Larkin Poe Cologne date in 2020

If you love the Blues then you will also love Rebecca and Megan Lovell aka Larkin Poe.

The good news is that the dynamic duo are booked to play Live Music Hall in Cologne on 10 May next year.  Seems like a long way in the future?  Well, don’t leave booking your ticket too long – last years show at Luxor (see picture above) was sold out in a couple of weeks.  Ticket details HERE.

To help make up your minds, here are the ladies taking on ‘One Way Out’ – I’m sure Sonny Boy Williamson II would have approved…


Win Tickets for Danny Bryant at the Harmonie

In 2017 British Bluesman Danny Bryant brought his Big Band to the Harmonie.  Next Wednesday (20 Nov) he will be bringing his brand new release ‘Means of Escape‘.

The new release has already been nominated for Album of the Year in this year’s ‘European Blues Awards‘ so this is a concert that should not be missed!

Two guest-list places for the show can be won by the first person to send an email headed ‘Danny Bryant Competition’ to

Danny Bryant at The Harmonie in 2017

Good Luck!

Top Names coming in 2020

Brian Ferry during his Museumsplatz show in 2010

So many top names have surely never before been booked so long in advance.  This must be a record for compiling a top-notch concert calendar in the Cologne-Bonn region. With the addition of the Hofgarten, top local promoter Ernst-Ludwig Hartz now has even more top locations at his disposal from which to offer major musical stars, and it’s reflected in the big names coming Bonn and Cologne’s ways next year.

Lionel Richie will be saying ‘Hello’ to Bonn

The biggest showground of all will be the Hofgarten Wiese in Bonn.  Vividly remembered by local residents for the many student demonstrations that took place there, it will attract big crowds for very different reasons in 2020.  25,000 people will be able to see German Electro-Pop legends Kraftwerk in action on 15 May.  The day before will see a simultaneous concert by the Bonn and Vienna Orchestras.


Kunst!rasen will see Sting (already sold out) and Lionel Richie deliver concerts down by the Rhine in Bonn, whilst down by the Cathedral in Cologne stars will include Brian Ferry on 28th July.  The ‘trial’ concert by Joan Baez at Insel Grafenwerth was a roaring success, with the result that more shows are being planned down by the Rhine there too – Albert Hammond, who delivered a wonderfully eclectic show from his long and successful career as both singer and songwriter will be playing on 6th June.

Albert Hammond – during his 2019 Cologne concert

And it’s only November 2019.

Plenty more to come…!



The Chaingang Kings in Session

One of the most welcome surprises for me this year was the discovery at Dottendorf’s Blues Night that there is a band delivering smoky, vintage Chicago Blues with style in Bonn.  Good reason then when I heard they were playing in a smokey Bonn Club to see them.  The Chaingang Kings were at Session in Gerhard-Von-Are Strasse so I laced up my Boogie Shoes and got ready for a sweaty night of hard liquor, low lighting and Blues.

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Crohn’s and The Blues – Laurence Jones in interview

“I got ‘A’ listed on my latest record on the Radio in Holland, so it’s going out to the masses which has been great you know. There are still massive Blues elements in there though and I’ll always have that Blues guitar no matter what I do”


Good news then for the many fans of British Blues musician Laurence Jones who paid his early musical ‘dues’ touring alongside top Blues musicians like Johnny Winter and Walter Trout.  With a new Band, a new CD and a new beard there was a lot to talk about when I met Laurence after his recent concert at The Harmonie.

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