Memo Gonzalez and The Özdemirs

Finally I am ready with my photos from this power packed concert (a minor pc incident slowed me down).

What a performer Memo Gonzales is! He really delivered a punch with his Golf Coast Texas style blues.

The Özdemirs delivered the backing power to support Memo, and like always they did it very persuasive. You guys ROCK (Blues I mean). Næste gang Erkan :-)  

Thomas Feldmann must have a word here to, because WHERE did this guy learn to play the Saxophone like that. Holy molly this guy showed a few tricks.

Memo Gonzalez (USA)
 - Song / Bluesharp
Erkan Özdemir (D)
 - Bass guitar
Kenan Özdemir (D)
 - Blues guitar / kor
Levent Özdemir (D)
 - Drums / Choir
Thomas Feldmann (D)
 - Saxophone

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Memo Gonzales and the Özdemirs / Big O & the Blue Quarters

Double concert @ Crossroads Vejle tonight!

Memo Gonzalez & The Özdemirs

Foto © Michel Verlinden

Foto © Michel Verlinden

Take cover folks! Here comes a 300-pound Tex-Mex dynamite party machine that hits audiences harder than Mike Tysons right hook. And it is not unlikely that Memo Gonzalez & The Özdemirs' explosive, earthquake-inducing combination of authentic Texas Roadhouse blues with swing and rock 'n' roll influences can be measured on the Richter scale!

Besides the music, then Memo's action also guarantees the "one hell of a live performance." The BIG Texan delivers an energetic stage show that makes even a young Elvis look like a lifeless statue. With the bass down on your knees (almost ankles), one finds Erkan Özdemir and on the swinging drums, Levent Özdemir. Last man is the team's guitarist Kenan Özdemir.
Anchorman The Özdemirs's father, Erkan Özdemir, known as "The Mad Turk" and the big rocking bass player with the low-hanging bass. Altogether a highly competent rhythm section that is used as the backing of many touring American soloists these years. In February we also had The Özdemirs on stage - as backing for Kirk Fletcher (USA).

 

Big O & The Blue Quarters

Foto: Ukendt (www.bruunskepakhus.dk)

Foto: Ukendt (www.bruunskepakhus.dk)

Big O & The Blue Quarters which takes origin in the blues as it came up through the 40's and 50.
The inspiration partly from Chicago; Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Sonny Boy Willamson, but also from the West Coast Jump Blues scenes where "cats" as Bill Jennings, Tiny Grimes and Goree Carter beat their folds.
Big O & The Blue Quarters is a band with soul and history, despite a low average age, one of Denmark's most talented blues bands.

I'm sure there is a party going down @ Crossroads Vejle tonight!

Big Creek Slim and Band (DK)

Big Creek and the Boys did it again!

There just some autenticity to Big Creek Slim and this band, that just digs right in to my soul. Every time I attend one of his concerts, I have a footstompin' Mississippi rythm going on for weeks after. This is just one Blues roots performer you need to experience if you're into the roots style Blues.

Big Creek Slim himself has a powerfull full bodied voice and plays the guitar in a dirty and genuine way.

The band was as follows:

Harp: Peter Nande

Bass: Paul Junior

Piano: Christian Bundgaard

Drums: Mikko Peltola

 

PS. I will be updating this post with a few videos from the gig at a later time, so stay tuned.

Latvian Blues Band @ Crossroads Vejle

Latvian Blues Band blew the audience away!

Latvian Blues Band - Janis "Bux" Bukovski, guitar & vocals

Latvian Blues Band - Janis "Bux" Bukovski, guitar & vocals

This band is so impressive in any way you can imagine. What they deliver in a live performance is simply amazing. A few minuts in and you can see how well structured and professional Blues men they all are. They where able to grap the complete audience and start a  good ole party right away.

The band members are:

Janis "Bux" Bukovski (guitar & vocals), Marcis Kalnins (bass), Rolands "Rolx" Saulietis (drums), Artis Locmelis (sax, organ, piano), Viesturs Grapmanis (trumpet) and Jonatans Racenajs (guitar).

Marcis Kalnins (bass)

Marcis Kalnins (bass)

For me it was just an amazing performance, and I really that they in someway reminded me of "Blues Brothers", but not in the copying kind of way, but rather in their own way.

Latvian Blues Band - Janis "Bux" Bukovski, guitar & vocals

Latvian Blues Band - Janis "Bux" Bukovski, guitar & vocals

"Bux" knows his way around entertaining the audience in every possible way. He jumps of the stage and mingles with the audience and even flirts with the women while singing and playing the guitar. They really threw a party and we where all invited.

I will not be missing, when the Latvian Blues Band comes around next time.

Esben Just @ Bygningen Vejle

Esben Just - Helt Normal, Solopiano & fortællinger

Esben Just - Pressefoto

Esben Just - Pressefoto

Jeg havde fornøjelsen af at detage i Esben Just's show "Helt Normal, Solopiano & fortællinger" ved spillestedet Bygningen i Vejle.

Det var en super intim aften hvor vi kunne nyde Esben's færdigheder på piano, hvor spændet gik fra klassisk musik til boggie og danske national skatte. Det var en ovenud god aften hvor der blev grinet og (næsten) grædt. 

Vi oplevede at være til Mardi Gras i New Orleans, at nøgenbade blandt børn og sarte sjæle, og var en tur på vandet, hvor vi alle følte os som danskere. Alle disse fortællinger blev på medlevende vis fortalt og bakket op af Esben's solo performance ved piano'et.

En ovenud dejlig aften med Esben Just i Bygningen, Vejle. 

Trouble Cats @ Crossroads Vejle 29-11-2014

Blues, Jump & Roots... Trouble Cats in their original crew

The four old cats got it together again in a backalley in Aarhus, and luckily theese cats got more than one life. 

The Trouble Cats goes on stage with renewed energi and spreads the blues, rootsrock music at full throttle!

 In September 2013 Trouble Cats was restored in connection with venue Fatter Eskil's 40th anniversary. The four old cats who in 1987 formed the Blues 'n' Trouble ( renamed Trouble Cats in autumn 1989 ) , ran at each other again in an Aarhus backyard and had to admit that a cat has many lives. Trouble Cats are back in the original cast and move out on the scenes again with new energy and blues , jump and roots rock at full speed ... Hot Jumpin ' rhythm'n'blues !


 Trouble Cats were part of the end - 80s blues -Renaissance and quickly became one of the most popular , sought after and most prolific blues bands in Denmark . All the country's venues were visited by them , and they also produced two albums, " Risky Business " (1990 ) and " Plugged " (1992).

 After many years in which the four original members have been busy with other orchestras and jobs , the band is back together again, playing the music that originally brought them together .