Vanessa Peters in Het Huiskamercafé

It was one of those impossible-to-choose evenings again last Friday. Toby Beard in Vanslag in Borger, a new concert in the Synagog in Groningen by my friends of wishfulmusic, a gig in Vera, another gig in Groningen by Lepel Concerts and then the mention that Vanessa Peters would play a solo gig in Westerwijtwerd, a small town above Groningen. And as I’ve know Vanessa for a long time now, I quite liked the idea of going to see her, a good warmup for when she’ll be playing the Groninger Museum with The Sentimentals.

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Elvis Costello and Larkin Poe in De Oosterpoort

A few months ago I read the announcement that Elvis Costello was going to come to Groningen! That was something to look forward to. The man’s musical career is as long as I am old and he still releases great albums. The gig in De Oosterpoort (on November 8th) would be a solo-performance, to be opened by Larkin Poe

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Rufus Wainwright in De Oosterpoort

Rufus Wainwright had quite a show in Groningen last night. It takes a lot of guts in my opinion to perform solo on a huge stage. There’s no band sound to hide behind and the chemistry between the artist and audience is fragile. I’d already seen an exelent solo performance by Belgian Eva de Roovere, but on the 20th of November Rufus Wainwright showed to be a showman in class all of his own.

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Eva de Roovere in De Oosterpoort

Last night I went to see Eva de Roovere in De Oosterpoort. The concert was opened by Lennaert Maes, who did a great job, great and funny songs, lots of humour and literary poetry of the highest standers (nudge nudge wink wink) got the audience well warmed up for Eva.

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