Jazz and More with Daria Assmus and Marcus Schinkel Under the Cedar Tree

Daria Assmus, born in Bonn, met Marcus Schinkel from Bad Godesberg 6 years ago as a piano teacher. She then went on to study jazz singing in Arnhem, and more recently delivered by all accounts a furious performance in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with the ensemble Brassonanz.

On Monday Daria was back with her former piano teacher in Bad Godesberg for a memorable performance ‘Unter der Zeder’. If you missed the show then you missed a real musical treat!

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Acoustic Sessions in Heaven/Katharinenhof

If you’ve ever visited one of the many Art exhibitions or events at Katharinenhof in Schweinheim then you will know that the landscape is as big a part of the visit as the event itself. A slightly wild by nature yet astoundingly relaxing place amongst all the artistic ‘chaos’. Where one can be confronted by Cologne Cardinals made from steel, rusty metal ‘skeletons’ sitting stiffly on equally rusty chairs, lifesize wooden people gazing down paths, and today, real-life local musicians making real life local music…

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Hofgarten Concerts – All You Need To Know

Robbie Williams

Visitors to the main University Building (Hofgarten) towards Alten Zoll will have noticed that things are happening there. It’s all in preparation for four concerts originally planned to celebrate the Beethoven Anniversary. Better late than never – the last week of August will feature concerts by
Die Fantastischen Vier (26 August), Deichkind (27 August), Kraftwerk (28 August) and Robbie Williams (30 August)

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Bargel, Bonn and Blues

You can’t live in this neck of the woods in Germany as a music fan and not hear certain names. One of the first I heard when working in Cologne was of course BAP. Another that floated around in similar circles was Richard Bargel. It’s taken rather longer than it should have, but I finally got to see the Cologne Blues legend as part of this year’s Stadtgarten concert series and it was well worth the wait. There’s Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan and Willy DeVille in the mix , but out of it all comes the very individual sound of Richard Bargel.

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RIP Kal David

Very sad to hear that, following heart problems and a resultant bout of pneumonia, Kal David has passed away. Visitors to Mr Music in Bonn might remember Kal together with Lauri Bono playing a memorable live session in the shop in April of 2018.

Kal , together with partner Lauri Bono, worked with both Etta James and Johnny Rivers on tour as well as heading up a weekly jam session in Hollywood that introduced many top musicians including Stevie Wonder, John Entwistle, Larry Carlton, Brian Wilson, Stephen Stills, Joe Walsh and Paul Young. David’s musical CV also included work with seminal English bluesman John Mayall. I remember a warm and friendly man from my encounter with him at Mr Music. Thoughts go out to Lauri Bono for her loss.

Happy 10th Anniversary Kunstrasen

The time of this picture is 20:15:19 and the date 29.06.2012
It’s the first picture I took of the first-ever Kunstrasen headliner, Lou Reed, at the venue’s opening show.

Museumsplatz, scene of shows by Elton John, Liza Minelli, David Bowie… had suddenly been swept away from the promoters. The future for top stars in Bonn looked bleak…

Now, ten years later, Roland Kaiser brought the tenth anniversary season to a sold-out close.

Whilst the late great Lou Reed is sadly no more, 3songsbonn would like to say thank you to Ernst-Ludwig Hartz and Martin Nötzel for ten years of concerts by the Rhine. Here’s to the future of great music in the open air in Bonn.

Gentlemen, I salute you!

Stadtgarten – An Evening With PopCamp

PopCamp is an excellent project from the Deutschen Musikrats that helps young musicians develop their music, and advises on all things – from concerts, through marketing to recording. That’s good news for musicians. It’s also good news for music lovers as it gives us an overview of upcoming musical talent in Germany. More than a good enough reason then to spend the evening next to Alten Zoll in Bonn Centre. So grab a beer from the beer garden and join me with a picnic blanket on the grass under the trees, where there is protection from the hot Summer sun but a good view of the stage and acoustically a good place to listen.

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Lessons in Love – Katie Melua at Brückenforum

The young waif of 2003’s ‘Call Off The Search’ is long gone. 

That was the first incarnation of Katie Melua that I remember – at Museumsplatz in 2007.

The year  2013 saw not just a new venue (Kunstrasen) but a new Katie too, brought back to Earth as she then said by the low of a breakdown in 2010, and the high of a marriage (to Superbike-racer James Toseland) 

Now, in 2022, enter yet another Katie Melua in a new venue again (this time Brückenforum). Freshly announced as pregnant by The Sun Newspaper (although it was rather hard to miss how her guitar stuck out as she herself joked) but also keen to talk about the Art of songwriting and with fresh songs too. 

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