Music by Son Lux and SK Kakraba, in the Shipyard of Gdansk


My teeth are complete. My final appointment for the installation of my bionic teeth was at 5.45pm this evening. The time concerned me. In the planning of this dental holiday I had assumed I would be free by Friday evening, so I had bought a ticket to see the experimental US rock band Son Lux, in Klub B90 which is located in an old warehouse in the Gdansk shipyard (the largest shipyard of the communist empire, and where the Polish democratic movement Solidarnosc , under Lech Walesa, kicked off in the 1970s and 1980s.) I was slightly concerned that dentistry would delay me.

Before my trip to the wastelands of suburban Gdansk where the dental clinic is located, I paid a visit to the Gdansk Maritime Museum. An interesting place set in the old crane of the city port, which gives a good impression how important this city has always been for seafaring Polish trade.

At the clinic Doctor Anna was thankfully quick. Installing crowns is not particularly complicated (although I could be surmising – I know nothing about dentistry aside from the fact that keeping your mouth open for a protracted period of time will hurt your jaw.)

I looked in the mirror, upon completion and admired myself – a smiley, happy face greeted me.

I gave the taxi driver the address of the concert venue, and off we went.

I knew nothing about the band Son Lux, never even having heard the name. An hour of YouTube research some weeks earlier convinced me to take a chance. The risk was low. A live gig is nearly always enjoyable.

The venue B90 was spectacular. A repurposed shipyard warehouse, with a capacity of 1500,  and mattresses on the ceiling to soundproof the space. Lofty ceilings and a slightly derelict, dilapidated air, with posters for bands who had played there previously, adorning the walls. The grungy atmosphere made me feel nostalgic for Amsterdam when I moved there first in 2000, before it became so horrifically gentrified.

The opening act was a Ghanaian musician named SK Kakraba who plays traditional Ghanaian music on a self made xylophone. I had never heard the style of music before but I enjoyed it. I told the artist the self same thing when I met him coming out of the toilets some hours later, as I shook his hand.

Son Lux were the headline act. Their music seems like a form of electronic, wistful rock. I wasn’t really sure that it was my particular style of music (and if the truth be told I was hoping they would do a cover version of ‘Jenny from the block’ – no such luck). It was nevertheless an engaging and entertaining set, that the crowd appreciated.

All in all a splendid evening’s solitary entertainment in the shipyard of Gdansk.

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