Great Venues: The Melkweg Club – Amsterdam

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Great Venues: The Melkweg Club – Amsterdam

One of the most famous club/entertainment complexes in Europe, the Melkweg Club (Dutch for Milky Way) was founded in 1970 when a local theater group took over a old dairy building and transformed it into a concert venue and nightclub.


The Melkweg draws many of the hottest up and coming international touring acts, such as electric blues guitarist and singer Ana Popovic. Popovic was raised in war-torn Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, now Serbia. Her father, a popular guitarist/bassist in their home town of Belgrade, introduced her to the blues through his extensive record collection and nightly jam sessions with his friends. She formed her first band at age nineteen and was soon performing outside her native Serbia, opening for American blues icons like Junior Wells.


With her SRV-influenced rhythm sound, killer chops on both lead and slide guitar and her sultry voice, the Serbian beauty soon became a fixture of the electric blues scene, playing major blues/jazz/rock festivals all over the world. After touring Europe, Popovic broke into the US when she played the Memphis in May Festival in 2001. She received a nomination for Best New Blues Artist at the 2003 W.C. Handy Awards.


Her 2007 album Still Making History spent 19 weeks on the Billboard blues chart. Her most recent album, Blind For Love (2009) was produced by David Z (Prince) and Mark Dearnley (AC/DC, Paul McCartney).


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