Florida Rap Rockers Limp Bizkit have just been announced as final act to close this year’s Kunst!Rasen season in Bonn.
Tickets for their concert on 21 August are already on sale. In fact it’s been a great year already for promoter Ernst-Ludwig Hartz as some 30,000 tickets have already been bought and the season isn’t due to kick off until 28 June with the great Tom Jones. I can’t make any promises about the weather this Summer but the music will be fantastic, and talking of fantastic – Die Fantastischen Vier on 20 July sold out long ago.
Here is the latest list, with maybe a surprise still to come…
‘Egoschwein!’ Bonn’s own Cynthia Nickschas has a new release out in April. Here is the single from it as a taster…
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A reminder there are two excellent festivals to enjoy this week. Over the Border and Crossroads from Rockpalast at the Harmonie.
A recommendation for the latter came this week from Ian Siegal. Dutch band Dawn Brothers on 15 March will be support for Ian on his upcoming UK tour. Also on hand during the Crossroads Festival are German Blues Rockers Jessy Martens Band (16 March).
Britain’s Mojo magazine once called him “The lovechild of Howlin’ Wolf and Big Mama Thornton”. His best solo CD ‘Man & Guitar’ was recorded at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall, but tonight Ian Siegal is making a short stopover in Bonn – and, as luck would have it, has brought his battered National Resonator guitar along. There’s beer and wine on the table in the conservatory for the break, but first lets take our seats in front of that resonator and a plank of wood on the carpet on which a snakeskin boot is tapping the Blues…
A double bill of quality again as King King hit Bonn once again with South African born guitar maestro Dan Patlansky to open. There’s really no excuse anymore for saying ‘King who?’ when this band is mentioned. One of the best live bands in Europe, indeed the World I would suggest. Blues Rock with a hint of Funk anybody? If your answer to that is yes, then Wednesday at Bonn Harmonie was where you needed to be.
On Thursday, 15 March, the Thomas Kimmerle Jazztet is a guest at the Dottendorfer Jazz Night. Local Jazz fans will know Thomas as the man behind Jazztube and his work with the Bonn Jazz Youth Orchestra. He’s also an excellent Sax player, but don’t just take my word for it. On 15 March his Jazztet will be appearing at the Ortszentrum in Dottendorf. Entry 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets at the usual outlets.
“I was breast feeding at the gas stations and behind the scenes and a nanny in the tour bus. It was a bit crazy. I wouldn’t do it again! Take two babies on tour? Don’t do it!!! “
Wise words for all the up-coming female guitar players, of whom there seem to be many at present . The New Year saw Finnish slide guitar Goddess Erja Lyytinen playing in Helsinki to a crowd of over 85,000 people. “It is” she smiled during her show recently at The Harmonie “Just as much fun to play for you here in Bonn tonight!”. And who could doubt the sincerity of that warm smile on her face? Erja Lyytinen has a relaxed air of warmth and happiness about her offstage too, as I discovered during a pre-concert interview. Motherhood has made her a more relaxed person as she explained…