By José Oliviera and Rosine Alleva, Rock At Night Colmar, France Correspondents
STIMMEN FESTIVAL – Burghof Lörrach – Germany
Every year in July the STIMMEN FESTIVAL attracts many fans from three countries: Germany, Switzerland and France; with Basel and Mulhouse being the two closest cities. STIMMEN, is a German word which means “voices”, and yes, the 2016 line-up was full of great voices coming from a rich diversity of cultures and different musical horizons. For its 23th edition, the STIMMEN FESTIVAL continues to show why it has become a staple of the German festival calendar.
It is always a great pleasure to return to this event in Lörrach, so particular…without forgetting the good German lager. Despite the problems to find artists in July, the Festival organizer, Markus Muffler came this year again with an amazing program: Suzanne VEGA, Jamie CULLUM, MASSIVE ATTACK, TRAVIS, TINDERSTICKS, JOSE JAMES, JESPER MUNK, GET WELL SOON, THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT, and his great crush for the headliner DWEEZIL ZAPPA PLAYS FRANK ZAPPA.
DWEEZIL ZAPPA PLAYS FRANK ZAPPA July 19th
This song from Lukas Graham seems to describe so well Dweezil’s story with his father…
“Once I was eleven years old, my daddy told me Go get yourself a wife or you’ll be lonely. Once I was eleven years old. I always had that dream like my daddy before me
So I started writing songs, I started writing stories Something about the glory, just always seemed to bore me Cause only those I really love will ever really know me”
Dweezil Zappa and Deep Purple had been invited three days before, to play on the same night to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Montreux Festival, in memory of Frank Zappa’s venue and the famous fire in 1969 from which Deep Purple composed the great hit “Smoke on the Water”.
The Stimmen Festival has been another great opportunity to expose Frank Zappa’s music to the younger generations and for the pleasure of his older fans.
We discovered a Dweezil Zappa more accessible, not as crazy as his father, but no doubt, he is a virtuoso ambassador when he plays his music.
And performed by Dweezil, Frank Zappa’s music is far from being a simple tribute act. Being his son, it’s a much harder work with many details no one else could get to!
This 19th July show has been an outstanding act with high professionalism, at the high level of his father’s musical work.
We would like to thank Jan Obri who gave us the opportunity to meet Dweezil Zappa backstage. He was delighted to discover some old 70’s concert pictures of his father.
Help I’m a rock
It can’t happen here
You’re probably wondering why I’m here
Harry you’re a beast
Orange County lumber truck
Lemme take you to the beach
What will this evening bring me this morning?
Shove it right in
Holiday in Berlin
Ta ta you
You are what you is
Keep it greasey
You didn’t try to call me
Dinah moe hum
Planet of my dreams
Eat that question
I’m the slime
Peaches en regalia
Dweezil ZAPPA(guitar, vocals)
Kurt MORGAN (bass, vocals)
Sheila GONZALEZ (keys)
Chris NORTON (keys)
Ryan BROWN (drums)
Ben THOMAS (percussion, guitar…)
Photo Gallery -Zappa Plays Zappa
JESPER MUNK July 31st
After the great Dweezil Zappa performance, we discovered a very talented artist, Jesper Munk. His name won’t mean anything to you but this 24 years old blond hair Danish-German musician has a big international career ahead him.
Jesper Munk began as a street artist and has been surrounded by different producers, Mocky (You don’t have to say goodbye), Jon Spencer (Courage for Love) Sepalot (Shakespeare and Heartbreak), bringing a variety of style from Rock, post punk, glam to folk, soul and blues.
With his extraordinary voice, a sexy look and the great songs from his second album CLAIM, he conquered the young audience supported on stage by Sasseh Söllner Bobo (bass) and Clemens Graf Finck von Finckenstein (drums).
Photo Gallery-Jesper Munk
GET WELL SOON July 31st
Get Well Soon is a music project and the band of a German singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Konstantin Gropper. They started back in 2005, Their music is a bit depressing for the ears, but the band is an exceptional live act. Radiohead and Muse seem to be the major influences of the band.
Konstantin GROPPER was born in Germany, 34 years ago and he already build up a reputation in the indie / rock music. K Gropper also began to compose for movies. With his last opus “LOVE” here he is, resolved to cross a new step. His musicality is inconstestable, sequencing was balanced with this amazing voice close to Morrisey, a stunning surprise. And with the backing vocals, just like angels, you understand why Get Well Soon is considered as a national treasure. The result on stage is incredibly addicting. A simple musical delight with great songs!
Photo Gallery-Get Well Soon
THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT July 31st
The Temperance Movement has been the support band to the Rolling Stones in 2013 for their European and USA tour. They have been named “Best New Band of year 2015” in UK by Classical Rock Magazine.
When Phil Campbell, with his wild movements, hold his microphone and let his rough voice express itself, we were transported into Joe Cocker’s universe. “Three Bullets” and “Como One”, very rock titles, delighted the public. In “Pride”, Phil’s melancholic voice perfectly matched with the intimate atmosphere.
During 1.30 hour, the band gave a magnificent show with titles from their two great albums.
I rarely saw a singer, keeping such an energy until the end of the show! The guitar riffs from Luke Potashnick and Paul Sayer and the rhythmic section, Damon Wilson on drums and Nick Fyffe on bass, made an amazing job. Nick Fyffe has been a former Jamiroquai bass player and Damon Wilson played with Ray Davies, the Waterboys and Feeder.
The Temperance Movement proved to be one of the most expressive band of the actual rock scene. With their music, for sure, rock will never die.
Photo Gallery-The Temperance Movement
Photos: José OLIVEIRA
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I was born in Portugal and lived the Sixties exploring the great UK Rock magazines: "The New Musical Express" and "Melody Maker". Ray Charles and Pat Boone were my father’s fav. I became “The Great Pretender”. Cliff Richard was our Elvis Presley. As a beach boy, with my first guitar, I met a beautiful French girl on the beach! It was the Summer of 69!! We got married and rock music was our dowry. In France, I became a Wine Genetic Research Scientist. One of my works contributed to the decoding of the genome of the vine! As a rock journalist, I’ve worked twenty years for the Portuguese and Brazilian Rock Press. I ‘ve interviewed so many great artists. Then, one day I met FRANK ZAPPA! I got into trouble for introducing my wife to "Uncle Meat"!
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