Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 2015 Greetings from Vienna

Last month Mike enthusiastically came back from Amsterdam where he had listened to the gang of 4. Myself, instead I listened to my own gang of three.

I went to Vienna to visit a friend and by chance stumbled into a bar right next to Prinz Eugen's fantastic castle and garden, the belvedere, and right around the corner from where I stayed.. It turned out, the place called Lousiana, is one of the best venues for blues in vienna with live music from wednesday to saturday. And that although it holds at the most 30 people. It turned out one of the women who run it comes from close to where i come from and she took care right away to get me a pleasant spot at the bar.
That night the mudcats were playing. Guitarist Herby Dunkel, drummer Didi Mattersberger and Benji Hösel playing bass guitar did a great show until long after midnight. The atmosphere was not only blue.... it was like being transferred back into the time of endless revolutions in vienna between 1918 and 1938 which is so well described in stephan zweig's famous autobiography "die welt von gestern" (the world of yesterday)
When I came back next night, the owner had already reserved one of the precious spots at the bar for us. Guitarist Erik Trauner was giving a one man show, that is, the crowd shouted a theme, and he played a suitable song. We did not get home much earlier that night.... It's definitely a place to go back when I return to Vienna next time.
And here the owner and her teckel, who had to have a look from time to time....

But here is what is going on in our favourite spots in May:

07.05. kleine zaal HERITAGE BLUES ORCHESTRA whining guitars, styleful old men, if you like real blues… this might be a photographers dream too  
10.05 grote zaal ALPHA BLONDY & THE SOLAR SYSTEM we had him before, but he does not like photographers….
15.05 grote zaal GOTCHA! Hard rock from Haarlem
23.05 kleine zaal PORTICO electronic synth pop
29.-31.5. the SNIESTER pop rock festival, Mike would probably like SUE THE NIGHT on friday
31.05 kleine zaal OTIS READING no, not the one of …. (who died age 26) but his son who has soul as well

08. Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba (Mali) who according to the paradise plays the traditional be instrument with the dynamics of Jimi Hendrix
12.05 MACEO PARKER a frequent guest in our area
20.05 DELTA RAE American rock and folk
22.05 NOURA MINT SEYMALI blues form Mauretania
23.05 ZANE CARNEY songwriter guitarist
25.05 ERIC BURDON the legendary….
29.05 JESSE MALIN punk
30.05 THE REPLACEMENTS influential indie rockband from the 80ties  

10.05 MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS…. Unfortunately sold out
22.05 DANKO JONES Canadian rock
26.05 SOL Y LLUVIA well known in Chile since 1978
28.05 HANS DULFER see him before it is too late….

07.05 AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR post rock from belfast
09.05 SOPHIE HUNGER the famous swiss singer in a concert in ROTOWN!!!!
23.05 TINARIWEN touareg blues
29.05 ANDREA GIBSON something completely different…. Poetry from colorado