It’s shortly after 11.30 am. I’m standing on the roof of the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn. It’s called the General Anzeiger’s Sommergarten Season but the question bugging me is, will it rain? I’m English so I assume the worst, but the two ladies onstage in front of me have come prepared – songwise at least, as Bonn’s own Anne Haigis and Thüringen born Ina Boo kick off in classic thumb to the nose at grey skies fashion with Tony Joe White’s ‘Out of the Rain’. Gauntlet firmly laid down by messrs Haigis and Boo, the grey clouds go scurryingly on their way – one force of nature conquered by another. Anne is here on the back of her latest disc ’15 Companions’ and within ten minutes she has several hundred companions hanging on her every lyric.
The General Anzeiger’s Sommergarten tends to be coverband/Jazz based, so Blues on the roof is a rarity; In fact one of the few Blues shows there that I remember was by the late Lee Lozowick. It was something of a shock when merchandising Manager Anke Olowson pointed out that it took place in 2007. This time around it’s Lozowick’s band mates from Arizona, Shri, who serve up a generous helping of Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson and even a bit of Robert Dylan.
There’s Blues with Shri, Jazz with Seatown Seven, and Irish Folk from Paddy goes to Holyhead before Sunny Skies finish the Season with style.
Unfortunately there is no return to the special flair of music from the Kunsthalle rooftop though – as last year, the shows will run from Rheinhotel Dreesen’s Kastaniengarten (Rheinstrasse 45-49) 11:30 to 14:30