Strong stuff – The Brew

Yes, that  energetic youngster jumping with his Les Paul on the 3songsbonn logo top left of the website really is Jason Barwick.  It comes from an iconic Rockpalast Cologne gig in 2009.  Joe Bonamassa pulled the plug on TV crews, and as a result upcoming Grimsby band The Brew got their whole set broadcast.  The rest, as they say, is history.  The boy has grown to a man and the hair to over his shoulders, but the energy level has remained constantly at a scale of ten from ten as Tuesday’s gig at The Harmonie proved.

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Nine Below Zero – Close Encounter of a Blues Kind

nbz-4713Stan’s Blues Band has come a long way.  The band formed in 1977 changed it’s name in 1979 to the sharper Nine Below Zero which was a wise move – can you imagine a band without an actual ‘Stan’ surviving with that name so long?  Forty years on, and still rocking as one of Britains premier RnB bands, they took the temperature up despite their name with a lively set at Bonn Harmonie.

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Big Band Big Fun

dannybryant2017-3736“A dream come true” is how Royston’s finest Blues export describes his latest project – taking a nine-piece band on the road, including a four-piece horn section.
It was a dream that only three venues were allowed to share as these were selected for an audio-recording due for release in April.  Bonn was one of the lucky Cities and we were treated to a powerful blast of the Blues.

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Makeda Magic starts the Stadtgarten 2016

Taxi--106Bonn’s Alten Zoll isn’t the only place near the University that workmen have been frantically re-constructing.  Last week saw the Stadtgarten concert stage arising from the ash of the boules courtyard next to the Biergarten and last night saw the first concert of the new season with Belgian band The Herfsts and Bonn’s own Steal a Taxi on hand to ease the stress of a hard week’s work.

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Wolfgang Niedecken’s BAP – An evening with the ‘Marathon Man’

BAP--31It’s 7.30pm at Bonn Kunstrasen and I meet some friends out back in the audience.  “This is still the support act?  Right?” one of them asks.  By this time Wolfgang Niedecken and his band the legendary BAP have already been onstage for an hour and I have to explain that there ARE musicians out there who play according to their feelings and not to a 90 minute stopwatch – and yes, these guys were due to remain onstage until 10 pm.  Fortunately they still had another two and a half hours to move up front in the audience and enjoy the finest Kölsch-rocker that ever trod the boards at Chlodwigplatz.

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Not Open Air? – Frank Turner Raises the Roof

Frank_Turner-(107-of-178)-Edit_DeNoise_SHARPEN-projectsHis right forearm has a tattoo of Elvis punching the air in the 50’s, his left a tattoo of Freddie Mercury doing the same in the 80’s.  Right here and now, at 8.15pm on 29 June 2016, at the Brückenforum in Bonn Beuel, Frank Turner has his own arm raised, hand balled into a fist.  And it’s only the second song in the set…

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