Beleuvenissen Tropical

The Beleuvenissen editions with theme folk and tropical have always been my favourites and since there was no folk edition this year, I was very much looking forward to the tropical one. There's nothing like some salsa or rumba in a medieval city, a cocktail and some tropical weather (granted that the weather gods want to cooperate). It didn't look as if they were inspired to do the latter though so we headed out with a sweater and good rain coat. In the end it remained dry after all.

When almost reaching the Oude Markt a familiar Dinky Toys voice came around the corner already. Oh gosh, teenager memories came back :p. ...We listened a while to Coco Junior who is of course a top performer but he couldn't touch us very much. At the De Laeyensplein there was more authentic music and soon our feet were tapping at the salsa rhythms as well. Here and there people started dancing, some more successful while others showed quite "creative" moves :p.

The Grote Markt brought some contageous rhythmic Samba. We fled away however when a little later a brass orchestra accompagnied a singer whose Spanish accent sounded as flat and aweful as his Dutch dialect.

At the Vismarkt a group named "El Crème Glace Quès" was scheduled. A group where all band members were named after ice creme tastes such as Pistache sounds very humerous so we had to check them out. Unfortunately their second session had to be delayed a bit...especially unfortunate for the man who needed emergency medical services and had to be taken away in an ambulance accompagnied by a MUG. Fortunately he looked concious and the medical staff looked more relaxed when they drove up, so I hope he had an ok night at the hospital.
The 'ice creams' sure were bursting with energy and displayed a good healthy portion of maddness, reminding me of Madness's 'Nightboat to Cairo". My legs soon felt like jogging around the square with my knees high up while waving my arms around. Wooot wooot!! Maybe that's what the unfortunate man had been doing. Anyway the ice cream group didn't melt down at any moment and I wondered what those guys had been taking to remain so energetic. Their songs weren't always as accurate and they sure had to work on their articulation as we didn't get all the lyrics at all but they sure won us over by their energy and enthousiasm. Ha, next time I see them on a billboard I'll sure check them out again!


rozebril said…
Die "el crème glace quès", ik heb die onlangs op tv gezien en dacht toen ook direct: hee, ziet er wel tof uit! We hebben dus duidelijk iets gemist
Korie said…
Sounds like you had a great time :)
Anonymous said…
je moest je echt niet inhouden hoor! Volgende keer loop jij gewoon het plein rond al zwaaiend met je armen als je daar zin in hebt! Ik zal wel voor de foto's zorgen...

Jenn said…
Looks like we we both enjoying music this weekend.

Calgary does have a great folk fest.

Jen said…
This sounds like such fun! I also love the idea of rumba in a medieval city.

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