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
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
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...