R.I.P. Chick Corea

Award-winning Jazz musician Chick Corea has died at the age of 79.

Corea’s career spanned five decades, and he was the fourth most-nominated artist in the Grammy Awards history with 65 nominations (from which he won 23 times.  Corea died on 9 February from a recently discovered rare form of Cancer, but his music is destined to survive him for a very long time.  Particularly his ground-breaking work with Miles Davis in the ’60’s and with his band ‘Return to Forever.

My picture was taken at a memorable concert at Bonn Kunst!Rasen with Stanley Clarke in 2014.

 

 

Clara Clasen Livestream from Brotfabrik

Local concert fans will have seen Clara Clasen on one of the many Bonn/Cologne stages in the last couple of years.

You can be sure though that Clara will put on a memorable Live Stream Concert on Friday (29 Jan)  There will also be a chance to win CD’s and merchandise packages from the lady herself.  Tune in and find out how on the night.

Clara Clasen is the founder of a small but energetic acoustic rock company based in Bonn. Her work is characterised by her strong voice and exciting songwriting, which utilizes influences from blues, punk and pop. Most of the time she can be found with her acoustic guitar, but sometimes she also ventures out on ukulele or piano. In 2018, her first studio album with a band arrangement, “Sugar & Morphine”, saw the light of day.  June 2020 saw the acoustic release ‘Cyanide & Cream’ so listen out from some tracks from these – and if you like the show, head over to Clara’s website for new merchandise – T-shirt fans, Summer is just around the corner (and up the road a bit…)

WHERE: Brotfabrik Bühne Bonn and Clara Clasen
WHEN:  Online: HERE IS THE CONCERT LINK
Friday at 8 PM UTC+01
PRICE:  Free
WHO:  Anyone on or off Facebook

 

The Carnival will go on in Bonn – Musically at least

 

Good news for lovers of Germany’s famed ‘Fifth Season’ – Carneval has not been completely cancelled.  Despite Corona, BonnLive is set to bring a bit of ‘Jeck’ to Cologne and Bonn in the coming weeks.  From 29 January to 16 February a strong line-up of popular musicians will be just a car-ride away.  Concerts will be held on the parking lot of the popular Südstadion in Cologne and on the old Miesen grounds in Dottendorf, featured bands include KASALLA, BRINGS, BLÄCK FÖÖSS and HÖHNER.

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Layla Zoe – Nowhere Left To Go (Layla Zoe Music)

Layla Zoe certainly didn’t make it easy for herself. 2018’s superb double-disc ‘Gemini’ seemed to say everything that could be said and in the best way possible. It was electric, it was Blues, Funk, Gospel and Rock. It was the sum of all the releases before it. The subsequent ‘Retrospective Tour’ and disc suggested a watershed moment had been reached. Did it also leave the self-proclaimed firegirl literally with ‘Nowhere Left To Go’? – is this perhaps the aptest album title ever penned? Well, no, as it thankfully turns out. Whilst NLTG doesn’t re-invent the wheel as far as Layla’s music is concerned it is, thanks to plenty of new faces behind the songs, still a fresh as well as a strong statement from the heart. It also still showcases the lady’s amazing voice with that trademark emotional intensity that is the secret of Layla Zoe’s success.

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Allman Betts Band to Support Deep Purple at Kunstrasen next year

 

In the hope that there is a tunnel. and we will see the light at the end of it soon…  On 1 July next year Deep Purple will be joined by some very special guests at Kunstrasen.

The Allman Betts Band features Devon,  the son of Allman Brothers frontman Greg Allman (already a visitor to Bonn Harmonie in the past),  paired up with Duane Betts, son of original Allman’s guitarist Dickey Betts.  Onboard too is Berry Duane Oakley, son of the Allman Brothers Band’s founding late bassist, Berry Oakley.  The band is still pretty fresh out of the blocks  but word is that they are chips off of their respective musical family blocks.  Judge for yourself from this video.

Open Piano for Refugees

Live music in Bonn is always welcome – especially so when it is towards a good cause.  Konstantin Kopenhagen warmed up the  ‘Open Piano for Refugees’ keyboard in Münsterplatz this afternoon.

Anyone is free to sit down and play the piano (after disinfecting their hands first of course – Covid rules apply as always) All donations go towards the DoReMi social music institute in Vienna which serves to promote the inclusion of refugees or socially disadvantaged people regardless of nationality.

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Lite & Airy – Bonn Folk Club Open Air

It might look smoothly asphalted to the eye, but the road to Dotty’s Sports Bar for Folk Club Bonn‘s September meet was a rough one indeed.  A long one too, as John Harrison will tell you.  Involving numerous meetings with the owner and correspondence between Folk Club and the powers that be in Bonn.  In the end, though it was a worthwhile journey.  The Hockey pitch at Dotty’s proving to be an excellent open-air venue, and the weather being much kinder than anyone had a right to expect in the early days of Autumn.  Perhaps God is a folk music fan?  Or perhaps he just realised that good music was good for the souls of his creations in this Pandemic riddled World we are all enduring.

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