What’s Up Amsterdam March 24, 2014

This week Nate is joined by Tahdeo Sparks from True Soldiers Productions and Stuart Billinghurst the award winning writer and cartoonist from Invading Holland.com

Monday 24th

Kick sand on someone smaller than you at Blijburg

BlijBurg_01BlijBurg – Bring a picnic and a bucket and spade to Blijburg or ‘Happyville,’ a man-made temporary swimming beach right in Amsterdam, complete with a funky restaurant–bar, DJs and bands. A vast array of hip Dutch architecture will be on show. Just check the weather in advance!



Amsterdam Faya All Stars perform at Paradiso

Sometimes a man has to skank, this is one of those times. Faya All Stars, Amsterdam’s best loved, good time, ska jazz. This song is being sung by a dude named Marvin who jumped out the crowd and grabbed the mic, the band is currently searching for him.


Heineken’s Amsterdam is open until 11th May, go now

103738257_136034041581150 years ago, Gerard Heineken acquired De Hooiberg brewery and went on to build a new brewery on Amsterdam’s Stadhouderskade four years later – laying the foundations for the all-conquering multinational and to a certain extent, Amsterdam as we know it today. Using a choice selection of archive material, the exhibition illustrates Heineken’s pivotal role as both builder and brewer in the capital of the Netherlands and his role in development of the city.

Location: Amsterdam’s City Archives, Vijzelstraat 32 | Monday-Friday:: 10am – 5pm. Saturday and Sunday 12noon – 5pm.


Boom Chicago Breaks World Beard Record

GWR-Web-Beards-770x433Boom Chicago attempts to break the record of beards in one room to promote cancer awareness and their new show, What’s Up With Those Beards?

  • At 18:00 our Beard Bitches welcome you and measure the length of your beard.Our DJ plays some great tunes in our Bar117 while the Jaegerettes treat you to a free shot of Jaegermeister. At 18:30 we want to take a 360 degree photo of you and 499 other men with beards in our theater.

Be in the Guinness Book Of World Records! They will also hand out two awards, one for the most creative beard and one for the longest beard, the specialists from debaard.nl will be the judges. The winners will get VIP tickets to the Premiere of Whats Up with Those Beards? as well as a year long free entrance to Boom Chicago’s shows.

On behalf of the winners Boom Chicago will support Sta op Tegen Kanker with a year long sponsorship.

All participants get a free ticket to the preview of Boom Chicago’s new show What’s Up with Those Beards? on March 26, 27, 28 or 29 end a goody bag.

The Freaks Come Out at Night At Melkweg Photogallery

1Held over from Five Days Out Festival, Belgian phographer  Milan Boonstra’s  “Freaks Come Out at Night” captures party people in all states of having WAAAAAAY too much fun.

On going until March 30th | Daily Wed-Sun | noon-11:00pm| Free

Thursday 27th

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This is Stones Throw Records at  Melkweg.

Documentary about the independent hip hop label founded by Peanut Butter Wolf.

Then hang around and see Peanut Butter Wolf for real as he spins a DJ and Video set at Melkweg in the small room, Tahdeo guarantees a good time and I’m inclined to believe him.

Peanut Butter Wolf VJ/DJ Set | Melkweg | Midnight | €16

Six Million Dollar Men and Doodskop at Sugarfactory

6 Million Dollar Men mix garage rock and hardcore with just a spot of blues mixed that I love.

Also playing is Doodskop who play a bit harder but still have a ton of dynamic in their 3 piece noise factory.



Dub Explorations session at OT301

True Soldiers Productions returns to the OT301 with a very special Spring Session of DUB EXPLORATIONS, welcoming a fantastic line-up of international artists. FLeCK from Athens will make his long awaited Amsterdam debut bringing his massive arsenal of heavyweight original productions which span the full sonic spectrum from solid dubwise foundation to the truest jungle vibes. The UK soldiers of Capitol 1212 along with very special guest MC Profisee will join the bashment and celebrate their new album release on Irish Moss Records. So prepare to journey through the big bass sounds, with air horns blazin >>>>> get your lighters ready for the true fire and freshness that DUB EXPLORATIONS always provides!!!!!

FLeCK — Capitol 1212  and MC Profisee | 11:00pm | €7

De Gamekeeper

rad3E932Board Game shop on the nine streets. They have every board game you need and love.

From Kevin L on Yelp – So. Many. Board games!

Gamekeeper reminds me somewhat of a Chinese grocery store: the narrow aisles and tall shelves are absolutely crammed full of goodies. And most of the packaging is in a language I can’t read. But I can look at the pretty pictures to figure out what they are…

This smorgasbord of nerdgasm-fulfilling products ranges from tradition puzzles to tactical collectible miniature games to brain-teasers. Everything from mancala to chess can be found here. Oh. And Magic: The Gathering cards. Lots of them. It made me itch for the deck or two I’m sure is stashed away somewhere in the parental units’ house.

De Game Keeper | Hartenstraat 14 (The nine streets) | Opening Times: 10:00 to 18:00

Capitol 1212 and MC Profisee on Red Light Radio

From 4-5PM True Soldiers Productions is live with Capitol 1212 and MC Profisee on Red Light Radio, click the link to tune in and stream the show!


FLeCK on Red Light Radio

And again on Saturday from 4-6pm True Soldiers Productions show on Red Light Radio with FLeCK

 TOASTERS at DB’s in Utrecht 

Ska legends The Toasters at one of the coolest spots in Utrecht.

Toasters | DB’s in Utrecht | 9:00pm \ €10.00

 SUNDAY 30th

Stuff swap at OCCII.

Occii_Amstelveenseweg_134_Amsterdam_1Look around your house, collect 12 things that are too good to throw away but not the right size — shape — color or whatever and swap it for good stuff at OCCII

OCCII – Amstelveenseweg 134  | 2:00pm- 5:00pm | FREE!!!