Rachelle Van Zanten

Rachelle Van Zanten

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May 31, 2007

May 31, 2007

Private Partee
Tonenburg, DE
w/ the RVZ Band

May 30, 2007

May 30, 2007

Jazz Club
Bahnhofstrasse 41. PLZ
Holzminden, DE
w/ the RVZ Band

May 28, 2007

Whirlwind to the Orange Blossom Special

We just drove for 8 hours from just north of Berlin back to Holzminden. I don't really want to talk about it. It was a public holiday and that is all you need to know.
Now, the Orange Blossom Festival KICKED ASS and I love that place and thank you to everyone who bought a CD! We have none left and that is a good thing I think. For those of you who still need one, please place your order with www.cdbaby.com or order it through the Glitterhouse mailorder. It was hot. It rocked. I LOVE my band and I am very lucky to have this life.
Last night was a fun show in Wredenhagen which is just north of Berlin. It was also hot and I felt as though I may pass out at any moment. But, we played to long sets and were fortunate enough to be joined by Mckinley Black for Half Pint. You are amazing girl! Thank you Hans for the love and Manfred for the great sound.
Now, it is movie night and the guys are trying to figure out how to use the DVD player. They are also searching for a DVD in english. This could be a long night.

May 27, 2007

May 27, 2007

Cafe Scheune
Dorfstrasse 1
Wredenhagen, DE
w/ the RVZ Band


May 26, 2007

May 26, 2007

Orange Blossom Festival
Glitterhouse Records
Beverungen, DE
w/ RVZ Band
www.orange-blossom-special.de

May 23, 2007

May 23, 2007

Kulturschmiede
Langenstrasse 24 b
Stralsund, DE
www.kulturschmiede-stralsund.de/site/

May 21, 2007

Berlin Guitars Makes me Happy

I am slightly sun burned from yesterday's exploration of east Berlin. Thanks to my new friend, Mckinley Black (musician extraordinaire), I was able to find my way to the coolest parts of east Berlin.
The show at Berlin Guitar was magical and I am still on a high from the experience. The people who came to listen were true music lovers and their beautiful energy helped lift my music to a new level. Leonard, the owner, is a great man and LOVEs his guitars. He almost sold me one but then I remembered that I am training it for another 3 days and would have to carry it around that long. I am now on my way to Stralsund to lie in the sun on the beach before rocking out on wednesday. It's a hard life. It is.

May 19, 2007

May 19, 2007

Berlin Guitars
Motzstr. 9
Berlin, DE
www.berlin-guitars.com

DE to UK to DE

Germany has been good to me. My favorite gig so far was playing in Friedrishrode up in the hills. The people were so kind and friendly and loved watching me eat their special leberwurst in a tube. Good times. I spent 2 hours running through the forest and getting high off of the wild garlic. I then had a chance to chill before flying off to the UK for the Women´s Festival. I was joined by my faithful sidekick, Hamish, and a new addition, Mr. Ged Lynch. It was fun hanging in the Lake District, cooking meat over an open fire, sleeping in a teepee, and finally rocking out with the great peeps of Kendal. I then slept a few hours and took off south to catch my flight to Dortmund, DE. Now I am back in Germany and am recovering from a great night at Subrosa. Thanks everyone for supporting my tours by buying my CDs and putting my sticker on your bumper. Thanks Ged, for making the long trip. Hope your teepee gets rid of the bacon smell:)

May 18, 2007

May 18, 2007

Subrosa
Gneisenaustr. 56
Dortmund, DE
www.hafenschaenke.de

May 17, 2007

May 17, 2007

Women's Arts International Festival
Brewery Arts Centre
Kendall, Lakes District, UK
the RVZ Band (Hamish Tesco on bass and Ged Lynch on drums)
w/ Patti Smith, Marianne Faithful, Peggy Seeger, Lisa Knapp, Marissa Nadler,
Kathryn Williams, The Karen Dalton Tribute Show and Thea Gilmore

www.womensartsinternational.co.uk

May 12, 2007

May 12, 2007

Kunsthof
KULTURLAND Hainleite e.V., Hauptstrasse 14
Friedrichsrode, DE
www.kunsthof-friedrichsrode.de/page/frame.html

May 11, 2007

May 11, 2007

Cafe del Sol
BEGASTR. 37
Bad Salzuflen, DE

May 8, 2007

Yoghurt in Holland

Danone, you make good peach yoghurt! I have been waiting for 6 months to eat the best yogurt in the world and finally the day arrived. I had a fun show in Ottersum. I was fortunate to play in a monastery about 40 km outside of Nijmegen with Lancaster Orchestra from Malmo, Sweden. I explained how Malmo was my old stomping grounds and Carl and I shared memories of this wonderful city. After the show, my adopted Dutch family and I went to find good pannekoeken so that I could also have my pancake fix for the year. Mmmm, apple and cheese pancakes with icing sugar and stroop. Well, it wasn't exactly what I remembered but it did do the trick. You may think that all I like to do is eat the national delicacies...not true. I like to ride my bike through the countryside as well. Manfred, Tommy, and I managed to ride the dike through the pouring rain and get our fix before I had to board my train to Germany. Thank you Anita for the stroopwaffels and the excellent tour managment.
unfortunately all of the trains were late in Germany and I ended up making hte very last train to Holzminden by a split second. My heart was racing and my stress levels were high as I pushed my way through the crowds of Germans, yelling 'entschuldigung...entschuldigung'. I used my guitar cases to open gaps and thus run down the stairs and back up the other side to the platform. So now I am in Holzminden and the single track is awaiting me. I know of a lonely mountain bike that needs some loving and then it will be non stop whiskey agogo.

May 6, 2007

May 6, 2007

Landgoed Roepaen
Kleefseweg 9
Ottersum, NL
w/ the Lancaster Orchestra
www.cultureelpodium.nl

May 1, 2007

Blast around the UK

Had a wonderful drive back from southern France with a stop over in Paris. It was my first time in the city of love and I had 2 hours to experience it. Myself and the Jesse Love Band headed out on the metro to find the Eiffel Tower. We found it/her/him and climbed up the stairs to do the touristy thing. It was worth every step. I imagined the magic of being here when the Tour de France is finishing up. Someday i shall witness the finish.
I am now recovering from four days out on the road with the guys playing shows across the UK. The highlight so far was Brighton. I didn't actually get to play the show due to my non funk capabilities (I forgot my wah pedal at home) but I did enjoy the Sussex cream tea and the ride along the sea side. It was almost like being on another planet with the white sea cliffs and the blazing sunshine.
Now I am planning the German adventure by booking flights and finding places to crash on my days off. It is looking great with a few festivals with the my killer rhythm cats. Alright back to paperwork.

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