Unter Der Zeder and Afrika Festival in Bad Godesberg

It may be a ‘kleines’ Theater but it’s equally ‘Kleines’ outside stage promises to be a place to enjoy for the next couple of months on Monday evenings. This year’s ‘Unter Der Zeder’ (Under the Cedar Tree’) festival runs from 11 July to 29 August next to Bonn’s Kleinen Theater in Bad Godesberg and proves once again, if proof were indeed needed, that our City has a music scene to be proud of. On Saturday 9 July the stage will welcome an African Music Festival where, judging by the musicians present at the press conference, drums will be a key feature. There will be drum and dance workshops throughout the day and music by night.

The ‘Unter Der Zeder’ Festival has quickly established itself as a place to relax and enjoy top local musicians, with the bill for 2022 proving to again a strong and varied one.

The Season kicks off on 11 July with Astatine who will be presenting songs and music from what the charismatic Rumanian calls her musical ‘Holy Trinity’ of songsmiths: Gershwin, Ellington, and Porter. I hear there will be a special guest too. No names, you will have to come along to find out.

Astatine – 11 July

Familiar names abound, with HopStopBanda’s Balkan grooves (18 July), Internationally celebrated master of Classic/Jazz/Rock Marcus Schinkel will be joined by Cologne-based Jazz/Soul singer Daria Assmus, popular local band Greencard will be playing on 15 August.

Marcus Schinkel – 22 August

Other highlights include Soul music with Soul Fabrik, Reggae with Marley’s Ghost, and Sixties United’s presentation from the heart and soul of 60’s/70’s Rock. All good things come to an end of course, but CAYU’s World music set will I’m sure make the parting less sorrowful when they close the Festival on 29 August.

Entrance for each show is 15 Euros, tickets are available via Eventbrite with music starting at 7.30 pm. The shows are open-air and subject therefore to cancellation in bad weather, so please do check beforehand if the sun does not have its hat on come Monday afternoon. Hopefully, the Cedar Tree is a fan of good music and a friend of the Green Man!

Photoshoot with a difference – Musicians wave to the General Anzeiger’s photo drone.



11 – Astatine & Band
18 – HopStopBanda

25 – Soul Fabrik


1 – Marleys Ghost

8 – Sixties United

15 – Greencard
22 – Marcus Schinkel w. Daria Assmus

29 – CAYU


Deep Purple at Kunst!Rasen – Schedule

Hard to believe, but my picture above is from 2013. More than about time then to welcome the ‘Da Da Da -Da Da Di Da’ men back to Kunstrasen on Tuesday 5 July. The last time around they were joined on stage by Warren Haynes. No Warren this time, but Deep Purple will I’m sure have ‘Smoke on the Water’ in their set on Tuesday. Certainly an evening for classic rock fans.

Special guest this year is also a must-see as Devon Allman Project take the stage. Devon often appeared alongside his legendary father Gregg and the Allman Brothers Band, You may have seen him with the Royal Southern Brotherhood, but he has gone on to carve his own niche in the Southern Blues-Rock community and is a ‘must-see’.

Devon Allman at the Harmonie

German Rockers Circus Electric kick off the show. They have been described as “swaying in the breeze alongside bands such as Rival Sons or Royal Blood”. Will they live up to that? You will need to be there early to judge.

Here are the starting times for Tuesday’s (5 July) Show:

17.00 Einlass

17.45 Circus Electric

18.35 Devon Allman Project

20.00 Deep Purple

Wincent Weiss Concert re-scheduled due to Corona

Wincent Weiss at his 2018 concert in Bonn

The concert by Wincent Weiss at Kunst!Rasen scheduled for 29 June has had to be moved to Friday 12.08.22 because large parts of the crew are sick with Corona and also Wincent Weiss has symptoms. Tickets for the 29.06. are of course valid for the August show.

Klassik!Picknick 2022 on Sunday

No, this photo isn’t an out-take picture from Harry Potter. The baton of Dirk Kaftan will however be bringing some magic Bonn’s way on Sunday (26 June) when The Beethoven Orchestra Bonn introduces a Spanish Night on Bonn’s KUNST!RASEN for 2022’s Klassik!Picknick

With music by Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados and others, Kunstrasen will be transformed into the Alhambra of Granada on June 26, starting at 7 p.m. (entrance is from 5 pm)

Spanish composers poured their passion and love for their homeland into their music, and at the KUNST!RASEN, Manuel de Falla’s Der Dreispitz, Emmanuel Chabrier’s España, and Alborada del Gracioso by Maurice Ravel, among others, will be played. Here is the full set-list:




Canciones populares


Alborada del Gracioso



From the Carmen Suites (Les Toréadors, Aragonaise, Intermezzo, Danse bohémienne)


From the ballet The Tricorn (Fanfare, The Neighbors, Dance of the Miller, Jota)



Vuelven las horas


La Tempranica, Zapateado


La Virgen de la Macarena



Al pensar en el dueño



La cucaracha

Luciana Mancini→mezzo-soprano
José Real Cintero→trumpet.
La Cati y José Manuel→flamenco dance.

Klassik!Piknick Orchestra’s-eye-view

As in previous years, admission is free! Self-catering is encouraged, so bring your own picnic or take up the offer of food and drinks on-site, and relax with a blanket on the grass.

This picnic is financed by sponsor tables. These are tables set up in the VIP area for 8 to 10 people and the corresponding supply of picnic-typical food and drinks.

These tickets can be purchased for 70,00€ p.p. via BonnTicket or Ticketmaster.

The event will be held under the regulations in force on the day of the concert.

Short-term changes cannot be excluded so please inform yourself in advance on the websites http://www.kunstrasen-bonn.de or http://www.beethoven-orchester.de.

Afrika Festival 2022 taster

Pape Samory Seck and supporting musicians brought a taste of the rhythms of Africa to the Marketplace in Bad Godesberg today. If you want a chance to get with the rhythm in Bonn don’t miss the Afrika Festival on 9 July on the open-air stage at Kleines Theatre. More details HERE

Watching Trees at Alter Zoll

Trees, as Folk Club impresario John Harrison wisely points out, cannot simply uproot and march away if their living conditions are impaired by thoughtless human activities. Where a Cedar can’t walk though, we humans can ‘step in’. John was one of many local and talented musicians supporting the ‘Baumwächter’ Tree Guardians‘ initiative at Alter Zoll on Sunday afternoon.

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Folk Club 124 – Steve Perry Edition

After two years it seemed almost like business as usual at Dotty’s last Friday. Almost…

Things had definitely changed. I missed the last Folk Club meet, and arrived for the June one to find that a stonking great grandstand was now standing next to the hockey pitch whilst cars and coaches were vying for space outside. Finally, Folk Club Bonn has taken off I thought! Rockpalast cameras await us. A bit disappointing then to find posters announcing that Dotty’s was actually being spruced up for the German Field Hockey ‘Meisterschaften’ due to start the next day. Upstairs, in the usual room, it was really business as usual (if you ignore the fact that for obvious health reasons we had played seemingly everywhere else at Dotty’s but in this room for the last two years). There was also a sense of sadness in the air as the good news news that our organizer Steve Perry was making his first appearance since serious illness kept him away from Dotty’s for a long while was tempered with the fact that he would be stepping down from his duties officially due to the severity of his condition.

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July Grafenwerth concerts moved to Cologne

Wave goodbye to seeing Zaz in Bonn this year. With seeming Inevitability, the Grafenwerth concerts planned for July have met with the same fate as those in June. Planned appearances by ex-Pink Floyd member Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets and the popular french star will now take place in Cologne. ZAZ will perform on 1 July 2022, at 8 pm at the Palladium with special guest Estrela Gomes and Nick Mason ́s Saucerful of Secrets will perform at E-Werk on 2 July at 9 pm.

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