Rock’n’Truck, the Geneva rock scene at home

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Streaming to help the regional scene. In Geneva, this is what the Rock’n’Truck festival offers, an initiative born from a meeting between four musicians, Marie Christophe Ruata-Arn (Le Beau Lac de Bâle, The Lawdy Mamas), Nadia Pellegrini-Niederhauser ( The Lawdy Mamas, Las Vegas Parano), Tamara Lyane Retchitzky (The Lawdy Mamas, Wigwam) and Philippe Mikes (Toxic Gazoline, Wigwam). The concept is simple: once a month, three groups take turns for a concert broadcast live – two seasoned groups and one discovery, in order to support the next generation. As a stage, the Food Truck of the Relais Thaï.

“It was really the sadness to see all these musicians unable to perform that pushed us to get started,” explains Philippe Mikes. We wanted to make a gesture in favor of artists, but also to allow young groups to leave their premises. ” For the technical aspects, the non-profit association born from this initiative has surrounded itself with technicians capable of maintaining a quality standard. Because they too suffer from the desert that the live music industry crosses; they are also paid for their work. The groups are paid by virtual hat: each Internet user can pay an amount of his choice, the winnings then being divided equally.

Project to be perpetuated

When the sanitary situation permits, the Rock’n’Truck should welcome the public, according to the permitted gauges. But at the same time, there will remain a digital event that can be followed from home. Philippe Mikes hopes, after a first year in the form of a test, to be able to perpetuate the project. The first evening, in January, brought together The Lawdy Mamas, Toxic Gazoline and Eagle Keys on the relief side. “We played the guinea pigs with our groups in order to spot the inevitable mistakes of youth,” says the drummer, stressing that, for the young groups selected, being able to benefit from a filmed performance is a great asset when it comes to canvass programmers.

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The second edition of Rock’n’Truck is scheduled for February 13. With Metro on the menu, an emblematic group of the Geneva rock scene at the turn of the 1980s, which will begin its big comeback, as well as two hard groups, Roadfever for experience and Semtex for discovery. Organized in partnership with Radio Tonic and On Stage Music Live, the evening will be interspersed with interviews with the artists.


Rock’n’Truck, next evening on Saturday February 13 at 7.45 p.m. Info, programming and broadcasting on www.rockntruck.ch

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