Up next was Espan Lava, a public stage in the center of Helsinki, close to all the number one tourist sights.
Every summer there are lots of gigs there, pop, rock, jazz, ethnic, etc… On a fine day there’s a great opportunity to enjoy great music for free, and you see lots of tourists strolling around, as well as locals. The stage is located at the eastern end of the Esplanadi park, a very popular place to hang around.
Also, this is not the first time I play at the stage: in 2011, we had a gig there with my old band Illusion Granted. And yes, we also played The Girl with Bangs, this same song I’m now playing measure by measure.
Kapsäkki Music Theater is located in the district of Vallila, neighbouring the bohemian former worker’s district Kallio, and Hermanni, where I used to live for almost four years. So, very familiar area for me.
There is a nice Steinway grand at the theater, where also one of my idols, the great finnish pianist Iiro Rantala often performs.