Photo: Steffen Jørgensen, photo.stffn.dk | Writer: Asbjørn Lyhne & Steffen Paust
Where Wednesday had all sorts of different first impressions, Thursday had more to offer on the musical side – which, let’s face it, is why we’re here with SoundOfAarhus.
We did, however, start out with something completely else. ‘Natholdet’ at TV Scenen, with stand-up comedian Mick Øgendahl as a guest, gave us the perfect start. A lot of people had turned up to this popular TV Show, and with the sun shining on us, and people smiling, we sort of found out, that we were in just the right settings.
After Natholdet we had some time to work, before going to one of our must see concerts – Lars H.U.G. You could sense, that everyone of us were a bit tired. By now, we are all dreaming of our own bed, ‘leverpostej’ and nice, cold showers. But, SmukFest is where we are, and there are still a lot of great bands and artists to see.
Lars H.U.G: One of musics grand ol’ delivered.
I’d never seen Lars and his entourage live before, but I’ve always had his music and been interesting in his songwriting. He’s just one of the absolute biggest on our music scene. With him, he’d brought a band consisting of young men, who all looked very much different. They looked like they should’ve been playing in different bands, as they both in clothing and playing style came from different planets. What was really interesting was, that despite their differences, they played together as a band – and they were pretty damn good at it.
Lars H.U.G in front had himself a party on stage, he definitely enjoyed being there. He only played hits, not every hit was his own, but it worked out just brilliantly, in my opinion. Lars H.U.G. was a huge succes. Period.
La Roux: Confident dancemoves and disco vibes
The be honest I feared this gig a bit before attending it in fromt of Bøgescenerne yesterday. Like me you have probably heard the british act’s albums and thought of it more as a part of pre-party soundtrack than as an act to be performing a live act at Bøgescenerne in the early evening hours. That said, they convinced me about their live musical talent.
In short, La Roux’s albums are meant to be part of a pre-party before a night our with some great friends, but live-wise they can create the entire party itself with their confident dance moves and summer-ish disco vibes.
Slowolf: Intimate concert with a huge talent
Andreas Asingh, the man behind Slowolf, is going somewhere at the moment. He’s working with huge artists, playing at some of the coolest locations and getting mentioned by all the right names. Yet, when given a slot in between MØ and Lenny Kravitz, there’s really not much even he can do.
P3 teltet was awkwardly empty at first, sadly, and it was just as empty during the rest of the show, but the atmosphere changed from awkward to one big party.
I really respect professionalism, and that’s exactly what Slowolf showed last night at P3 Teltet. They just kept on going and decided that they’d put on a show for those who actually turned up. So they did. And hey, the music was quite good, too!
Lenny Kravitz: One heck of a headliner, but an indifferent jamsession
You could sense the atmosphere around Bøgescenerne gettin’ more excited, as we got closer to the show with this 51 year old New Yorker. It was absolutely packed – a sight people could easily agree on was really beautiful. Lenny had brought an entourage of incredible musicians, backup singers and.. whatever.
It definitely was a parade of hits, but after American Woman as the second track on his setlist (and thumps up for that) it started to get a bit boring; as every song ended in the same way, I ended up with thoughts of grabbing myself a last beer and travel towards my tent. The artists in the band showed off their talents, indeed, but it all just ended as an indifferent jam-session with Lenny as the one playing the least. That said, I’m not disappointed at all.
We all just know that Lenny Kravitz and his band can do even more, be cooler and more confident with his performance. Maybe it was Lenny Kravitz and his entourage, of maybe the setting and time slot was not right for his plans. I enjoyed it, but when a lot of people are leaving, not for other gigs, but simply to catch a bus to KærligHeden, then you know something is not completely right. Last but not least we have to ask you one thing Lenny: Give your drummer and saxophonist a couple of high-fives for us. Not because of their solos, but because of their musical talent.