This year halfway July was the fourth edition of the fantastic Static Roots Festival in Zentrum Altenberg in Oberhausen. A young festival that is growing and improving every year and as a result of that they SOLD OUT this year, a fantastic achievement and I’m really proud to have been a part of this great festival from the very beginning!
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.
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.
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.
Tim Knol is touring his second album and plans to take a break for a while, so I was glad he stopped by in Groningen on this tour. And he currently has Assen based Tangarine opening for him this tour and finally getting these guys from my home town before my camera was an opportunity not to be missed.
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!
After two weeks of shooting concerts in Groningen with everything from loud Hardrock to the most quiet Lo-fi music, it was nice to end the cycle with a gorgeous singer/songwriter concert in Roodehaan. So Alex Akela’s invitation to come see him support Mattanja Joy Bradley in Warfhuizen was a very welcome one.
On Monday Madeleine Peyroux played at De Oosterpoort in Groningen. Playing in Spain the day before, her trip to Groningen was shrouded in fog. Still she and her band made in well in time for a fantastic concert.
It’s September, the concert summerbreak is over and what better way to kick of the new concert season than with a festival? Take Root -a festival for “past, present and upcoming American music”- had it’s 14th edition on September 10th. There were some mighty shoes to fill after last years edition. An edition I missed due to medical conditions. But I’m back I and I surely was not going to miss this edition!
Last night Marike Jager came to Groningen with her clubtour promoting her latest album ‘Here comes the Night’. Marike has become quite the celebrity over here in the past few years presenting festivals on TV and becoming a regular guest on a daily Dutch TV show, but luckily she’s still mainly an amazing musician with her third album proving just that.
Last Thursday I finally got my chance to see Eefje de Visser. A new rising star in the Dutch music-scene. She played at Noorderslag earlier this year but now she was back as part of her tour.