Taste of Iceland is back again, March 16-20th with a variety of Icelandic events to please everyone. Art, Food, literature, Short film, and of course, Music. Every year they seem to top themselves, and this year looks to be no different.
Reykjavik calling is a free concert at the Middle East Club in Central Square on March 18th at 9pm. Every year it is packed, and while doors open at 8pm, I would suggest being there early as the line typically wraps around the building and latecomers tend not to get in, so show up early and make new friends while in line.
The Icelandic bands for this year’s festival are Mammút, and FUFANU. Both bands are extremely popular all over the globe, so it’s really cool they are going to make it to Boston.
Mammút consist of Katrína Mogensen, Vilborg Ása Dýradóttir, Alexandra Baldursdóttir, Arnar Pétursson, and Andri Bjartur Jakobsson. Shortly after forming in 2003 they won the coveted 2004 Músiktilraunir, the annual Icelandic battle of the bands. And now 14 years later they are working on their 4th album. The following song is still one of my favorites, but you should check out their Youtube page for more videos.
Katrína has one of those powerful voices that along with the rest of the band creates a powerful wall of sound that pulses through you like an angry heartbeat. They are one of my favorite bands to see in Iceland.
Fufanu have certainly evolved over the last 9 years. In the beginning they were Captain Fufanu an electronic duo, but now they have dropped the captain and Fufanu has released their second album, “Sports.”
Now a three piece, Kaktus Einarsson, Guðlaugur Einarsson, and Erling Bang have created a part new wave – part minimal Alternative pop album that suits their stage presence nicely. I’ve seen them play many different types of music, but this last year they really were on a plane of their own as they cranked out one hell of a solid set in front of a massive crowd at Harpa. If you’re a fan of bands such as Oasis, Blur, and the Servants, you’ll really dig their set.
From Boston, the Dirty Dottys will be performing. A seven piece, self described “pop-motown, rump-shaking, heart-thumping, swoon-inducing ensemble whose goal is to create music that makes their audience, move, groove, and high five their neighbors.”
Live shows are like a party, and the musical powerhouse group entertains as well as moves their loyal crowds.
There is a lot more going on during the week as well. chef Siggi Helga from Grillið restaurant is flying to Boston to create a three course Icelandic dinner at The Merchant with the help of American chef, Edwin Morales. And he’s joined by the mixologist Kári Sigurðsson and by the Merchant’s Bryan Ames using my favorite Icelandic vodka, Reyka Vodka, and the classic Brennivin. Check out the Taste of Iceland website for menu and pricing.
The first lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid, will be at WBUR, to discuss the attractions and lure of authors to Iceland, as well as talking about famous Icelandic authors and books. The Brattle theatre will host a viewing of the short film series, Stockfish, a 6 short film series of Icelandic films. There will be a discussion and display of Icelandic contemporary art at the The Kingston Gallery at SoWa, hosted by Björg Stefánsdóttir.
This week is always a lot of fun, and most of it is free to the public. Check out the Taste of Iceland page for RSVP’s, details, and fun contests they will be having during the week.