Eefje de Visser in Stadsschouwburg

With her two albums ‘De Koek’ and ‘Het is’ (both in Dutch) Eefje proved herself a fantastic lyricist. Clever, heartfelt texts put to music that simply sweeps you along on her journey. Having toured her two albums and after a small church tour in the Netherlands Eefje is now on a tour in theaters called Wereldwatersteden (world water cities), a tour meant to immerse the audience in a warm musical gulf.

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Wende in Stadsschouwburg

Last year Wende released her latest album ‘Last Resistance’ and after coming to Vera with The Naked Sessions, visiting De Oosterpoort with The Berlin Sessions on may 3rd Wende came to Groningen again with The Theater Sessions visiting the Stadsschouwburg.

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Best concerts of 2011

As I’m looking back at 2011, I might as a well add a list of the concerts I’ve most enjoyed this year. Putting them in a numerical order is not really going to work, is instead I’ve chosen for an alphabetical order.

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Keb’ Mo’ and Dede Priest in Stadsschouwburg

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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Zita Swoon in De Stadsschouwburg

The moment I saw Zita Swoon in Zwolle with their Band in a Box tour, I fell in love with the band. What an incredible concept and what a fantastic live band. This concept did not last forever of course and since then the band has undergone a few changes. They came to Groningen last Monday to play in the wonderful Stadsschouwburg.

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Agnes Obel and Yori Swart in De Stadsschouwburg

Last years release of the album Philharmonics by Agnes Obel was a huge success. Piano based songs with a fantastic voice. So I was hugely disappointed I wasn’t able to go to Eurosonic this year, although most likely the venue would have been filled to the brim anyway. I had to wait a little longer, but eventually Agnes would return and last Sunday was that time.

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Josh Ritter and Tift Merritt in the Stadsschouwburg

I learned about Tift Merritt via Last.fm, thanks to Marybeth Damico (thanks Marybeth ;)). It’s one of those great benefits from these kind of sites: learning about other artists via friends. And as luck had it Tift Merritt is touring with Josh Ritter and they just happened to come to Groningen. Life can be that easy.

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Wende in the Stadsschouwburg

Last night Wende came to the Stadsschouwburg for her theatrical tour. Combining the experiences from her theatre performances and clubtour she’s back in the theatres now with a fantastic new show, mainly based on her latest English album, but with the passion and intensity that she’s been known for back in her French chanson singing days.

Wende enters the venue through the audience and finds a pipe organ on stage. It provides the music for the first song after which the curtains are raised and the full band is unleashed. It’s Wende’s band from the clubtour extended with a string section. The band is contained in a circus ring -the circus that Wende conducts- and dressed to suit. The band is fantastic! Small when the songs are, but they’ll just as easily produce a wall of sound if you give them half a chance.

And Wende is simply being Wende: passionate, sensual, intense, funny, beautiful and in absolute control of every muscle of her body. She gracefully moves over the stage dancing and running. Her voice is just incredible; she can sound very fragile but when the songs get louder, her voice is very powerful and strong, I can’t get enough of it.

After some songs the band leaves the stage and Wende performs some songs on piano in a more intimate setting. In the end the band is back again and a backing chorus is added. The show is well paced, has up tempo songs and intimate, fragile songs. It is funny, moving and most of all incredibly good. I had a great evening and can’t wait to see Wende again, I just love her.


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Eurosonic – Creature With The Atom Brain, Sivert Høyem and Young Guns

Al the way from Belgium came the psychedelic alt.rockers of Creature With The Atom Brain. They played at Vindicat and the band was heard all over the square outside; they played LOUD

In the most beautiful venue of Groningen – the Stadsschouwburg- fromer Madrugada frontman Sivert Høyem presented his band. The weird thing with this venue is that they built the stage over the seats. So technically the bands are in the seated area (well, above it) and the crowd is on the stage. The upshot is that you get great views to the ceiling. The gig itself was good and Sivert’s name is enough to get a huge crowd in the venue.

And then back to Vindicat for the last EuroSonic gig. Post-Hardcore from England’s Young Guns and the volume is turned up to the loudest setting here. It’s also the first gig since ages that I install the fash on my camera again. How else am I possibly going to get the singer mid-air?

And so EuroSonic came to an end. I saw lots and lots of bands, worked and worked to get my photos edited in time for the FileUnder.nl reviews of EuroSonic and now there was only one more day to go: Noorderslag.

Audiotransparent in Stadsschouwburg

To promote their new album Chekhov Guns the Groningen based band Audiotransparent held their releaseparty in the beautiful Stadsschouwburg venue in Groningen on November 26 2009. The Black Atlantic -also from Groningen- opened for them

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