It’s Saturday evening and what better on such a day than head out for some live music? Looking through the ‘What’s Happening in Bonn’ pages of the local paper reveals that my tips for Toys 2Masters glory last year The David Nevory Band are supporting a band I have not seen before with the odd name of Master’s Monkeys. Odd I like -so it’s time to head for Quantius Strasse and Kult 41‘s odd Art exhibits, abandoned coach in the courtyard, and dark but magical interior.
Stan’s Blues Band has come a long way. The band formed in 1977 changed it’s name in 1979 to the sharper Nine Below Zero which was a wise move – can you imagine a band without an actual ‘Stan’ surviving with that name so long? Forty years on, and still rocking as one of Britains premier RnB bands, they took the temperature up despite their name with a lively set at Bonn Harmonie.
My Blues Caravan visits must be into double figures now but I would be hard pressed to name a favourite year because each one has been so different from the ones before and after. In 2017 though the mix of musicians was an especially eclectic one: Funky sax from Vanessa Collier, RnB Soul from Si Cranstoun, and of course Blues – but from a black North Carolina man who discovered the Blues after arriving here in Germany. Oddly interesting indeed.
The evening’s theme of Migration fitted perfectly into a new programme introduced recently by local songwriter Gerd Schinkel that runs under the title ‘Zuflucht’ (Asylum/Sanctuary), so Schinkel’s observations and music were a major part of Folk Club #77. As always though there was plenty besides the evenings main theme to keep a packed Dotty’s Sportsbar (Sträters) entertained this first Friday of February. Not least a set by Bromo (above)
Humility isn’t a word you would choose to use for anyone describing their tour as ‘Blues Giants’. For Tuesday’s Harmonie visitors it was very much a case of ‘put up or shut up’ as they say. In the event it was very much the former as past visitors Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia brought with them one of the strongest, bluesiest, bands to grace the stage in recent years. A spoonful of Blues at it’s electric best in fact.
“A dream come true” is how Royston’s finest Blues export describes his latest project – taking a nine-piece band on the road, including a four-piece horn section.
It was a dream that only three venues were allowed to share as these were selected for an audio-recording due for release in April. Bonn was one of the lucky Cities and we were treated to a powerful blast of the Blues.
Remember those old ‘Unplugged’ programmes from MTV? Clapton, Cobain and co showing they could still weave musical magic without a trillion megawatts of Marshall amps and six Stratocasters behind them? Playing unplugged is, for me, the test of a good musician or band, so when the Rock & Pop Zentrum (RPZ) in Bad Godesberg announced an Acoustic Night it seemed too good a chance to miss. How would some of our own local young talent get on with just an acoustic guitar and a voice?