Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes earned the title of being “The Greatest Bar Band in the World”, waaaaay back in the day when they became famous for playing the legendary bar scene that speckles the Jersey Shore.
Dedicated to the memory of Louis DeMartino – “Mr Lou” – († 1959 – 2015)
Surreal doesn’t even begin to describe the events of Saturday July 25th, 2015 a date that had been circled on my calendar for a good, few months on account of a musical gathering called, Musik unter 15 Eichen or in other words, “Music Under 15 Oak Trees” located in… Melle! That’s right… this magical corner of Lower Saxony that has featured in my blogs many times before for playing host to concerts from Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes or more recently, the Billy Walton Band as well as the annual Light of Day shows that do so much to raise the awareness of Parkinson’s Disease. These events are mainly due to the fact that long-time New Jersey/Tri-state music fan, Reiner Borgmeyer is from this area of Germany and he has been paramount in making them happen, something for which we, his friends and fellow New Jersey/Tri-state music fans, will always be grateful for.
“.. there are a lot of festivals… and some festivals like BOSPOP, Wacken, Download, Hellfest… are amaaaazing… I mean… these are institutions and they are… they are a thrill to play, for bands like us… we meet other bands backstage that we never would otherwise… we meet other bands’ audiences and these are great opportunities to expand your fan base and to show what you are about…”
– Joey Tempest (EUROPE) speaking to Marc Tyley on Manx Radio, 06.07.15
I would imagine that existing Billy Walton Band fans reading this are probably adopting a nodding-dog-on-back-parcel-shelf-of-car-mode as they quietly smile at my thoughts here. For sure, I had heard of the band and they were on my bucket list but I hadn’t quite gotten to see them until very recently, that is… so please forgive me if I appear to be preaching to the converted, as it were!
Whenever someone mentions the word “festival”, several images come instantly into my mind. For example, “music” as in: different kinds of music; “people” as in: lots of people; “volume” as in: connected with and related to aforementioned music and people; “beer” as in: countless litres of the stuff flowing freely from many designated areas; “mud” as in: the squidgy browny-black stuff that is usually the result of lots of rain falling onto a grassy area that could perhaps have been described as a field in another life.
Yep, the 34th Bospop gathering had the lot! Continue reading “BOSPOP 2014 – 2 days of rock, soul, blues ‘n’ rain!”
AWD Arena, Hannover – 28 May 2013
There are always a few questions hovering at the back of my mind whenever I have a Springsteen concert marked on my calendar, especially when it is open-air, e.g. Will the weather hold? Will I be able to see what’s going on without having to crick my neck too much? Will Bruce and the band play my favourite songs?
Dilemma: What do you do when three festivals that feature bands and musicians you really, really want to see, fall on the same weekend in three different countries?
No brainer. You pack the car and go!
As Forest Gump’s mama always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get!” And I guess the same could be said about festivals… you see the line up, you pick out your favourites, you pack your wellies, plastic poncho, sun cream and shades to cover all weather extremes and off you go to hang with a considerable number of like-minded people for a full weekend of… well, let’s-wait-and-see-what-happens-sort-of-thing.
Bill Toms and Martin Praetorius – two outstanding performers from different continents with songs to sing and stories to tell – especially the one about how they ended up teaming-up on internet radio in Schwanewede on a lazy, Sunday afternoon! Continue reading “Bill Toms and Martin Praetorius on deichRadio”
BOSPOP 2011 – 3 Days of Bands, Beer and Brilliant Music!
Not only was Bospop 2011 the 31st occasion in the history of this music festival, but it was also the first one to run over 3 days namely, the 8th, 9th and 10th July. The actual Bospop site is situated on the edge of the picturesque Dutch town of Weert – Limburg, and with its close proximity to the borders of neighbouring countries, Germany and Belgium, the festival attracts a truly international audience for what is, in my opinion, the friendliest, best organised music festival I have ever had the pleasure of attending.