Stan’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.
“Just got home after a hell of a gig in hell’s kitchen: the Harmonie Bonn” – Julian Sas describing his sold out 15th gig in consecutive years at the venue. If this is Hell then maybe the Devil does indeed have the best music…
There are three ‘givens’ in life: Death, taxes, and a Julian Sas gig at the Harmonie in November. At least it seems that way. The only change I can remember from the shows past is that I seem to vaguely recall there being room to move from one part of the hall to stand somewhere else. Or maybe that was just a fantasy. Certainly it hasn’t been possible for several years now – and Saturday night was no exception.
“Imagine a late-night lock-in jam with Aerosmith, the Stones, and ZZ Top, fronted by the equivalent of Ronnie Van Zant, or maybe even Shania Twain with balls” is how Classic Rock magazine describes the Stacie Collins sound.
The final leg of her ‘High Roller’ tour brings her to HARMONIE BONN on 7 October.
Blues flavoured, good time Rock ‘n’ Roll is how I would describe what you will hear.
Certainly music to be played, and heard! live.
Here she is at the Harmonie in 2013:
Wednesday sees the start of Crossroads broadcast by Rockpalast at the Bonn Harmonie. Sunday then could be termed ‘The calm before the storm’ with smooth jazz courtesy of the exotically named Lyambiko and the ‘Junger Männer’ backing. Definitely a show for sitting rather than standing and listening rather than dancing.
“There are no STARS on the stage this evening” announced Mitch Ryder as he wiped sweat from his forehead with a bright white towel mid-set at the Harmonie on Sunday night, before adding: “But believe you me, ALL these guys up here with me are great musicians!”
Many younger people might ask ‘Mitch who?’ Those of a slightly older disposition know better though. Take Bruce Springsteen: ‘The Boss’ is a big Ryder fan, and has even been known to slip in a medley of Ryder numbers at an arena gig. Bob Seger and Ted Nugent are also fans.
My favourite shot of 2014 came pretty late in the year, November in fact, when I Caught Sam Fish and Mike Zito enjoying playing as much as we were enjoying hearing them do it.
There was lots to like about 2014. Some of it familiar, like the Kunst!Rasen shows and Jazztube livening up the Tube-stations. Other events were not so familiar to me, and my favourite new venue of 2014 was Alter Zoll. Steal a Taxi and Blümchenknicker were two of the free acts that had happy and smiling picnickers enjoying the music, the sunshine and the Rhine view.