RIP Richard de Bastion

Musician Richard De Bastion sadly passed away in Berlin on Tuesday.

A popular visitor to Bonn Folk Club, Richard’s musical collaborations were Many and varied – Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues and Rapper Sido to name just two. He was also a member of bands that included Jon Bonham and Jim Capaldi.

Free entry to Dr Feelgood

Dr Feelgood have been one of the best live RnB bands for more than four decades.  The energy and enthusiasm of their shows would put many a younger band to shame, so you should have bought your tickets for the show at Bonn Harmonie tomorrow (16 October) by now.  If not though, 3songsbonn is offering free entry to a lucky winner and their guest.

Just email 3songsbonn@gmx.de with the heading Dr Feelgood competition and give your nameThe first answer received wins.  It’s as simple as that!

Crossroads Rockpalast at The Harmonie

It’s that time of year that many live music regulars at The Harmonie in Bonn look forward to.  How else can you explain why the venue is regularly packed full for four days in a row of music by bands that most of the local visitors have never even heard, let alone seen before?  Well, these concerts do come with the seal of approval from Germany’s (the Worlds?) most celebrated music programme – WDR Rockpalast.  A programme that has been bringing music lovers legendary performances by the likes of Rory Gallagher, David Bowie and the Who since 1977.  On this particular Thursday evening in Bonn it’s the turn of Australian Band The Black Sorrows and Holland’s Sven Hammond to get the Rockpalast Star treatment.

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A Tribute To Chuck Berry – Mike Zito (RUF 1269)

Now, I’m not at all sure why anyone would try and sell new versions of some of the best Rock and Roll songs ever put down on plastic.  But if anyone is going to be that crazy, then it might as well be someone that is doing it for the fun rather than the money.  In which case, Mr Mike Zito gets away with the ‘blasphemy’ of re-playing already perfect Rock n Roll songs with perfection on his new release A Tribute To Chuck Berry

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Rockpalast Crossroads Festival

Once again, from 9 – 12 October Bonn Harmonie is proudly presenting the Crossroads Festival in conjunction with WDR Rockpalast.

The iconic Rock programme will be filming all the bands for broadcast on WDR television (and usually also broadcasts live from the Harmonie during the shows)

For more information on who is appearing,when the livestreams will be, and how you can get to see one of those iconic blue Rockpalast logos blazing live above a stage, check the WDR Crossroads website

Colours – Folk Club 106

The theme at Dotty’s Sports Bar for Folk Club Bonn meet number 106 was colours.  But are Black (Back to Black) and White (Nights in White Satin) actually colours?  Another question – what was that red plastic barrel on John’s finger for?  Pull up a chair (or risk sitting on the floor), grab a beer when the waitress comes round with her tray, and settle down for another evening of music in all shapes, sizes, and colours…

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