Summer concerts by the Emajõgi River in 2020

The series of Emajõgi summer concerts is designed to bring more live music into the summer city space of Tartu – mostly to the new and special concert sites along the river.

– On 5 August at 21:00 the Emajõgi summer concert programme 2020 will kick off with Puuluup. The event will take place by the terrace of the Delta centre of the University of Tartu. The members of the ensemble are Marko Veisson and Ramo Teder, who play the Hiiu zither and promise a little bit of singing as well.

Prior to the concert, starting at 20:00, there will be a group discussion (in Estonian) on the topic of ‘Rikas linn, vaene linn’ (‘Rich city, poor city’). The discussion will be moderated by Merle Karro-Kalberg. Rannar Raba, Tõnis Arjus and Karin Bachmann will be taking part.

On 12 August at 21:00 we invite everyone to a summer beach party performance of Angus at Tartu Emajõgi beach. Musicians from the south of Estonia will be bringing southern breezes to the banks of the river, promising listeners a joyous dance party to the rhythms of reggae and ska.

The musicians performing for you will include Anton Ventsel (vocals & guitar), Elari Ennok (vocals & guitar), Mati Tubli (vocals & bass), Tõnu Tubli (drums), Tõnis Kirsipu (percussion), Lauri Kadalipp (vocals & saxophone) and Johannes Kiik (trombone).

Prior to the concert, starting at 20:00, there will be a talk (in Estonian) by Priit Kuusk about travelling and adventuring.

– On 19 August, Nikns Suns will be performing on the stage at Jannsen & Koidula Memorial Square. Nikns Suns are a charismatic ensemble who create a powerful symbiosis of folk music and rock.

The group consists of Ragnar Toompuu (rhythm guitar & vocals), Madis Nõmme (solo guitar), Merike Paberits (flute, bagpipes, long whistle & vocals), Priit Oks (vocals), Tanel Kadalipp (bass & vocals) and Kristo Joosep (drums).

Prior to the concert, starting at 20:00, there will be a talk (in Estonian) by zoologist Aleksei Turovski entitled ‘Mageveekogude loomad, vaimud ja jumalad Emajõe kastmes’ (‘Fresh-water fauna, spirits and gods in an Emajõgi sauce’).

– On 26 August the ensemble Sõbrad Emajõel, which includes Kristjan Üksküla, Priit Strandberg and flautist Marion Strandberg, will perform on the bridge and beach of the Emajõgi rowing base.

Prior to the concert, starting at 20:00, there will be a group discussion (In Estonian) on the topic ‘Mine metsa! Linnas?!!’ (‘Head to the forest! In the city?!!’). The discussion will be moderated by Karin Bachmann. Mihkel Kunnus, Mart Meriste and Merle Karro-Kalberg will be taking part.

On 2 September the summer concert series 2020 will come to an end on the left bank of the river under Sõpruse Bridge with Reigo Ahven Trio.

Jukkis Uotila, Peedu Kass and Reigo Ahven will be performing under the name ‘Reigo Ahven Trio’.
Prior to the concert, starting at 20:00, there will be a talk by Ööülikool (in Estonian). Hydrobiologist Kristjan Piirimäe will be speaking.

The concerts and talks are free of charge.

The best cities in the world are those through which a river flows! See you in Tartu by the Emajõgi River!