Thursday, 6 April 2017

Mr. Highway Band and The Big Nose Attack together at the 6th Music Highway Festival

I first went to the Music Highway Festival two years ago to see Dustbowl play their own stuff (instead of The Johnny Cash Tribute) and Penny Dreadful who had played after The Western Ramblers back in 2013. That's when I was introduced to the music of the headliners Mr. Highway Band and got hooked ever since. I went again this year because I always wanted to see them at the same festival with The Big Nose Attack. (I had seen both bands on the same night before at The Big Nose Attack gig at Gagarin last year).
The opening band was Drunken Gramophone which was a new discovery for me. Two years ago I had been introduced to 4LT. whose members (well, at least a couple of them) I spotted in the audience this year.

Then it was the turn of The Big Nose Attack launching directly into Yeah! (That Girl) and playing songs from all three of their albums including the obligatory "Foxy Lady" and "Wild Cherry"

Finally, Mr. Highway Band came on. On the first part of their set they presented their new, third album "The Rebel Artist" for the first time in Athens (I distinctly remember "At The End Day" from the 2015 festival). This presentation featured many special guests the most impressive of which had to be singer Georgia Poutous. 

Then it was on to the second part featuring songs from their previous albums including "Story Of My Life" and "Revolution". The highlight of the night had to be the moment when the singer picked up a girl to dance with him on stage so that her boyfriend could come up and propose to her!

It was over by 1:30 am but I had time to stock up on CD's and badges from the merchandise stand...

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

''The more you drink, the better we sound'' (The Big Nose Attack @ Gazarte Roof Stage)

This is what Boogie Man told the audience on Thursday, the 9th of March at Gazarte Roof Stage. And we didn't need to drink to appreciate The Big Nose Attack. I know I've already seen them many times but it sounded like a good idea to see them once again at this particular venue which gives you a magnificent view of Athens.
Another reason for going to this gig was that I wanted to get my hands on one of those pizza shaped USB sticks the band have released that features their complete discography for only 10 euros (a snip!).
As you can see they're awesome, and I must admit I do get confused sometimes...
Anyway, I went there straight after work so I missed the first 10 minutes. Because of this, as I was approaching Gazarte I could hear the sound of The Big Nose Attack coming from inside!

Once inside, however, it was once again magnificent. They played songs from all their 3 albums and the obligatory "Foxy Lady"

I had to leave during the very last song because of a strike on the metro, so I had to walk to catch another line that was operating normally.
All in all, I had a great time, and for once more my first gig of the year was by The Big Nose Attack.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Santorini 1991 - You never forget your first time!

When there are no concerts to report from, I like to post reports from my travels, as I did last month with Antiparos. Of course usually my travels coincide with my concerts, but I intend to keep the travel posts separate from the concert ones. Anyway, before I discovered Antiparos I used to go to Santorini every summer. I went there every summer for 14 years, from 1991 to 2004, sometimes going twice a year. In the very last year I even found a job there and stayed for the winter.
In 1997 I got my first internet subscription. One of the first things I did was to create my own webpage. My site has not progressed much since then as I tend to post on this very blog instead, but one of its first features was a page dedicated to Santorini. I used the map you can see at the top of this post as background image (which I had scanned from a tourist guide book) and this still captured (using my TV & Video capture card - a very advanced gadget for computers back then!) from a VHS tape which was released back in the 90's.
The rest of the page was filled with my own photos taken using my film camera during my first few summers there from 1991 to 1996,  which were then scanned using a hand-held scanner. On top of that, the sizes of the photos were small in order to comply with the strict bandwidth requirements of that era where the fastest connections were those of 33.6kbps dial-up modems. As a result, don't expect them to be of good quality!

Santorini is at the south of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean sea in Greece. Its spreading is 76 and has a population of 7000. One of its attractions is the volcano, situated opposite the west side of the island.

Sunset at Ia

Perissa beach

Red Beach

White Beach
Vlyhada beach

The volcano
The volcano's crater

Excavations at Akrotiri
Nightlife at Enigma Club
I hope that soon I will be able to add pictures from later years, properly scanned of course. Meanwhile you can still see the original page here, while we're still waiting for the summer...

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Last summer in Antiparos

With the cold whether we've been having lately, now is the perfect opportunity to look back at some pictures from last summer in Antiparos as the first post of 2017.

Open air cinema "Oliaros" was open again but this year it was showing movies for free. It can be supported by buying snacks and drinks from the bar. I caught a screening of "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead" with Philip Seymour Hoffman.

And what better way to end the night than with a few tequilas at "Loco Coffees & Cocktails"...

Hopefully, we'll be back next year. In the meantime, the original and popular post about Antiparos can be found here in English, while at some point I hope to finally compile a post with photos from all the years that I've been going there...

"Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer's out of reach
[...] empty streets
The sun goes down alone..."