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Tue 02 August

VROOOM #41: GOAT (jp) + ALBATRE (int) + YPY (jp)

Vrooom is rounding off the first half of its programming season with this A-class line up! Don’t sleep on the rhythmic assault of Goat; a mesmerizing syncopated pulse of synchronized muted harmonic picking, saxophone and drums. Rotterdam’s noise rock pride Albatre are no slouches either, and with YPY (Goat’s guitarist and Boredoms touring member Koshiro Hino) we’re able to sample the current cutting edge of Osaka’s experimental electronica scene.

Thu 25 August

MiMa 53: Pierre Berthet {be} & Rie {jp} + Janneke van der Putten {rot}

Back at Koffie & Ambacht with two wonderful acts !

Dead Plants & Living Objects by Pierre Berthet and Rie Nakajima

Thu 21 July

JOIA LIVE at Ani&Haakien

On Thursday, 21 July JOIA is playing in our house! Cosy living room concert where you will find yourself rubbing elbows with some backpackers… So jump on our couch and enjoy the tunes of Maurice.

Fri 15 July

Nick Waterhouse

Vintage sounds in BIRD! The American Nick Waterhouse is described as a “young man who makes old R&B”. This star is rising exponentially with his typical fifties pre-rock & roll sound with a modern twist: think Leon Bridges with a hint of Mayer Hawthorne.

Thu 14 July


Crazy Pantropical double bill! Niger’s MDOU MOCTAR (Sahel Sounds) will ensure that WORM shakes to a burning set of Tuareg desert rock, whilst ChupameElDedo (a side project from Meridian Brothers / Los Pirañas’ Eblis Alvarez and Pedro Ojada) will throw a dash of brutal Zappaesque, Latin American psychedelia into the mix. DJ Christian Baas will warm up and round off things with a fitting selection.

Sat 09 July

Amateur Record Club #3

Amateur Record Club is MONO’s once-in-a-while mini record fair

Tue 06 September

Dancelessons: Balkan Fusion Dance

Let’s start dancing ! Opaaaaa ! Start with dance lessons in the Balkan style! Balkan Fusion Dance is characterized by a mix of dancestyles and music from the Balkans Regions .

Sun 10 July

North Sea ‘Round Town: Amy Fitz Doley

Jazz Singer from London.

Thu 07 July

North Sea ‘Round Town: Vangelis Sopamena

Vangelis Sopamena is a Dutch singer-songwriter and performer. Based in Rotterdam, he co-writes his songs with his guitar player Laurens Dengkeng, with whom he also performs them, along with Faruk Dengkeng (drums) and Robin Lopulalan (bass).

Sat 09 July

North Sea ‘Round Town at ROOM: The Spix!

Jazz band from Germany. .

Thu 07 July


Vrooom hits 40; round numbers are cool. This edition will have a pop edge, but that doesn’t mean it’s gonna be just fluff. The percentages will be circa 40% electro pop and guitar driven material, 35% electronica, and 25% visual input. We’ll have the Chinese XY Records showcase, gritty electro pop infused with (classical) Arab singing from YZ, and local troubadour Spoelstra. Come and discover!

Sun 03 July

STEIN by POW Ensemble

Adventurous, eclectic music, bizarre texts, by cubist author Gertrude Stein, by virtuoso tapdancer, singers, woonplayers, tuba player, live electronics.

Thu 30 June

Doorvertellen no. 11: Beelden van Syrië

Right before the summer holiday, one final Doorvertellen. This time we focus on Syria, a country which is more than just a war. That is something the Syrian volunteers of the Leeszaal, together with the visitors from Café NL, want to share with you.

Thu 30 June

Wannes Salome LIVE at Hostel Ani&Haakien

This Thursday Wannes Salome is playing in our house! A living room concert where you might find yourself rubbing elbows with some backpackers.. So jump on our couch and enjoy the tunes of Wannes Salome.

Sun 03 July


Guitar: Jorrit Westerhof Drums: Aleksandar Skoric Bass: Marko Curcic.

Sun 03 July

STEIN by POW Ensemble

POW Ensemble presents a musical-theatrical interpretation of the world of Gertrude Stein. With vocals, tap dance, keyboards, electronics, tuba, saxophones and other woodwinds.

Thu 30 June


Ripping Thursday evening double bill with Bang Bang Band Girl (all the way from Chile), and the country-punk weirdos Hurricane Joe. A nice way to usher in your weekend in a trashed way!

Sat 25 June

Michael Jackson Day

25 June 2009 Michael (Joseph) Jackson died in Neverland. We commemorate this great American singer, dancer, songwriter called the King of Pop with 10 hours of music and his film The Wiz in which he tried to capture the essence of the African American experience. If you like to play songs of Michael Jackson then our podium is yours.

Thu 23 June

Puntkomma Muziek: ‘t Rouwe Westen

The newest edition of Puntkomma Muziek dives into the cultural history of the Oude Westen neighbourhood. The night will reveal that this is a particularly notorious history. Through stories, images, movies, music, interviews, and dancing, we will take you on a journey you will remember for a long time.

Will you join us?

Sun 26 June

Hugues Vincent Kuni Iwase

Hugues Vincent Cello and Kuni Iwase Saxophone and Electronics will perform in City Art Rotterdam.