Music from the barn with Joe D’Urso – Melle 25 July 2015

Dedicated to the memory of Louis DeMartino – “Mr Lou” – († 1959 – 2015)

Mr Lou
Photograph published with kind permission from Mitchell Bilus

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.

 

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Light of Day – first EVER German show – Melle, 4 December 2009

December 4th, 2009 will go down in music history marking the first, ever, Light of Day show to take place in Germany. And what an amaaaaaazing night it turned out to be. However, before I share my thoughts from the front row, this story actually began for me mid-September, 1996 in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

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Look who the wind blew in! Bruce Springsteen joins Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at the Stone Pony

May 27th, 2001 started off much the same as any other late spring Sunday I’ve spent in New Jersey with blue skies and sunshine providing the perfect conditions for a walk along the Shore. 

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