Blues vun der Gaass

Blues op Lëtzebuergesch, dat ass eng gewote Saach: D’Bluesgrupp “Gaasserockbluesband” traut sech zënter enger Rei vu Joren, bei eegene Kompositiounen op dëse Wee ze goen. Datt dat duerchaus ka funktionéieren, konnt een den Donneschdeg, 12. Juli am Liquid live materliewen.

Op deem schéine Summerowend wor et nach hell dobaussen, wéi d’Band an d’Startlächer gaangen ass. “Gaasserockbluesband” spillt e melodiéisen, proppere Blues am klassesche Stil, bei deem d’Gittare vill am Virdergrond stinn. Nieft dem Gittarist Régis Rolando huet och de Sänger Frank Henkes an d’Säite gegraff. De Max Courtois wor um E-Bass, den Nic Wise op der d’Batterie an de jonke Fenny Gillen op de Keys an, ze seelen, op der Blues-Harmonika. mehr lesen / lire plus

Swedish guitars

It had been years since I last visited the location of the Atelier. Strange enough, last Tuesday, the interior seemed smaller to me than I recalled. Other details had not changed at all: the Spartan interior or the shabby toilets. Right now, the guys and gal from the Luxembourgish indie band The Tame and the Wild were doing their opening act, which was quite nice and attracted a part of the public that had found its way to the Rue de Hollerich. But many still stood outside savouring the summer evening until unmistakable noises announced the start of the main show. mehr lesen / lire plus

Moon glasses

It was a beautiful summer Friday evening. I had dined nearby sitting under a large, protecting tree and headed now for the “Gudde Wëllen”. A small grape of people formed on the ancient pavement of the narrow alley outside the location, taking the last drags on their cigarettes before the gig. At the first floor, the gallery filled up quite slowly. On scene: A keyboard, a battery and a guitar, waiting for their owners. But as soon as the guys from the Raftside project entered the stage and seized their instruments, more and more fans gathered. The evening started with “Broken Drive”,  a song from the new Raftside album “Empty Star”. mehr lesen / lire plus

Big Quintette

Priorité au foot – les écrans de télévision tardaient à s’éteindre mardi soir, la musique devait attendre. Sur le pas de la porte, quelques fans de jazz profitaient encore de l’ambiance d’été. Enfin, cinq jeunes hommes avançaient vers la scène du Liquid Bar au Stadtgrund. Dès que la voix sombre du saxophone s’annonça, le bruit de fond s’estompa, et c’était parti pour une petite immersion dans le jazz contemporain. Sur scène : Persuasive, un quintette franco-belgo-italo-luxembourgeois.

Premier constat : le groupe servait un jazz très dynamique et précis. La batterie clairement présente du Luxembourgeois Jérôme Klein fournissait, avec la contrebasse (Tommaso Montagnani), la guitare (Lorenzo Di Maio), et le piano de scène (Igor Gehenot) une base rythmique sans faille. mehr lesen / lire plus

After midnight

At the last minute, my buddy had let me down – but I still decided to take that trip northwards. So I took out the vehicle and went up the country, to that small spot called Ernzen. It was peeing down with rain, and even the hard boiled smokers were missing at the entrance of the “Little Woodstock” when I arrived. Inside too, in that small, somewhat trashy bar with a rudimentary music stage not all the tables were occupied. Slowly, more guests rolled along. The young waitress, blond with a golden heart, was busying around. In the toilets, the rain kept falling through the leaking roof. mehr lesen / lire plus

Kid Colling: Devilish delight

Warming-up act by Priscilla da Costa and her band „Velvet“

Write twice about the same artist within just some weeks? Yes, but it ain’t the same story. After his great concert at the Liquid Bar in Stadtgrund, singer-composer Kid Colling has presented the new CD “In the devil’s court” of his band “Kid Colling Cartel” within the walls of the Escher Kulturfabrik. It was not without some nostalgia that yours truly entered the premises on this beautiful Friday evening, having spent many hours here in another century. Memories of music, art and long lost loves came back to mind as the sky darkened. mehr lesen / lire plus

Adam Beattie : Butterscotch

Adam Beattie

Tout semblait présager une soirée ratée : le musicien-compositeur arrivait trop tard et sans son accompagnement musical habituel, la petite salle du Konrad n’était qu’à demi remplie, faute aux vacances scolaires, et les premiers rythmes dévoilaient un folk assez traditionnel. Mais Adam Beattie a bien su se tirer d’affaire, et le public, essentiellement féminin, semblait accorder beaucoup d’indulgence au singer-songwriter sympa qui maîtrise aussi bien le synthétiseur que le piano ou la guitare. Si lors des toutes premières chansons, la voix du bel Écossais semblait un peu timide et les mélodies assez classiques, l’ambiance changea dès « Sickle Red Moon ». mehr lesen / lire plus

Canadian voices

After some really inspiring concerts at Konrad‘s, the expectations of yours truly were great. Take for example, just some weeks ago, the sublime mix of angelic voices and grave lyrics of “Deep Dark Woods” coming to us from Canada, but also their perfect harmony of front and back vocals. Or Ben Rogers’ country-rock, spanning from hearty to melancholic tunes, with a frontman surrounded by great musicians and delivering clever and touching texts. But the performance of Whitney Rose this Tuesday was some kind of a disappointment. She also comes from Canada, but that’s where the resemblances end. Hers is a rather classic blend of Texan country, often transgressing the line to flat popular tunes and lyrics, and her slightly stringent voice still ads to this tendency. mehr lesen / lire plus

Gueule de blues : Kid Colling – du baume au cœur

Jeudi soir, cet ancien enfant de chœur converti au blues a fait plus qu’une apparition au bar Liquid, Stadtgrund : pendant plus de deux heures entre blues et rock, le groupe composé de Colling himself, chanteur-guitariste à la gueule singulière, et de trois collègues a livré une performance non seulement musicalement époustouflante, mais pleine de chaleur et de joie.

Votre serviteur, qui n’y connaît rien à la musique, a entendu certains experts autour de lui s’enthousiasmer pour le jeu du bassiste Tom Heck, d’autres pour le joueur d’harmonium Alex Logel ou le drummer Yves Ditsch, voire le jeu de guitare de Kid Colling. mehr lesen / lire plus