Bluesbenders in the Park

On the face of it Bonn and Chicago don’t have too much in common.  I am glad to say though that they do share a taste in both the playing and hearing of good raw electric Blues.   The best proof local proof being Bill Baum and his Bluesbenders, who once again proved at the Trink Pavillion in Bad Godesberg that you don’t need to be living on the streets of Chicago to play mean electric Blues.  You just need to feel it – and this quartet proves, time and again, that they do just that.

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Dottendorf Jazz with Jürgen Spiegel and Vladyslav Sendecki

Jürgen Spiegel and Vladyslav Sendecki are two high profile international Jazz musicians.

Vladyslav Sendecki is viewed as one of the most vibrant and creative pianists on the European Jazz scene with Süddeutsche Zeitung praising him as a “master of emotion, who possesses gripping musical virtuosity.” New York’s Village Voice named him as one of the 5 currently most significant Jazz pianists in the world.   Praise also came from the late Al Jarreau: “Vladyslav Sendecki is highly ranked among the great pianists of the last 100 years, with Herbie, Chick and Duke and Jarrett.”

Jürgen Spiegel will be known to Jazz lovers as the driving rhythmical force in the highly acclaimed Tingvall Trio and, alongside Till Brönner, regarded as a “figurehead” for German Jazz Worldwide.  Spiegel has also made a name for himself as producer for a variety of music and video projects. These days the two have made Hamburg their home, where they worked on an unusual piano/drum duo project that became the acclaimed release ‘Two in the Mirror’ – breaking down the barriers between Jazz, Classical and World Music.

Spiegel & Sendecki will be appearing in Ortszentrum Dottendorf on 7 June from 8pm.  Tickets 18 Euros

Ortszentrum Dottendorf

Dottendorfer Str. 41
Bonn, NRW 53129 Deutschland
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Ismael de Barcelona & Juan del Rhin in Kessenich

Proof that you don’t need big halls and big bucks to hear top notch musicians was proven by Ismael Alcalde‘s appearance on a balmy Saturday evening in the unlikely location of a public library.  As it proved though, books are not just good to read, they also provide a good acoustic environment.  The solar roof of the Stadtbucherei St Nikolaus in Bonn-Kessenich also sent soft and shimmering Summer evening light onto the 100 or so people enjoying the music.

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China in Bonn

The City of Bonn celebrated its tenth anniversary of being twinned with Cheng Du in China this Saturday with a stage program in front of Bonn Guildhall on Marktplatz.

Bonn has maintained contacts with Chengdu, the capital of the southern Chinese province of Sichuan, since the year 2000. In 2009, both cities signed an agreement to build friendly relations to further deepen cooperation, and, in addition to a lively cultural exchange, today there is also close cooperation in future-oriented topics such as the environment, mobility and sustainable tourism.

More about Chengdu HERE


Music in the Park 2019 – Bad Godesberg

Baums Bluesbenders in the Park 2019

Last year saw the welcome return of live Musik im Park across from the central station in Bad Godesberg.  It proved so successful that it’s back again in 2019, with an excellent line-up of local bands.

So, pack your picnic hampers, your sunglasses (and your summer rain jackets just in case), and head for the Park on the following Wednesday’s from 7pm to 9pm:

  • 22 May –  R&B Express
  • 29 May –  Open Source
  •  5 June –  Taste of Woodstock
  • 12 June – Baums Bluesbenders
  • 19 June – Christian Meringolo
  • 26 June – Milene & Band
  •  3 July –   Cynthia Nickschas
  • 10 July –  The Seven Sins

Where: Stadtpark Bad Godesberg Behind the Stadthalle/ in front of the ‘Trinkpavillon’

Admission: Is FREE (a hat will be passed around)

For more details check the KonzertKalender Bonn HERE


Marion & Sobo Band Tickets Now Available

No prizes for recognizing the girl with the bewitching smile here. Marion Lenfant-Preus is of course her name, and The Marion & Sobo Band is her group of excellent local musicians.

In Marion’s hand are tickets for the bands show at Bonn Harmonie on 21 September.  Available for 18.50 Euros from Aksoy Kiosk as well as from the usual outlets.

The show is billed as a ‘Twin Edition’ featuring twin sister Claire Lenfant-Preus from Nantes, so expect something a little different as well as the best in Gypsy Jazz/Chanson that we all know and love from the band.