If we think back to the ultimate summer sessions, Givers score pretty high. The young band from Lafayette, Louisiana could not be bothered less by what we consider a hot and humid summer day in Vienna. However, it is not so much about the sweaty sports ground setting that brings back this sunshine vibe, but the uplifting music itself that approaches like a summer storm and explodes in a burst of joy. You can literally feel how much fun the combo has during the session! They kick off with the the infectious “Saw You First” and then go for a vibrant rendition of “Meantime”. Givers put in so much enthusiasm in their performance that Nick Stephans, playing flute and keyboard, even holds back the urge to jump up and fight the itching when a bug crawls up his butt. Now that’s what we call dedicated!
Josef-Strauss-Park is an oasis in an area of Vienna with particularly little public green space. The 7,800 square meters English-style park is a bit hidden behind a block of houses in the 7th district, with a hard-to-find entrance in Lerchenfelder Straße and one in Kaiserstraße. Due to its location in the middle of apartment houses, the park creates a very private feeling, like walking through a quiet, shady backyard. In summertime, however, the urban greenspace comes to live when children with their parents use the ample playground facilities and passers-by take a break on one of the benches. Not too long, though, because the wrought-iron gates usually close at dusk (watch our session with Volcano! for the counterevidence). The park is named after 19th-century architect, inventor, composer and conductor Josef Strauss, whose brother Johann is the creator of some of the most famous waltzes.