With the news that Rhein in Flammen scheduled for the first Saturday in May has just been cancelled, I’m trying to be optimistic about live music coming back next year.
This is one I certainly hope to see: Veronique Gayot‘s appearance at this year’s Rockpalast Crossroads season in Bonn was superlative, and I was hoping that the talented French Blues/Rock singer would get the chance to do a full set here. Gayot has just been announced for a show at The Harmonie on 13 April next year. Keep all fingers crossed that it happens – it will be worth seeing/hearing for sure!
“Put the band together in a room, record some live-takes and put the best moments out on CD/vinyl”
That’s how the new release from Henrik Freischlader ‘Missing Pieces’ came into being, according to the band website anyway. As easy as that? Ah, but if you are familiar with Henrik at all you will know that under the cap, behind the pleasant grin and cool, easy-going persona, there is a lot of work, attention to detail and thought behind everything the man does – from the studio through to the cover artwork. Like it’s predecessor ‘Hands on the Puzzle’ the new disc is a veritable work of Art on all levels. In fact, unless you’re a dyed in the wool Alt-Blues purist or Hell-bent Rocker, you will very likely find ‘Missing Pieces’ to be Henrik’s best and most creative work to date. Henrik Freischlader’s manifesto for a peaceful revolution is a surefire winner.
Yes I know, at the current time this all looks hopelessly optimistic. But do keep that mask on, do keep 2 metres distance, don’t meet up with 20 of your mates at home, and just maybe we will actually get to see Sting finally…
Layla Zoe certainly didn’t make it easy for herself. 2018’s superb double-disc ‘Gemini’ seemed to say everything that could be said and in the best way possible. It was electric, it was Blues, Funk, Gospel and Rock. It was the sum of all the releases before it. The subsequent ‘Retrospective Tour’ and disc suggested a watershed moment had been reached. Did it also leave the self-proclaimed firegirl literally with ‘Nowhere Left To Go’? – is this perhaps the aptest album title ever penned? Well, no, as it thankfully turns out. Whilst NLTG doesn’t re-invent the wheel as far as Layla’s music is concerned it is, thanks to plenty of new faces behind the songs, still a fresh as well as a strong statement from the heart. It also still showcases the lady’s amazing voice with that trademark emotional intensity that is the secret of Layla Zoe’s success.
As happened during the first Corona lockdown, musicians, creative souls that they are, have been finding ways to keep their music in the public eye or get the buzz from a live show (depending on your viewpoint of the musicians concerned). So let’s take a look at some of the music that’s been happening in the musical bubble of 3songsbonn.com.
In the hope that there is a tunnel. and we will see the light at the end of it soon… On 1 July next year Deep Purple will be joined by some very special guests at Kunstrasen.
The Allman Betts Band features Devon, the son of Allman Brothers frontman Greg Allman (already a visitor to Bonn Harmonie in the past), paired up with Duane Betts, son of original Allman’s guitarist Dickey Betts. Onboard too is Berry Duane Oakley, son of the Allman Brothers Band’s founding late bassist, Berry Oakley. The band is still pretty fresh out of the blocks but word is that they are chips off of their respective musical family blocks. Judge for yourself from this video.
Just days before live music disappeared from our daily lives, Baum’s Bluesbenders gave us a powerful reminder at the Harmonie of what we would be missing – as well as a reminder of what we are still missing compared to those carefree concerts that we were still enjoying at the start of the year.