Blues in Wijk and Castle Cultural join forces again on Sunday 29 July to provide a wonderful musical afternoon. After the earlier successes of ‘Woodstock’, ‘Clapton Blues’ and ‘Stones & Blues’, this year the music of the Doors will take centre stage at the beautiful location of Castle Duurstede. (The Doors in Concert) and of course a fantastic blues trio (the Damned and Dirty) in the bandstand. Around two o’clock, the castle gate opens and we can enjoy a wonderful afternoon of top music. Blues-DJ Jos du Floo of radio Regio90.NL Highstreet Jazz & Blues’ radio programme plays tasty blues music in between the activities. The castle’s chefs will be on hand with tasty snacks. Castle Duurstede, Langs de Wal 6, 3961 AB Wijk bij Duurstede.
Fotocredits: ‘The Doors in Concert’ Emile Vrolijk
Go back in time with The Doors in Concert, an authentic tribute to the psychedelic rock band The Doors. The Doors were notorious for their energetic and unpredictable live shows, especially because of the charismatic Jim Morrison. This is what The Doors in Concert recreate at their shows. They use exactly the same instruments as The Doors did back then, such as the Vox Continental, Gibson G-101 and the Gibson SG. Naturally, the keyboardist plays the bass parts with his left hand on a historically correct Fender Rhodes Piano Bass with silver or gold top, just like Ray Manzarek. In addition, the band uses old Fender amplifiers and original microphones. Thus, the sound is almost identical to the sound of the original band. Furthermore, they have the right looks and the right energy to give an impressive live show. Band members: Danny van Veldhuizen (vocals); Willem Vonhof (keyboards); Bobby Baudoin (percussion) and Jim Zwinselman (guitar). Video Website
Fotocredits: ‘ ‘The Damned and Dirty’ Herbert van der Beek
The Damned and Dirty, Kevin de Harde and Micha Sprenger, joined by Erwin Palper on drums, is one of the most exciting and innovative acts in the roots tradition. They emphasize catchy songs with alternately dark and sharp lyrics with a big bucket of soul. The sound is raw and compelling in every way. Their English is American as if it belongs there. The Damned and Dirty write all their own songs and have already produced 5 albums. In 2013, they released their second album ‘Sell Your Soul’. Their third album ‘Rolling Into Town’ was presented in pop temple Paradiso in November 2014. ‘Hoodoo Down’ followed in 2015, featuring more diverse musical styles and guest musicians. No less than three albums were awarded with an Award for ‘Best Dutch Blues Album’ from the Dutch Blues Foundation, something no other band in the Netherlands can claim. Video Website
Castle Duurstede Wijk bij Duurstede. Photo April 2018 by Maarten Verpoort