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    NIENKE OVERMARS

    Nienke 2
    As a kid, after saving up enough money to buy a drum kit and actually finding a place to put it to use without bothering any neighbours, Nienke Overmars spent all of her time learning the tricks of the trade. She did so by practicing frantically. Her main source of inspiration at these early beginnings was Taylor Hawkins, drummer of the Foo Fighters. A band that made a huge impression on her, and helped shape her as a musician. Rock & roll was always what drove her musically, and she familiarised herself with the classics, albeit she really got into iconic drummers like John Bonham and Ringo Starr at a slightly older age. Contemporary bands such as Triggerfinger, Them Crooked Vulltures and Arctic Monkeys are now some of the groups that she listens to and learns from the most. Her recognizable style of play can be heard in the three bands she plays in today: Cheap Thrills, The Silverfaces (who release a brand new EP this month), and Love On The Rocks who are sceduled to play at Bourbon Street on Saturday, February 4th and Friday, February 17th!
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    FRANCK CARDUCCI

    Franck

    Franck Carducci has been a Bourbon Street favourite for years now. This talented multi-instrumentalist has not only an excellent sense of the theatrical, he has managed to convey a very coherent sound on his two studio albums. This Frenchman moved to Amsterdam in 2008. It resulted in him playing with numerous local session players and bands. By doing this, he made a wide variety of musical genres his own. That being said, his original sound can be categorised best as prog-rock with plenty of classic rock influences. Bands like The Beatles, Genesis and Kansas made him the musician he is today. After the success of debut record Oddity, sophomore album Torn Apart and the European tours that went with them, he can now be seen as an important name in the world of prog-rock. On of the highlights of his carreer so far is his collaboration with one of his heroes and mentors: Steve Hackett. Franck not only opened the show of the former Genesis guitarist, he also had the honor to have him play on his second lp. Still, after all of his adventures, he always manages to sneak in a show at his favorite Amsterdam venue. On Saturday, January 7th, Franck Carducci performs on of his signature shows, full of classic rock, prog and blues tunes!

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    GREGORIO RANGEL

    Greg

    For years, Mondays have been one of the most fun nights to visit the Bourbon Street. The reason: Magic Monday, our renowed open jam session which welcomes all musicians to jam out with our house band Mosquito. Bass player Gregorio Rangel is the backbone of this extremely versatile band, which can switch between genres effortlessly. Whether it’s soul, funk, reggae, rock, blues or latin, Mosquito is capable of backing musicians of pretty much any background. However, the musical roots of the Venezuelan bassist can be found in metal. His band Laberinto has been a pioneer in mixing metal with latin flavors, and has been very popular, not just in The Netherlands, but all across Europe. The band played all the major festivals in Europe and released several critically acclaimed records. Having lived in Amsterdam for many years, Gregorio has adaopted a wide range of styles through the years. He has played in the Bourbon Street for so long, he is (as we say in Dutch) part of the furniture. Being the bad ass bass player that he is, he played with countless different artists, such as Bourbon Street legend Lamar Chase, the late and great Micky Lewellyn, all-star ensemble 5Live, the Carlos Santana tribute band Santanico, and many, many more. Come and see on of the pillars of the Bourbon Street live every Monday, during our infamous jam night, and on Friday, December 16th, as he and his fellow-Mosquitos give us one of their fun-filled Tex-Mex latin-disco shows!

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    MARLEEN HOEBE 

    Marleen Hoebe

    Put the leadsingers of two great local bands together and you have something truly amazing. That’s when you get Love On The Rocks, fronted by Jesse Koch of The Silverfaces, and Marleen Hoebe, singer of Kissing Jane. Together, they honor some of the greatest classics in rock and pop. Focusing on the seventies and eighties, Jesse and Marleen (backed by drummer Nienke Overmars and bass player Javier den Leeuw, both of The Silverfaces) have played excellent shows at our stage. Apart from having an amazing voice, Marleen has showed great showmanship, as well as her skills on the keys. With her band Kissing Jane, she released the well recieved record Factory Of Hearts, on which you can hear the sounds of the bands that inspire her the most, like Muse, Blondie, No Doubt and Kate Bush. Songs by some of these timeless artists feature on the setlist of Love On The Rocks. To put it in other words, it’s a night of dancing and singing along with your favorite rock and pop songs. Songs that will never go out of style. And you won’t have to wait long for their next gig. Love On The Rocks, with the amazing Marleen Hoebe on vocals and keys, will play on Friday, November 18th!

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    CHEYENNE TONEY

    Cheyenne Toney

    Cheyenne Toney: a young local singer with big plans. As a singer, performer and songwriter, she’s got what it takes to become a true all-round artist. Perhaps even the next big star. Unsurprisingly, she learned the tricks of the trade from a very young age. Being part of a musically gifted family, she basically grew up on stage. At age thirteen, she already decided to persue a carreer as a solo artist. Just a few years later, she stepped into the spotlights with her successful participation of The Voice Of Holland. It was her claim to fame, as her skills as a performer were seen by the entire country. Her style is quite contemporary, even though she finds inspiration in the timeless music of artists like Etta James. Other sources of inspiration nowadays are artists like Alicia Keys, Adele, Lianne La Havas, Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé. Singing their songs in her own unique way gives her great pleasure. One of her greatest moments as a musician was when she was asked to perform for a lady who had not long to live. It was an unforgetable experience that showed her the power of music. Besides singing great modern hits and timeless classics, she also writes her own music. In her own unique way, as she’s now writing songs in Dutch. Her focus now is to play as many shows as she can, gain experience, get inspired and work with lots of different artists.

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    DANNY KALIMA

    Danny Kalima

    Fans of The Bashir Brothers might have already seen this man on our stage: Danny Kalima, a talented singer from Malawi. He moved to the Dutch town of Apeldoorn in December 2015, after being crowned the best R&B artist at the MUMA (Malawi Music Awards). In that same year, he was also a Nominee in the category Best R&B & Soul Artist at AFRIMA (All Africa Music Awards).He started singing in a local church in Malawi in 2002. Years later, he formed a band called Konkalazi, which won the Central / Eastern African music competition Music Crossroads in 2011 and toured through Europe in the Summer of that year. The band would even perform for the president of Malawi. His goals were met, and a new one presented itself. So Danny went solo and started working on a record in 2013, which was out in November of 2014. Having moved to The Netherlands, Danny Kalima now teams up with Peter Sid Bashir (bass), Samir Bashir (guitar) and Liber Torriente (drums). Already an accomplished artist, Danny Kalima gives you the true soul of Malawi on Thursday, September 29th!



  • LAMAR CHASE

    Lamar

    Few artists have been more iconic to the identity of Bourbon Street Amsterdam than Lamar Chase. He’s without a doubt the granddaddy of the Bourbon Street family. Representing both the no-nonsense attitude we, Amsterdammers pride ourselves with, as the great American music genres that influenced the whole world. Keeping in line with the traditions of blues, rock ‘n roll, soul and funk, Lamar always bring his unique flavor to the table. And he has been doing that since day one. Combining his two favorite things in life, ‘booze & blues’, his shows are always entertaining, putting the emphasis on powerful, up-tempo blues with heavy riffs (and plenty of Jack Daniel’s). No wonder, growing up in the Bay Area, in California, he came from a place where great and influential artists came from. Tower Of Power, Sly & The Family Stone, to name but a few. Some of Lamar’s personal favorites include soulful singers such as Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls. Through the years, pretty much every session musician has familiarised himself with the Chase-repertoire. That’s why he’s played with countless musicians in Bourbon Street alone. No matter who he plays with, this is a show that every self respecting blues lover must see at least once. Lamar Chase plays on Tuesday, August 2nd, on Friday, August 12th, he plays a gig with the French harmonica player Francois Spannenburg, and on the 24th, he rocks our stage with his buddy and The Strobez frontman Michael Strobel. Sh*t boy howdy!

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    RAMON RAMNATH

    Ramon Ramnath

    At Ramon Ramnath’s home, there was always music. It goes to show that children of musical parents often grow up to be musicians. Such is the case for Ramon. When his brothers bought a drumkit and a guitar from the money they saved, he was the first to join. The money he made from bringing back empty bottles to the supermarket, he finally was able to buy his very own bass guitar. An EKO no less, one that’s now considered a vintage model. To Ramon, the bass player was always the coolest dude in the band. Laid-back and in the background. By drawing inspiration from artists such as Marcus Miller and Bootsy Collins, he soon developed his own style. It was the early nineties, when he and his friends founded Hurricane Joy. In 1994, the band independently released an album and two singles soon followed. While driving with the drummer of the band, he heard his music on the radio for the very first time. It was a magical moment. A moment which he celebrated with a spontanious dance of joy at the side of the road. Through the years, he has been putting in a lot of effort and love in the band. To this day, he and the rest of Hurricane Joy gives people who frequent Bourbon Street great nights of music and fun. And the next one is up soon. Check out Ramon and Hurricane Joy on Saturday, July 9th!

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    RAMON VALLE

    Ramon Valle

    Ramon Valle has without a doubt left his mark on the music scene of his home country, Cuba. All across the island, and far beyond, people love his original composition, Levitando. It’s a song unique to Valle’s style and just one example of his wonderful and truly Cuban catalog. He gave shape to his sound by studying, perfecting and performing. And it all started from the age of seven, when he was enroled in the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Holguin, his hometown at the time. In just a few short years, he moved to Havana, where he finished his education in music. He didn’t waste any time after graduating. He soon became a household name in jazz clubs in Havana, but also in Mexico and Colombia. He found his own niche by mixing jazz with funk and various Caribbean and African styles. Last year, he released his latest record, Take Off. With it came a European tour. And, lucky for us, the emphasis was on The Netherlands. So now that he’s in the country for a longer period of time, he decided to team up with his compatriot, drummer Liber Torriente, to host a brand new show in Bourbon Street. In this jam session, jazz, funk and various latin flavours come together to create brand new, unique compositions. On Wednesday, June 8th and Sunday, June 26th, you can see Ramon Valle in Bourbon Street.


  • ANAN DEN BOER

    Anan
    For some time now, Nate Dizco has been giving us great funk, pop and tropical samba tunes. He does so in an ever changing line-up, but almost every time, he has his flat- and bandmate Anan den Boer on his side. Damn right too, because this talented keyboard player is the funk factor in every song. His skills aren’t limited to the keys alone, though. He’s quite smooth on guitar and bass as well. Although the 25 year-old was obviously born with his talent, it developed further on the Amsterdam Conservatorium, making him the allround musicians he is today. But it all started with one artist. A living legend in the truest sense of the word: Stevie Wonder, the man who inspired generations to persue a carreer as a singer or piano player. And that’s exactly what happened to Anan. Soul and funk are the foundation of his style, but he definately doesn’t back away from rock, blues, reggae or latin. Whatever makes your hips move. His versatility was heard on tour with Dutch rock band Kane and on a number of records, including Breeze and Parallel Postulate by Marco Cinelli. This very gifted singer and guitarist played regularly in Bourbon Street a few years back. On Friday, May 20th and on Sunday, May 29th, Anan will play with Nate Dizco. And while you’re holding your agenda, put in the 7th of June, because Marco Cinelli will return to Bourbon Street for one night only!
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    LIBER TORRIENTE

    Liber

    This native Cuban’s not only adept in playing afro-Cuban music, but is uniquely able to switch effortlessly between jazz, funk, rock, reggae, blues and even metal. Starting this month, Liber Torriente will host a brand new show. Every second Sunday of the month, the drummer will front an ever-changing formation, along with pianist Ramon Valle. The latter will sound familiar to the Carribbean jazz connaisseurs amongst you. The piano player is the frontman of the jazz-quartet that carries his name, is a household name in the Cuban jazz niche. Together, Torriente and Valle invite some of the most talented musicians the local scene has to offer, in order to bring life to the warm sounds of jazz, latin and funk. By putting the emphasis on improvisation, every show will be completely unique. Contrarily, the duo keeps the entertainment value high, by playing some well-known pop-tunes as well, but played in their very own way. Because of this very special new project, as well as the many other Bourbon Street-formations Liber Torriente has contributed to through the years, we gladly declare him the Jack Daniel’s Award winner of the onth April!


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    Bart

    BART VAN WAGENBERG

    At the tender age of eight, Bart van Wagenberg starts taking piano lessons, primarilly classical. He soon loses interest, but a few years later, the fantastic pianist Amir Swaab teaches him the art of improvisation. This was a point of no return, as Bart learns more and more and gets inspired by different genres, such as soul, blues and rock ‘n roll. The records of his father play a huge role in his musical upbringing, especially thos of The Stones and Stevie Ray Vaughan. To Bart, Vaughan’s solo in Couldn't Stand The Weather is still the greatest guitar sound ever. Technically superior to even Hendrix, who he came to appreciate at an older age. Wisdom comes with the years, as they say, and to Bart music isn’t something you learn in school. It’s all about having fun, feeling and the ability to not do too much. On the piano, he’s most influenced by legends like Herman Brood, Reese Wynans and Ray Charles. He’s most proud of the shows he did with some of Brood’s former band members, like Dany Lademacher. Now, he finds himself within the ranks of The Blues Summit, a great formation with Jeroen van Niele on bass, Daniel Camacho on drums and Ruben Klavers on vocals and guitar. A true blues band, that provides Bart with plenty of freedom. He’s proud to play with these three fantastic musicians at Bourbon Street. It gives him lots of pleasure and energy. The Blues Summit plays on March 8th, 11th and 17th, so be there!

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    BRENO VIRICIMO

    Breno

    The Conservatory-class of 2013 had a tremendous talent. The Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Breno Viricimo has only been living in Amsterdam for three years now, but has already shown his skills on guitar and double bass time and time again. It comes as no surprise that music has been his passion from a very young age. Thanks to his father, Erico Viricimo, who encouraged him to follow his passion and make it as a musician. Breno made it his main priority, as he moved from his hometown of Jaragua do Sul (in thee Southern state Santa Catarina) to the metropolis of Sao Paolo. There, he studied with the great Sizão Machado at the Souza Lima Conservatory. A few years later, he would again bravely leave his comfort zone to continue his training at the Amsterdam Conservatory. As a natural born samba musician, his ability to combine traditional Brazilian styles with jazz and pop were an immediate hit, and because of his effort, gift and positive attitude, he soon graduated. Now, he uses his unique talents to play a wide variety of shows in The Netherlands. His next project is a theatre tour with Lilian Vieira, called Brasil Beyond De Bundas, in which the Zuco 103 singer explores the many different styles of Brazilian music. But Breno is even more versatile. You might have seen his smiling face at Bourbon Street, playing with his buddy Nate Dizco. Besides quality pop and funk tunes from decades of musical history, he’s known and loved for his already famous samba-set, in which he plays Brazilian classics and original compositions. Check out this extraordinary artist on Sunday February 14th and Saturday February 27th with Nate Dizco!

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    Ginton

    He studied jazz-guitar at the Rotterdam Conservatory, but is now firmly rooted in the Amsterdam scene. With artists like bassist Nathaniel Klumperbeek (Tentempies), drummer Eddy Addai (Typhoon, Fresku), and many other upcoming musicians, he plays a wayward and contemporary version of funk, that’s unique to this group’s sound. With his solo-project (simply called Ginton), Ramon Ginton plays surprising takes on funk and reggae classics, and some of his own compositions, such as Born In This Place. His style of guitar playing is a uniquely raw and intuitive blend of funk and blues. With Bourbon Street favorite Nate Dizco, this 23 year old guitarist has played our stage numerous times. This month, you can check him out with his new group Young & Stupid, alongside singer and bassist Miles Tjon, keyboard player Anan den Boer (Marco Cinelli, Kane) and drummer Gino Cochise. Young & Stupid play Thursday January 7th and Saturday the 23rd.

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    JESSE KOCH

    Jesse Koch

    In the course of this column, we’ve covered a great deal of excellent musicians, but few are as naturally gifted as 2015’s last Jack Daniel’s Award winner. He’s a singer, songwriter,   guitar player, keyboard player and a drummer. And not too shabby of a bass player either. Every self-respecting venue in The Netherlands has had the privilege to host this multi-talented Amsterdammer. One would almost wonder, which one hasn’t he played? You might have seen him at Paradiso, or on tv, at notable Dutch talkshow De Wereld Draait Door, or perhaps at our country’s largest music festival, Lowlands. The timeless, and generation-exceeding music of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC runs through his veins. Effortlessly, he plays the songs from long before he was born with striking authenticity. Earlier this year, he graduated from the renowed Herman Brood Academy, to continue studying at the Amsterdam Conservatorium. Let’s not forget, even though his résumé is already quite impressive, he has almost his whole musical carreer in front of him. He’s part of numerous groups: Jesse & The Muffins, The Trio, The Big Bounce, and The Hats, to name just a few. With these bands, the famously critical Bourbon Street audience were at his feet every time. This vast and impressive record obviously belongs to Jesse Koch, perhaps Amsterdam’s most talented rockstar to be. Keep an eye out for his soon to be released debut-EP with his band, The Silverfaces. 

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    ROMEO BOLDEWIJN

    Not only is he the frontman and lead singer of Bourbon favorite Hurricane Joy, Romeo Boldewijn also is part of the Bourbon Street bar team. Every Monday night, in between pouring drinks, he joins house band Mosquito during their open jam session. Jamming is something that comes natural to him. From a young age, that’s what he used to do for fun. With neighbourhood friends, he would spend hours on end making music. His heroes back then were the absolute greats: artists like Bob Marley, The Doors, André Hazes, Michael Jackson, Seal and Iron Maiden. He still profits from this broad taste in music. Hurricane Joy’s repertoire is more diverse than any jukebox. This approach hasn’t changed. He can still enjoy any kind of music that’s out today. All these musical influences were bundled in an album only a few years ago. The accompanying promotion tour, made possible by clothing store America Today, was one to remember. Hurrican Joy plays once a month at Bourbon Street. Come on down and check them out, because no two shows are ever the same!  

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    DAISY VAN LINGEN

    Daisy

    If you ever happen to find yourself in Bourbon Street on a Sunday night, you might just have seen this singer in action. Joined by the musicians of Jaxswing and Gintronix, Daisy van Lingen forms Boombox, a group that celebrates not only nu-soul and other contemporary music, but honors her heroes of the nineties as well. Like most of us, she has a soft spot for this decade. What’s more, it was a time in which her family - and her mother in particular - played an important role in her musical upbringing. Still, it was only five years ago, when she made her debut in music, with the band Jaydee And Tha Funk. Before, she was a dancer for over thirteen years. This talent came in handy and soon proved to be an important part of her stage persona. Her natural charisma and talent to entertain set her apart from most musicians. Apart from the groups of her youth she has one musical hero: Stevie Wonder. This soul-genius has always been her main inspiration, and he will always be. But modern day musicians also play a part in her still developing carreer in music. Not long ago, she had the honor to meet Pharrell Williams. Giving her invaluable counsel, she’s now more determined than ever to grow as a musician. But she already made an impact on a national level, after she was one of the participants of The Voice Of Holland. She can still be heard all across the country, as she is now part of three bands. Apart from Boombox, she’s also in the bands Pick Up The Pieces and Jamission. With these groups, she travel all across The Netherlands. Daisy’s doing great, but there are still ambitions and goals to accomplish. She wants to not only develop her skills as a writer, but wants to be more involved in making new songs as well. Until then, she’s more than happy to be the leadsinger in some great bands. Curious? you can see Daisy and Boombox on our Sunday nights!

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    NATHAN KLUMPERBEEK

    NATHAN KLUMPERBEEK

    Nathaniel Klumperbeek, known around Amsterdam as Nate Dizco, is man with a great deal of skills. The bass player and vocalist is not just part of many different bands, acts and other musical projects, he also posesses a healthy interest in almost every kind of music. With his solo project under his own moniker, he makes a unique blend of modern funk and pop. But South-American music runs through his vains as well. He plays bass with the succesful local group TenTemPies, which sees him travel across the country on an almost daily basis. The band’s succes is in no way an accident. Their catchy and excellently crafted mix of latin-rock, reggae and ska is both irresistable and unmistakably local. It should come as no surprise that Nathan developed his skills and interest in music from a young age, being the son of a skilled sax player. He’s always been eager to learn new things and discover new sounds. It shows in the eclectic sets he plays at Bourbon Street. Anything goes, as long as it’s good. From D’Angelo to System Of A Down, from The Beatles to Sly Stone and from Sergio Mendes to Queens Of The Stone Age. What’s more, he’s mastered the noble art of the samba, joined by his Brazilian buddy, Breno Vericimo. Nathan’s debut-EP was released last year, and it surely won’t be long ‘till he hits you with some more fresh tunes. Curious? Nate Dizco and his band of brothers from other mothers play twice a month on our Sunday night. He’ll also play two special weekend shows on the 12th and the 25th of September. Let’s go!

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    Ivan JD

    IVAN WATERS

    He’s one of the most talented artists in Amsterdam with a stricktly original repertoire. Ivan Waters’ songs are hidden gems without exception, and have the potential to one day be classics in their own right. The Sidney born singer-songwriter grew up in a very musical family. At home, there would be lots of jamming and music was an important part of his upbringing. The music he makes nowadays reflects this, and the ispirational figures he listened to at a young age. Icons and innovators of his parents’ generation have all left their mark on his style. The influence of artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Cat Stevens en Pink Floyd was - and still is - great, but the soul singers of the seventies were also of major importance. The timeless character of Ivan’s songs has to do with his lack of interest for the popstars of today. He doesn’t let his music be influenced by trends, hypes or anything fashionable. Rather, he finds inspiration in the many talented musicians around him. And that is exactly what he has on the agenda right now. By the end of this year, Ivan will record his third studioalbum. After releasing Buy Your Time and Fractions some years ago, this will be the first lp he’ll record with his full band. The record will feature work from the last four years in Amsterdam. He doesn’t expect mainstream success, because of his fierce anti-establishment views, but that doesn’t worry him in the least. The joy he gets from playing his own music without compromise, with fellow musicians he respects, is its own reward.

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    THEO TAHITU

    Theo Tahitu

    Magic Monday: in a short period of time, this open jam session grew to be the best, most fun session Amsterdam has to offer. The reason: house band Mosquito. Frontman Theo Tahitu leads the jam with his charismatic stage presence and ability to improvise. It’s a great success every single week, not just because of Theo’s interest and respect for every genre, but because he gives every jammer a fair chance to excell. Every week, the session ends on a high note, usually in an eclectic improv-session with unique sounds and many guest musicians. Theo’s carreer began at a very young age. He’s blessed with a musically gifted family. His father and brother John inspired young Theo to be a musician. He soon got intersted in influencial artists like Freddy Fender, The Eagles, Carlos Santana and Paco de Lucia. Artists that have made their mark on the sound of Theo and Mosquito. Nowadays, he finds inspiration in the music of Raul Midón. In his carreer, he has had the honor to open for Michael Franti & Spearhead and Mother’s Finest, two bands that are also very well represented in Mosquito’s distinct sound. Their long-awaited studio album is in the making. Until then, you can enjoy the many sounds of Theo Mosquito during Magic Monday!

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    STEVEN DE GEUS

    Steven de Geus

    He’s one of the most likable frontmen to play Bourbon Street. For some years, he’s been providing us with a colorful array of musical styles. With his band, The Music Collectors, he selects and performs some of the greatest songs in pop and rock history. It all stems from his musical upbringing. At the tender age of eight, he borrowed his neighbor’s guitar and immediately wrote his very first song in a matter of minutes. It would be the start of a life filled with music, in which the diverse nature of pop music would take centre stage, just like it does with The Music Collectors. His love for Bob Marley grows deep in the music of Steven, but he has many more heroes. AC/DC, Van Halen and early U2 in rock, Siouxsie & The Banshees in new wave, George Clinton and Sly Stone in funk, George Benson and Pat Metheny in jazz, and Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers in soul. Even classical composers, such as Shubert and Chopin are a major source of inspiration. Over the course of time, John Mayer, N*E*R*D, Queens Of The Stone Age and D’Angelo have been added to this great list. His ambition is to continue making (and honoring) great music. Right now, he’s working on a reggae-jazz fusion project and in the near future, this singer-songwriter will release a solo album, on which undoubtetly, his eclectic taste will shine through. Until then you can sing, dance and party with the main man right here at Bourbon Street!

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    PATRICK WIEBERS 

    Patrick Wiebers

    Patrick Wiebers is a man of positive vibes. Rarely will you see this Eindhoven born drummer without a wide grin and obvious pleasure sitting behind his kit. Music’s his live and this passion was enkindled at a very young age. Patrick grew up in Surinam, where he soon discovered the rhythmic sounds of Kawina music. It marked the starting point of a live filled with music. Beating the drums led to playing the guitar. The guitar to the bass, and from the bass back to the drums. At age fourteen, he was very sure: he was going to do what drummers such as Steve Gadd (Paul Simon / Steely Dan) and Dennis Chambers (Santana / Parliament / George Duke) did. Later, Tony Royster Jr. (En Vogue / Jay-Z) and ?uestlove (The Roots) would also join his list of inspirational figures. He made his first steps as a professional musician in gospel, playing with artists like Muriel Blijd, Uche Agu, Chy Kyra, Bergit Loïs, Pearl Josefzoon. He made the transistion to pop with Edsilia Rombley and Chaka Laisina, among others. Now, he drums in a vast variety of bands, such as Zwazi Soulsoup, TurboMonster, Chaka and Friends en de Isaac Bullock Band. Besides Jaxswing, Gintronix and Boombox, Patrick Wiebers can be seen in May with his Caribbean band Fearless (May 16th) and funky popgroup Sounds Funky (May 9th).

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    KENNY BOGAN

    Kenny

    Like so many natural talents, Kenny Bogan’s fascination with music started at a very young age. He made his first steps in the musical langscape on piano. Soon though, he would play the drums in his very first band. Combining classic rock and pop by the likes of David Bowie, U2 and Leonard Cohen, with the traditional sounds of Ireland were already strongly reperesented in this early formation. It wouldn’t take long before Kenny made it to centre stage and became the group’s lead vocalist. Countless shows in Dublin were to follow, but it wasn’t enough for the young singer-songwriter. Bursting with confidence, talent and ambition, he traveled to Amsterdam, where he managed to give direction to his talent, and grew as a singer, guitar player and writer of lyrics, poetry and fiction. However, his urge to travel was still not quenched and soon he took to Scotland and The US. With the help John Reynolds, who produced records for Sinéad O’Connor, Damien Rice and Herbie Hancock (to name just a few), he created the album The Skinhead And The Daisy in 2010. It followed his debut record Little Victories and sophomore lp 3 Colours, which he recorded and released independently. His love for his country and its music is unmatched. So is his admiration for the sounds of Paul Simon’s Graceland. The songs of which, he seamlessly combines with Irish folk and both vintage and modern pop gems. Experience his distinctive voice, unequivocal accent and irresistably positive attitude at Bourbon Street on Saturday, April 18th and Thursday, April 23rd!


  • LUIS DIAZ

    Luis Diaz

    The man’s a walking music encyclopedia. The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Lou Reed, you name them. You’ll hardly meet anyone more knowledgable about classic rock than Luis Diaz. This Argentinian drummer doesn’t just know everything there is to know about these legends, he’s also capable of reproducing their timeless songs. What’s more, he will always make sure it has his own distinct flavor. He does this in all the bands in which he plays. He drums in the band of Australian folk singer Ivan Waters, he’s one fourth of the eclectic cover band The Music Collectors, and he invites some of his many musical friends during his own show, Luis Diaz & Friends. His skills aren’t limited to rock alone. Reggae, afrobeat and many South-American styles can be found in his arsenal. He pays tribute to the king of reggae, Bob Marley with the band Reggae Revival. He also travels around the country on a near daily basis with his Rolling Beat Machine. All of Luis’ bands can be found regularly at Bourbon Street!


  • JACK DANIEL'S AWARD

    GIORGIO SITANALA

    GiorgioTo grow up in a musical family, it comes as no surprise that Giorgio Sitanala would strife to be a musician. His childhood heroes are the ones that still ispire him greatly. The most important figure was obviously his father. Being a musician himself, he taught young Giorgio everything there was to know about being an artist. Giorgio constantly tagged along to gigs and quickly learned the profession and the life. But he also learned from famous artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Hennie Vrienten from Dutch pop group Doe Maar, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Louie Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Jaco Pastorius. However, his favourite was of course Michael Jackson. Nowadays, Giorgio finds insiration in Prince, Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo Sharay Reed en Snarky Puppy. All these artists gave his talent direction. As the bass player for Jaxswing, Gintronix and many other formations, he manages to turn his infallible sense of rhythm into a groovy base. With funk band Jaxswing (which can be seen regularly at Bourbon Street), he traveled to Moscow for a benefit concert in honor of the orphans of the Russian capital. He also went to Rome for some studio sessions. By meeting new musicians, Giorgio makes sure he never stops learing and developing his own style. And of course he will pass his love for music on to his son Lukas, who was born only a few months ago.  
  • JACK DANIEL'S AWARD

    JEROEN VAN NIELE

    Jeroen

    For almost twenty five years, Jeroen van Niele is one of the most sought after bassist of the city. The blues has been his main inspiration for the last quarter of a century. He has worked, and is still working with some of the most important artists in the Dutch blues scene. He’s been a member of one of the most respected blues formations of the country for years: The Livin’ Blues Xperience. With this group, which is led by frontman Nicko Christensen, Jeroen travels through Europe constantly. Arthur Ebeling, Saskia Laroo, Freddie Cavalli, Gilian Baracs, Boris van der Lek, Dirk van der Wal, Michael de Jong, Billy O'Hara, Terry Mann, Lamar Chase, Pieter Engels, Nathan Hamilton and Rob Takema are just a few of his musical partners. Moreover, he teaches, produces and writes music. And he has contributed to various stage arts. Versatility is what the man is known for. Even though the blues is his cornerstone, he often displays his wide interest by playing rock, jazz, latin and many fusion styles. Apart from his natural, effortless way of playing, Jeroen’s bass solos are the thing that set him apart from all the others. Come and see one of Amsterdam’s best bassists when he lays down a solid foundation for Irish singer-songwriter Kenny Bogan or Californian blues veteran Lamar Chase! 


  • MUSICIAN OF THE MONTH

    Samir Bashir

    SAMIR BASHIR

    Our last Musician of the Month of this year is the youngest of the Bashir Brothers. Guitar player Samir and his brother, bass player Peter Sid, have been making music since they were children. To this day, they form a musical partnership. Samir’s musical journey started with a guitar Peter borrowed from a friend. When he was drafted in the Croatian army, he was forced to leave the instrument for a year. That was it for little brother Samir. Later on, Peter switched to bass and Samir would be the guitar’s new owner. A few years later, he joined the houseband of a well known Croation television program. The various musical guests opened his view of the world of music. There wasn’t a shortage of quality music in the Bashir household either. As children, Samir and Peter would listen to Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Otis Redding and Janis Joplin. However, like most guitarists, Samir looked up to Jimi Hendrix the most. It the wake of this guitar god were artists and bands like Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and especially Santana. Ispiration is still of great importance in the carreer of Samir. In the broadest sense of the word. Opening yourself to new influences should, in his opinion be a key value of every guitarist. Robert Glasper, Arctic Monkeys and Animals As Leaders enrich the musical life of Samir ever more. As the lead guitarist of The Bashir Brothers, The Clocxs, G-Cool & The Brothers and The Hats, he can be seen often at Bourbon Street. 

  • MUSICIAN OF THE MONTH

    Geronimo

    GERONIMO LATUMETEN

    If you are a thirty-something, who started listening to music in the ninetees, chances are you heard a lot of music from this artist. Geronimo Latumeten had a big influence on many different artist from that decade. He worked on the last three records of legendary Amsterdammer and folk-crooner André Hazes. Geronimo’s a man with many interests and just as much talents. It’s not that strange really, because he’s been obsessed with making music from the tender age of three. Only three years later he received, as participant of the famous Dutch childrens programme Kinderen Voor Kinderen, his very first Gold Record. A flying start into the music biz. At eight, he started taking piano lessons and he would never leave the instrument’s side. With his school mate Adam Bar Pereg, he founded his first band at eleven and from there, his career really picked up. His sound was influenced by great artists such as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force, Roger Troutman and many others. It paid off, because in 2010 he won the much sought-after SAE Musician Price at the prestigious Grote Prijs van Nederland award show. Soon, many great Dutch artists lined up to work with him. He did studiowork with singer Ruth Jacott, played with Willie Wartaal from hiphop group De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig and scored a top 20 hit with Lloyd de Meza, with the single Elke Stap. Today, he looks to artists like Pharrell Williams, Disclosure, Sam Smith and Robert Glasper for inspiration. What will the future bring? If it’s up to Geronimo himself, he will simply continue ot make great music and expand his project Jaxswing, which can be seen regularly at Bourbon Street.  

  • MUSICIAN OF THE MONTH

    PETER SID

    Peter Sid

    Sidig Bashir grew up with his brother Samir in Croatia, next to a guitar player. Often, this friendly neighbor crancked up the volume of his amp so loud, there was no escaping it. Peter Sid (as we know him now) was instantly attracted by the pure and raw power of rock ‘n roll and it would not let him go. The first step was to buy a guitar, even if it would cost him his summer holiday. And that’s exactly how it happaned. While his friends were playing outside, Sid worked in a nearby factory, in order to finance his beloved instrument. Iconic bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix were his earliest inspirations. However, from a young age, jazz had been a huge inspiration, especially John Coltrane. After he mastered the guitar, it was time for a new challenge: the bass. It’s the instrument to which he is now inextricably connected. Later he would also learn how to play the harmonica. His guitar, he gave to his brother Samir, who is now a very skilled guitarist. At this moment, bands like Sepultura and Black Label Society are his main sources of inspiration, and because of his many musical interests, he plays in many different bands. Through the years, these bands brought him to the far corners of the world. Sid’s played in more than eighty different countries, but at the end of the day, this ‘Afro-Croat’ (as he likes to call himself) stands with his feet firmly on the ground. He’s a very solid musician, who just as easily plays reggae, soca, funk and latin, as power-blues and rock. With his bands The Clocxs, The Hats and G-Cool & The Brothers he can be seen regularly at Bourbon Street. 

  • MUSICIAN OF THE MONTH

    MIGUELITO PADRON

    Miguelito

    When Miguel Padrón García, better known as ‘Miguelito’, formed latin-metal band Laberinto in 1989 with his friends Pablo Minoli, Raymundo Ceballos and Marco Toro, he could have never known his career would turn out the way it did. By moving to Amsterdam in 1992, he and his fellow Laberinto-members suddenly found themselves in a completely different position. No longer were they just another metal band, they now had something no other band had. With their mix of latin and metal they had something unique on their hands, and it didn’t take long before they got the exposure they deserved. Miguelito clearly understood what set the band apart in these new surroundings and switched from guitar to percussion, thereby emphasising the latin and Afro-Caribbean influences. Soon major festivals and venues throughout Europe saw their energetic live performances. To this day, Laberinto formes the central part of Miguelito’s work. Even though he has never been the kind to crave the spotlight, he has always been one of the most solid, equable and on-point musicians in any band. His latest project TenTemPiès is turning out to be something of a international phenomenon. It features the talent of (among others): drummer and former Musician Of The Month, Daniel Camacho (Kenny Bogan & The Lads, Little Mary, Ruben & The Jets) and bassist Nathaniel Klumperbeek (Nate Dizco). The success of this latin-ska band took them all the way to China and all across Europe. But Miguelito’s pure love for his profession can also be seen and heard every Monday, when he and his pals from Mosquito form the house band for our weekly open jam session, Magic Monday.

  • MUSICIAN OF THE MONTH

    Budi

    Latin, jazz, rock ‘n roll, soul, Albert ‘Budi’ Lafontaine plays it all. But such versatility only comes with years and years of experience. And like most musicians, he started out with the guitar at a young age. He was only twelve years old, when he picked up his first guitar. From that moment on, his love for music was unequivocally stirred up. However, the four strings of the bass guitar turned out to suit him even better. His aptitude for rhythm secured the instrument to be his profession from that moment on. In the early years, his style was mainly influenced bij jazz-fusion. Weather Report, Miles Davis and Pat Methany all played a major part in his formative years. Jimi Hendrix was also an important figure in his musical journey and it was Hendrix’ repertoire that was the basis of his first three-piece. In the ninetees, he was nationally and internationally known for his work with Shabbick. This band scored high at de Grote Prijs van Nederland (one of the most prestigious talentshows in The Netherlands), and numerous European tours were soon to follow. For Budi, the time had come for a new challenge. He turned his fascination for the drums into reality by buying his first drumkit in the late ninetees. His sense of rhythm and precision are the key elements of his style. Even though he still plays the bass every once in a while, he has long been a trusty drummer in different bands. With singer/ guitarist Theo ‘Mosquito’ Tahitu and bass player Gregorio Rangel, he makes up the line-up for latin-soulband Mosquito. With this band he also hosts our weekly Open Stage on monday nights. 

  • MUSICIAN OF THE MONTH

    ROY VAN OOST

    Born and raised in Amsterdam, guitar player Roy van Oost has been there and done that. Having played in countless local and international bands, he’s now one of the most reliable, versatile and stylish guitarists in the city. Understandably, we are proud he plays with quite a few Bourbon favorites, from Irish singer-songwriter Kenny Bogan to French rock ‘n roller Franck Carducci. Roy plays it all. With Italian vocalist Francesca Laneri he recently founded McFly And The Flux Capacitors. This fresh new rockband played their very first Bourbon-gig on April 30th and there will undoubtedly be many more to follow!

  • MUSICIAN OF THE MONTH

    DAN JOYCE

    For years, this seriously gifted bass player and expert sound engineer has been one of the most reliable bassists Bourbon Street has to offer. He lays down a groovy foundation to every kind of music. From rock to reggae and everything in between. Moreover, his bass solos can compete with the best in the biz! He’s the backbone to Steven de Geus’ soulful shows, makes up one fourth of The Music Collectors, and hosts his own gig with some special guests on April 22nd. All of these concerts can be seen this month at the one and only Bourbon Street!

    For more info, check our Concerts page.

  • Thursday

    23-02-2017

    THE BASHIR BROTHERS playing Tonight

    THE BASHIR BROTHERS

  • Friday

    24-02-2017

    DELANO AND FRIENDS playing Tonight

    DELANO AND FRIENDS

  • Saturday

    25-02-2017

    HURRICANE JOY playing Tonight

    HURRICANE JOY

  • Sunday

    26-02-2017

    LUIS DIAZ & FRIENDS playing Tonight

    LUIS DIAZ & FRIENDS

  • Monday

    27-02-2017

    MAGIC MONDAY playing Tonight

    MAGIC MONDAY

  • Tuesday

    28-02-2017

    THE BLUES SUMMIT playing Tonight

    THE BLUES SUMMIT

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