New for Kunst!Rasen 2020 – Snarky Puppy

A new addition to next year’s Kunst!Rasen Open Air Season in Bonn – Brooklyn based jam band Snarky Puppy, led by bassist Michael League will play on 25 June 2020.  The Band’s wide spectrum of musical styles, encompassing elements of jazz, rock, world music, and funk has won three Grammy Awards and should ensure a great evenings music.  Beware – their  concert in E-Werk this October was quickly sold so don’t leave it too late for Kunst!Rasen – tickets are already on sale! 

Reasons to be cheerful one two three…

With Christmas just around the corner here’s a peek at what’s round the corner – and down the road as we take a look at some of the concerts coming to the area in 2020.

There’s a new open-air season at Insel Grafenwerth that includes Albert Hammond and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.

Albert Hammond

Established favourites coming back to Endenich and the Harmonie stage include Layla Zoe, Mitch Ryder and King King.  John Cale and Bryan Ferry will be playing to large devoted crowds next to the Cathedral at Cologne’s Roncalli Platz for sure.

Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan

At Kunstrasen there’s Lionel Richie saying ‘Hello’, Deep Purple bringing Smoke to the Water of the Rhine – oh, and Wallsend’s most famous son Gordon Sumner aka Sting…


Already keen to get Christmas over and done with?


Xmas Folk Club

The last Folk Club Bonn of 2019 takes place on Friday 6 December. It looks to be a cracker at Dotty’s Sports Bar too, with appearances chalked in for Tom Kannmacher and Le Clou, not forgetting local heroes Daniel Bongart and Uwe Gillert (with the mysterious ‘3Musikkomplizen’). Also playing will be Rob Taylor, Daniel Bongart… and very special guest is the wonderful Simon Kempston – which gives me an excuse to show his brilliant video again on 3songsbonn…

Sold Out (Again!) – Julian Sas

What is there left to say about Julian Sas at Bonn Harmonie?  Fact: this was his 18th appearance here since 2003.  Fact: Most of those shows have been sold out within a few days.  Fact: Julian Sas is one of Europe’s best guitar players.  Fact:  I’ve taken pictures of Julian’s devoted, mostly dutch, followers regularly over the years, and the faces don’t change.  So what makes these people ‘fans for life?’.   It’s Saturday night on a sunny November night in Bonn.  Wintertime.  Inside the Harmonie though it’s a hot and balmy evening – it’s Sas time…

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Kings & Queens of the Para Dance

There was music with a difference this weekend at the Hardtberghalle.  From Golden Oldies like ‘Has Anybody Seen My Girl’ to more recent Pop Hits like ‘Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’.   Whatever the tune, there was a suitable dance routine.  The World Para Dance Sport Championships were in town – After only a few moments I realised – forget the wheelchairs – just keep the shutter speed of my camera high.  These Ladies and Gentlemen are graceful and fast out on the dancefloor.  Take your partners please for an introduction to the increasingly popular sport of Para Dance.

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Escape to Bonn – Danny Bryant at The Harmonie

The new disc ‘Means of  Escape’ was recently nominated for Best Album of 2019 in the European Blues Awards, as well as being included in Joe Bonamassa’s personal Spotify Playlist of music from musicians who are keeping the Blues alive.  It was recorded in as few takes as possible says the English guitarist behind it, in order to keep the live feel.  Here we are then to test out just how well that live CD vibe aimed for by Danny Bryant matches a room full of Blues fans on a chilly November evening at The Harmonie

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Ian Paice in Bonn


If the Kunstrasen next year seems too impersonal for the Rock classics from Deep Purple then drop by The Harmonie on Monday (18 Nov).  Purple original (and present) drummer Ian Paice will be playing with Purpendicular and introducing a set of their own, and, naturally, some classic Deep Purple.

As Paice himself is quoted as saying:

‘This Band is one of the Top Bands I work with, you’re going to love them, These Guys are so good I only have to worry about myself”Ian Paice DEEP PURPLE 2012