Democracy & Music at Marktplatz

It’s coming to the end of a long and busy day in Bonn Marktplatz.  There are several hundred people watching Makeda as she sings ‘The Day I Loved You Most’.  But for a handful of votes, she would have instead been singing this very song tonight in front of several million people in Tel Aviv.  Eurovision’s loss is Bonn’s gain though, as she joins top young Bonn Jazz drummer Richard Münchhoff and his Band, to bring the curtain down on this Democracy Festival Day on Marktplatz with a classy presentation of Pop/Jazz.

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Music in the Park 2019 – Bad Godesberg

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Last year saw the welcome return of live Musik im Park across from the central station in Bad Godesberg.  It proved so successful that it’s back again in 2019, with an excellent line-up of local bands.

So, pack your picnic hampers, your sunglasses (and your summer rain jackets just in case), and head for the Park on the following Wednesday’s from 7pm to 9pm:

  • 22 May –  R&B Express
  • 29 May –  Open Source
  •  5 June –  Taste of Woodstock
  • 12 June – Baums Bluesbenders
  • 19 June – Christian Meringolo
  • 26 June – Milene & Band
  •  3 July –   Cynthia Nickschas
  • 10 July –  The Seven Sins

Where: Stadtpark Bad Godesberg Behind the Stadthalle/ in front of the ‘Trinkpavillon’

Admission: Is FREE (a hat will be passed around)

For more details check the KonzertKalender Bonn HERE


Marion & Sobo Band Tickets Now Available

No prizes for recognizing the girl with the bewitching smile here. Marion Lenfant-Preus is of course her name, and The Marion & Sobo Band is her group of excellent local musicians.

In Marion’s hand are tickets for the bands show at Bonn Harmonie on 21 September.  Available for 18.50 Euros from Aksoy Kiosk as well as from the usual outlets.

The show is billed as a ‘Twin Edition’ featuring twin sister Claire Lenfant-Preus from Nantes, so expect something a little different as well as the best in Gypsy Jazz/Chanson that we all know and love from the band.

GoVinum Wine Festival – Live Music

There are days when rather than go out to a show, you’d rather sit back and enjoy a glass of wine in the sunshine? Bad Godesberg was the ideal place for you then on Sunday evening.

Theaterplatz saw the first ever GoVinum Wine Festival. It had its problems weatherwise on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday revealed some sunshine and blue skies.  I put the improvement down to my old Folk Club friends John Harrison and Paolo Pacifico who I’m told had brought the best of acoustic blues to the square earlier in the day.   This may have been the first such Festival in Bad Godesberg, but already I’m thinking that Bonn City Centre could learn a thing or two from the organizers. Plenty of room to spread out. Rather than a big square with a stage at one end, trestle tables in the middle and wine/food stands around the edge as is the case in Münsterplatz,  there were two stages, one at each end, and not pointing at each other. It split the square up pleasantly I thought.


Rolk ‘Kiki’ Schumacher


The City Centre Wine Festival seems to be somewhat bereft of live music nowadays.  Probably a  result of the usual complaints about noise. Not that Bad Godesberg was without its complainers I suspect. I saw one middle-aged lady walk past the R&B Express stage with her figures in her ears and accusing looks pointed at the band. I really am at a loss with such people. It was after all only 5pm in the City Centre of Bad Godesberg. Ten years ago, the music would have been twice as loud. Hopefully, it won’t go the same way here as it seems to have in the main City, where the music is too quiet to really be enjoyed by the audience until at some point it will just be considered a distraction from the wine drinking.

Of course, music, when played badly, can be hard to bear. The two bands I caught on this fine afternoon though were certainly worth hearing loud and clear.


R&B Express in the sunshine


The R&B Express had an excellent choice of material culled from the Rnb/Jazz scene. My favourite of the evening was undoubtedly their take on BB King’s ‘When Love Comes To Town’. I liked too the funky sax and vocals of Rolf “Kiki Schumacher when they played Tower of Power’s  ‘Diggin on James Brown, and The classic Blues of ‘Worksong’ that I last heard some years ago in the set of Ana Popovic was well delivered by singer Linda Meissner.  An excellent band that I’ve not heard before, but now I’m looking forward to their appearance at the Godesberg Festival ‘Music im Park’ on 22 May after last year’s roaring success.

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Animals are Folk Too – Bonn Folk Club102

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The theme of Folk Club Bonn #102, was ‘Animals’ and with it’s ‘All creatures great and small’ reach it generated probably the most theme-oriented songs of any club meeting to date.  Kangaroos, pug dogs, sparrows, bees, ducks, geese, dragonflies…  There would have been one about emus if someone had written such a song (and now I will wait for you to check Google and tell me I’m wrong!!!)

Okay, yes, there’s ‘Emu Song’ by John Williamson.  I was wrong.  Now let’s get back to Dotty’s Sports Bar before the last seat is taken on this zoological musical ride of an evening with John Harrison and special guest from Birmingham David Fisher.

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Music on Münsterplatz

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Nice to hear some music whilst shopping today in Bonn.
Despite incessant rain, Richard Münchhoff and Friends were entertaining the shoppers in Münsterplatz with the help of vocalist Ina Krabes.  Richard himself will be back next Saturday (18 May) in the City Centre.  This time in a different location, Marktplatz, and with a different but very special vocalist, Makeda, fresh from her nailbitingly close defeat at this  years German ‘Song for Europe’.

Start on 18 May at Marktplatz is due at 6.15 pm.  It will undoubtedly be good, and it will be FREE!

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David Fisher on Busking and Bonn

For David Fisher his recent concert at Bonn Folk Club was only one in a very long line of concerts abroad.  David was on the road for three years, busking from City to City and even Country to Country.  He even found time to publish a book about his experiences  –  ‘Busking Beyond Borders’ is a fascinating and often humerous account of those three years. Before the show, and despite the noisy rehearsals of fellow musicians readying themselves for their floor-spots at at Dotty’s Sports Bar, 3songsbonn managed to grab a short interview with David.

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