SWB Sommerfestival 2021

Heart & Soul – 6 July

The SWB Summerfestival Concert season at Park Restaurant Rheinaue kicks off this weekend with a double anniversary.  25 Years of its Sommerfestival season and 30 years since the first Jazz im Biergarten.  Hats off to Walter Schnabel for organizing two mammoth festival seasons at short notice – Whilst it does seem like he has a check-list of mainly cover-bands who pretty much write the itinerary each year, they still have to fit together.  sad to see a piece of the ‘jigsaw’ missing with the absence of Sunny Skies – hopefully a tribute for the late Rope Schmitz will be organized soon with concerts starting to fall into place, although restrictions on attendance  will probably mean waiting a little longer for that show given Rope’s popularity.

The  Jazz season runs from 4 July to 26 September, and the Summerfestival from 5 July to 27 September, and there is a lot to choose from.  Some recommendations from 3songs:  Heart & Soul (Blues Brothers Tribute) 6 July (pictured), Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones cover), 22 July, AG and the Motel Kings (RnR; Jump Jive, RnB) 12 August, Le Clou (Swamp Groove) 19 August, Texas Heat (Johnny Cash tribute) 23 August.

Astatine Interview

Ana Maria Leistikow, better known in Bonn as Astatine, has come a long way since she first started singing in her Romanian hometown on the banks of the Danube.  In 2007 she moved to Germany, and next week she is set to open this year’s ‘Unter Der Zeder’ season in Bad Godesberg on Monday (5 July) with a sold-out show.   3songs sat down with her to talk about the last few months as a singer during Covid, about her upcoming projects, and of course, Monday’s concert!

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Freischlader band dissolved- concerts cancelled

Bad news for all Henrik Freischlader fans out there – the band has now split up with all planned concerts cancelled until further notice, including his scheduled Harmonie appearance on 26 October.

Here is the official announcement from Henrik:

“Dear Blues lovers,

it’s been a while since my last post and I hope that you’re all well.

Sadly, I’ve got some bad news to share with you today: The band has split up. Due to the long break, a lot of things have changed for us as well and new paths have been taken. In addition, the reality we’ve all been used to is yet to be restored – it still needs some patience and hope until such time arrives. The music is too emotional for me for a dry The Show Must Go On. The time will be used differently then, maybe I will record an album, but definitely put together a new band. So again a new beginning! I really hope that live concerts and festivals will reclaim what made them so unique in the past: Closeness and freedom for us all!”

Until then I still look forward to your letters and wish you all the best.

God bless, Henrik”


Guarding Trees in Plittersdorf

Peter Wohlleben, in his groundbreaking book ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ notes that many a tree trunk in many a forest  still lives on thanks to the trees around it.  They ‘feed’ it through their own roots, looking after their own so to speak.  Which is just as well, since we humans very often use our leafy friends as mere political pawns. We claim to guard our climate by cutting down fuel emissions through improving cycleways, and to do so we cut down trees.  Good then that there are humans out there looking out for the welfare of our leafy oxygen guardians, and Sunday was a chance to meet some of them as well as a day to enjoy good local music in a good local park on a good sunny Summer afternoon.

Created in 2020, “Baumwächter” or ‘Tree Guardians’ in English, was the initiative behind Sunday’s relaxing event.  “We give trees a voice – because every tree counts!” is the motto here.

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