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Stromae – c’était formidable


Formidable resumes perfectly Stromae’s performance last night at the Buckhead Theatre.  Our national maestro was in a superb shape, totally connected with his audience,  respectuous of his team … As a rap/hip-hop version of a modern Jacques Brel with powerful songs based on personal experiences and realities of life, he blew us away.  Our compatriot is not just a singer, a musician and a composer but a true entertainer.  Inoubliable.

Shortly after being advertised, the concert was sold out with, as usual, a few tickets circulating on the black market at high price. We were all relieved to see it go through since the cancellation of Stormae’s previous concerts was alarming. His youngest fans were already queueing since mid afternoon and beATLe Mathilde was among the lucky ones to intercept Stromae for a selfie.

While all of his songs were sung in French, Stromae showed multilingual talents.  He interacted with his public in English including French and even a few words in Spanish.  This language-switch was masterly handled and was no bother. Simply said: he was understood.

Our star was accompanied by four musicians soberly dressed with bowler hats and bow ties.   The stage was relatively simple but the background was a projection of animated visuals and shadows were playing a huge role.

Starting his concert dressed in black and white with his cardigan and bow tie, Mr. Paul changed outfits a few times during his show.  Nothing extravagant.  Simplicity being his forte.

Danse , t’inquiète pas tu vas danser…  And we did.  Starting his show with ‘Ta fête’, he immediately set the pace for a fabulous night.  ‘Bâtard’ was nextje suis, j’étais et resterai moi…. followed by ‘Peace Or Violence’ forming a V with his longitudinal fingers.

As expected, he built up some suspense with his four Chapters each time interrupted by a retentissant TINTIN from his fans… Sitting at a corner of the stage, Chapter I gave him the chance to wipe the sweat off his face. During Chapter II we saw him put on pink lipstick and jewelry before starting the next Chapter during which he put on a pink and black jacket. Chapter IV was the performance itself: ‘Tous les mêmes’… rendez-vous, rendez-vous, rendez-vous sûrement aux prochaines règles… with dance moves demonstrating both feminine and masculine demeanors.

Many times he interrupted his show to refresh his face and at a certain moment, shuffling with his earpieces, he candidly stated ‘I am sweating inside my ears‘ …

We were thrilled to listen to ‘Quand c’est ?‘, his new but somber song [the clip was released on 9/14] dealing with the hardships of cancer.  Stromae’s choreography, made of contorsions to get away from the disease’s shadowy reach, was gripping.

‘Papaoutai’ was frantically requested and Stromae, dressed in his summery blue and yellow outfit, as rigid as a a figure from Madame Tussaud, was carried onto the stage, by his musicians.  They put him in standing position until he jumped back to life to perform insane moves.

Te quiero,  Ave Cesaria,  Formidable,  Carmen,  Humain à l’eau (Leçon n°23),  Alors on danse were all included in his repertory.  However, the evening was not all about singing … As a proud Belgian, he talked about the burger he ate but more importantly what was on the side: the fries, the Belgian fries.  He also claimed the croissants to be Belgian and he was loudly applauded when he stated that even France comes from Belgium!  But trèves de plaisanteries, de vannes pourries and he went on with Paulo qui aime les moules frites, sans frites et sans mayo.

At the end, a big merci appeared on the screen behind Stromae who thanked not only his public but everyone involved with his show, from his muscians to the security guards…. A real gentleman, appreciative of all. He had some humoristic gestures when, surrounded by his musicians, he tried to put an end to the concert imitating the flight attendants presenting the emergency exits.

The excited crowd insisted for une autre … Suddenly a microphone magically appeared.  He ‘chuuuut’ the public and in perfect synchronization with his four musicians transformed into chorists, Stromae performed an astonishing a cappella version of Tous Les Mêmes.  With powerful snaps of their fingers as only instrumental accompaniment the act was absolutely divine.

Loin d’être minable, tu étais formidable, Stromae!

I compiled a few clips from last night that you can watch here but it last slightly over 10 minutes.

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Stromae te voila – 9/14/2015


Stromae’s concert is next … Sold out in a short time, we are all excited to see our National Star, Paul Van Haver aka Stromae, perform at the Buckhead Theatre on Sept 14th.  Remember that the doors open at 6.30 pm and it is first come first ‘placed’.  It is a stand-up concert, except for a few balcony seats (first come, first ‘seated’).  We expect the line to be long (about 1,500 fans) and queueing will start early.  Wear your Belgian colors to show your support!  See you there for a memorable event!

To warm you up, BACoS is having a pre-concert get-togheter at Fado Irish Pub (273 Buckehad Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30305) starting at 5.30 pm.  Register here.

Concert details

  • When: Monday September 14th, 2015 – concert starts at 7.30 pm
  • Where: Buckhead Theatre | 3110 Roswell Rd,  Atlanta,  GA  30305
  • Parking: Parking lots are available adjacent to and behind the theatre. Prices range from $5 – $15. There is also limited street parking available.
  • General Rules: NO cameras, recording devices, bottles, cans, etc. and no crowd surfing

 

bored? … not with beATL


Think twice if you think there is nothing to do for the Belgians (and Belgophiles) in and around Atlanta!   Just look at the amount of blog posts published, and the coming events listed below (and it’s not even mid March)!

So here is what’s cooking … (put those dates in your calendar!):

  1. A repeat THIRSTday … Since beATL’s favorite local band Atlanta Boogie would love to have a Belgian-style audience, we will oblige.  Join us for another bowling (or not) evening at The Painted Pin on Thursday March 12th at 8 pm.
  2. This gives you sufficient notice: our fabulous dance pop singer-writer STROMAE will be in concert in Atlanta on Monday September 14th (Doors @ 6:30 pm/ Show @ 7:30 pm) at Buckhead Theater.  Tickets for the East Coast leg of Stromae’s tour will go on sale 10 am PT on Saturday, March 14th via his Facebook page or via the Theater.
  3. On March 19th, 2 events have been scheduled: one musical, one business-related.   Click on each link for more info.
  4. The Belgian Ladies Spring Luncheon has been scheduled for March 26th.  Ladies, a RSVP-invite should have reached your inbox.
  5. Atlanta Film Festival will be held March 20-29, 2015 and two Belgian productions (Trans and Jennah) will be on show.  Details on blog that will be posted on 03/16.
  6. Our Master Brewer Joran will share his experience(s) on April 9th at Three Taverns Brewery.  Blog post is scheduled to be published on 03/25.
  7. A kids-oriented Easter Egg Hunt by BCA will be announced soon.
  8. Participate in a HACKATHON to Hack Epilepsy here in Atlanta – or in Brussels – on 24-26th April, 2015. Blog post is scheduled to be published on 03/18.
  9. Hop with beATL on the Atlanta Streetcar on Sunday June 14th!
  10. Be ready to buy your tickets for the ‘Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour‘.Tickets go on sale on July 15th for …  tours in October (2015 ticket sales open to members of Oakland’s Historic Foundation on July 1)!  This is your only chance to experience Oakland Cemetery after dark, and walk amidst the Cemetery’s beautifully lit gardens.  You will play audience to first-hand re-enactments, narrated by a host of Oakland’s eternal “residents,” which bring to life the city’s past.
  11. On Sunday August 9th, beATL takes you to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for another lighting experience: Bruce Muro brings to Atlanta his Light in the Garden’s exhibit featuring unique installations created from hundreds of miles of optic fiber.

Of course, every month we have our Belgian THIRSTdat from 7 pm at a ‘surprise’ location.

Anyone knowing about an upcoming event?  Anybody willing to host/organize and event? Contact Queen beATL!

 

holiday market with belgian designer


Looking for some local goodies for the holiday season?  Don’t look any further!  Atlanta Accueil is organizing an exhibition and sale by mainly French artists and artisans in Atlanta.  But sparkling between the Frenchies, our own local designer Patrick Van Biesen will be presenting his latest jewelry collection.  Discover or re-discover Patrick’s meticulously handcrafted one-of-a-kind pieces of art.   His creativity follows the flair of the seasons and is inspired by nature and his many world travels.  Through his designs, you will notice Patrick’s passion for stones that he combines with other materials such as mineral specimens, crystals, rhinestones, glass and metals.  There is no doubt that on Sunday you will find the perfect gift, and add some color, sparkle and global style to your (or your wife’s) wardrobe.

So don’t hesitate to visit this unique holiday market where you will find great presents for your family and friends! Christmas decorations and cards, accessories, leather bags, jewelry, scarves, children clothing, sleepers, pottery, and much more…

Free drinks and French delicacies!

Logistics:

  • Date – Sunday November 23rd, 2014
  • Time –  12-5 pm
  • Address – 791 Moores Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 – this is a private home!
  • Parking – on street on adjacent roads: E. Wood Valley Rd NW or W. Wood Valley Rd NW and please respect fire hydrants and neighbors’ property accesses.
  • Entrance is free.  Some vendors may not have the credit card payment facilities … so bring your checkbook!
  • Patrick can be contacted via his cell at 404-374-4885

Manneken-Sax – 11/15


In celebration of the 200th Birthday of Adolphe SAX, the inventor of the Saxophone, the Consul General of Belgium Geneviève Verbeek is cordially inviting you and your guests to a duo performance by Belgian saxophonist Robin Verheyen & pianist Marc Copland on the Belgian Royal Holiday, Saturday November 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm, in the Rebekah Scott Hall, Agnes Scott College.

Light refreshments will be served after the concert.

RSVP only  if you plan to attend: 404-659-2150

Learn more about Robin Verheyen and  Marc Copland

The sax by Vigo Universal is 25 cm.

a soprano of our own in atlanta – 10/26


A unique Recital by our very own and wonderful soprano Francisca Vanherle on Sunday October 26th at 4 pm.

The soprano Francisca Vanherle was born in Argentina but grew up in Belgium. She studied at the Royal Conservatoroire in Brussels, where she obtained both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Arts and a teacher’s certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. In 1997, she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship by the Commission for Educational Exchange between the USA and Belgium and Luxembourg. With this scholarship, she continued her education at the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated as a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance in 2002.

In Europe, she worked as an ensemble singer with groups such as the Huelgas Ensemble, Il Fondamento, La Petite Bande, the Brussels Cathedral Choir and the VRT Radio Choir. Later, she has worked as a freelance soloist in a vast repertoire comprising many genres. With the Texas Early Music Project, she sang a number of leading roles in Haendel operas (a.o. Armida, Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo) and in two of Purcell’s operas  (King Arthur and The Fairy Queen). She has performed in many famous oratorios and often sings as a concert soloist and in song recitals. In 2004, she became a regular lead for the Belgian light opera and musical theatre group TOP, with whom she sang most notably in Die Fledermaus, Paganini and Eine Nacht in Venedig. Her performances have taken her all over Europe, Russia and the United States.

Francisca has been teaching voice, opera and vocal ensemble for over a decade to people of all ages. Her versatility as a musician allows her to approach different styles of music as well as to work with students in light of their individual goals.

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BIG ARTISTS. Small paintings.


Until the 4th of January 2015, the North-Carolina Museum of Art hosts a unique collection of 66 Flemish and Dutch masters called “Small Treasures”. The collection shows a variety of portrait formats painted by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Steen, van Dyck, Brouwer, Teniers, Hals and many others.  This is an extraordinary occasion to see these masterpieces who are normally not accessible to the public. Further information about this exhibition, click here.

Adriaen Brouwer, Youth Making a Face

last minute – Belgian Sarah Bettens of K’s Choice


Thanks to Steven, here is your concert for tonight … Yes, some people have nothing else to do on a Saturday evening and depend on last minute decisions.  So here is your good fortune: the lead singer of the Belgian band K’s Choice, Sarah Bettens, will perform alongside Sarah Peacock at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth @ 8pm tonight.  Doors open 7 pm.  Purchase your tickets here.

K’s Choice, originally formed in the early ‘90s by the brother-sister tandem of guitarist/singer Gert and Sarah Bettens (from Kapellen), split after 10 years of musical adventures to do ‘their own thing’.  After a period of swapping song files via email (Sarah now lives in Johnson City, TN, while Gert remains in Belgium), the group reconvened for rehearsals with a line-up featuring both former members (bassist Eric Grossman and drummer Koen Lieckens) and new members (guitarist Thomas Vanelslander and keyboardist Reinout Swinnen).

Sarah, Gert and band are excitedly working on the next K’s Choice album. To be more specific, they just finished recording the first demos in Belgium.  A bunch of new songs are ready to be finalized and several others are in the pipeline. The album’s working title is “Phantom Cowboy”.

A taste of Sarah’s songs – ‘Come Over Here’

Milow


Hot from the press … Just joking.

For some Milow is like music in their ears for others, as ignorant as I am, Milow is a true discovery.  So let me introduce you to Jonathan Vandenbroeck aka Milow, a Borgerhout-native, acoustic singer-songwriter and one of the most successful DIY musicians in Europe.

Born in 1981, Milow grew up in Wespelaar in a house full of music instruments.  He signed up for accordion lessons, learned to play the guitar and the piano, wrote songs and performed in a few bands with friends from high school… That all before jumping into a solo career in 2003.  In the summer of 2005, Milow recorded his first album The Bigger Picture which was released in Belgium in January 2006 on Milow’s own label Homerun Records.  On June 28, 2007, Milow was the opening act in the Pyramid Marquee on Rock Werchter, which launched his live career in Belgium.  At the end of 2007, Milow won three awards at the first edition of the Music Industry Awards (MIAs) in Belgium: Best New Artist, Best Music Video (“You Don’t Know“) and Song of the Year for “You Don’t Know.”

Milow lives in Los Angeles since 2012.

Even if Milow seems to ignore our dear City, I thought that it was worth mentioning that our compatriot will soon perform very close by: in Wilmington on 8/5 and in Charlotte on 8/6) before heading to Nashville, TN on 8/8.  Forgive me to have – already – deviated from the promised happenings in Atlanta but it’s not every day that we have such a star on a podium ‘next door’.

Here is a taste of one of his last songs: Against the Tide, taken from his album SILVER LININGS released in April 2014.

Photography by Brantley Gutierrez

Photography by Brantley Gutierrez