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Posted: May 10, 2010 09:50 am (-05:00)
James Dalton
Singer/Songwriter/Performer
On The Train To Karlsruhe

So, I am on my way to Karlsruhe in the Southwest corner of Germany, having had two great shows in front of Frankonian audiences, and boy am I tired. Or is it my arms are tired or something like that?

Either way, two killer venues in two days, Jungeggers in Schwabach and Wiesses Roses in Immeldorf (www.immeldorf.com). Jungeggers is a brand new place sharing the same building and owners with a flower and plant shop (my mother is a florist, score for my comfort level!), and Weisses, well, that place is just legendary.

Immeldorf is this little town off the highway with no more than fifty residences in it but, since the '80s, Walter has been accidently hosting some of the most legendary concerts in all of the south of Germany. With a cozy downstairs pub suited for coffee and cakes, or beers with friends, and flea market-esque chic back garden with the skeletons of Citroen cars and bathtubs, you are eased slowly into the upstairs venue that is a mix between a Christiana's better cafes, the former DIY basement venues or New Brunswick, NJ, the Spring Dance in the high school auditorium complete with streamers, and the Saint in Asbury Park.

Yup. So the "stage" was a rug on the floor with a nice open standing room space and a sitting section to the performer's right. Sound was great and the lighting was literally done with a very scientific method of loosening and tightening various bulbs in their fixtures. Classic AND effective!

Both shows were filled with very enthusiastic listeners. These people had me so excited to play for them that I think I did three and a half hours each night with just a five or ten minute break a piece. I was doing old songs, new songs, stuff from the musical HAIR, stuff from the Dead, blues, etc...

Anyway, It was an amazing couple days with great shows, some guests onstage and a lot of reasons to come back...

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