A big shout out to the Kleines Theater, Unter der Zeder and especially to event organizers KuKug EV in Bad Godesberg for putting together their own mini Christmas Market/concert season Advent Unter Der Zeder again this year. I remember the judicious use of a snow machine last year. This year we even had the real thing in time for the final Advents Concert on Saturday.
A special award to actress/singer Anna Bergman for bravely wearing a light Santa dress in the freezing temperature to lead everyone along with some carols. The Kleines Theater Allstars Band abandoned using the outside stage entirely, settling instead to play their Merry Christmas tunes from the warmer confines of the Theater Bar (which made watching them play like watching a 20-foot TV screen!). The band was playing as part of the musical ‘Cabaret’ which is currently running in the theater and so needed to keep their instruments warm I’m told. Frank Oppermann shared vocal duties with Anna Bergman (and of course the Market visitors who were kept warm by excellent Glühwein happily joined in).
If it was too cold for you to visit Unter der Zeder on Saturday then you will be pleased to know that Sabine Köhne-Kayser has been busy planning and told me some of the bands planned for next Summer, which warmed my heart to hear – but let’s enjoy some snow, glühwein and Christmas first shall we?
Saddened to hear of the death recently of Tony Joe Gardner. ‘TJ’ has been one of my inspirations as a concert photographer, although I can imagine the look he would have given me if I had told him that. I have no idea when our paths first crossed. Very possibly at an early Blues Caravan show or one of the many King King concerts in the area. I certainly remember meeting him for Thorbjorn Risager’s 2015 ‘Songs from the Road’ show for which TJ provided the cover photo for the accompanying CD/DVD and a beer mat that I still use.
Can you have too much of a good thing? That was the question looming large for Folk Club #130 at Dotty‘s on 2 December. Where the main guest Simon Kempston is concerned that’s a clear “no!” in my book. I could listen to the gentle melodies of Scotland’s finest troubadour all night long. It’s just that, with Bronwyn Claire Asha accompanying Simon, we already had two guest stars who could easily fill the evening and it seems that Folk Club Bonn might well be waking out of its Covid induced slumbers, as there was, like in the good old days, a long list of musicians asking to play. How to fit everyone in? What to leave out? So much music. What a nice problem to have!
CASPER and the DONOTS will be headlining next years three-day Green Juice Festival from 3 to 5 August. Running over three days, also taking part in the festival will be SCHMYT, BRUCKNER, ENNIO, DILLA, MY UGLY CLEMENTINE, POWER PLUSH and ICE CREAM AT THE ALLIGATOR PARK.
Same procedure as every year? Simon Kempston should be English for his ability to manage that ‘Dinner for One’ offer. This Friday (2 December) will be his ?th appearance at a December Folk Club. The amiable Scot has become an institution at the December Club meetings.
Simon’s new album ‘You can’t win every time’ is available now so if you are in doubt as to whether to head down to Dotty’s click on THIS LINK. As a special bonus, Simon will be accompanied by Bronwyn Claire Asha, a multi-instrumental folk artist originally from the west coast of Canada. Publicity soundbites rate Claire as breathing new life into traditional folk which sounds promising.
I say it every year but will say it again anyway – Don’t miss!
Dotty’s Sports Bar and Restaurant http://dottys.de BTHV- Öffentliches Vereinshaus des Bonner Tennis- und Hockey-Vereins Christian-Miesen-Straße 1 53129 Bonn (Dottendorf)
Well, the stand is ‘alternative’ since it’s tucked away from the main Xmas Market in Bad Godesberg. But if you take a walk down to Moltkeplatz (where the Market is) you can get some classic Glühwein – and if you pick the right day after 7 pm maybe even hear some live music as here with Meoneo.
All-in-all a nice place to chill-out thanks to Ralf Reifenberg and his friendly staff.
Merry Xmas, and if you visit on my recommendation and find me there – the first Glühwein’s on you!
If you’re a Henrik Freischlader fan then you will be playing this with great trepidation. 2009’s ‘Recorded by Martin Meinschäfer’ is unarguably one of, if not THE, best disc the Wuppertal Wunderkind ever put together. Does the new release measure up? Well truth is, it’s not as good – it’s better!
Lots of familiar faces, and some new ones, will be taking to the Kunst!Rasen stage next Summer. Local rock favourites BAP and Brings will be sure of a big turn-out of fans, and since Steven Wilson’s solo appearance was a highlight of the 2018 Kunstrasen season, expect the appearance of his band Porcupine Tree to be a highlight in 2023. Another highlight will I’m sure be Mick Hucknall’s Manchester veterans Simply Red who have been a major force in Rock music for going on forty years now, but Cologne’s BAP go back even further. The band’s title for the coming season of ‘The Schliesslich Unendlich (ultimately endless) Tour’ is a welcome sign that frontman Wolfgang Niedecken doesn’t plan to hang up his guitars anytime soon. Expect a good three hours of BAP classics on 12 August.
The well-established Classic Rock Night and Classic Picnic concerts are planned as always, and it’s great to see that last year’s Folk Picnic was a big enough success for it to return for a second year. The Beethoven Orchestra Bonn will be onstage of course for the Classic Picnic, but who will be playing at the Rock and Folk events? Stay tuned for more news as and when it’s announced!