Mar. 15, Arena Riga: Famed Norwegian 80s rock group A-HA will be bringing their catchy tunes to Latvia on their European tour, such as “Take on Me” and “The Sun Always Shines” on TV to promote their 2015 album, Cast in Steel. Celebrating 30 years since Take on Me swept the airwaves, the band has been active since 2015, reuniting for new material and to tour.
Apr. 07-09, Splendid Palace Cinema (Daile Music Hall): The Riga Jazz Stage is in its 12th year, showcasing jazz vocal talent from young aspiring artists competing against each other for the number one spot among competitors from more than 12 countries. Enjoy a night with undiscovered jazz talent with the 28 international finalists, as maestro Raimonds Pauls presides over the jury.
Apr. 29, Riga Congress Hall: As part of the 2016 Rigas Ritmi Jazz Concert Series, American jazz vocalist Jose James is coming to Latvia for the first time. Billed as “jazz for the hip hop generation,”James unites jazz, soul, drum and bass, rap, rock music, and poetry for a unique musical storytelling experience.
May 17, Palladium: A true example of vintage gone viral. From humble beginnings as a Youtube channel, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox is certain to be a fresh night of beautiful jazzy cover music spanning every genre from pop to hip hop and everything in between. The group uses brass and string instruments, including a well-timed tambourine to get the audience moving.
May 22, Arena Riga: While British-Lebanese singer Mika has always enjoyed popularity in Eastern Europe, Latvia has a special place for his upbeat and inspirational songs. With a vocal range of at least three octaves, he brings to Latvia favorites from his new album, as well as blasts from the past, such as Grace Kelly and Love Today.
Mar. 31-Apr. 14, Various locations: As a celebration of both the spring and cinema, the Vilnius International Film Festival, now in its 21st year, is the largest cinematic event in the country. More than 200 films are screened and the audience numbers over 100,000 and growing. This year, view films such as Serbia’s A Good Wife, Lithuania’s Kings’ Shift and Bulgaria’s Thirst.
Apr. 10, Geltonos Sofos Klubas: Solo pop artist, David Blair, has been making music since 2007 in Canada and is not about to stop any time soon. After the release of his fourth album, Blair is taking his show on the road to Vilnius again to inspire, uplift and connect with people.
May 02-08, Various locations: International Contemporary Dance Festival New Baltic Dance has, during the 13 years of its existence, grown into one of the main and most prestigious dance festivals in the Baltic Sea area. Bringing together dance companies from all around the world, the festival highlights new choreographers and experimental dance, together with classical performances and premieres.
May 15, Church of St. Catherine: Faroese singer-songwriter, Eivør, breezes in to Vilnius with a distinct voice and a wide range of genres spanning from rock, jazz, folk, and pop, to European classical music. Her roots are Faroese ballads but is also well-known as a jazz performer. Her current raw musical style is guaranteed to make for a unique night of music.
May 21, Various Locations: Uniting all with the language of music, Vilnius’ International Street Musician’s Day showcases more than 3000 street musicians around the city and 30 other towns with every genre of music imaginable. Wherever you may be in the city, parks, street corners, courtyards, and squares are sure to be filled with music.
Mar. 28-Apr. 03, Various venues: One of Europe’s leading music festivals, Tallinn Music Week 2016 this year has more than 240 acts, including free pop-up concerts and shows in peoples’ homes. Featuring artists such as Eric Copeland, Joe Kay, and Retro Future, the festival plays host to myriad genres, ranging from dance, classical, and punk, to house, soul, and funk.
Apr. 06, Saku Arena: American songbird, Mariah Carey, will be making her way to the Baltics (dates in LT and LV, as well) this year, visiting Europe for the first time in 13 years with her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour. Undoubtedly one of the world’s most successful female singers, selling over 220 million records, Carey is sure to stun with her five-octave vocal range and pop tunes.
Apr. 15, Tallinn: New York-based DJ, Dennis Ferrer, has been working in the genre of soulful house music along with frequent collaborations with The Martinez Brothers. Always ahead of the game when music starts changing and evolving, his electronic beats are sure to provide a moving night out.
Jun. 04, Saku Arena: Australian rock band hailing from Sydney, 5 Seconds of Summer, is bringing with them their youthful exuberance and pop punk jams. After touring with British band, One Direction, the band received so much critical acclaim and popularity that they are now embarking on their own tour, with their hits such as, She Looks So Perfect