According to the Wisconsin state motto “Forward”, the .357 string band of four from Milwaukee inspired a cheerful audience in Amsterdam’sParadiso yesterday night. Solely relying on stringed instruments like the Mandonlin, Banjo, Fiddle and the Upright Bass this musical ensemble succeeded in conveying an American spirit in an inimitable way. The band itself claims it impossible to pin their music down to one genre. Most likely because their styles and variations seem inexhaustible. By combining ballads with gospel and the distinctive country sounds the musicians produce their very own sounds. Conjoined with profound lyrics the result is a genre they call “Streetgrass”. Thus, they bring some alternation to Europe during their week-long tour.
Yesterday’s program and a closer look at the Paradiso’s upcoming events proves the famous music venue’s popularity. Besides the .357 String BandRockability Riot! featuring Brian Setzer, founder of the band Stray Cats and important supporter of the revival of the Rockabilly – Revival in the 1980s. But these are only to mention two examples ensuring some extraordinary nights to spend at the Paradiso. A many sided time schedule welcomes music lovers to attend an international variety of well known as well as hitherto unknown artists.
The former church building dating back from the nineteenth century was transformed into a leisure place exhibiting a wide range of predominant rock music performances from the 1960s onwards. Ever since it provides stage to not only rock musicians but its program also includes plays, lectures and classical music on three different stages. The Paradiso’sdegree of esteem possibly stems from the manifold history of performers it can look back onto. Joy Division, Arcade Fire, Nirvana, The Cure, Dave Matthews and Amy Winehouse have already entered the venue’s stage, only to mention a few. The Rolling Stones released some recorded tracks from their acoustic concert at the Paradiso in 1995 on their albumStripped.Leidesplein. Further, the Sex Pistols played their last gig at Amsterdam’s favoured location that borders the city’s nightlife centre
When wondering about what to do the occasional night one can certainly rely on the Paradiso’s capacity regarding musical performances. For more information see