Today saw a press conference to introduce the coming Concert season at Bonns Museumsplatz.
No Elton John, or Liza Minnelli this year, but whoever thought that the financial restraints after those heady (and expensive) years gone by would mean a boring season of has beens and never will be’s has been proved decidedly wrong. There are some ‘Big Hitters’ still set to play.
Martin Nötzel from ‘Kult Event’ promised a very varied calendar this year: Buena Vista, Brazilian with Sergio Mendez, traditional German with Bläck Fööss, Italian Rock with Gianna Nannini, Folk with Hannes Wader, Jazz with Til Brönner, for the Irish there’s the marvelous ‘Pogues’ . You want a musical? how about the British production of ‘Hair’? or comedy? there’s TV comic personality Kaya Yanar. Oh, and if you want Blues and Rock you are definitely living in the right Bundesstadt this year: BB King with Ana Popovic, Joe Bonamassa with ‘Black Country Communion’ and, on 10 July Greg Allmann with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi (what a week for Blues Lovers that promises to be!
My recommendations are certainly The Pogues with the irrepressible Shane Mcgowan – man of many words and few teeth. ‘Rum, Sodomy & the Lash’ is still an all time favourite disc of mine. Gregg Allman has made an excellent new CD ‘Low Country Blues’ and with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi alongside has two of America’s most influential and popular modern Blues stars.
Of course there would be no modern Blues Stars without the original Blues Stars and they don’t come any better than Mr BB King. Now well into his eighties; BB won’t be doing a two hour set but a dozen songs from the King are worth a hundred from just about any other musician in the genre. Not that anyone will have grounds to complain about the music on that evening as Promoter E.L. Hartz promised that unlike BB’s last appearance here there would be only one special guest so we can look forward to a full set from Ana Popovic and her great band (of whom I need say no more – you all know I’m a fan!).
A ‘Geheimtipp’ for the Season from Martin Nötzel is French Jazz/Pop singerIsabelle Geoffrey. The lady better known as Zaz, has had an album at nr 1 in France for 9 weeks and her career is gaining momentum by the day. The “Piaf of the Blues” says Rolling Stone Magazine.
Yes, I can safely say that from July to September Summer will most definitely be here in Bonn!