Musicians it seems come and go. Some have just their fifteen minutes of fame, some even have a couple of hit albums, and a very few come and stay. One of those was at Bonn Harmonie on Wednesday. Meet Roger Chapman – 73 years over, and very clearly far from out.
Plans for next years Open Air shows down by the Rhine are already well underway. Sadly the planned show by Bryan Ferry has been cancelled, but here is the current list (with more to come – including details of next years ‘Classic Rock Night’)
Canada’s Darling of the Blues is fast becoming Europe’s Darling too as Layla Zoe continues to conquer the hearts of Blues fans with her irresistible blend of power vocals and ‘from the soul’ performances. Thursday it was Bonn’s turn to feel the heat of the Firegirl at the Harmonie.
If you caught the March Rockpalast Crossroads shows then this band will be familiar. London based combo Wille and the Bandits all but stole the show from JJ Grey and indeed the other bands that played over the four day Festival.
If you saw them and want to hear more then you can – at the Yardclub Cologne on Tuesday (24 Nov).
Here a video from the March Rockpalast in Bonn…
There are three ‘givens’ in life: Death, taxes, and a Julian Sas gig at the Harmonie in November. At least it seems that way. The only change I can remember from the shows past is that I seem to vaguely recall there being room to move from one part of the hall to stand somewhere else. Or maybe that was just a fantasy. Certainly it hasn’t been possible for several years now – and Saturday night was no exception.
If you’re looking for a Rock ‘n’ Roll star, Mike Zito is not your man. It seems even that whenever he accidentally strikes a Rock guitar hero pose onstage a big grin slides over the Texans amiable face and he settles back down to doing what he does best – delivering chunky soul blues riffs with no frills and the minimum of what BB King used to call ‘lemon faces’. Monday saw Mike and his excellent band at Bonn Harmonie promoting his new (and very fine) CD ‘Keep Coming Back’.
They pop up in surprising places sometimes. Gospel Songs that is. Elvis and Johnny Cash being just two expert if unlikely ‘bible belters’. Not so unlikely however was hearing them at the 63rd Bonn Folk Club because it was – you guessed it – Gospel Night. Join me now for a seat in the front pew and the Bible according to Pastors John ‘the Revalator’ Harrison and Steve ‘That’s Bible B.I.B.L.E.!’ Perry at Haus Müllestumpe.