draws me to it. It’s highly rhythmic repetitive style just makes you wanna dance and I might not understand the vocals… if it sounds good, it sounds good, simple as that! So when I saw Tamikrest was going to play in Vera, it didn’t take long to make up my mind.

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Hex Dispensers and The Pandoras in Vera

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!

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Ralph de Jongh in Vanslag

Ralph de Jongh held his album presentation last Saturday in the Vanslag church in Borger, a terrific stage where Ralph and his band Crazy Hearts played a fantastic concert to a swinging audience.

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TT Festival Assen

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.

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Mattanja Joy Bradley and The New Shining in Vera

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.

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Anneke van Giersbergen & Kill Ferelli in Vera

Anneke van Giersbergen is like the ultimate rock soundtrack to a feelgood movie. She has an enormous positive attitude on stage, you just can’t help but like her. And she has a kick-ass band supporting her. Continue reading Anneke van Giersbergen & Kill Ferelli in Vera

Bosnian Rainbows in Vera

I had to leave the PlatoPlanet festival early to be sure I would arrive in time at Vera for a gig by a man I hold in extremely high regards: Omar Rodriguez Lopez. He has released countless albums, plays in various formations, including the Mars Volta and has a great love for the Vera venue, a love that goes deep both ways.

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Swingin’ Groningen day 2

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.

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Robert Ellis, Diamond Rugs & Alabama Shakes at Summerstage

How lucky was I? Just booked my vacation to New York and checking out what music there would be only to find out that the Alabama Shakes would be playing at Summerstage in Central Park. And my hotel was just about located at Central Park. So there was no doubt in my mind I’d go and see them. Even packed my 70-200mm lens just for that occasion. Now if they’ll only let me bring it to the festival…

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Rhythm & Blues Night 2012 4/4

It’s past midnight, the hours are starting to count (what idiot decides to take 2 camera’s and 7 lenses along anyway? Oh yeah… me) but two blokes from my hometown are also playing on the festival and I really heed to see them too.

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Rhythm & Blues Night 2012 3/4

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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Sonja van Hamel featuring Ken Stringfellow in Vera

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.

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Mark Lanegan in De Oosterpoort

It’s been nearly six years since I first (and last) saw Mark Lanegan, then as part of The Twilight Singers playing in Vera. A fantastic sound, but couldn’t much remember of Mark visually. He’s back in Groningen, this time with the Mark Lanegan Band, promoting his latest album Blues Funeral.

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