Wincent Weiss Concert re-scheduled due to Corona

Wincent Weiss at his 2018 concert in Bonn

The concert by Wincent Weiss at Kunst!Rasen scheduled for 29 June has had to be moved to Friday 12.08.22 because large parts of the crew are sick with Corona and also Wincent Weiss has symptoms. Tickets for the 29.06. are of course valid for the August show.

Klassik!Picknick 2022 on Sunday

No, this photo isn’t an out-take picture from Harry Potter. The baton of Dirk Kaftan will however be bringing some magic Bonn’s way on Sunday (26 June) when The Beethoven Orchestra Bonn introduces a Spanish Night on Bonn’s KUNST!RASEN for 2022’s Klassik!Picknick

With music by Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados and others, Kunstrasen will be transformed into the Alhambra of Granada on June 26, starting at 7 p.m. (entrance is from 5 pm)

Spanish composers poured their passion and love for their homeland into their music, and at the KUNST!RASEN, Manuel de Falla’s Der Dreispitz, Emmanuel Chabrier’s España, and Alborada del Gracioso by Maurice Ravel, among others, will be played. Here is the full set-list:




Canciones populares


Alborada del Gracioso



From the Carmen Suites (Les Toréadors, Aragonaise, Intermezzo, Danse bohémienne)


From the ballet The Tricorn (Fanfare, The Neighbors, Dance of the Miller, Jota)



Vuelven las horas


La Tempranica, Zapateado


La Virgen de la Macarena



Al pensar en el dueño



La cucaracha

Luciana Mancini→mezzo-soprano
José Real Cintero→trumpet.
La Cati y José Manuel→flamenco dance.

Klassik!Piknick Orchestra’s-eye-view

As in previous years, admission is free! Self-catering is encouraged, so bring your own picnic or take up the offer of food and drinks on-site, and relax with a blanket on the grass.

This picnic is financed by sponsor tables. These are tables set up in the VIP area for 8 to 10 people and the corresponding supply of picnic-typical food and drinks.

These tickets can be purchased for 70,00€ p.p. via BonnTicket or Ticketmaster.

The event will be held under the regulations in force on the day of the concert.

Short-term changes cannot be excluded so please inform yourself in advance on the websites or

Afrika Festival 2022 taster

Pape Samory Seck and supporting musicians brought a taste of the rhythms of Africa to the Marketplace in Bad Godesberg today. If you want a chance to get with the rhythm in Bonn don’t miss the Afrika Festival on 9 July on the open-air stage at Kleines Theatre. More details HERE

Watching Trees at Alter Zoll

Trees, as Folk Club impresario John Harrison wisely points out, cannot simply uproot and march away if their living conditions are impaired by thoughtless human activities. Where a Cedar can’t walk though, we humans can ‘step in’. John was one of many local and talented musicians supporting the ‘Baumwächter’ Tree Guardians‘ initiative at Alter Zoll on Sunday afternoon.

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Folk Club 124 – Steve Perry Edition

After two years it seemed almost like business as usual at Dotty’s last Friday. Almost…

Things had definitely changed. I missed the last Folk Club meet, and arrived for the June one to find that a stonking great grandstand was now standing next to the hockey pitch whilst cars and coaches were vying for space outside. Finally, Folk Club Bonn has taken off I thought! Rockpalast cameras await us. A bit disappointing then to find posters announcing that Dotty’s was actually being spruced up for the German Field Hockey ‘Meisterschaften’ due to start the next day. Upstairs, in the usual room, it was really business as usual (if you ignore the fact that for obvious health reasons we had played seemingly everywhere else at Dotty’s but in this room for the last two years). There was also a sense of sadness in the air as the good news news that our organizer Steve Perry was making his first appearance since serious illness kept him away from Dotty’s for a long while was tempered with the fact that he would be stepping down from his duties officially due to the severity of his condition.

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July Grafenwerth concerts moved to Cologne

Wave goodbye to seeing Zaz in Bonn this year. With seeming Inevitability, the Grafenwerth concerts planned for July have met with the same fate as those in June. Planned appearances by ex-Pink Floyd member Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets and the popular french star will now take place in Cologne. ZAZ will perform on 1 July 2022, at 8 pm at the Palladium with special guest Estrela Gomes and Nick Mason ́s Saucerful of Secrets will perform at E-Werk on 2 July at 9 pm.

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Folk Club 124 – Steve Perry stands down as organizer

If selfless, diligent hard work for absolutely no financial gain whatsoever in the face of fierce adversity were a means to grade the measure of a man then Steve Perry would have at the very least by now been granted sainthood.  His role as Bonn Folk Club schedule organizer put him at the mercy of many an ego, both great and small – where to play in the evening’s schedule? how many songs to play? or, indeed, are two songs each of a whopping 15-minute duration still actually a spot for only two songs?

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Baums Bluesbenders 2022

Can you make a living working in Bonn in the music business? Wednesday’s guest at the Trinkpavilion in Bad Godesberg is proof that you can. But it’s only because he runs a successful music shop in Plittersdorferstrasse and sadly not because playing top quality live music is something the majority of dedicated musicians can earn a livable wage on . What matters most though is that, at a time when live music in the open air surrounded by trees and birds and bats is being hotly debated in the Courtroom, Baums Bluesbenders showed what music can do for the most forgotten species when it comes to making life bearable in Bonn – human beings. It seems to have got lost in the legal arguments that in order to make a small number of creatures possibly happy, an awful lot of other creatures (humans) are unhappy. No wonder they have and need The Blues! Enter Mr Baum and his team of musical doctors the Bluesbenders. No appointment is necessary – just turn up at the ‘surgery’- Dr Baum will see you now…

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