Is the winter coming to an end?

The last week of the Winter Jazz Festival. But also the end of winter?
The Winter Jazz Festival is now being accompanied with The Journey Fest. Its from Wednesday 20th until Saturday 23rd and is taking place in different Venues: Pumpehuset, Den Grå Hal, Loppen and Store Vega. You can read more about it here. There are some pretty good Indie and Rock Concert on the program.

And Sunday night its Oscar Celebration. The event that nobody wants to host. Empire Bio in Nørrebro are making an all night event with Free coffee, to keep you from falling a sleep.

Live Concerts:

Wednesday 20th
The last part of the Winter Jazz festival is taking place. Girls in Airports are playing. I saw them a couple of years back, and like them because I can hear some Brian Eno, King Grimson and Sun Ra. They have an emphasis on percussion and Horns. Hotel Cecil are providing the Runway.

Thursday 21st
Beat 21/02 is Electronic music for you, in the centre of the city at Matrikel 1 Højbro Plads 8-10. Jean von Baden, Mashti and Jack Rothe are performing with turntables and electronics. This is your weekly Thursday Fix.

For Cumbia Psychos and some nice Latin dance music head for Alice Cph.
“The music stretches between heavy Latin rhythms, surfy riffs, psychedelic sounds and melodies influenced by Balkan music.” And they have a Tuba!!! I Love Tubas 😀

Friday 22nd
Makina is the new Underground club of Ungeren. Its Grime and Jungle. This is where the new DJ´s are showing what they got before they are moving on. A lot of fantastic musicians have grown out of the Underground community here. Cash Only – No cards

Nina Simone is one of the greatest. In this Tribute Concert she is being celebrated as one of the Rebel heroes she was. The voice take over is by South African Maria Thandie. Its at Råhuset, Vesterbro.
I believe that Night church is a special Danish Phenomenon. Where the church opens in the evening for a live concert . This evening it is at Sct. Lukas Church in Frederiksberg where French inspired Electro Pop Tele Rouge are performing. It is a reunion, so you will here an old band performing a lot of new songs.

A real carnival at Alice Cph! You thought you knew everything about soul-funk sauce made in USA. Turn on your turntables again, because the Brazilians from the Black Rio Band are landing for a lesson of pictorial and explosive stuffs.

Saturday 23rd
Stillborn is a Danish / Swedish Doom Metal band, that has recently been reunited, after they where popular in the 1980´s . It´s at high Voltage, and they are supported by Skærsilden, and DJ’s coming in. So it will be a good evening, with sweaty metal in your ears.

Party Rebels are a bunch of people making Rebel POP UP concerts in the streets. It´s pretty illegal, so now they need money for fines and confiscated stuff. The street Party is at Bumzen in Baldersgade – Nørrebro, with electronic Music DJ´s and the entry is donation. Bring warm Cloths and cash

Cheerful Grooves is a music collaboration that portraits a meeting of musicians from Brazil, Denmark, Mozambique and Norway, they bring their own compositions to the circle, where all get to express and interpret in their original flavour, background and influences finding their place in the music. Råhuset

In Forbrænding in Albertslund West of Copenhagen they have made a decision: In 2019, they will only have female artists. It has created quite an uproar. I Support the thing. We need to get more focus on female artist. The music scene has always been male dominated. We need to change that.
This Saturday Radiant Arcadia is taking over the Stage at Forbrændingen. Its women from all over the world. A mix of Cultures and religions getting together and singing. A brilliant band that I can strongly recommend. Note: Starts at 16.00

Every DJ would like to think themselves a real musical connoisseur, but Hunee really is. The Electronic DJ is at Culture Box, so put on your dancing shoes and get going.

For the nerdy Metal fans should head for Mayhem in Østerbro. 5 of the most gruesome Death Metal bands Denmark has to offer right now collectively making Saturday March 23rd an extremely rotten death metal night”

Loppen has visitors from Germany when Die Nerven and Levent are giving a concert. Its Post Punk and No wave, with references to Joy Division and Sonic Youth.

Sunday 24th
As you well know Sundays are for going to Church and for prayers. Well if you pray for some Hardcore Punk Music, then your Church will be at Ungdomshuset. Geld from Australia, Disguise (Eire) and Cesspool (Cph) are saving your Sunday soul.

Tuesday 26th
Swedish Siena Root are coming to Lygtens Kro. It sounds like something taken from the 60´s Psychedelic scene. With an old Hammond Organ and they also have a old school tape recorder on stage. I will look forward to this concert. 🙂

Lost Under Heaven are from Manchester UK, and it´s both Rock and Post Punk, with a very characteristic voice. They are working on being the next big thing from UK, and I hope they will succeed. It has been a long time since we have had good news from Great Britain.

Photo: Beer and Springtime. Life is good 😀

Is Valentines Day important to you?

Valentines is coming in this week. And I dont care.
It seems like we are finally getting some sunlight. So its time to get out from your cave, and flash your Potato White Skin. And it is even Valentins Day on Thursday. So the prices of flowers and chocolate boxes have risen, and the restaurants are sold out for romantic diners, trying to repair the failures and mistakes from the past year. But why not go to the Circus? Circus Panik are hosting a winter program, so go and have some fun with them. They are both funny and good at what they are doing.
And the winter Jazz festival is still here.

Live Music:

Tuesday 12th
Veronica Torres from Pill (US) has a really remarkably soft and harsh voice, giving the Post Punk Indie band some etch. Its at Loppen and what else to do on a Tuesday.

Wednesday 13th
For some pure Rock n´Roll you shouldn´t miss out on Death Valley Girls From somewhere in the US. They work more like a collective, so the set up with band members are fluctuating. And a local support band: Before Fire
The concert is moved from Loppen to Underwerket in Valby. Remember Ear Plugs 🙂

It´s sold out for Billie Eilish at Vega. She is very young, and destined to be the next big pop star. So its the last change to see her at a small venue like Vega. You can join the waiting list. My 19 year old daughter is going. 😉

In Jazz there are very few band names. Its all named after musicians and I think it´s quite boring, because I really love those weird names. 😀
But if your a Funky person, then go for Studenterhuset, where they have a Funk / Jazz evening in the name of the Winter Jazz Festival. Höfner Funk + De Waal/Ljunggren are performing

Thursday 14th
I couldn´t figure out why there are so many events on this Thursday. But Then it struck me: Its fucking valentines day! And if you don´t do something for your Girlfriend you are an unromantic bunch of shit. (And that´s me. I just see it as a Social Construction).

Baal is a pretty cool local band from the 1980´s . It´s Indie Pop rock, and mainly for old fans. Amagerbio are the host.

Dilli Dalli Are from Toronto, Canada, and are an indie rock power band with a singer that has a really characteristic voice. It sounds good. They are supported by a Danish Duo, Mavourneen, who are In Sonic Youth Footsteps. Its a cheap good concert at Loppen.

Hotel Cecil has a visit from the Texas: Micah P Hinson is a singer who can be measured with Eels and Iron and Wine. Soft simple Americana. Sounds like its worth listening to.

For some Dub Reggae, Soundsystem head for Bolsjefabrikken at outer Østerbro Where Jah Moby is taking it easy and turning the tables. Remember your own smoke and cash. No Cards.

Friday 15th
A Colossal Weekend is two days of alternative, gloomy and progressive music within the genres of post rock, post metal, math, ambient,doom and everything in between. It takes place at VEGA and Stengade you can also explore talks, exhibitions, arts and vinyl market.
BUILT TO SPILL (US) CELESTE (FR) MAPS & ATLASES (US) ASTROSAUR (NO)

Folkets Haus is the electronic club of Folkets Hus in Stengade. But they are making the 4 years anniversary in Ungdomshuset. So there is a lot of House (Tech House – Slow House – Deep House). Remember Cash

For Soundsystem lovers head for Pumpehuset, where the DJ´s will be filling the floors with good cool dancing.

In Råhuset, at Halmtorvet , they have a new club for Electronic Music: Raw Grooves. Opening up with House and Techno DJ´s : Skeletonman, Orbitson and Frenchreflex. Cheap place with good beer near the centre.

Culture Box are inviting you to Shadow Boxing for an electronic dance night.  This is Shadow Boxing, a collaboration between Drum & Bass Klubben, OHOI!and Circle Vision, made to explore and celebrate the genres of drum and bass and dub step.

I havn´t been to Bobushka in Linnesgade for many years. But when Orgelheimers are giving a concert, it might be a good reason to drop by. Because Orgelheimers is the ultimate Keyboard Band with old Wurlitzers, Farfisa and Hammond keyboards.

Saturday 16th
This Saturday you can head for DoktorDoktor in Blågårds Apotek where they are performing Crazy Hip Hop with Soul Inspiration. A splendid band you shouldn´t miss. No pre sale so come in god time.

Feridah Rose is an Afro Soul singer, bringing the warm Rhythms from East Africa to your ears. And she is helped by a pretty nice band. So you can get your hips moving in Bartof Station in Frederiksberg.

In Underwerket Club Totem are hosting a Three band Concert with new upcoming bands. Janis, Mimic Octopus and Enids are not ringing any bells in my ears, but they might be in the future. Remember cash for the entrance and Earplugs.

Sorte Rene is one of the cheapest and worst bars in Copenhagen. But sometimes they are having some good punk bands in there small space. So this evening it is careless Drinkers and Ass Bastard, that are taking over the “stage”. Its for free.

“Trypical Cumbia is the expression of the mix of cultures. Expect a unpolished groove that collects whatever has been found in the travel from the deep Amazon forest, up to the Andean mountains, down to the Caribbean coast and crossing the Atlantic. Of Course at Operaen.

Sunday 17th
If you miss old Big bands, like Count Basie and Duke Ellington Bands there is help for you. The Very Big Band have some of the best musicians , who has also performed with DR´s Big Band. So dress up for an evening at Bartof Station.

Monday 18th
On this Monday you can go to Hotel Cecil Where the stage is being taken over by metal: Shining (Norway), Four Stroke Barons (US) and Dreamarcher (Norway). Shining is the main name, and they describe it as “BlackJazz”. I didn´t know it was a genre. But there you go.

Photo: Hodja at Lygtens Kro. A great band at a Great place.

Take your time. Relax and Breath…

It seems like the city of Copenhagen is finally awakening after Christmas and January. So now all the venues are open again, and there is a lot of good live music. Also the Winter Jazz Festival is still here with many interesting Concerts. And there is also the Copenhagen Light Festival around the harbour and the old City. So keep up the good spirit, and don´t let the winter take over your mind.

Live Music

Wednesday 6th
For a very special introvert experience head for Alice. And how often do you listen to Music from The Samish community in Northern Scandinavia? Well the chance is here when Vassvik are performing.
He is singing in the local way: Joik. Torgeir’s Joik goes beyond words and is embedded in the sound of a 3-stringed guitar and violins

Thursday 7th
Its World Class Hip Hop in Pumpehuset. Jay Rock from The Top Dawg Label is drifting by. He has been paving the way for People like Kendrick Lamar, so its a big shit SOAB who is here. Its sold out, so you have to do some leg work to get a ticket.

Its so good to be doing this!!! Sometimes I just stumble on some really good names I Never heard of before. Like Hodja Which is a band that are touring the world, and playing Trash Blues Rock. Like Rack & Bone Man style. You can find me at the floor on Lygtens Kro.

When Billy Cross came and settled down in Copenhagen 30 years back, we were all a bit Starstruck. He had just been playing with Bob Dylan. Well he is still here, performing Blues and Jazz. This time at Bartof Station near the Frederiksberg Centre. Part of the winter Jazz Festival.

Jazz and New Circus are the ingredients when AFUK In Kongens Enghave are opening the doors. Its the performers from the AFUK School , who are performing while the 3 string band Twang band are making the sounds. It might be interesting if you are nearby.

Friday 8th
JAH RASTAFARI !!! HAILI SELASSIE !!! Bob Marley fans are celebrating his 74th Birthday at Loppen. Old school Reggae – One Love ❤ ❤ ❤ . Sky Juice Sound systems are hosting with Live event: Macka B and the Roots Ragga Band from the UK, and local DJ´s .

MotorQueens from Italy are visiting High Voltage. Its a Motorhead tribute band, so It might be a good evening to find your Jack D shirt and your favourite boots. They are supported by a local Metal band.

Winter jazz is a lot of things. Last time I saw the Orgelheimers was at Gutter Island Garage festival, but now they are embraced by the Jazz community. Its mostly cover versions, but they know how to keep a party going. Its at Kayak Bar, by Knippelsbro so there are also swimming opportunities https://www.facebook.com/events/369440540481996/

Prince has past away, but The Revolution keeps going on. His old backing band is still going strong, and it will be a funky evening at Vega . The Musicians have been spread out all over world with different projects but have assembled again. Its sold out and the price of 445 Kr. is hefty, but if you are a fan, you find your way.

Saturday 9th

For Stoner Rock Fans John Garcia is the High priest. He started with Kyuss in the 1980´s and has since been in other bands and going solo. So what you can expect at Loppen is a man who has a great experience, not to mention a really good voice. Listen to his new stuff I cant help thinking about Rocky Eriksson from 13th floor Elevators. But there is also some really good Stoner Rock.

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is a man from Takoradi in Ghana. Since the 1970´s he has been performing with his own kind of music. Very smooth, jazzy, funky, danceable music. Like a good brandy it is smoothing around your body. So I if you need to dance the winter away. This is it . Its in Alicecph

If you are in for Trypical Cumbia at Operaen Christiania, you better come early. The place is small and quickly gets sold out.
Their take on Latin American music is guaranteed to make your legs dance! Trypical Cumbia’s sound is powerful, tight and fast with a juicy leading saxophone and rich percussion. Cash only !!!

The Bowery Room is a monthly club In Råhuset at Onkel dannys plads – Vesterbro. They book Garage and Rock bands. This month it is Room52 (Doom), Glue Kiss (Garage) and Me&Munich (Noise rock). Råhuset has very good beer in the bar at cheap prices.

War of Destruction is a pretty old band from the 1980´s punk scene. Still performing they are at Underwerket, supported by two other good bands: Ond Tro + Direct Youth. So if you miss some hardcore punk, and need to be blasted through and forget about Winter: This is the place. Remember Ear Plugs.

Sunday 10th
“Acid på svenska” is a remix of jan Johanssons legendary Record “Jazz på Svenska”. Its not so Acid like, but just the same tunes in an Electronic Version. The Venue is Brossons Kirken, Rantzausgade, Nørrebro. And BTW: Did you know that The tune of Pippi Long-stockings is written by Jan Johansson?

Brass Against. WTF is that? Well its a 9 piece brass band making covers of new bands. So they have Rage Against Machine – Pantera – Public Enemy and others on the play list. And with a very enthusiastic and political singer it could be a very good Concert. Its in Lille Vega, so its quite expensive on a Sunday.

Monday 11th
If you have nothing to do this Monday, then try to see if you can hustle some tickets to KOKOKO at Alice in Nørrebro. I heard them last year at Roskilde Festival, and its a really good live band. They are from Kinshasa, Congo and play Congotronics on self made instruments. Its sold out, so you have to find a way to get the tickets.

Low is a brilliant name for the US Shoegazer band, performing in DR´s Koncerthuset. Its Minimalistic, introvert and a little bit depressing. Some also call it slowcore. A good time to think about what when wrong with your life, and how you ended here. I saw them in Stengade in the 90´s , and i´m still thinking. There´s a waiting list.

Tuesday 12th
Veronica Torres from Pill (US) has a really remarkebly soft and harsh voice, giving the Post Punk Indie band some etch. Its at Loppen and what else to do on a Tuesday.

Photo: Praed at Alice. Fantastic Concert with very few People.

Keep on Dancing !!!

The Festival season is opening up again!!! Two festivals starting from February 1st : Winter Jazz Festival and the Copenhagen Light Fest. You can even combine the two festivals. First you join a guided tour with Bo – your humble writer – and then go for some jazz.
If you are into blood flowing and Muscle Women fighting you should head for Refshaleøen And the Womens Wrestling show. Its not often we have this sort of events in Copenhagen – so go for it now.

Live Music

Tuesday
In Amager Bio they love Progrock!!! And now they have one the best old bands on a visit. Wishbone Ash are on a 50 years celebration tour, with a lot of guitars. And they even has Drum Solos!!! What’s not to like?

Thursday
Praed are 2 guys from Lebanon, who are into Arabian Shaabi, Psych, Electronics and also a bit of good old classical music. Its a fantastic dancing event, and it will warm your heart and mind in this cold winter. Just what you need to keep going! You can find me at the Dance Floor <3. Its at Alicecph in Nørrebro.

Friday
Do you feel like a break? Like really needing a break? Like really really needing a … vacation? It´s time for you to Dance for freedom of Movements once again during The Grand Vacation ! This time in support of Freedom of Movements, a collective working for the rights of migrants and refugees ! Bolsjefabrikken are opening the gates for dancing, with cool drinks, cheap warm food. Cash only / No cards

OhLois is named after Supemans Lois Lane. Its Indie pop Rock with harmonies. Stengade has them with two support bands: Audruy and Jacob Alexander.

And there´s Bikstok in Vega, but if you don´t have a ticket already, you can forget about it. Its long time sold out.

Amager Bio Has Thorium, who are a Death Metal band. They have been performing for the last twenty years without having a real breakthrough. Which is a shame. They are actually good. Supported by detest and Shadowspan.

Out in sydhavnen at Karens Minde, they are opening the jazz festival with Tuhaf, who er some kind of Danish Turkish, with inspiration from Traditional Turkish, Psych, Bazaar and other world music. Its a mixture and the Singer Berrin, is a good friend and has a great voice.

Last time I saw Napoleon Sole is just two month ago, also at Bartof station. Now they are back with the ultra danceable Ska Music. Highly recommendable.

Saturday
Alicecph are opening up the Jazz festival with FoFoulah who are London based put originally from west Africa. Its modern afro Beat (Afro Dub) with Electronics, fast and hectic. “Creating a sound world that is both earthy and urban, futurist and rooted ”

The good people at Loppen have finally opened again after the winter break. And its with a Brazilian Samba party, as a preparation to the carnival in the Pentecost weekend in June. So a lot of drumming, and swinging booty’s when the party gets going. Hosted by Bafo de Mundo .

Ungdomshuset has a Hardcore Punk evening headlined by Swedish Powerface. Remember cash and earplugs.

Percy Records is a new Electronic Record store in Nørrebro. And they are celebrating the two years anniversary by making a big party at Mayhem. A lot of DJ´s and act are turning up, and there are cheap drinks and beer. Cash Only. 🙂

Raahuset are also in the Winter Jazz Festival and they are hosting Tax Office. The music includes influences from various continents, and the members of Tax Office all contribute with original compositions to the band’s repertoire. Tax Office is leaning towards the funky side of the jazz-fusion equation.

Sunday
In Hotel Cecil they are still going strong. This Sunday with Some icelandic Post Punk Kaelen Mikla – meeting depressing Synth. A really nice voice and a dominating bass, are the main ingredients in this cocktail Reminds me of the dark 1980´s in Ungdomshusets store sal.

Monday
Corby from Aussie land has broken through with his soft, gospel inspired Songs, with a lot of vocal harmonies. Its sold out in Vega, but there is a Flu in Copenhagen right now, so its might be possible to find some tickets at the facebook event.

Wednesday
For some pure Rock n´Roll you shouldn´t miss out on Death Valley Girls From somewhere in the US. They work more like a collective, so the set up with band members are fluctuating. Loppen are hosting them, and a local support band: Before Fire
But now the Event is moved to Underwerket in Valby. Remember Ear Plugs 🙂

Photo: Las Furias at Lygtens kro last Thursday