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

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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

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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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Kessenich to Chicago in half an hour…

Chicago2014-51Chicago it seems have been touring almost as long as I’ve been breathing. 47 Years of touring would be a good reason to go onstage for 90 minutes, play the old hits, and stay at the venue just long enough to count the takings. Playing for over two hours, and actually seeming to still enjoy it? Welcome to the first concert of the 2014 Kunst!Rasen season – welcome to Chicago!

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New Miaomio CD Release

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Frontlady Anika Auweiler supporting Katzenjammer last year

Visitors to the ‘New Release’ section at Bonn’s ‘Mr Music’ store will notice that, tucked in amongst the likes of Steve Hackett, Marillion and a certain Mr Elton John is a new release from Bonn band MiaoMio. You might have even seen the band if you were at last years Katzenjammer concert at Kunstrasen where they were support.
The new CD is titled ‘Kreide an Ashphalt’ (Chalk on Ashphalt) and in case Mr Music sells out, also available from the band direct via the MiaoMio Website