It’s very rare that the weather plays along with the music. Here we were though under a vivid blue sky, sun beating down and listening to Brazilian Samba rhythms. All is not as it seems though. We’re not in Rio but at Bonn Kunst!Rasen and the Samba has a distinctive German twist, coming as it does from local band Querbeat and Bavarian La Brass Banda rounding off a busy opening long weekend Open-Air in Bonn.
Summer is here, and that means getting out and enjoying the garden. What? you don’t have a garden? No problem – this garden is open to everyone and no digging required.
Stadtgarten 2018 looks to be a veritable flower garden of musical styles down by the Alten Zoll.
Judging by the smiling faces and picnic blankets for the closing mini Blues Festival the reintroduction of open-air music outside the Bad Godesberg Kurpark pavilion was a master-stroke from organizer Sabine Köhne-Kayser.
Certainly Baum’s Bluesbenders and earlier The Elder Statesmen Band made for a friendly atmosphere and offered high-quality music on a warm and sunny evening on the eve of official Summertime to finish ‘Musik Im Park’ 2018 in fine style.
Perhaps it’s the location but the atmosphere half an hour before the start of this year’s Jugend Jazz Orchester Bonn (JJOB) Anniversary Concert seemed reminiscent of waiting for curtain up on the first night of a new theatre play. There’s no doubting though that The Pantheon is a wonderful venue for such an event. Shortly after 8pm, the metaphorical ‘curtain’ was raised and the two Thomas’s (Kimmerle and Heck) introduced their latest show that’s been a year in the making. Would it be a thriller, a romance, a suspense? Enter the band…
Longtime visitors to Bonn Folk Club may well remember a fresh-faced innocent named Richard Limbert doing ‘walkabouts’ around the room with his Guild acoustic singing songs from, and inspired by, the likes of Bob Dylan and Dave Van Ronk.
Have no fear, despite the picture, Richard hasn’t gone off the rails. Actually, he’s doing very well musically. 2018 finds him toting a Gibson and making music in Leipzig where he moved to study some time ago. He’s just released a new set of songs on Bandcamp and the ‘mug-shot’ picture is to go with the collection’s title ‘The Consequence of Murder’.
A fresh faced Richard in Bonn (2012)
There’s some interesting stuff on here too, from opener ‘The Folk is Coming‘ (with a riff reminiscent of Ian Hunter’s ‘Once Bitten…’) to the Lennonesque keyboard musings of ‘North Italian Mystery’. A quirky collection as ever from Richard, but well written, well produced and well played.
You can download the tracks HERE – and maybe pay Richard’s bail money along the way…
Alma de Mexico began this years General Anzeiger ‘Sommergarten’ concerts on the Bundeskunsthalle roof in fine sartorial style on Sunday. Clad in black outfits trimmed with shining metal clasps and obligatory sombreros, the music was high Summer even if the weather was less certain of the Season, as the sky strained to make any real attempt at blue, and the air resisted any urge to create a breeze – No matter, it was Mariachi Sunday. Fiesta Time!
Regular Harmonie visitor Layla Zoe and local guitar man Jan Laacks are working on a new album. Tentatively titled ‘Gemini’ after Layla’s birth sign, it’s an ambitious double album project featuring 20 tracks on a double disc – one electric and one acoustic.
As Layla describes it: “I wanted to go back to a simpler, more pure method of creating and writing and recording. My first 5 albums were made independently before I signed to my first label, and I knew that I was ready again to release my next album independently, only this time bringing with me all the tools and talents I had learned over the years”.
The release is planned for September but is dependent on pre-orders to raise the money needed for the final phases. One of the best voices and one of the best guitarists in Blues-Rock today – you can’t go wrong! PRE-ORDER HERE