At the Harmonie in 2017
Sad to hear that Letlowe will be playing their final concert at Bla in Bonn next January. I enjoyed following their deserved success after winning the Toys 2Masters band competition (as Millenium) in 2016. Alassio, Fabian, Ijaz, Tom and Yannik made an excellent team and stood out a mile, in the positive sense, when I caught them for the first time in the first round of that Toys 2Masters in Bad Godesberg. As they say on their farewell announcement:
“It’s great to see how many people are keen to follow and help when you share chasing your dreams with enthusiasm and passion”.
(“Es ist schön zu sehen, wie viele folgen und helfen, wenn man mit Enthusiasmus und Leidenschaft versucht seine Träume zu verwirklichen”).
They have a few more shows still, in Hamburg, Offenbach, Münster before a final goodbye show on 19 January in Bla in Bonn.
Winning the Toys 2Masters 2016 (as Millenium)
When, mid-set, Rebecca Lovell mentioned that the new CD ‘Venom & Faith’ had gone straight into the biggest Blues chart in America at number one, it seemed like something she was mentioning by-the-by. Atlanta sister duo Larkin Poe have gone from insider tip to the hottest blues act on the planet. This will be the last gig of theirs in Luxor, of that I’m sure, and if you were lucky enough to grab a ticket for the show (which sold out weeks ago) you will know why.
The latest addition to next year’s Kunst!Rasen concert calendar is certain to cause a rush for tickets. The ‘Message in a Bottle’ man himself – Sting will be coming to Bonn on 15 July 2019 for one of a small number of geman concerts.
The Tour title itself should prompt Pop/Rock fans to grab tickets as soon as possible: ‘My Songs’ will see the one-time Police front-man playing hits from his long career, from ‘Roxanne’ and ‘Every breath you take’ through to more recent classics like ‘Fields of Gold’, supported musically by a top-notch Rockmusic ensemble. Definitely a ‘don’t miss’ concert for 2019!
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Folk Club 96 at Dotty’s Sportsbar. There is a large gap between tables and where the performers will stand. Tables are added, then more chairs, and more chairs, and more chairs… Pretty soon there are no more chairs and people sit on the floor – shades of those black and white ‘Folk Music Television specials of the early 60’s with listeners camped out at the feet of players. I would reckon that the number of listeners equalled at least the number of Folk Clubs(96). Maybe it’s the double guest star slot of Canadian David Blair and always popular red-headed duo Brother Movement? Even the number of dogs in the room seems to be growing. What’s happening Mr Harrison? I may have to do the German thing and drape a bath towel over a chair at Dott’s before going to work on the first Friday of the month.
Ana Popovic was clearly taking the title of this concert series from 2getherconcerts and the Harmonie – ‘Blues for Lovers’ – very seriously. ‘Give me a kiss’ glitters on her white t-shirt. Can anyone pass up such a request from the enigmatic blues guitar Queen? Especially after such a long absence. In 2011 Ana played two shows here in Bonn – one here at the Harmonie, and a notable appearance at Museumsplatz as support for the late BB King. Today Ana is finally back, and with a musical bang, in the form of a new horn section from Italy.
3songs has been singing the praises of Larkin Poe for a while now, so if you didn’t immediately grab a ticket for their show in Cologne at Luxor on 25 November you only have yourself to blame – the gig is now sold out. There’s still the new CD from sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, Venom & Faith, to enjoy though – here’s a taster.
Marcos Montoiro (UNCCD) and Manuel Banha introduce Ara Malikian
With it’s dedication to cross-cultural diversity Bonn’ ‘Over the Border’ organizer Manuel Banha certainly found the perfect musician to attend this week’s press-conference for 2019’s Festival. Ara Malikian is a Lebanese-born Spanish violinist of Armenian descent. Not someone you’ve heard of? That won’t be for much longer I suspect. The gentle looking man with dark curly hair and beard has already got an appearance at London’s Barbican Theatre on his CV. Next March that CV is set to be updated with The Royal Albert Hall itself. Malikian is just one of the many performers coming this way in the 2019 Festval from 21 March to 7th April next year.