Spring & summer 2016

This year, until now I've been doing great gigs with a huge amount of brilliant artists and friends, such as Jarkko Martikainen & Luotetut miehet, THe Brass Band of Keski-Karjala (cond. Raimo Maaranen), Sallad, Uber Aber, Emma Salokoski, Osmo Ikonen, TosiTeatteri, Mikko Mäkeläinen, Mikael Konttinen, Sami Saari, Palatsi Music Theater, Marzi Nyman, Patajätkät, Erika Vikman, Rob Dominis and Thomas TörnroosinIt's been so much fun! 

We were in the famous Finnvox Studio in Helsinki with Jarkko, and in September we eill release a brand new Jarkko Martikainen & Luotetut miehet album.

Also, FINALLY Luis and the Bots is also releasing its first album ever, and we will celebreate that historical event at On The Rocks (Helsinki, Finland) on Sep 29th, 2016.

JARKKO MARTIKAINEN & LUOTETUT MIEHET FINISHED THEIR "KEVÄTJÄÄLLÄ 2016" -FINNISH SPRING TOUR

Thanks again for everybody who participated, both in the audience and on stage. We'll be recording a full album in April, so you'll be seeing more jumping on on our next tour after the album release in Autumn 2016.

 


 

Yearly review 2015

It was such a busy year, that I never quite had the time to post much. But here it goeas: my review for 2015:

2015 REVIEW: ABBA DANCING QUEEN, PALATSI-THEATER, TAMPERE

I did some music theater shows with fabulous Capri Selo, Marko Lämsä and Päivi Lepistö (who was brilliantly substituted in the picture's show by by Piritta Lumous.)

 


REVIEW 2015: ANNIKA EKLUND -SHOW

My good friend Annika Eklund and I haven't had many chances to perform together in the past few years due to our busy schedules, but luckily in the year 2015 we did some shows with the band including me, Jussi Turunen, Tarmo Nikkilä and Toni Jantunen.  

 

 


REVIES 2015: LUIS AND THE BOTS


In June 2015 me and Antti Huilaja (Annika EKlund Band, Luis and the Bots) did a duo-act at Hiljaisuus-festivaali in the northenrmost Finland. Thet's when we realized, that it is high time to finally release the first Luis and the Bots album that we've been working on since 2007.

In autumn 2015 we recorded Antti's string arrangement's missing violin and viola parts to a song called Jeremiah the Cherry Picker . That was recorded and engineered by Samppa Reinikainen and our featuring string players were Anssi Salminen and Juulia Niiniranta.

 


REVIEW 2015: DUO LEPPÄ & LUIS

- a.k.a. Henkka & Herrero.

 


REVIEW 2015: HIGHER GROUND BAND

A wonderful cover band we had some years ago hasn't stopped meeting, although we don't do much gigs nowadays. In the picture with me there's Manna Borg, Klaus Suominen, Lauri Hämäläinen, Aleksi Kaunisvirta, JP Linna. 

 


REVIEW 2015: MIKAEL INNANEN SPECIAL CELEBRATION BAND @ Raatalan humpparalli

There's a brilliantly named festival in Salo, Finland, where we just had to participate with Riku Koski, Henri Murtojärvi and Timo Määttä. It's a festival, where all the bands play mostly humppa, besides other good-old Finnish dance music styles.


REVIEW 2015: JUANKOSKI CONCERT

I did a concert fronting Juantehtaan Soittajat in their traditional spring concert with co-soloist, percussionist Hanne Hiltunen. Their conductor is my long time friend Raimo Maaranen. This time I actually found the statue of the great Finnish rock lyricist and singer Juice Leskinen, who was originally from this tiny place in eastern Finland.


REVIEW 2015: MIKAEL KONTTINEN & Nelinpeli

It was a blast with Mikael, Petteri Arvola, Janne Järvensivu and Petri Rahikkala, with whom I did a "swedish boat" -gig with some spare time in Stockholm, where we went to see ABBA-museum. And had a pint.

 


REVIEW 2015: JARKKO MARTIKAINEN & LUOTETUT MIEHET

In the band of legendary Finnish rock-icon Jarkko Martikainen there's Ema Hurskainen (Eläkeläiset, HC Andersen, Psychoplasma), Anssi Salminen (Epic Male Band, Haaga Folk Machine) and me. Our sound engineer is Jarkko Viinamäki (and backing up him in the pic's tour was Mikko "Kilu" Kilpeläinen). In year 2015 we rocorded an EP called Kierrätyspiste, and did a cover version of an Eppu Normaali -song called Balladi kaiken turhuudesta, which is included in a new Eppu Normaali tribute CD. Both of these albums are released in 2016.
 
In this year we will be also recording a full length album with recording engineer & producer Risto Hemmi at the legendary  Finnvox-studio in April. That's released in Autumn 2016.
 

 


VUOSIKATSAUS 2015: MARISKA & PAHAT SUDET
Tämäkin bändi on jo aikanaan kuoppaan laitettu muilta osin, vaan ei kokoontumisajomielessä. Jaakko Jakku (Turisas) ja Klaus Suominen (Happoradio) ovat edelleen PK-seudun parasta karaokeseuraa.

 


REVIEW: SALLAD BAND TURNS 10 YEARS

Sallad band: Jari Salminen (Poets of the Fall, Anna Puu), Jussi Liimatainen (Anna Puu), Henna Juvonen (Miau), Toni Lundén and Pasi Huttula with Pete Parkkonen, Lasse Piirainen and Heikki Kytölä as featuring special gueat stars.

 


REVIEW 2015: PLAYED SOME ACCORDION, TOO...

 


REVIEW 2015: TENHO OLAVI & Aikamme Rakastajat

 

 


REVIEW 2015: TOSITEATTERI

 

 

TosiTeatteri visits Provinssi theater in Salo

Saturday, March 21th at 14:00 - The Story of Princess Ryysynen

 

20.1.2015 Cabaret @ Salo

Happy new year, folks! I've been playing bass in the Cabaret musical at Salo's Provinssi theater. Our premiere was already in October 11th 2014, but you still have the chance to see it this year:

fri 30. jan 19.00
wed 11. feb 19.00
fri 27. feb 19.00
wed  4. mar 19.00
tue 17. mar 19.00
sat 28. mar 15.00

 

20.1.2015 Abba-show

Last year I got the chance to substitute a couple of times the brilliant Kimmo Blom in Tampere, at Palatsi theater's musical show Abba Dancing Queen.

 

 

20.1.2015 Jarkko Martikainen & Luotetut Miehet LIVE

Go see our live footage, recoded in April, 2014 at Finnish national television's (YLE) legendary music studio in Helsinki..

Jarkko Martikainen & Luotetut Miehet @ Yle Live 2014

25.8.2014 Brand new music video: Ei-toivotut laulut

Here's our new video that was shot in spring 2014. Starring Jarkko Martikainen. Co-starring Luotetut Miehet Band: Ema Hurskainen, Anssi Salminen & me.

 

20.6.2014 Jarkko Martikainen & Luotetut Miehet @ Tampere, Finland

On midsummer's eve we had a gig in Tampere, Finland. Most Finns go to countryside cottages, as far away from cities as possible. But the ones in Tampere who stayed came to Valtteri Festival to see a bunch of great bands. They also had awesome saunas with birch twig decorations (very Finnish) - one on a trailer and another in a military style tent! While we waited for our turn to play, we went to test both of them with Anssi.

 

16.6.2014 Site open

It's my pleasure to announce, that this site is finally opened! Hallelujah! Big thanks to Petteri Huotari, who designed this site and to Mika Heittola who took most of the photos.

To publish something fun, here's a nostalgic video clip from 2012, when we went to Radio Nova Stage with Mariska & Pahat Sudet (minus Klaus). Enjoy!