But what if you go to Venice today? Nowadays the old issues of playing live music in Venice are the same. There is simply no space, and lately local laws had been issued that are making it more and more difficult to organize concerts in the historical centre (no music after 11p.m., special and very expensive licenses for the owners, etc.). The mainstream is still dictated by necessity with small cover bands, mostly unplugged. There are very talented musicians, but simply have no way to express themselves properly. But there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. First of all, the jazz musicians are back with a brand new generation of young players that are fighting their way to the top. Among them is Piero Bittolo Bon with his band Jump The Shark, Guglielmo Pagnozzi and the Voodoo Sound Club, Luca Ventimiglia and the Kowloon project, and many others. The best part of this new generation is the slow rebuilding process of the ‘lobby’ of musicians, and who says that a lobby is always a bad thing?
pop-reggae-funk-you name it band founded by Giuliomaria Garbellotto. With an album already recorded (Queen With No Crown, 2011), the Beta Project is mostly active on the web. This has helped them obtain great results abroad, especially in South America and northern Europe. If you could fulfill a dream and take a tour of the mesmerizing Venezia, you would know that it’s not solely romance, food, and museums. There is also a great variety of music that awaits you, and (surprise!) you have options. In the historical center, look for Corazzieri, Orient Experience, Dae Fie, and Venice Jazz Club, among others. Take a 10-minute bus or a train and discover the unknown-tomany in Mestre: Vapore, Conestoga, Forte Marghera, Pop Corn, Palaplip... You can tell your friends you had a very posh and cultural vacation, but still had fun doing it!
Moving back to the mainland, Mestre is still mainly contributing with contemporary music. One of the most active is Andrea Facchin: a former guitar player in the Don Ciccio Philarmonic Orchestra. He is currently one of the most wanted bluesmen in the area. His alter ego character ‘Mr. Wob’ can be seen almost everywhere, with his solo project, in trio, or in the other projects that he participates in. He also co-founded Moka da tre, which essentially is an artist collective that mixes music and other forms of art in order to turn concerts into true performances. The best part? It’s all improvised... Mr. Wob is also active in the arising GmG & the Beta Project, an indiePHOTO by G’NAT