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Thu 10 December

The Last of the Beatnik Warriors

Expect a mind-blowing evening with deep poetry that will take you back to the cultural upheavals of the 1960s, combined and completed with your much needed dose of excellent Jazz & Blues.

Fri 04 December

The American Roadshow

A semi-acoustic session where soul, blues, Americana, country and rock form the main ingredients of a stunning performance. C.C. Grand, Mark Blomsteel and Gravel Town will take you on a tour through the music history of the American South. Designed to unwind.

Sun 13 December

Distract Vibes in City Art Rotterdam

Rotterdams duo Distract Vibes Will play pieces from their latest CD “Apple Pie Thug “.

Thu 03 December

Seeds #8: Giving Up For A New Landing

dedicated to nowadays refugees

The coming edition of Seeds promises to be very spontaneous. I will be there on the piano and I will be joined by surprise guests. I am sure we will enjoy a colorful musical time together. The garage in Crooswijk welcomes you with its raw feel! Be there to join the evening with an original “Crooswijkse Bocht” beer. Greetings - Benjamin Strauch

entrance 7 € / 5 € reduction

Thu 26 November

DOLLAR BILL & His One Man Band (uk)

To find info online about “Dollar Bill” might be a thankless task, but we hope that many will find their way to this promising show of this one man band phenomenon. Dollar Bill plays electrifying blues with guitar, drums, and bluesharp / harmonica.

Wed 09 December

Benjamin Herman & Robin Nolan Trio in BIRD

After following Robin Nolan for about 20 years, saxophone player Benjamin Herman saw his dream finally become reality: a collaboration resulting in a gypsy Jazz record. On Wednesday December 9th, Benjamin Herman takes the stage with Robin Nolan’s trio where they’ll perform tracks from their new album, Swing de Paris.

Fri 04 December


The continuation of the unique event series for original (pop)music culture & art made on German soil. In previous years cult acts like PALAIS SCHAUMBURG, BODENSTÄNDIG 2000, DER PLAN, CHRIS IMLER, and ECHO KRANK all found their way to ‘Ein Abend In WORM’. This should be enough of an indication to save this date! With kind support from Goethe-Institut Niederlande.

Wed 23 December

Amy Winehouse Tribute (BIRDsessions)

This entire night is dedicated to British Soul and Jazz singer Amy Winehouse. Who really doesn’t need any further introduction. Line up: Niek de Bruijn (drums), Daniël Arthur Eskens (bass), Richie Reichgelt (guitar), Marinus van den Brink (piano), Tom Ridderbeekx (trumpet), Emiel van der Heide (tenor saxophone) and Peter Broekhuizen (baritone saxophone)

Wed 16 December

XYZ Quintet (BIRDsessions)

The Polish saxophone player Lukasz Sokolowski paired with the rest of his quintet will make sure the night is filled with nice melodies, rich harmonies and tight grooves. The quintet plays covers and arrangements of famous (and less famous) Funk and Fusion artists. Line up: Yuri Bakker (piano), Andres Pasinetti (flute), Lukasz Sokolowski (saxophone), Dirk de Nijs (drums) and Jiroh Matulessy (bass)

Wed 09 December

Maarten Hogenhuis / Miguel Rodríguez (BIRDsessions

Besides leader of his own quartet and trio, Maarten Hogenhuis is also a member of power Jazz group BRUUT! and the somewhat anarchistic Jazz band The More Socially Relevant Jazz Music Ensemble. He collaborated with Benjamin Herman, Caro Emerald and the New Cool Collective Big Band.

Wed 02 December

Thomas Pol in America (BIRDsessions)

Thomas Pol has been playing the bass for almost his entire life. He recently finished his master in New Orleans, where he also recorded an album, which will be released soon. He played with musicians such as Wessell Anderson, Jamison Ross, Stanton Moore, Herlin Riley and Gregory Porter. He played at festivals such as North Sea Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest and Liberation festival. Line up: Thomas Pol (bass), Jasper van Damme (saxophone), Federico Castelli (guitar), Jorn ten Hoopen (guitar) and Jamie Peet (drums)

Fri 04 December


Do you like catchy pop tunes, groovy jazz, classical or world music? How about some very good spoken word artists? You can expect all of that, freshly baked for you on the evening of 4 December at Studio de Bakkerij.

Fri 11 December

Debussy and Mahler by Camerata Rotterdam

The young and innovative orchestra Camerata Rotterdam will present works by Mahler and Debussy during an intimate concert in the Pelgrimsvaderkerk on 11 December.

Tue 01 December

Leela James in BIRD

It’s not hard at all to fall for Soul lady Leela James. Sultry, Funky, raw, powerful but most of all, absolutely Leela James. Curious? A lucky few will be able to hear this in a sold-out BIRD on Tuesday December 1st.

Thu 26 November


VROOOM is thoroughly excited about our little initiation rite at the brand new Post Office headquarters. This will be an evening dedicated to mindblowing performances with the unique self-built instruments of Eli Gras and Frédéric Le Junter, topped off with SK Kakraba’s first live appearance in Rotterdam. Added ftw bonus: this new location is the former Masonic lodge of Rotterdam.

Sat 28 November

The Old Bridge: Miso & Sandi (Mostar Sevdah Reunion) LIVE

Gitaarduo The Old Bridge consists of two members of the famous Mostar Sevdah Reunion: Miso Petrovic and Sandi Durakovic. These musicians have a very refined guitar technique many musicians would be jealous of.

Come and enjoy this very special live show!!

Sun 29 November

How I Hate Modern Music #2: ENTARTETE MUSIC

The second edition of How I Hate Modern Music examines “Entartete” music. With guests, Jeroen S. Rozendaal, Danny De Vos (DDV), en Allochtoontje Lager.

Thu 10 December

Autumn Child in BIRD

The songs of Autumn Child showcase the intimacy of Sufjan Stevens and the dynamics of Grizzly Bear. Join the next edition of Homegrown on 10 December for a full-on experience of poetic and mysterious compositions by a promising local singer-songwriter.

Thu 03 December

Haymah & World Latin Jazz Quintet in BIRD

Two outstanding artists in one evening! Join Homegrown on 3 December with Haymah and the World Latin Jazz Quintet to experience their exceptional love for flamenco.

Thu 03 December

Poogie Bell Band @ LantarenVenster

The drummer Poogie Bell is the beatmachine behind artists like Marcus Miller, Erykah Badu and Chaka Khan. As a ten year month kid, he started playing the drums…