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First Edition Taverne Open Air Festival Bergen NH

Bergen August 24th, 2019

Written by: MFEELINGSFMUSIC-Maggie Oliva

Photos: Jacob Hubert

Last Saturday 24 August, 2019 took place the First Edition of Taverne Open Air – festival Bergen NH
Under the Sun energy, we enjoyed to be connected by the power of live music and friendship above all perspectives. 
Steef de Taverne who is leading the organization expressed on his FB account his enormous gratitude to ALL those who supported his vision from the very beginning till the hard work end. 
With great enthusiasm public of different ages and nationalities enjoyed the versatile event made by the created environment at the many areas. 
2 Stages, 9 Bands, 10 DJ’s, Chill Area & Fresh Food & Fries.

Blues guitarist singer Ralph de Jongh, this time with Friends Leon van Etten – Drums, vocals Almar Fernhout- guitar, vocals Pablo Penton – bass- vocals were one the of the highlights on the festival which attracted around 1400 visitors.

Live Music At the Taverne Bergen Stage
It was a mix of Blues Rock, Funk, Soul and even Reggae. All bands put with a great spontaneity awesome and unforgettable moments using their professionalism to over-win any small imperfection, resulting in magic moments for ALL of us

The opener of the festival immediately pops in Under the motto “play until you drop”, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Black Crowes, Billy Idol and The Rolling Stones, delighting their truly fans.

On the next slide Electric Hollers Band. However I have been already amazed by Tim Birkenholz guitar style earlier this year, it was the first time I enjoyed his band live with Max Mollema (drums) & Inge De Vries (Bassguitar) and I am truly impressed. They are one of the selected by the Dutch Blues Foundation to participate at the Dutch Blues Challenge in NL. The absolutely winner will go to represent The Netherlands at the yearly International Blues Challenge in Memphis USA where I made amazing memories with the first Dutch Blues winners in 2011.

The Onkruid Stage 
filled in by popular DJs
music with many influences made the youngest ones experience even multicultural inspirations, which we enjoyed together after a couple of cold beers. 
At the well needed Chill Area.
Meet point of friends and artist too for a drink and a talk tasting between others, exotic food. 
Such a great time tasting Oysters, listening to the anecdotes from the owner who lived in the country where I come from. Taste the original South American coffee, served by Colombians.

There are things in life impossible to buy with only money so I appreciate my time in Bergen and I know Somebody is smiling from Heaven. Some will know what I mean. 
We certainly want more!!! Taverne Open Air Festival. Till next year!!! Maggie Oliva

Check some video impressions here:

Muziek op Rhoon 2019 Jazz/Blues/Funk/Soul-Kasteel van Rhoon

Rhoon, 29 June 2019

Written by: Maggie Oliva -MFEELINGSFMUSIC

Pictures Credits: Sjors Ribeiro (FotoSJORS)

Music is the universal language that unites people. What a gorgeous day nearby home!!! Maggie in the house!!! were the welcome words of Sjoerd Greveling at the entrance of the festival,  who together with Peter Alkemade and Edwin Gronenboom form the committee of “Stichting Kasteel van Rhoon” for “MUZIEK OP RHOON”


Mixed up with the  jazz, blues, funk and soul music  and as a surprise Dutch folk music. The festival counted 1,400 people enjoying from noon to midnight of the carefully composed line-up of artist presented on stage by Johan Derksen .

Kraak & Smaak + band, Ida Nielsen & The Funkbots (DK, bass player Prince), Erwin Java ft. Kat Riggens (USA), Arp Frique, Kim Hoorweg (sings Amy Winehouse), Diona Fox & her Ragdolls, DJ Onno Paloma and as a special surprise Lee Towers.

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QUE CALOR!!! (it’s hot) mother tongue, and that came from deep inside!. It was a very hot day indeed, but the organization took good care about that, providing enough water and creating shadow with the multi-functional  huge parasol in the middle of the field right on front of the stage, enough place to seat but also you could go away from the hustle and bustle along a walk in the woods next to the imposing Rhoon Castle. On the field were around 7 trucks selling food and a wide bar.


With this Multicultural and international character”Muziek op Rhoon” besides making  national and international talented artists and amazing musicians, available for everyone.   They made one of my dreams real,  cause in the early 2000,  I started MFEELINGSFMUSIC & Cultures with the only altruistic goal to see people united by the power of music, dance and art.  However I realize that this was an impossible mission at that time. therefore,  I was  truly delighted watching the pleasant atmosphere now,  how people and myself, enjoyed from Polonaise to funk, from  blues and soul to Latin. People everywhere all ages just celebrating  live,  together enjoying the power of music.


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Kim Hoorweg 

Her long and international journey can be read on her nice website. But now back on scene performing an Amy Winehouse special.  The well known songs made the audience naturally participate but brought by Kim, with incredible deep emotion.  Why Amy I asked? … I am being touched for the things she went through, she answered.  Oh, do you think it is what could happen to some young artists today? …yes not only artist but  young people in their fight trying to be accepted and to belong somewhere mostly looking for affection.

Erwin Java Band (NL) ft. Kat Riggins (USA)

Expressive as Blues can be, was brought by Erwin Java band and Kat Riggins.  Highlight moments with in between awesome guitar  and Hammond solos and the brilliant performance and colorful long dress of Kat Riggins bringing as always a powerful concert from beginning till end.  Her passionate song “Hear Me”  and the classic but at her brilliant own style “I put a spell on you” touched the depths of my soul.

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Ida Nielsen & The Funkbots (DK, bass player Prince)

“I would not be where I am today if it was not for him, and I will do everything I can to move on and honor him by keeping the musical standard high and my heart open and kind”  … Ida Nielsen’s words about Prince.  After an absolutely amazing performance. They really, really FUNKED the place.

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In between all acts, DJ Onno Paloma was  playing ”
All the bands were presented by Johan Derksen, Last year he was also the presenter of the festival.  An smooth atmosphere besides Jazz, blues, funk, soul, young and old also children made a hodgepodge or joy.

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Arp Frique

Pulsating NYC style live disco vibes, interwoven with both Caribbean and Cape Verde sounds, The Colorful World of Arp Frique is exotic and super funky, all original instrumental tunes,  and brought the atmosphere at its highest point.

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Kraak & Smaak. Their original sound consists of a mix of disco, funk, electronic and house music. They were in charge of closing the night with a gold button and they did it.

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We thanks the organization of MUZIEK OP RHOON. They certainly,  count this year again with a successful festival 2019. It was a party for all of us, they said.   The event is already a tradition as well as the announcement for next year.  27th June 2020.

The first 3 bands are already booked: Danny Vera, Laurence Jones and Memphis Maniacs!!!






23rd Edition of Ribs & Blues Festival Raalte NL- First Day- June 8th

First Day

Raalte, June 8th, 9th, 10th 2019

Written by:  Maggie Oliva  MFEELINGSFMUSIC

Pictures by: Walter Wouters

The days before the Festival seemed too long,  expecting the biggest and free entrance Roots and Blues festival of the year.   We noticed it because the enthusiastic announcements at Instagram and more social media  growing faster and faster the last months.

On our way to Raalte from Spijkenisse it was still raining so we arrived to our cute decorated and peaceful B&B place to stay. Parking nearby and the short walk was unbelievable under the nice sunshine. Mother Nature knew  that the Festival will start and order immediately to stop the rain and as a present for ALL, this weather held till the very end of this gorgeous happening in the Netherlands.


It was great to see the presenter, the well known face of the festival year after year  again with his friendly smile  Mr. Jaap Harsem who enthusiastic announced the brilliant line up of this First Day Live Music.  Gov’t Mule, Blackberrysmoke and My Baby.

This time, he remarked the Delta Club as a new attraction initiative at this Edition. 


Warren Haynes – Gov’t Mule

And there they were again:  Gov’t Mule (USA) launching Ribs & Blues 2019 with the song Hammer & Nails “It takes more, more than a hammer and nails, to make a house a home, followed by great compositions as Mule, Pressure, Banks, Rev. come, Blue Sky, Stone Cold Rage, Confess and one of my favorites because my memories at HIBF in Grolloo 2016 Live SOULSHINE, but then came the expected moment for  Warren Haynes, lead singer-songwriter and guitar player of the band to announce his special guest on stage:  Charlie Starr lead singer and guitar player of Blackberry Smoke. It was the high moment of his show which the audience responded with a passionate applause.  I personally love the musicians interactions happenings on stage of the last times in live music.

Between the huge audience were many people I know from music organizations and festivals, some friends and also many social media contacts, it was nice have a quick meet and greet with many,  I believe that there is always a right time to meet those who you will be happy to see.

Once at the Colorful Delta Club,  described as burlesque shows.  including parody, beautiful girls dancing, acrobatics- entertainment, who transported  us in something different and original, many happy faces and whole families enjoying that.

Charlie Starr BlackBerrySmoke band & Warren Haynes


Charlie Starr /BlackBerry Smoke


Up to the Main Stage second band of the night with the Blackberrry Smoke  

With their long, lank hair, dynastic beards and  denim jackets, pushing the boundaries of their chosen genre, and dragging it into a new decade from the very first note.

They carry at least the DNA of the Allman Brothers. It was amazing for me to see them for the first time live performing.     Two  “Number One” Country albums under their belts. Men would immediately feel they are authentic and the lead singer, guitar player Charlie Starr delighted us with songs from their last album : “Find a Light” but another audience favorites too like:  Fire In The Hole, Nobody Gives A D, Thunder, Good One, Let it Burn, Medicate, Big Boss Man, Ain’t wasting time, Sleeping Dogs. Run Away and more.

Just beautiful, some open-heart lyrics and some mournful pedal steel guitar,  played and sang with noticeable pleasure but even more when he called Gov’Mule on  stage I can almost say that this was the higher energy point of the night.  After the show we had a short talk with Warren Haynes and Charlie Starr who answering my question:   What was your highlight of the night?  … They both pointed each other and answered unanimously “Playing with him”


MY BABY was here. 

Cato van Dijck 


In the summer of 2015 they toured Europe to promote their second album “Shamanaid”. The album was played on BBC Radio and Belgium Radio 1. In strong demand at festivals such as Lowlands (NL), Into the Great Wide Open (NL), Sziget (HU) and playing at no less than seven alternative stages at Glastonbury 2015, they were chosen by Seasick Steve as the opening act on his April 2015 UK tour

On September 2015,  I hosted them backstage at a well known festival in Rotterdam NL   We enjoyed their music at Ribs & Blues 2017, I also remember the day, they set through the storm at Zwarte Cross festival. So we know what we may expect from this wonderful  Dutch -New Zealand trio.  Cato van Dijck, Joost Sheik van Dijck drums and singer, Daniel ‘Da Freez’ Johnston (guitar) My Baby has created the perfect bridge between rock and dance. Standing still is impossible. They are conquering the world and has  been at many shows on (main)stages at the bigger festivals in The Netherlands and Europe.

This year at Main Stage on the First day of the 23 Edition of Ribs & Blues. We went in their imaginary story and went into a kind of trance, specially with the songs of  the  last created album “Mounaiki” : Which is the shamanistic name given to the main character and to experience the travel that the phantom muse  is going through. Mounaiki is a ‘spirit name’ .  It means ‘love and will’, or the combined energy of love. At the point in a dance trance you will feel that energy.

Cato van Dijck lead singer, guitar. Joost Sheik van Dijck drums and singer, Daniel ‘Da Freez’ Johnston (guitar)  MY BABY


Describing the  show. A beautiful voice breaking through the darkness and transforming in light with the Powerful frequencies of the drums creating space for the guitar and or violin sounds and the voices sounds more than specific lyrics making an energy to be transmitted to the audience who at the same time responded  with their voices and applause sounds creating an energy circle in the place.  Besides the music and hypnotizing performance the band is nice to see this time Cato lead singer, guitar and violin player wore a kind of black with red flowers, Kimono style tunic and during the show changed in a translucency black short tunic and one piece golden pant. J. Sheik  on drums, Cato’s brother at the same start also with nice extravagant accessories and then  sensually shirtless and Daniel typical the Blues Spirit  and look including a black hat. They are a feast for the eyes!image073image062image106


After the show they made a little time for a hangout and a relaxed conversation.  Nice to interchange multicultural experiences with them I am impressed they remember the moments we shared.  What’s next I asked,  a Tour in December this year starting in Croatia.  Tomorrow we will fly to Scotland.  and the highlights? we are hitting this year again Glastonbury, Lowlands, another festivals?  in UK., Germany, Denmark, France, Estonia, Hungary, Czechoslovak Republic, in the Netherlands: Rock your Boots,  Parkpop, Bospop, North Sea Jazz Festival and 5 jaar Grenzwerk,  as far as we know, they added.

With a grateful heart but with high music adrenaline yet,  we left the festival place to our comfortable B&B  this time, but I still nostalgic remember the camping times when I use to come back home with dirty feet, messy hair and sparkling eyes.

I feel lucky  to catch some hours sleep, before the next whole intense day tomorrow .. from 01.15 pm till 01.00 am  full programming 7 bands at Main stage and 6 at the Delta Stage.

It will be continue: 


Ribs & Blues





Muziek op Rhoon 2018 Jazz/Blues/Funk/Soul-Kasteel van Rhoon

Rhoon, 30th June, 2018

Written by: Maggie Oliva MFEELINGSFMUSIC

Photo Credits:  Sjors Ribeiro


Early in the morning I wrote “Music is the shivering of life, the invisible power to build your own world, the light to point you the way. Getting ready for a new brand amazing day at Muziek op Rhoon 2018     Maggie Oliva   and it really was.

The yearly Jazz Funk Soul festival welcomed the Blues Music and this time so close to my place.
The green place surrounding the marvelous castle made a perfect day of a Hot Musical day,  in all the meaning of the word.
The enthusiastic multicultural public of all ages walking around, dancing, drinking and enjoying different kind of food and  even the beautiful eyes of S. Soares Olivera who transformed in a theater the rest room, complete the scene of one of the festivals which will be engraved in my soul.

At the entrance the bands Westend Trio & Thijs Nissen Trio,  welcomed the public who looking for some shadow shelter and drinks went to the tent near the bar.  It was a pleasure to greet public from my area but also some coming from far away after 3 hours drive.

Ralph de Jongh Band

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After the much appreciated words of the Festival host, Johan Derksen, the opening of the day was in hands of Ralph de Jongh ‘Musical child’ of Dutch Blues Legend Harry Muskee. This time He successful filled the stage with his in total 9 men/women band, musicians close to his heart, who at the same time collaborated with him in the making of his last albums. which are, in his own words, the expression of his inner world as well as his painting and poetry. The band powerful blues- funked the stage with Ralph’s own musical compositions  and  sublime ballad moments out the sky picked up lyrics and Cuby & the Blizzards’ Windows of my Eyes” song accompanied by the almost-crying violin of Ewa Pepper, this was my tiny sacred magic moment.

Sherry Dyanne

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Dutch singer Sherry Dyanne with Caribbean roots is one of Holland’s best jazz singers. She collaborates with big artists, performs with her own band across the world in sold-out clubs and festival stages, received a Edison Award nomination for her debut album ‘Sing me a Song’ and sold over 38.000 albums of her latest christmas album ‘Let it Glow’ in the USA.  Her show this time was lovely and she created a harmony atmosphere with her inspiring songs inviting people to dance at this beautiful evening.  A publishing and pictures will show up at the local newspaper.

The first time I met Sherry was at North Sea Jazz Festival 2013.  At the time with a busy schedule  and now with her 7 months old baby.  It was time to have lunch together where we had a friendly and relaxed conversation recording which I probably publish if she agree.

When I came back to the field, people was enjoying the ROSENBERG TRIO

AJ Plug

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Johan Derksen welcomed AJ Plug Band on stage, he mentioned the way he discovered the talented Blues Singer and band, the tour they are doing with the “Pioneers van de Nederpop”and recommended the audience the new Cd of the band “Barefoot, the Grolloo Takes” .

After the tight, blues -Rock delicious performance of the one by one talented musicians, we congratulate Alexandra Plug for her new epic creation at Dutch Holy Ground.

“We wanted to make something very pure that’s why we moved to Grolloo and wrote – Barefoot,  the Grolloo takes” she said.

A short time ago Alexandra Plug  moved to Grolloo, known as the Dutch Blues Village, where Johan Derksen is also living. Grolloo will always fascinate me. Since my first visit in 2008-2009 to see blues soul Ralph de Jongh performance and of course Blues Legend Harry Muskee 

Brooklyn Funk Essentials

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The Brooklyn Funk Essentials was fantastic to close the festival. They are made up of musicians, singers and poets from around the globe, the group and their famously mix styles like jazz, latin, r&b, house, drum & bass, reggae , afrobeat and Anatolian melodies.
made us all rolled into one ferocious funk fest with wild grooves.We truly thanks the organization of Muziek op Rhoon  for the kind invitation, and good news.  Of course we will come back next year 29th of June 2019 to enjoy Erwin Java and Band, Laurence Jones and the band Arp Frique.