Tucked away on Ben Poole’s Facebook page is a snippet of video showing King King headed back to the stage as a packed Harmonie screams for an encore. A smiling Alan Nimmo stops for a moment to ask a young lady “Great show darling?” Well I managed to get the young lady’s answer to that question Alan. King King take Bonn Harmonie by storm and guest writer Elisabeth Kassing takes up the story…
It seemed like a ‘dream team’ bill – King King supported by Laurence Jones, and like all dreams, it never made it to the cold light of day. In it’s place came the news that suppport slot for King King’s Harmonie gig last week would go to another shining star of British Bluesrock guitar Ben Poole. Many readers will have seen Poole at the Yardclub in Cologne, some even possibly as guitarist a few years back with Dani Wilde. For me it was a first chance to catch the man live and add a question mark to the title of Ben Poole’s latest cd release ‘Time Has Come’.
Thorbjørn Risager and the Black Tornado – “consistent great taste and beautiful pain”. So said the label of a miniature hot sauce bottle with the band’s name on it taking pride of place on the merchandise table. Well it beats badges, stickers and T shirts for sure. Over on the Harmonie stage Copenhagen’s finest Blues/Soul combo were indeed laying down some hot music and the music was indeed as beautiful as it was painless.
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)