Surprisingly Bluesy

Lizz Wright, Grace The pastor’s daughter is coming back to Rotterdam! Lizz Wright belongs to the new generation of jazz vocalists, who build on the legacy of Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, but with a contemporary twist. In 2017, she released her album Grace. With this album, she goes back to her roots:…

Live Concert of the Ocean

Blue Planet II live in concert Blue Planet II is the most recent series from the successful BBC nature documentaries, Planet Earth. The ocean version of the award-winning documentary will now be shown in Ahoy, 4K Ultra HD on an LED screen. The soundtrack is from composer and Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer and is performed live…

Dr.

Hidden away in the stately Scheepvaartkwartier is a ‘doctor’s practice’ that dispenses special drinks and elixirs. Dr. is located in a neighbourhood once notorious for all the prostitutes and sailors that used to frequent the area. Nowadays, the neighbourhood is a safe haven for lovers of the classier cocktails! Clients visiting ‘the doctor’ get free…

Concerto Explosivo

Ashton Brothers and the North Pole Orchestra The Ashton Brothers and 42 musicians from the Noordpool Orchestra enter into a dangerous collaboration. The result? Concerto Esplosivo brings an exciting mix of music, acrobatics and sorcery. New breathtaking tricks, hilarious acts and musical delights galore! And complemented with all-time favourites from the treasure chest of both…

Afro Funk Phenomenon

Jungle By Night These nine Amsterdam-based musicians have toured all over the world, surprising audiences with their vibrant, very danceable shows. Their style is best described as a combination of afro-beats, ethio-breaks, Turkish psych and hot cumbia. Tickets for this concert are €19 and can be bought through Rotown’s website. > 29 November, Maassilo (Charlois)…

Heroics on Noordereiland

Wedged between the city’s north and south is a unique area of Rotterdam called Noordereiland. Nowadays it’s a peaceful suburb, but it wasn’t always that way. During the Second World War, Dutch marines stood their ground on the old Hef Bridge, valiantly defending the city. Words: Evelien Baks Noordereiland is a residential island lying in the…

A get-together for whiskey fans!

Whiskybase Gathering Love whisky? Rotterdam͛’s favourite whisky shop is organising a gathering especially for enthusiasts. There will be more than 1,500 whiskies to choose from, ranging from 1900s vintages to the yet-to-be-released. Tickets are €27,50 for one day or €45 for both days. 20 October (12pm-6pm) & 21 October (11am-5pm), Maassilo (Charlois) whiskybase.com/gathering [Photo by…

NY Basement

This is a new restaurant with an old soul. NY Basement is a fine dining restaurant in Hotel New York’s souterrain. It’s every bit as hip and historic as the ground floor restaurant, but is smaller, more exclusive and intimate. As guests descend the so-called ‘stairway to history’ they find themselves transported to a previous…