Bonn really is outdoing itself these days where the value of live music is concerned. Due to legal challenges brought these past few days by Nature Protection Organization BUND the concerts planned for Grafenwerth will not now take place there. It would seem that playing live music near people, near animals, near insects, near trees, near just about anything is no longer permissable in the City.
We should be proud that Bonn is still pulling enough weight to attract an international superstar like Patti Smith. Instead we’ve ‘given’ her concert to Cologne where, coincidentIy, the legal decision was made. It’s rather ironic too that Smith should be pulled from Bonn’s schedule under accusations that her music is detrimental to Nature as I remember with affection how she stopped, mid-concert, at the Kunstrasen some years ago to admire the location and say “Hello Tree” to one of the Beeches along the pathway next to the stage.
Saddest of all is that at a time when people in Bonn can finally go to see live music again after two years of Covid, the music is being denied them. It’s going to Cologne and to Düsseldorf instead. Very sad.
“Everything that a good party needs” is how Blind Summit describe their act on their website. Seems the perfect band to get Trinkpavilion in Bad Godesberg off to a flying start for their 2022 open-air season.
The biggest question surrounding Kunst!Rasen 2022 is of course will it or won’t it? Here I’m talking about the long awaited visit from Gordon Sumner aka Sting. I would guess that a large portion of the concert going public of Bonn has been dusting it’s tickets for the former Policeman. over the last few years. July 10th will (hopefully) see the concert take place, with eldest son Joe Sumner as one of the guests.
Let’s not lose site of other highlights in the Kunst!Rasen 2022 calender though. For people of a certain, discerning, age like myself the shows by Deep Purple, Simple Minds and Katie Melua are high on the ‘must see’ list. The Katie Melua gig is particularly interesting for Bonn Folk Fans as it features as support UK singer/songwriter Roxanne DeBastion, daughter of popular Bonn Folk Club visiitor the late Richard DeBastion.
Folk fans can also finally be happy, since they have an afternoon/evening devoted to them on 9 July headed by Mrs Greenbird from Cologne, winners of Season three of ‘The Xfactor’. Also on the bill from Cologne is a ‘Geheimtip’ from me, Matthew Robb. It will be well worth a visit, and FREE!
Another evening to look forward to in Bonn this year – Deichkind will play on Saturday 27.08.22 on the Hofgartenwiese. It should be a colourful and visual delight, as you can see from the pictures showing their last appearance here in 2013 at Kunst!Rasen.
Initially a German Rap band, Deichkind went on to become “a conceptual artistic project in the guise of a pop band,” said Henning Besser, the band’s creative director, in a ZEIT Online podcast. The Hamburg-based creative collective remains exciting even after 25 years of band history. Deichkind concerts combine punk ballet, political performance and proll disco. They are also commonly referred to as Deichkind Festivals. No question – Deichkind are at the forefront where eccentricity meets music in Germany.
Our two winners for the competition have now been informed. Please, if you were unsuccessful, get tickets in advance for the show at Pantheon on 17th May to ensure the show goes ahead with a good-sized audience for Cynthia and her excellent band.
Unfortunately, “The Roadside Tour 2022” of the most popular rebel in the world, Billy Idol has to be postponed to the fall for health reasons. Replacement for the Kunst!Rasen concert on June 24 is the Mitsubishi Electric Hall in Düsseldorf on October 11. Tickets retain their validity and more tickets are still available
Do you fancy a tour around the old streets of Bonn in the year 1698 on Friday 13.05.22 at 7 pm for free? In English of course (the local nightwatchmen had to be able to deal with everyone and anyone they might encounter on an evening watch). You might even be offered some music to help you on your way.
To win a tour place for yourself and a guest, just send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the Betreff/Heading ‘Nightwatchman competition’ The first answer received wins!
Even if you don’t win, do come along to the Brassert Ufer on Friday (13 May) at 7pm and take a refreshing walk into your own past, and don’t be afeared to bring your friends and family along as well, for as long as you are with Master John, the night watchman, you’ll be safe indeed, even from the ghoulish local ghosts. Take a stroll with the Bonn Nightwatchman into Bonn’s history.
Undoubtedly one of the best musicians to come out of Bonn in recent years, Cynthia Nickschas is not just a singer, she is a real force of nature. Anyone who has caught a show by this young lady from Tuttlingen will tell you they saw a musician playing from the soul, a singer for whom every song and every word within that song matters. Cynthia’s show at the Pantheon in Bonn on 17 May will be a particularly poignant one as it will be the last appearance in her band of Stefan ‘Doc’ Janzik.
3songsbonn is offering two lucky entrants the chance to see the concert for free. Just send an email to email@example.com giving ‘Cynthia Nickschas Competition’ in the Betreff/Subject box.
The first two entries received will be added, together with an additional person, to the guestlist for the show. Get your replies in quickly – tickets for previous shows in the Harmonie were quickly snapped up!