„Russische Sommernacht“ mit der Jenaer Philharmonie (“-‘‘-”-’’-»«) 19.06. - 20.06.2015 // 21:00 Uhr // Festplatz Lobeda-West
Kasimir und Karoline 09.07. - 12.07.2015 // 21:30 Uhr // Theatervorplatz
Electro Deluxe Big Band Mittwoch, 15.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Anyone who’s the slightest bit interested in modern funk and soul can’t afford to miss Electro Deluxe. Their barnstorming concerts have made this nu jazz quintet famous well beyond the borders of the French homeland. The funk-mothership is sailing into port with an epic crew on board – plenty of brass reinforcements, that is – no less than five saxophones, four trumpets, and four trombones. In a word: the Electro Deluxe Big Band is lining up to launch a choice musical Arena summer 2015.
Nina Attal Donnerstag, 16.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz This exceptional talent was acclaimed as one of the most promising voices on the French blues scene at the tender age of 17 and is now a shining star in the soul heavens. When you hear her for the first time, you imagine Nina Attal to be a voluptuous blues diva from Memphis or the Mississippi delta, but nothing could be further from the truth. This diminutive, vivacious Parisienne dishes up her brand of blues with a carefree assurance that transcends every cliché. Her songs are a convincing blend of cool grooves, sweet Rhodes sounds, and driving bass lines.
Element of Crime Samstag, 18.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz // Ausverkauft! Element of Crime can quite rightly be called a German cult band. Although they began their singing career in English back in the 1980s – supported by John Cale – they have now secured themselves a place in the pantheon of laconic rock poets. Without Sven Regener’s wickedly sharp-tongued texts and the band’s brand of dream-like folk, the German music scene would be much the poorer.
Wir sind die Neuen Sonntag, 19.07.2015 // 21:30 Uhr // Theatervorplatz
E.S.T. SYMPHONY Mittwoch, 22.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz The Esbjörn Svensson Trio e.s.t. was THE jazz combo of the early years of the 21st century. They filled entire stadiums with songs that were as experimental as they were beautiful. Several years after the death in an accident of pianist Svensson, bass player Berglund and drummer Öström are giving e.s.t. a new lease of life: joined in the Arena by the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra and some fantastic jazz soloists, they are presenting a fresh take on their own songs, this time arranged by Swede Hans Ek.
Erlend Øye & The Rainbows Donnerstag, 23.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Erlend Øye is the modest, gentle traveller among Europe’s pop musicians. Over the last 15 years, his light touch has helped found the most varied styles: New Folk with the Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience and, with his Berlin band The Whitest Boy Alive, an instrumental version of house music. In his latest project, he collaborates with the Icelandic band Hjálmar; some band members even appear on stage in the guise of The Rainbows. Øye dons his reggae garb and shows himself to be a subtle, low-key pop poet of the first order.
Hubert von Goisern Mittwoch, 05.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz From the mid-1980s onwards, Hubert von Goisern has been redefining the concept of folk music in the German-speaking world. As an eternal globetrotter blessed with boundless energy and a sizeable portion of rock in his veins, he has managed to blend alpine accordion, flamenco guitar, and Filipino nose flute into a stirring musical tornado. In 2015, his release of “Federn” marks his return from a trip to the south of the USA. A performance certainly worth looking forward to.
ANNENMAYKANTEREIT Samstag, 08.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz ANNENMAYKANTEREIT’s German folk-rock songs are crafted with blood, sweat, and tears and a lot of passion. The band members all hail from Cologne, have known each other since childhood, and began their careers in the classical manner – as street musicians. They even make their own videos. With their down-to-earth songs on life, the band is reminiscent of a younger version of Element of Crime. It’s hardly surprising therefore that, with the release of their first album in 2013, the German pop scene gained a new set of very grounded stars.
John Butler Trio Donnerstag, 20.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Backed by his trio, John Butler has for many years been rated one of the most successful and ambitious musicians in Australia. His upbeat blues-folk has not only largely characterised typical Australian music, but has also had a word or two to say on environmental issues and questions of social justice. His sixth studio album sees him turn once again to more universal human stories, but the sound bears the unmistakable Butler-blues hallmark.