Dottendorf Blues Festival- Day 1

Now in its third year, the annual Blues Festival in Dottendorf’s Jazz stronghold at the Ortszentrum is a welcome event that really should attract a lot more attention than it does. Under the watchful eye of local Blues afficianado Bill Baum, you can be sure of quality music at an attractive price. This year’s event kicked off with an interesting combination of local youngsters the Chain Gang Kings and top Bielefeld Blues Man Michael Merwyk who has gigs with Larry Garner and guest appearances with Big Daddy Wilson to the credit of his CV as well as a super 2nd place in the 2013 Memphis International Blues Challenge.

Continue reading

Dottendorf Blues Festival

Bonn Blues fans will be pleased to hear that Dottendorf is holding its Annual Blues Festival this weekend (13-14 Sept)


Michael van Merwyk

Guests on Friday are Bonn retro-bluesers The Chain Kings and German Blues Award winner Michael van Merwyk who has played alongside Larry Garner and Big Daddy Wilson.

Guests on Saturday are A G and the Motel Kings with Jump/westcoast Blues.

Should be a good evening for the Blues!

Continue reading

Folk Club #105


Special Guest at this month’s Bonn Folk Club  Johannes (Hannes) Epremian from the band Le Clou looks very serious in my opening picture, and so he should – he’s playing The Blues Cajun Style.  John Harrison (with Eva on violin) though, as always had the first bite at this evening’s theme of Stormy Weather, and gobbled up the obvious choice with relish – Arlen and Hoehler’s classic of that very name that first saw the light of day with Ethel Waters in the early 1930s.  It’s been covered since by everyone – from Bing Crosby to Bob Dylan – and is probably as familiar to the people of this planet as oxygen.  A song that you would almost expect new-born babies to recognize.

Continue reading

Stadtgarten Finale 2019

All good things must come to an end, and so it was that a shower of glitter from the handheld keyboard of Markus Schinkel and a shower of rain from the Heavens marked the final night of the final weekend of this year’s marvellous Stadtgarten Season down by the Alten Zoll in Bonn. The music over the two nights from MT Wizard, Missine+Tripstoic, Dad’s Phonkey, Jin Jim and finally Markus Schinkel Voyager IV was always varied, always high quality and rewarded with an audience that stayed in large numbers throughout, come what may musically.

Continue reading

JazzTube Week 2

JazzTube week 2 was a relatively peaceful affair musically speaking.  Three tube stations and three bands for whom mood and atmosphere were paramount.  A perfect way to wind down after a hectic week’s work courtesy of Stadtwerke Bonn in fact.

Continue reading


You had to get there early for a good place on the grass beside the Stadtgarten Stage.  Perfect weather for a picnic with free music was on offer on both Friday courtesy of Die Musikstation and Saturday courtesy of PopCamp.  Seven bands in two nights, so there really was something for everyone, and if a band didn’t catch your attention then there was always a chance to sunbathe or share a bottle of wine with friends.  Bonn Summer Magic was indeed in the air!

Continue reading

Jazz Tube Week 1

This Friday saw the first evening of bands hoping to make it to 11 October when the musicians most voted for will appear in the Jazz Tube Final at the Pantheon Theatre.

As ever, there was a feeling that choosing a favourite was a matter of choosing between chalk and cheese.  Three very able concerts delivered with three styles that were poles apart but all great to hear.

Continue reading