Kunstgarten Saturday – Blümchenknicker

BluemchenknickerAn entertaining mix of Django Reinhardt, Gypsy, Flamenco, Reggae, Ska, Polka, Country, Rockabilly und Ballads with tongue in cheek German language songs. 

There should be something for everybody when Blümchenknicker, the large and lively band set around the colourfully named Bender ‘Corleone’ Flowers  take the small stage at Kunstrasen on Saturday 2 August (6.30pm to 8pm).

They made for a lively show not too long ago supporting Lauter Leben so give them a listen – and as always at Kunstgarten it’s FREE!

More about the band here


JazzTube July

DSC_5055-EditThe July JazzTube offerings were very much ‘Ladies Night’ affairs. Julia Kriegsmann’s sax with Ton at Hauptbahnhof, Ukranian Tamara Lukasheva with excellent scat-jazz vocals at Uni/Markt, and Maria Preus with Antiquariat giving Gypsy Swing a young and talented face at Museumsmeile. Good reason then to take two ears and one camera on the Subway once again.

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Astatine at Kunstgarten

Astatine-11Having seen Astatine at Bonn Folk Club, Sonia’s Jazz Kneipe and now at the Kunstgarten I still feel I haven’t seen the band around Ana Maria Leistikow in the ideal setting. Songs with the intensity of Cole Porter’s ‘Get out of Town’ really need a smoky club, a dark stage, and a single spotlight that blinks out into darkness on the last poignant note.


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Goodbye Johnny – be good


Sad news that the legendary Johnny Winter has passed away this week in Switzerland.  3SongsBonn remembers the man whose frailty of body in later years never stopped the music from hitting hard or the man himself from getting up and doing what he did best – playing the Blues.


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Stairway to Heaven – Chick Corea & Stanley Clarke

Chicago2014-26I grant you that this evenings show at Bonn’s Kunstrasen was billed as ‘Chick Corea & Stanley Clarke play songs from ‘Return to Forever’ but on a mellow evening like this my ears told me they were in fact playing songs from Heaven.  Legends come, and sadly they also go.  All the more reason to enjoy two of the Jazz greats and the Summer air on the Rhine while we still can.


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Simple Minded fun at Kunstrasen


Don’t YOU forget about me!

Jim Kerr owns a majestic hotel in Taormina, Sicily. If you ever get a peek at the guestbook there you can be sure that in any given week some wit will have written “Lovely hotel, we won’t forget about you!” or something similarly imaginative. Not that Simple Minds are one hit wonders, but that one hit has come to define the band and their sound. Is there more to the band than that hard pop stadium rock sounding anthem? I never found out at the hotel because it’s not their policy to play Kerr’s music to his guests (breakfast when I was there was an odd but enjoyable mix of Bob Marley and Pink Floyd) so here at Kunstrasen was my chance to find out.


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