3 September 2009

August 28 - The Final Concert

Summer School '09 groupies,

hello, and thanks for keeping up! We're finally ready to give a full report of last weekend's concert in Skopje. It was a truly amazing event - the bands, the songs, the musicians, the audience, the atmosphere; everything combined to make an unforgettable evening. Hopefully by now you've had a chance to check out some of the performances on youTube as well!

Things got started in City Park "Shkolka" fashionably late, a bit after 9pm. Xhabir Deralla of the NGO CIVIL was our talented MC, stoking up the crowd and welcoming each band on stage.

Empty Staff opened up the night with the following line-up : "What's up" 4 Non Blondes, "U and Ur Hand" Pink, "Wings of a Butterfly" HIM, and "How You Remind Me" Nickelback.

Next came Le Blanc de Blancs with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" Joan Jett, "Mercy" Duffy, "Smoke on the Water" Deep Purple, and "Kryptonite" 3 Doors Down.

Third in line was Ambassador with "Keep on Rockin' in the Free World" Neil Young, "I Shot the Sheriff" Bob Marley, "Sweet About Me" Gabriella Cilmi, and "By the Way" Red Hot Chili Peppers.

And wrapping up the line-up of Mitrovica bands came the Anchors performing "Be Yourself" Audioslave, "Little Wing" Jimi Hendrix, "Wicked Game" HIM, and "Fly Away" Lenny Kravitz.

During the performances more and more audience members came and went, but more and more accumulated throughout the evening with a total of 700 people in attendance. Some of those included devoted family members and friends who came all the way from Mitrovica just for the concert.

After the Mitrovica student's performances, the Tilburg students and Mitrovica coaches took the stage. First Joosje and Zana sang "Summertime" and next came some solo singing by Xhemil - with Michael Buble's "Sway" - and then Joosje.

Our German documentary makers, Maximilian and Florian even got in on the action performing 2 Queens of the Stone Age songs : "Go with the Flow" and "No One Knows."

The final band to take the stage was Ruud Borgers, Miloš Drazević, and Mladen Marinković. They performed "TUSH" ZZ Top and "Long Way to the Top" AC/DC. If we're lucky, this group will be performing together again come the end of October...

To end the evening, students from Mitrovica took the stage one last time and rocked together for one final jam session...

No one was quite ready for the evening to end - but it was finally time to say good-night. Wendy came on stage to thank and congratulate everyone their contributions to a successful concert and an even better week.

So, while it's time to sign off from reporting on Skopje Summer School '09, we hope you'll keep up with the Mitrovica Rock School throughout the year - and definitely join in with us again next year for what is guaranteed to be an awesome time at Summer School '10!

Thanks for your interest and til next time - keep rockin' in the free world...

Photography courtesy of Peder Wiegner

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