World Music comes to Kessenich

 

As Dottendorf shapes up to be Bonn’s Jazz Centre with it’s popular Jazz Nights, why can’t Kessenich be the City’s World Music Centre?  Where would they play? I hear you ask.  Bucherei St Nikolaus (St Nicholas Library) in Putzstrasse is where.  Saturday evenings ‘Klein aber Fein’ concert by World Music Bonn proved an excellent live location with an audience that almost outnumbered the books by 8pm.

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Heavy lyrics from Freischlader ‘Lite’

The Harmonie stage looks strangely bare considering five musicians have set up on it. There’s only a single Fender Telecaster propped up in front of a battered speaker cabinet for Henrik Freischlader himself. Over on the merchandise stall, there is no sign of t-shirts, back-catalogue cd’s or signature Stetson caps. Just two cardboard boxes – one with the new release as cd and the other with its vinyl counterpart. Travelling Light could be the Tour motto.

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Smokin’ at Rockpalast – Blackberry Smoke

Crossroads Rockpalast 2018.  Every concert is now live-streamed.  Band and set-lists are online too, and there’s an interview from each band to click on.  Why go down to the Harmonie at all for the shows?  Well, of course, that neon-blue sign is reason enough.  It says ‘Rockpalast’, and squeezing in amongst 400 fellow ticket-holders in an airless room, catching brief glimpses of the bands between video-camera wielding men and woman is a part of the magic.  Yep, seems crazy, but hey, that’s rock ‘n’ Roll.  Actually, tonight is a rather special day of said Rock ‘n’Roll – the 250th Crossroads Rockpalast broadcast.  Upcoming Aussie Stoner Rockers Child are kicking off the evening, but tickets sold out 6 months ago after the headliners, Southern rockers from Georgia Blackberry Smoke, were announced.  There’s a rack of guitars in the corner that would give the local music shop a run for its money – grab a hold onto that last bit of barrier between us and the cameras – it’s showtime!

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All Things Bleak and Beautiful at Folk Club

Folk Club Bonn number 95 – ever closer on the 100 mark! John Harrison will tell you of the early days when calls were made to get musicians down to this ‘new-fangled’ idea for musical get-togethers in Bonn. 95 shows later and not only is there an anxious waiting list of performers pencilled in often months in advance, but we even have two guest stars in Stefan Mönkemeyer and Matthew Robb. One a virtuoso of melodious guitar pieces, the other a virtuoso of dark and dusty Folk Blues. The Bleak and the beautiful in fact.

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Bill Baum – 25 Years a Bad Boy

They are now so much of a musical institution in Bonn that it’s hard to imagine a music scene here without Bill Baum and his partners in music The Bluesbenders. It was then, a mark of the respect Bill has gained from the Blues scene, that for his 25th Anniversary show at Bonn Harmonie, Bill was joined by a man nominated in three categories for this year’s International Blues Awards, Richie Arndt. It was guaranteed to be a good evening for Bonn Blues lovers.

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