Kimmo Pohjonen Skin 15.04.2016 · 8:00 pm · Volksbad For many years now, Kimmo Pohjonen has probably been the world's most adventurous accordion-player. His energy-laden stage shows are the stuff of legend. These see the Finn hurtling through the musical genres ‒ in typical warlike stage costume and with massed electronic support ‒ from hard rock and experimental music to melancholy folk songs and intricate Balkan dance rhythms, right down to simple, beautifully mellow soundscapes.
Les Yeux d'la Tête 13.07.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz · Ausverkauft! For the last ten years, Les Yeux d'la Tête have been one of the wildest French dance bands and certified hoggers of the limelight par excellence. No song from the last 80 years escapes their notice, whether it's 1930s gypsy-swing, folk or thumping vaudeville or polka hits. Everything is given the cheerful Les-Yeux-d'la-Tête once-over and comes out the other side as extremely danceable, lively and with a good helping of scorn – in short, typically French party sounds.
Cat Power 14.07.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz Cat Power is the covert superstar of the American songwriter scene, a brand-new incarnation of the profound, burning, against-all-odds, totally uncompromising artist figure, comparable only with icons such as Patti Smith. With her own particular brand of fragile yet powerful music, couched in folk and country instrumentals and occasional electronic interludes, she succeeds time and again in conjuring up the wider world on the stage.
Sophie Hunger 15.07.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz For a number of years, Sophie Hunger has been the great, shimmering chameleon of European pop music. Long since grown out of the tiny valleys of her Swiss homeland, she is captivating audiences the world over with her incredibly intimate, slightly fragile voice and her truly unfathomable, off-beat sense of humour. You can tell right away that she takes a mischievous pleasure in even the saddest of ballads. After all, she's never been one to take herself too seriously.
Keb' Mo' 16.07.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz American blues guitarist and songwriter Keb’ Mo’, alias Kevin Moore, has immersed himself ever deeper into the blues throughout the course of his long career. From successful calypso musician through R&B songwriter to blues guitar-player in dimly-lit cellar bars, Moore has seen it all. By the mid-1990s at the latest, Keb’ Mo’ had established a reputation as one of America's best blues musicians with a highly individual style that unites tradition and modernity.
ArenAkustik im Volksbad: Last of Songs 19.07.2016 · 8:00 pm · Volksbad Jena Israeli musicians Irit Dekel and Eldad Zitrin are Last of Songs, a band responsible for an experimental, cosmopolitan jazz of unearthly beauty. Cover versions of apparently seasoned Afro-American jazz classics from Nina Simone to Billie Holiday, given an unbelievably fresh twist and embedded in an Israeli-Oriental musical context.
The Stanley Clarke Band 20.07.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz Stanley Clarke can truly be said to be one of the real bass greats – many would even say one of the most versatile bass players ever. For more than half a century he has been setting musical standards with his energy-laden, funky slap bass style in a host of genres ranging from jazz, rock and fusion to funk. Together with his Stanley Clarke Band, he was awarded a much-coveted Grammy in 2011.
Fuel Fandango 21.07.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz Canary Islands producer Alejandro Acosta and singer-dancer Nita from Córdoba are Fuel Fandango. Together, they put traditional flamenco and fandango on a thoroughly modern footing and, adding electronic sounds and touches of rock, funk and pop, they lay down at each of their concerts an ecstatic dance medley which transcends genres.
BOSSE 22.07.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz · Ausverkauft! Axel Bosse and his band have been firmly anchored in the German pop-rock landscape for almost 15 years. Feet well and truly on the ground, Bosse draws his inspiration from the anthemic German rock ballads of the 1980s and the guitar-driven Britpop scene. His inimitable, profound, no-frills lyrics spring from this musical foundation and prompt surely all listeners to nod their heads involuntarily in agreement. Quite!
kulturarena club im kassablanca: U3000 22.07.2016 · 11:00 pm · Kassablanca Gleis 1 U3000 emerged on the scene in 2014 with a crisp, tight brand of indie pop, interwoven with guitar and synthesiser sounds, and an attitude reminiscent of the late 1980s which exposed them instantly as true masters of irony. To date, they have been touring highly successfully with this mix through the clubs and, although they have released their first album in the meantime, nothing beats seeing this band perform live. Only on stage can they be all of these things: punk rockers and pop stars, romantics and fun-lovers.
Chico Trujillo 23.07.2016 · 8:00 pm The band Chico Trujillo and its singer Aldo Asenjo are treated as virtual demigods in Chile. With their crisp Nuevo-Cumbia style they have whipped the traditional, rather pedestrian Latin-American rhythms into shape, mixing them with all kinds of sounds from ska through reggae to rock and hip-hop. Used to filling entire stadiums in Chile, they have been touring Europe in recent years with similar success.
ArenAkustik im Volksbad: Johanna Borchert 26.07.2016 · 8:00 pm · Volksbad Jena Johanna Borchert is not easy to describe. Her music oscillates abruptly and with mischievous pleasure between dreamy avant-garde pop, intricate jazz rhythms and sparingly orchestrated indie. A pianist and singer, she is part of a pop band, composes pieces for philharmonic orchestras and is band leader of a four-piece outfit which is rightly considered to be one of the big, new stars in the German jazz-pop heavens.
Kakkmaddafakka 27.07.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz For ten years now, Kakkmaddafakka have been riding high on the Bergen Wave, the invasion of feel-good pop music from Norway sweeping across the concert stages of Europe. The one-time school band has now turned into a real music brand. Live performances of their summery, ironic and uncomplicated power piano pop sound regularly leave a highly euphoric audience in their wake, whether in some cellar-disco or on a huge festival stage.
John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension 28.07.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz · Ausverkauft! John McLaughlin is most certainly a musical living legend, perched somewhere between jazz, rock and pop. His guitar playing has influenced entire generations of musicians since the 1960s, and he still travels tirelessly around the world, in varying formations, forging ahead into new musical dimensions. Together with Gary Husband, Étienne M'Bappé and Ranjit Barot ‒ each a master of his craft in his own right ‒ he makes up the 4th Dimension.
JORIS 29.07.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz · Ausverkauft! Since 2015, Joris has been one of the new shining stars in the German pop firmament. With deeply felt, often sentimental but delicately poetic texts, contrasting with down-to-earth, unpretentious musicality with a British feel, he rates as the culmination of the new German music miracle ‒ and as one of the songwriting greats of the future.
Django 3000 30.07.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz Django 3000 combine upbeat Balkan-gypsy sounds from acoustic instruments with dialect vocals from deepest Bavaria and draw from this mix an elemental force only seldom heard elsewhere. You could call it folk-pop or even gypsy disco, but that would be an understatement. No one is safe from their feel-good offensive; everything is sucked into a kind of cheerfully anarchic Django vortex, to re-appear in the guise of a highly danceable party hit.
Goran Bregovic and his Wedding & Funeral Band 03.08.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz · Ausverkauft! Goran Bregović needs no introduction in Jena, having made his German debut as a solo artist here back in 1999. For over 20 years now, he and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra have been the loudest, wildest, funny-cum-sad ambassadors of an overarching Balkan culture: with Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim roots and a hip-swinging musical tradition now familiar all over the world but whose new facets never fail to surprise.
Bernhoft 04.08.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz Jarle Bernhoft has been propagating his own special brand of warm, crisp, funky soul for years now ‒ of a kind seldom heard in his homeland, Norway. Occasionally accompanied by a band or alone but surrounded by dozens of electronic aids with which, courtesy of overdubbing, the multi-instrumentalist conjures up his own orchestra. The highest accolade so far came in 2011 when he was nominated for a Grammy in that most American of categories, R&B.
Louane 05.08.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz · Ausverkauft! Last year, French singer Louane sent the entire French nation reeling with happiness. A teenager from the provinces who grew up with four siblings in an immigrant family, she first of all turned the film La Famille Bélier into a box-office hit and then took the concert stages by storm with some superb, summery pop sounds, a delicate, husky voice which gets under the skin and her drop-dead charm.
kulturarena club im kassablanca: Dämse & DYSE 05.08.2016 · 11:00 pm · Kassablanca Gleis 1 Dämse and DŸSE not only share an umlaut, but also their origins in and around Jena. DŸSE, in particular, tour widely through the clubs of this world, as an unbelievably wicked, loud guitar-drum duo. Yes, there really are only two of them, although on their fast and furious journey through rock, noise, jazz, blues, metal to punk and drum'n'bass they come across like a four-man combo. Dämse confine themselves to crazy, spaced-out disco pop ‒ in which they truly excel.
Von Brücken // Support: Rocky Votolato 06.08.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz Von Brücken, the new band of former Jupiter Jones singer Nicholas Müller and keyboarder/composer Tobias Schmitz, has plenty to say. It does so via many-layered, honest-to-goodness indie pop songs which are just as likely to get you thinking as drag you onto the dancefloor. Schmitz and Müller are now bringing their "Sturm und Drang with a plan" to a live audience – and to the Kulturarena festival.
ArenAkustik im Volksbad: Vincent Peirani & Émile Parisien 09.08.2016 · 8:00 pm · Volksbad Jena For many years, accordion-player Vincent Peirani and soprano saxophonist Emile Parisien have been at the forefront of jazz solo artistry in France. Teaming up on countless occasions, they have cemented their reputation as good-humoured innovators in their respective instrumental traditions ‒ and that's saying something. It's no surprise, then, that the duo's complex soundscape, ranging from fragile intimacy to driving rhythms, has taken the whole of Europe by storm.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones 10.08.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz Mr Paul Janeway and his Broken Bones might look like a nerdy hipster band from New York complete with travelling accountant, but that's only until they get going! Then the bass lines start thumping, overlaid with cascading organ arpeggios; the extravagant horn section kicks in and St Paul belts out his heart-rending soul into the microphone ‒ guaranteed to bring the house down! First-rate contemporary Southern soul, straight from Alabama.
BOY // Support: Husky 11.08.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz · Ausverkauft! In 2010, the two musicians Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass gave us a new take on the good old boy band; as a "girl duo", their debut album "Mutual Friends" in 2011 made them stars of the German music scene. With their clear, melodic, hymnal pop sound and Steiner's unmistakable cool, vibrating vocals they've turned out numerous earworms.The new album "We were here" continues in much the same vein.
Jesper Munk 12.08.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz When local boy Jesper Munk picks up his guitar and starts singing, "Jack White breaks out in a cold sweat". This was how Munich's Süddeutsche Zeitung described the effect Munk has ‒ and it's right. Despite his youth and slightly fragile look, Munk has already brought out two beefy LPs packed with the most profound, raw and powerful blues songs, steeped in soul and an understanding of music ranging from rock through folk to post-punk.
Feindrehstar & Friends 13.08.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz Jena band Feindrehstar must surely be one of the best and most infectious live acts in Germany today. A seven-man "miniature big band", they bring classic club-house to the wider stage and, by contrast, earthy jazz and global beats to basement clubs. Horn section, drums, percussion, bass, Rhodes and MC go to make a unique sound they call "Krautclub" which leaves no one quietly watching on the sidelines. For their home fixture at the Kulturarena festival, they'll be joined by more than just a few friends. Dave Aju will definitely be among them ‒ we can reveal that much anyway. Who else will be there? Sorry, our lips are sealed! It’s a well-known fact that the Feindrehstars have a wide circle of friends. So it's definitely worth checking it out!
Ben Caplan 17.08.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz Canadian Ben Caplan is one of the most striking figures on the current folk scene. Equipped with a powerful voice, he sounds like anything from a wild, Tom-Waits-tribute artist to a cosy, heart-aching crooner. Backed by a crisp-sounding band called The Casual Smokers, what he serves up is no-frills, infinitely touching poetry. Caplan is the natural philosopher of the singing fraternity and combines the wide expanses of Canada with a precisely targeted burst of pure stage energy.
Sunset Sons // Support: Tom Curren & Betty The Shark 18.08.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz The Sunset Sons met in the European surfers' paradise of Hossegor in the south of France and from there have ridden the waves of the great festival stages at breakneck speed. With rock and funky pop melodies, deeply ingrained thanks to their cover-band past, the English-Australian set-up brings the beach to the concert stage and the surfboard to the crowd. One hundred per cent surf music – not as mischievous as Weezer in the 90s or as playful as the Beach Boys in the 60s – just guitars and keyboards with a sunshiny feel.
Myles Sanko 19.08.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz For some years now, Myles Sanko has been seen as one of the biggest talents in traditional soul and plays his songs as if he has done nothing else for the last five decades. Inspired by such greats as Otis Redding and Bill Withers, but with his own, totally up-do-date material, he navigates the waters of soul – with his extra-warm vocals and backed by a powerful band – from Motown through acid jazz to funk. He regularly has audiences at his feet – and rightly so.
kulturarena club im kassablanca: Robot Koch 19.08.2016 · 11:30 pm · Kassablanca Gleis 1 The BBC once wrote that Robot Koch's Berlin club sounds were reminiscent of "artificial intelligence discovering religion" ‒ a wonderful way to describe Koch's electronic arrangements: complex, beautiful alien worlds, constructed from oh-so-deep bass lines, intricate rhythms and ethereal melodies. With one foot in a steamy club and the other somewhere just off Sirius.
Andrej Hermlin and his SWING DANCE ORCHESTRA 20.08.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz Andrej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Orchestra are undoubtedly the kings of German swing. For over 25 years, Hermlin and his 16-piece band have been playing the entire repertoire of the golden age of swing, from familiar Benny Goodman standards to unknown, re-discovered tunes. His method is as painstaking as an archaeologist, matching everything from microphone to instruments to the historical model yet sounding as fresh and tight as on day one.
Seven & MEUTE 21.08.2016 · 8:00 pm · Theatervorplatz Seven and MEUTE have one thing in common: they play music you wouldn't think them capable of at first. Swiss musician Seven made a name for himself with some of the tightest funk and soul, and MEUTE, a marching band blessed with a gift for irony, call all the shots when it comes to club sounds and house. Together, they make for a hot and ‒ literally ‒ moving end the Kulturarena.