Jazz, blues & bikes

I am a big fan of city cycling. Of course, this requires that cities have the right infrastructure, or are willing to invest in it. But infrastructure isn’t everything. Cycling has to be appealing: time-efficient, healthy, environmentally-friendly, money-saving, sophisticated and fun.  Every year, the ‘Noorderzon Jazz Festival’ is held in the Dutch city of Groningen. During the final days, a jazz-bicycle tour takes place in the surrounding villages. While the Dutch love the bicycle (already), it’s a great way to reinforce this behaviour. Jazz and blues concerts, featuring Dutch and international artists, are held in 16th Century churches, old barns with farm animals, or in village squares – many only accessible by bike. It’s sophisticated and fun and brings out the most seasoned cyclists, or reminds more rusty drivers of why they love the bike.

Nordic jazz
Farm-friendly jazz & blues in an old Dutch barn…
arriving by bike, sitting on stacks of hay & listening to a funky blues band

The weather wasn’t great, but that’s what rain gear is for, always tucked into a bike bag. The music was impressive and we came away inspired and refreshed, having enjoyed exercise and entertainment all at once.  I would recommend the festival for anyone in Groningen in late August, or for another city attempting to link its centre and surrounding: via cycling and musical entertainment.

3 thoughts on “Jazz, blues & bikes

  1. I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post’s to be precisely what I’m looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content for yourself? I wouldn’t mind composing a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write regarding here. Again, awesome blog!

  2. Greetings to you both! I am new at this and somehow didn’t see the comments until now. 🙂 I would love to discuss (Michael) if you wanted to share something from another city or perspective.
    And thanks Stacy for such a lovely comment… my hope is that I can record some of the things I observe, or that fascinate me, and hopefully in the future I can put some of these lessons to use in other cities. 🙂

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