Some 2700 people were up on the Bundeskunsthalle roof on Sunday afternoon. Thankfully not all at the same time. All the same, there was a long and snaking queue to climb the steps and see Sven Komp and his band sound pretty damn near to Phil Collins in the Genesis Phil Collins coverband Still Collins.
If you were a British teenager in the 70’s there were a select number of bands who seemed to appeal to everyone. Rockers with enough Pop for the teenies but also enough stomp for the ‘serious’ music fans. That ‘something for everyone’ appeal at the time has proved to be timeless, as evidenced by the appearance on Thursday of two giants of the era – Status Quo and Alice Cooper on a double bill at Bonn’s Kunst!Rasen.
The day the Stones played at Kunst!Rasen! Okay, so it wasn’t Mick and Keith but Angus and Julia, but would we get any satisfaction from the Australian brother and sister duo? For the answer (and no more ‘Stones’ puns I promise) read on…
“I got to the show 20 minutes before stage call and then I left three minutes after the Encore!! It was a crazy Day and yet in all truth one of the best days!! Thank you Bonn!!”
That’s how Rea Garvey described his ‘flying visit’ to Kunst!Rasen on Sunday via Facebook.
It was an evening of music that was as varied as it was entertaining. Local heroes Smash Brothers, Rapper Mark Forster and Rocker Rea Garvey all delivered excellent sets without a single raindrop falling. ‘Wahnsinn!’ as the locals say.
‘One of the biggest Cultural Initiatives in Bonn’ is how Mayor Jürgen Nimptsch describes Kunst!Rasen in this years Event handbook. Is it already four years ago that Lou Reed kicked off the ‘new’ venue?
Since Reed kicked it off it’s been in regular danger of being ‘Kicked out’ with the end of every Season it seems, but still prevails – because it’s something that the majority of ‘Bonners’ want, even if it often seems as if the custodians of the City itself don’t. On Sunday it was back though,with young guns blazing. The ‘guns’ being young and popular German Rockers Revolverheld (now there’s an ideal name for a band of young guns!)
‘Heaven & Hell’ was the motto of this years ‘Pop Farm‘ Live concert at Bonn Kunst!Garten. For newcomers, Pop Farm is the biggest private school and networking platform for Pop and Rock music in the Bonn area. Instructors include Deserted guitarist Björn Donath and drummer Jens Fischer, Sunny Skies/Gun Barrel singer Patrick Sühl and Rheinaue concert promoter Maria Hülsmann.
Lots of nervous faces then, but lots of enthusiasm too for playing live music – check out the 3Songs gallery showing just a few of the faces from Pop Farm 2015 HERE
Not so long ago a rather excellent Folk oriented CD arrived on my music player called ‘Wild Skies’. Not surpisingly, when the creator of said CD was announced as a special guest at Bonn Folk Club I packed my camera, notebook and microphone and headed down to Graurheindorf. Here is the resultant interview with Cable Car recording Artist and Blues/not-Blues singer Linda Sutti.