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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.




The Wild Romance at Retropop 2018 Emmen. The energy  the band is carrying inside  is authentic  music DNA from Rock & Roll legend  Herman Brood… I heard from the enthusiastic audience!


Emmen, 9th June, 2018

Photo Credits :  Henry Knegt

Written by: Maggie Oliva- MFEELINGSFMUSIC
Edgar Koelemeijer (Lead Singer) David Hollestelle (Guitar) Jan’t Hoen (Drums) Otto Cooymans (Keys) Gee Carlsberg (Bass guitar) special guest at Retropop:  Jeroen Kolk (Harmonica)                        

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The Wild Romance band, original accompaniment of Herman Brood, opened the program at the Tribute stage  and presented their single  “Curly Straight”,  live to their fans at the yearly successful Dutch festival in Emmen,  Last 9 of June 2018  Listen to Curly Straight

In terms of energy and frequencies, the band keep projecting the Wildest Romance of the last century with Herman’s Brood songs like Checking Out, Skid Row, Champagne and Wine, Never be Clever, I love you like I love Myself,  Saturday Night and more. David Hollestelle has taken over the sound from guitar player Dany Lademacher, talented adjusting the set list somewhat till Dany’s Lademacher promptly return.

Talking with the audience:

The energy  the band is carrying inside  is authentic  music DNA from Rock & Roll legend  Herman Brood.  We are lucky to see this live on stage and so grateful to the people who are ‘anyway’ making this possible. I heard it from the enthusiastic audience!

22nd edition Ribs & Blues Festival Raalte NL. May, 21th 2018

May 21st, 2018 Raalte

Written by: Maggie Oliva – MFEELINGSFMUSIC

Photographer: Walter Wouters

After a healthy breakfast we left the farm and arrived at the Restaurant-Lounge Zwakenberg in Raalte, whose motto is “Enjoy every moment”  Good coffee and thinking about taking my vitamin C .. one shot of Tequila Lemon. Bam!

With a festival mood and  totally recharged we walked directly to the Main Stage.

Ten Years After (Main Stage) Bluebirds (Delta Stage)

There was considerable expectation for the musicians, the front row was in no time full of the, ready to rock audience. Fantastic atmosphere, splendid weather and, of course,  the hugs, meet and greetings from the warm Blues family around. 

Ten Years After will never be the same again, however it’s a very tight band that really radiates the sound and the feeling of the original line-up.   Guitar Player-Singer Marcus Bonafonti was chosen to follow the footsteps of Alvin Lee, who  performed the very last time at  Ribs & Blues 2012.  The band hold an explosive, energetic performance from beginning till the end. Old sentiment audience as well as young people were amaze of the musicians potential.  

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In the mean time The Dutch beautiful young ladies: Elske DeWall, Krystl & Rachel Louise “The Bluebirds” opened the show at the Delta Stage.  Creating the good feeling on the area with new country music. check more to learn about this new Dutch Trio The Blue Birds

Leif De Leeuw – Ryan Garvey (Main Stage)

The succesful Dutch,  Leif De Leeuw  Band, played The Allman Brothers Band and presented their “Live Music Album” during Ribs & Blues Festival.

Leif De Leeuw is a talented Dutch guitar player together with Sem Jansen on guitar and vocals, Tim Koning: Drums, Boris Oud: Bass guitar played the Main Stage at its highest level.  We were pleasantly surprised about the special guest, this time  a 2nd drum player joined  Tim Koning  on stage I honestly enjoyed their music as never before with the songs  Fire in the kitchen, Getting older, Be loyal, My shop, Little Wing, Things you do, Mississippi Queen, Strictly confidential, Whipping post. 

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Ryan McGarvey

He delighted us on the last day of this amazing festival.

I met Ryan before at one of his tours in Europe, and it will be, for sure, not the last time.  This Singer-guitar player with an amazing  string picker skill, won popularity because his hard work and his ability to mix music influences making  strong songs, award-winning, fierce guitar playing, an unstoppable work ethic and a permanent love for the blues flavored hard rock which  he pours from his soul.  Continue reading

22nd edition Ribs & Blues Festival Raalte NL. May, 20th 2018

Raalte, May 20th, 2018

Written by: Maggie Oliva MFEELINGSFMUSIC

Photographer: Walter Wouters

Wake up with the singing of the rooster is not something that happens to me everyday but at this beautiful first Pentecost day 2018. Blue Sky and a fantastic weather forecast for the next days. On my way to the festival meet and greet friends Harry and Jan Postma from Assen. Erwin Java, will play his last show with “King of the World” they friendly remarked.

The organisation of the Ribs Blues festival in Raalte is satisfied with the number of visitors of the past few days. They estimate around 40 or 45 thousand visitors, however difficult to count because those days are free of charge and there were no tickets in order to count.

However the main stage counted with Seven gigs of one by one, top live music. The Brew, Danny Vera, Jeangu MacRooy, The Bintangs, Lachy Doley, King of the World, The Brandos.

Playing alternately six great bands: Ragtime Rumors, Dawn Brothers, Jackie Venson, Lisa Le Blanc, Hamish Anderson, Pert Near Sandstone, at the Delta Stage which could be reached after a walk through happy people enjoying huge ribs and beer at the Barbecue land some of them watching their kids at the Kids adventure land.


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And the show may start with The British trio, The Brew, known for their explosive live shows. The BAM feeling, so familiar at the first Pentecost day at Ribs & Blues. After 4 show in Germany and on the last day of their May tour here in Raalte NL.

We enjoyed its psychedelic rock music. The band is very enthusiastic and has a lot of fun together. The Brew sounds are just delicious. Put music in boxes, is not about feelings, music is free! Inspiration for the whole day. This guitar, bass, drums streamlined by vintage amps band, clearly has the best rock classics. The band is authentic powerful and valuable for any Main Stage.

DANNY VERA  ( Main Stage) RAGTIME RUMORS (Delta Stage)

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A travel through my senses! The last time everybody knows Danny Vera for his constant presentation at Dutch TV RTL 7, for me, this was the first time to admire his live music. Danny and band transported us imaginary to the world of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison en Elvis Presley with one by one wonderful songs as: How The dice Will Roll, I’ve Been Around, All Night Long, Road Rhythm Blues, Worn Out Man, The Devil’s Son, Jesus & The Outlaw, Running with My Boots On, Expandable Time, L.O.V.E, C’Mon Hold On, Utopia, Viva Las Vegas and Outro.

In the mean time Ragtime Rumors, winners of the European Blues Challenge made the audience RAG’n Rollen, so as they sometimes call their music. The real true is that we keep an eye on them, since their participation at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis last year. We tasted a mix of gypsy jazz and roots-blues in the sounds too.

Jeangu Macrooy (Main Stage) The Dawn Brothers, Jackie Venson (Delta Stage)

Paramaribo at the highlights! represented by The 24 years old, Jeangu McRooy and band. They coloured the atmosphere with hypnotizing Soul sounds. We have seen them at many festivals last year.


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“We keep playing the old souls from the future” said “The Down Brothers”  That sounds familiar to me! There you are again young musicians from Rotterdam. Last year I met them at a popular festival in Katendrecht, where I yearly assist the stage manager. It was amazing to hear them, about their future plans and after a year to see them succeeding, check yourself if you like. Dawn Brothers With a great repertoire like this Milk truck, Get Down the Road, Sweet Love, Pictures, Summer Jam, Silver Spoon, Hunter, Vampire, Holy Water, How Come and Staying out late. They prepared us for the almost end of the afternoon shows at the Delta Stage.


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It was for many the AAAAAH!!! moment at this point at the Delta Stage the amazing show of Jackie Venson; while Lisa Leblanc get interviewed at the Delta back stage and the Bintangs and Lachy Doley were getting ready to rock the evening at the Main Stage.

Jackie is a very talented Singer Song writer from Austin, Texas. She grew up with music, as long as she sings and plays she feels comfortable, the powerful guitar sounds are like a weapon to open the door to the place where she deserves to be. “Next year Main stage” asked the audience.
The Bintangs, Lachy Doley ( Main Stage) Lisa Leblanc (Delta Stage)

At this time the festival has reached its highest level of the day, crowd everywhere, almost impossible to walk from one stage to the other.  However photographer Walter Wouters kept the good work : check it out!  Kind thanks to the Media team for their great work and support too. However I watch some live streaming, but nothing goes above a live performance and as close as possible.  Lisa Leblanc at the Delta Stage was highly recommended by friends and honestly I was curious about her first live festival performance in  The Netherlands.


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After her opening words “I am so excited to be here Ribs & Blues” and when she got the euphoric audience on her side,   we knew what we had to expect of her show.   Lisa Singer -guitar and banjo transformed in one sound.  Her ability to compose rousing, heart-wrenching narratives from everyday tales of love, friendship and heartbreak has been compared to the sharp wit of Courtney Barnett, the rambling honesty of Bob Dylan and the high-flying sincerity of Dolly Parton.

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King of The World – Memorable farewell for guitar player and band Co-founder Erwin Java who was playing for the last time with King of the World.  Ribs & Blues festival is  almost home for Erwin Java since he performed 3 times with King of the World (Fokke de Jong, Ruud Weber, Govert van der Kolm ) and before with  the legendary Cuby & the Blizzards.  During his performance,  he emotional expressed his gratitude  to the members of the band, the festival organization and the band followers  remarking the song “I still can’t go home’   as a perfect metaphor for his new project ‘Keepin’t Real’

So we enjoyed one hour of pure blues music from those one by one talented Dutch Musicians.


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The first time I met Hamish was at the beginning of his European Tour at Moulin Blues festival. After a short talk about traveling and his honest curiosity for different cultures.  To meet him and band at their last gig in The Netherlands was a symbolic message that reveal me that it won’t be the last time to him and band, on the road. He had become the very last artist to open for Blues Legend B.B. King. “the blues and rock is what I connect with” He remarked,  and you can feel it. “A beautiful sound that digs a deep groove and fills it with cotton balls” It feels effortless.  It comes from deep inside.


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“People get really wrapped up in genre and labeling,” explain them,  but Ribs & Blues allows us to showcase all these different aspects of roots and American music that are really important to us and to the fabric of folk music today.”  Bluegrass feelings, Pert Near Sandstone  is a band that reaps the most ripe fruits of their musical courage and they shared their happiness with us!

THE BRANDOS (Mainstage)

The American rock band “The Brandos” was in charge to close the night at the first day Pentecoast 2018 in Raalte.  Dave Kincaid, Singer, guitar player, and songwriter,  lead the band to obtain the original sound from 1987, their popular  gold time with their first album ‘Honor among Thieves”and the singel “Gettysburg”. The amazing from the beginning till the very end performance made the long going crowd shout for more of their roots-rock  music with Irish and b.t.w.,  Spanish influences too.

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It has been a long day with intense emotions for all. I truly thank all who I met those days. My feelings for music is the powerful engine that keeps me going in this great adventure called life.   Deep sleep and up to the last festival day!



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The 20th edition of Ribs & Blues Festival – Raalte NL-Sunday 15,May

Raalte, 15th May, 2016

Written by:   Maggie Oliva

Photos:   Wilma Hoogendoorn


Phil Bee’s Freedom band, winner of the  Dutch Blues Challenge (2015), 2nd place at the European Blues Challenge (2016), Semifinal at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (2016) was the great opener of the  Pentecost Sunday at Ribs & Blues 2016 in Raalte NL


After the exclusive saturday night shows, it seems quite early to start at 1 pm., but there we were.  From the stage side watched, is an amazing view an empty tent  magical filled in seconds with people coming from all directions, said…  with twinkled eyes, drummer Arie Verhaar.

The blues mixed with rock and more,  may start. Phil Bee´s Freedom band, create extraordinarily and  pleasant sound combinations  with the one by one talented band members. Two amazing guitar solo’s with different styles each, delighted us, a great mix of songs with blues rock roots but edges of jazz funk influences too, sweated with two powerful female backing vocals. Delta stageIMG_7395

The band has been playing since 2015, but they  are well known blues musicians, they create music under the motion of ‘Let’s Blues Rock in Freedom’ and we enjoyed it.

Remarkable moment and tears rolling down at  “One last Kiss”.  A song compose by Phil in memory of  the last moments he shared with his loving mother.

Since we met at the  first International Challenge for Dutch Blues Musicians at the International Blues Memphis USA  in 2011,   a lot has been changed  but.. there is Phil Àgain …with a new successful band a new Album with new sublime songs picked up from real life, a new award too,  however…with the same beautiful heart with love and passion for music as ever.


I certainly have to mention Tom Veltien and Friends,  our big surprise on this evening at main stage.   I was trying to make some interview recordings and  I almost miss this.   What a young talent! authentic, original new paths with beautiful guitar lines.  His pure voice sounds get supported by Louis van Gorp, on the keyboard Tollak Ollestad,  Mick Gravee (drums) Daniël van der Molen (bass) and percussion Martin Verdonk.

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In the mean time at The Delta Stage !!!

RUV followed by The Grand East and Hidden Charms kicked the start ON.  They are all  great bands with special effects and own extravagant style.   The atmosphere at the ´Field`, like we use to call the places to walk from Main Stage to the Delta Stage. get transformed in a huge live theater where we all had a roll.  Besides that,  entertainment and event concepts enough at the Street theater, Festival Markt, virtual Reality Experience, Loungeworld, the Kids adventure world and of course BBQ world with the famous spareribs,  cold and  hot drinks.

It was certainly my time for quick hellos…many many free hugs and not a bad idea,   to try to warm yourself being in between the audience and right on at the fantastic Live Music.

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Great  to meet and greet  people at the event, there is always something in common to share.  I did lost my  Iphone again,  but yes I did found it `again´ and  I recovered my leather jack which I left at one of the big festivals last year. Have you heard about The Perfect Imperfection x.   Living those moments, is what matters, specially at this new era of virtual world.  We will never have a Ribs _ Blues `2016´ again.


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Back to Main Stage.. I had someone  in mind,  I knew he  will stay only this day at the festival, taking pictures around and I was sure he will be there to see  Julian Sas, specially at his favorite song ´Blues for the Lost and Found`  Julian moves hearts he write life stories. There is a radio interview to be launched soon by Gerda Roos.


Delta stageDelta Stage – Cuban Heels time… Everyone with a little blues in the soul know them. The pleasure of Garage Blues arise at the Domineekamp Field.

The song ` You Know How`  headed their playlist, at least  if they had a list.  Richard Koster on harmonica with his striking role made me feel delighted with the edges of the Mississippi Blues and not as only one,  I guess, since I saw between the audience pure blues lovers  in a kind of trance.


They started with` Do not Waste Time` and `Spinning` followed by more songs like `The Fever`,  `It’s For Real` and `It’s Been A Long Time`. Johnny Lyon with a big band , great guitar sounds and sax solo´s offered what the audience expected with a big amount heart and soul.

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German Henrik Freischlader,  A fresh blues opens the action, immediately impressive striking howling guitars and chunky bass lines characterize this performance.  I heard Pop influences and I like it, which reminds me some well-known Blues artist that  Blues lovers let me many times listening to. Do I hear also funk and jazz influences by this music? … maybe I was just spoiled with so much live music  and getting tired to just observe and writing.


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I watched  them on Screen while changing shoes… and I do know I missed a great live performance, but I certainly will  look forward to see them again. Blues know!



He and his band kicked the Main Stage in a swinging field … then was  the perfect time to have some fun and over win  tiredness ..Now when   looking back,  I still remember the adrenaline moments.



Let’s go with the flow..I thought… De Dijk  audience, composed by good mood people singing memories and sadness away with  their songs.  It sounds for me,  like the Netherland´s heart and 1000 stories around.

Here just one. In the middle of the crowd we found,  bank credit cards  and Identification card.  immediately , we  told  it to someone with good heart near us,  the message went into the crowd and reached the owner who sent us through the crowd´s hands 2 thanks  beers.  The circle was round story.

After that,  we just had fun  with well-known Dutch songs … at that full tent of the Main stage with DE DIJK and fans,  an amazing experience for a Latin American like me, I must say.


My impression of Ribs _ Blues 2016, of  Monday 16 th May,  will follow…