Little Hurricane in Cologne

 

Here’s one for the diaries of all raw Blues lovers.  San Diego based Little Hurricane are a male/female duo with minimalist blues approach to a rocking, indie sound.

Anthony “Tone” Catalano and drummer Celeste “C.C.” Spina already have a major cult following so don’t delay grabbing tickets for their show at Luxor in Cologne on 25 September!

 

Cynthia Nickschas in the Park

A reminder to the many Cynthia Nickschas fans out there that she will be playing outside the Trinkpavillion in Bad Godesberg on Wednesday (3 July) from 7 pm.  Free Entrance but please put some money in the hat that will be passed around!  Details HERE

Cynthia will be playing on the ‘big stage’ at Kunstrasen on 15 August as support to Max Giesinger (and Namika) where tickets will start at 42.50 Euros so consider her appearance for free on Wednesday as a special bargain indeed!!!

 

 

Tears for Fears open Kunstrasen 2019

It was Back to the ’80s with a bang on Friday as the KunstRasen Season 2019 kicked off with appearances by Kim Wilde and Tears for Fears.  Around 5,500 people braved the extreme heat and were rewarded with great pop music from an era when MTV videos ruled and it seemed like every song had to have a synthesizer solo.  A time when British bands were showing how it was done – as tonights show ably proved.

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Tears For Fears – Kunst!Rasen 2019 starts on Friday

Kim Wilde at Münsterplatz last year

With the shift of Max Geisinger’s concert to mid-August the first musician to welcome Kunst!Rasen 2019 fans on 28 June is due to be  Kim Wilde.  The British Pop Queen will be opening for Tears For Fears on what looks to be one of the hottest opening evenings of Kunst!Rasen (literally) for some years.  Wilde of course captured hearts across the pond in the USA with her mega-hit ‘Kids in America’ and anyone who caught her show last year in Bonn’s Münsterplatz will attest that Wilde still has a great voice and an ear for catchy pop-rock melodies.

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SWB Sommerfestival

A cold beer and some Hot Jazz or cool cover band music – the best place for both in Summer is outside the Parkrestaurant Rheinaue.

This year’s SWB-Sommerfestival calendar has just been released.  From 8 July to 30 August you can hear plenty of familiar bands and music.

Heart & Soul will be out on ‘bad behaviour’ – 29 August

The bands Sunny Skies and Heart & Soul are long established and popular names which are sure to bring a big attendance of loyal supporters, but with the hope of sunshine this Summer the Parkrestaurant open-air stage is sure to be popular throughout the Festival. A veritable blizzard of Coverbands will be playing the music of pretty well every Superstar that’s inspired someone to cover their music: Brothers in Arms, Queen May Rock, Reggatta de Blanc, Brandy Beatles, Cocker on the Rocks, Heroes, Sticky Fingers, Sir Williams, Rod & Cher, Sissi A, Almost Pink, Eric – Where is Layla,Deezl, Eagles Reloaded etc etc…. (trying to guess the band being covered by their name is a fun game!)   Hot Jazz Boys and Kraske’s Knussperjazz, Hot Jazz GmbH, and DD Hot 5 will be bringing Jazz whilst popular non-cover band music will be (thinly) representedby  the likes of Christian Meringolo and Le Clou.

My advice, if you want to be sure of a seat and a stage view, be there early.  If you just want to listen to the music with a view of the sun setting on the Drachenfels – bring a picnic blanket!

All concerts 7.30pm to 10 pm

Click HERE for the full SWB Sommerfestival Calendar

Bluesbenders in the Park

On the face of it Bonn and Chicago don’t have too much in common.  I am glad to say though that they do share a taste in both the playing and hearing of good raw electric Blues.   The best proof local proof being Bill Baum and his Bluesbenders, who once again proved at the Trink Pavillion in Bad Godesberg that you don’t need to be living on the streets of Chicago to play mean electric Blues.  You just need to feel it – and this quartet proves, time and again, that they do just that.

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