Take Care of our Trees

Because trees are good friends… An excellent video made for the social-media channel of Die Klimawette featuring music from John Harrison and Eva Henneken.  Left undisturbed they can be around a lot longer than you and me.  They are also responsible for helping keep the very air we breathe clean.  I also recommend a read of ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ by Peter Wohlleben.  maybe after reading, you will even want to hug one next time you’re in the forest to show your appreciation!

Bonn Kulturgarten 2021

A new edition of last year’s Corona-compliant Kulturgarten has just been announced from mid-June.  Bonn’s 2021 Festival summer is however due to start not in the Rheinpark but at Römerbad.

The season will kick off literally with televising of the European Football Championship, when, on June 15, Germany will play France. At the Römerbad, public viewing will be the order of the day, with BonnLive showing this and other games from the European Championship live on the big screen.  However Germany fares football-wise though Bonn will have plenty to shout about with a raft of concerts and live events.

Brings – 10 July

Musically, already scheduled are concerts by REVOLVERHELD, JORIS,OLLI SCHULZ, MEUTE, BUKAHARA, CAT BALLOU, BRINGS, KASALLA, CULCHA CANDELA, MOOP MAMA, MO-TORRES and many more to follow through to September including former Smokie front-man CHRIS NORMAN.

Besides the musical highpoints there will be something to smile about from top comedians such as CAROLIN KEBEKUS, ECKART VON HIRSCHHAUSEN, PAUL PANZER, TORSTEN STRÄTER and MARKUS KREBS.   JUNGE THEATER BONN will also be back  with family shows every week. Further artists and dates will be published soon.

The new concert venue at the Römerbad in Bonn offers space for up to 3,200 visitors per show.

Guests can again book marked out plots. How large these will be depends on the developing state of Corona of course. The individual plots are separated from each other by a 1.5-meter-wide quarantine strip in line with Corona requirements, with deck chairs immediately adjacent to the stage allowing for relaxed enjoyment. In the middle area will be beer table sets, in the back area a sunbathing lawn. Catering for visitors is to be provided in the square. “We practiced the hygiene concept last year often enough,” enthuses  Simon Reininger, managing director of the fünfdrei eventagentur.

Revolverheld – 19 August

Last year Kulturgarten inspired more than 46,000 visitors without a single Corona case. With this concept, the BonnLive Kulturgarten will once again become the largest cultural event in Bonn, possibly even in all of Germany. “We want to offer our visitors an unforgettable festival summer again this year -of course, completely Corona-compliant,” Julian Reininger, Managing Director of fünfdrei eventagentur, is pleased to say.  The Kulturgarten is supported by Deutsche Telekom, Bechtle, REWE, DeutschePost DHL Group and Auto Thomas. “We are incredibly proud to have not only renowned artists but also well-known supporters who spontaneously and permanently sponsor our projects in this way,”  The Kulturgarten is organized by fünfdrei eventagentur and RheinEvents. The two companies, which have organized the Green Juice Festival and Panama Open Air for many years, joined forces at the beginning of the Corona crisis and launched the Kulturstream BonnLive in March 2020. The total of 87 streams were accessed over 500,000 times. This raised more than 15,000 euros in donations for Bonn’s cultural scene. When it comes to car concerts, the two event companies can now also boast a varied portfolio.

Indeed the organizers are thinking big.  the 2021 program will be much more colorful than last year and they promise a great location “The fact that we can also pick up the soccer fans makes us very happy. That rounds off the beer garden atmosphere in the Kulturgarten perfectly.” with local artists also getting their chance “It’s really great that the Junge Theater Bonn is on board again”.


The venue has also changed: “We had to say goodbye to the Rheinaue, but we have found an ideal area at Römerbad. It offers space for up to 3,200 visitors,” explains Julian Reininger. “We are sure that it will be even better this summer.”


The presale begins on 05.05.2021 at 10.00 am. Tickets and info give it on www.bonnlive.com

All upcoming dates at a glance(subject to change):

15.06.Germany -France

19.06.Germany -Portugal

20.06.Paul Panzer

23.06.Germany -Portugal

26.06.Headhunterz& Wildstylez

01.07.Michael Mittermeier



03.07.Olli Schulz


09.07.Dirty Deeds’79


17. 07.Joris

13.07.Gestört aber GeiL

19.07.Eckart von Hirschhausen


24.07.Carolin Kebekus

29.07.Markus Krebs


31.07.Katja Krasavice

07.08.Moop Mama

10.08.Culcha Candela

12.08.Chris Norman


28.07.Torsten Sträter

28.08.Zusammen Leuchten Festival

29.08.Cat Ballou… more to follow.

+ Weekly shows from Junges Theater Bonn:Pippi inTaka-Tuka-


New date for Sting in Bonn

Everything good is worth waiting for. Fans of Sting in Bonn will be able to identify with that thought hopefully. The news of his planned concert in 2019 was welcome indeed. Then came illness on Sting’s part, and then came Covid…
July 10th 2022 is the new date for the former policeman’s concert at the Kunstrasen.
Promoter Ernst Ludwig Hartz promises that tickets already held will still be valid for the new show so hopefully you can still find yours after all this time. If not, you have 15 months in which to search.

Marion & Sobo Band w. Joscho Stephan – Live in Coburg

From “Kultur Blüht Auf” in Coburg.  Marion Lenfant-Preus and Alexander Sobocinski prove here, with the talented help of Radek Stawarz (violin, Bratche-Cello), Stefan Berger (double bass) and very special guest Joscho Stephan that they are amongst the best bands around, and not just in the Bonn area.  Enjoy this World-class performance from the Bonn duo – with a little help from their friends.

Dennis Ledermann . Nur mit dir


Dennis Ledermann is back with a new single and an excellent video.  If you are from the Bonn area you might even spot yourself in the crowd as there are a lot of live clips here to enjoy.  The new single “Nur mit dir” tells a personal story about cohesion and plans for the future. And sees Dennis go in a fresh direction musically with a new sound mix of acoustic and modern elements but with his distinctive vocals still very present.  If you like what you hear, you might even help finance Dennis on his musical journey by downloading the single from one of the sites LISTED HERE
Nice one Dennis!
(There is also has a new website up and running: dennisledermann.de )

Unter Der Zeder – 2021 Season Plans Revealed

KuKuG in Bad Godesberg has just revealed plans for its open-air season Under the Cedar Trees (Unter der Zeder) in July and August, Covid restrictions permitting.

Six concerts have been tentatively planned in July and August 2021, and if you were unable to travel abroad physically this year, you will certainly have the chance to cross the oceans musically before Summer is out.  Familiar faces include Astatine (5 July) with Brazilian Jazz & Latin Grooves, and Marion & Sobo (19 July) with Gypsy & Chanson – fans of Django Reinhardt should not miss this one!  Simon Kempston and Bonn Folk Club fans should make a date on 2 August when the British Isles is showcased.

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Goodbye Omarazza


Very sad news this week is the passing of a lady, known by sight at least, to everyone in Bonn who has ever attended a concert featuring local musicians and upcoming talent.  Any meeting with Christa Franken would inevitably include the words “Kennst du…” and the name of a not so well known musician whom she considered worth checking out.  She was always right of course, she had already done the groundwork of ‘checking out’ herself – heading out on her bicycle to film new talent – and promote it with her live videos.

A one-woman marketing agency with a smile as ever-present as her video camera.  If Jan Loh was Bonn’s ‘Alle-Mal-Malen-Mann’ through his ever-presence in Bonn – sketching people for small change, then Christa was Bonn’s ‘Alle-Mal-Filmen-Frau’ although I would not have called her that to her face – I can imagine getting a wagging finger of discontent over such a remark.  She would have preferred I suspect the affectionate description given her by local musician Christian Meringolo of ‘Omarazza’.

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Update on Open-Air Season

Patti Smith – new date in 2022

New Corona strains, a third wave…  just when hopes were high that there might be a light at the end of the open-air live music ‘tunnel’ decisions have had to be made and shows postponed yet again.  Top local promoter Ernst Ludwig Hartz is having what must be one of the greatest headaches of his long and successful career in trying to move dates and keep top stars on the local appearance list.

Here is an update of what is, what isn’t, and what will hopefully be this Summer…

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