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Sat 07 March


An all-embracing, highly international program of various musical delights. 4 live sets: a celebrity visit of Haco accompanied by Tonic Train, lush electronica from Worm / Klangendum studio residents Sarah Phelan & Eva Bowan, surreal dream-pop from Beequeen, and deep Peruvian folkloric experimentalism from Tomás Tello.


Southbound debut video + single release

Southbound is a pop project around vocalist, (song)writer and composer Roufaida Aboutaleb (20). Southbound is a crossover art project, as it features musical, lyrical and visual aspects. Debut single + video ‘Feathers’ is in stores worldwide starting February 2015.

Thu 26 February

Guilty aperitif with Anna Bernard and Federico Castelli

Guilty Rotterdam art exhibition wants to celebrate addiction week with you! The voice and guitar duo Anna Bernard and Federico Castelli will enliven our italian-style aperitif with their amazing music.

Tue 24 February

Rotterdam Tuesday Groove Sessions @ NRC

۞RTGS is back with a new venue and fresh grooves!

Trombonist and Trumpetist Efe ERDEM will host the tuesday nights with the one of the best musicians from Rotterdam.

Wed 04 March

BIRDsessions w/ Filipe Monteiro

Wednesday, March 4th: Filipe Monteiro Group Filipe Monteiro’s music is influenced by a mixture of different styles, folk, jazz, Brazilian music, musica gaucha (music originating from southern Brazil), rock and groove. Monteiro combines sophisticated rhythms with simplicity, which makes his music both original and accessible.

Thu 26 March

Popunie Live presents Tommy Moustache

Home Grown is the venue par excellence to discover new and fresh jazz talents (with a refreshing beer)! The finest young and musical talents of Rotterdam and beyond get the opportunity to perform at BIRD to showcase their musical abilities. On Thursday, March 26th, the quirky band named Tommy Moustache will perform at BIRD.

Fri 20 February

SKARUMBLE: Phoenix City Retaliators vs. The Downbeat Detonators

The Downbeat Detonators: With members that played in ska and reggae bands like Ollie Q and the Deep Six, Ska-D-Lite, the Regulators, Dreadless and acts like Klavan Gadje,TrenchcoaT which are bordering these genres, the Downbeat Detonators are armed to the teeth to demolish the ska-reggae scene with a dynamite reggae sound packed with organs, horns and the explosive riddims you would expect from this skanking squad of reggae veterans.

Mon 23 February

Subbacultcha! & Textuur present: Cult of Youth (US) + Blessum (NL)

Cult of Youth from Brooklyn play wayward indie with industrial and folk influences. They just released their new album Final Days on the high quality Sacred Bones imprint. Support is from Blessum (Keimpe Koldijk) who will give a one-time only live performance of this project, consisting of organ sounds, feedback and visuals.

Fri 24 April

Jack Garratt

It all started last February for Jack Garratt, when the British multi-instrumentalist dropped the UK garage ballad ‘I Couldn’t Want You Anyway’ online.

Sun 12 April

Mehmet Polat Trio

A spiritual yet adventurous meeting of three masters of their magical instruments: Ney, Kora and Ud. With their roots in the ancient Ottoman, Anatolian, Balkan and West African music traditions, the trio welcomes you with its musical authenticity and hospitality. The original compositions are colored by daring improvisations and played in the character of chamber music. The Mehmet Polat Trio invites you on a sincere musical journey from the past to the future.

Sun 29 March

Samba Touré

Born on 15 June 1968, Samba grew up in Dabi, a small village in the Tombouctou region of Mali. Samba’s father passed away just before his birth, leaving his mother to raise him alongside his brother, Ibrahima ‘Bouri’ Séré.

Fri 20 March

Radar Night met La Sra Tomasa + Los Paja Brava

Seven young boys from Barcelona setting the stage on fire with their wild mix of latin and dance. La Sra. Tomasa dares to mix up latin-american styles as timba and salsa with their own rumba catalana, adding substantial portions of reggae, funk and rap with a sound that relates to current electronic dance styles as drum & bass, dubstep and house. This fusion of styles leads to a repertoire that is always non-conventional, creative and highly danceable.

Sat 14 March

My Baby (Release Tour)

After years of performing and recording several albums with The Souldiers, the Dutch – New Zealand ensemble comprising Joost van Dyck, sister Cato van Dyck and New Zealand guitarist Daniel ‘Da Freez’ Johnston, embarked on a new journey and formed MY BABY in 2012.

Mon 09 March

Jamsessie GROUNDS

Every monday night: jamsessions at Grounds Café. Today Jorn ten Hoopen is our session leader. The theme of this jam is Down the Rabbit Hole (improvised music).

Fri 06 March

Little Axe

Little Axe is the alter ego of Skip McDonald (Little Axe was born as Bernard Alexander on September 1, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio (USA). A class musician who makes exceptional music and Moby influenced audible on the album ‘Play’. It is difficult to describe, but perhaps the term ‘hi-tech gospel blues / dub’ will fit.

Sat 28 February

Typical Tropical

Typical Tropical in Grounds with Salsa / Bachata & Kizomba rooms and DJs El Ché & Dani Fernandes. It will be a great night where everyone comes to his / her draw in the always enjoyable Grounds.

Mon 02 March

Jamsessie GROUNDS

Every Monday night: Jamsessions at Grounds Café

Sat 21 February

Choro Night

Another fantastic Choronight with live music the whole night! Dance on Brazilian choro and samba, eat delicious food, and enjoy drinks and a good vibe!

Fri 27 February

Habib Koité

Malian guitarist Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians. Habib Koité was born in 1958 in Thiès, a Senegalese town situated on the railway line connecting Dakar to Niger. “Nobody really taught me to sing or to play the guitar,” explains Habib, “I watched my parents, and it washed off on me.”

Sun 22 February

Polar Bear

Polar Bear, the group led by drummer Sebastian Rochford, return in the spring of 2014 with their fifth album.