Outdoor blues concert with three bands from Two Timer, HANF and Rob Tognoni

A mile away. Two years later, on Friday, the “Hörbar Blues Open Air” in Milow was attracted again. It was the fourteenth concert in the series, and the organizer Carsten Fröhlich invited three top-class bands to the recreation area on the banks of the Havel. Rob Tognoni from Australia made the longest journey. The band Two Timer comes from Poland and was founded there in 2008 in Poznań.

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Great concert atmosphere in Milów.

The “Hanf” from Rathenow, on the other hand, had the shortest route to Milów. The concert started punctually at 19.00. The musicians of “Hanf” have already taken their instruments by their belts, and Carsten Fröhlich opened the evening. Then the stage belonged to five musicians from Rathenow. They played blues-rock songs.

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Things got high-profile. Many titles were unknown to most listeners, but names like ZZ-Top, Velvet Underground, and Lou Read were somehow heard. The Rolling Stones were also represented by the song material. Many people are familiar with “Dead Flowers” or “Route 66”.

Team

Team “HANF” from Rathenow.

How did the band start calling themselves “Hemp”? It has nothing to do with the plant featured on the band’s frontman’s jersey. The five musicians did what Puhdys or ABBA did when it comes to band names, put together the first letters of the band members’ names and so Helge (bass), Andreas (guitar), Norbert (guitar), Frank or “Fränky” (drums) and Fred (vocals, harmonica and guitar) the name “HANF”.

Concert in Milów: Each band plays an hour and a half

Each band played almost an hour and a half, plus there were short stoppages. Five musicians from Poland performed after the Rathenowers. Two timers are people who do two things at the same time, whether they are doing two jobs or being in two relationships at the same time.

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Polish musicians from

Polish musicians from “Two Timera” in Milów.

Five musicians from Poznań have been creating music for a long time, but for now they cannot live on it. Everyone is doing something different to make money. But they define their music as blues and boogie, and the audience at Milow has found that they have a lot of skill here. Vocalist Piotr Gorzkoski not only stood and sang behind the microphone stand, but also walked among people and extended the microphone to some people so that they could sing “Beer is the answer” (beer is the answer) it was said in one title and everyone sang.

The performance of the group

The performance of the group “Two Timer” in Milów.

Guitarist Ernest Kalaczyński has developed a sophisticated playing technique, and all the titles were accompanied by Wojcek Rudziński, who plays the blues harp. I would also like to mention the drummer Max Psuja and bassist Łukasz Rudnicki who did a great job. Of course, the band was allowed to play an encore and at half-time they sold a few CDs and signed autographs.

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Rob Tognoni from Australia visits Milow

In the meantime, another team was built. Rob Tognoni (vocals and guitar) has been joined by a bass guitarist and drummer. It got really loud again. Rob is a master of the guitar, masters many playing techniques and sings in the highest notes a human being can imagine. He also knows how to grab his audience and the accompanying musicians are fully committed. They were also allowed to show what they are capable of, first a drum solo, then the bassist showed what can be done with deep tones.

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Australian band around Rob Tognoni.

Australian band around Rob Tognoni.

Rob Toglioni once suggested that AC / DC is from Australia. I just played the riff “Back in Black” and everyone knew. Plus, I have to be honest, I only knew one song from what he was playing, and it was Neil Young’s “Hey hey my my”, but Rob wowed everyone. He and his musicians also received a lot of applause and played an encore.

Blues concert in Milow with Rob Tognoni's band.

Blues concert in Milow with Rob Tognoni’s band.

Then it was well past midnight. By that time, the police had long since cut off the electricity in Waldbühne Berlin. It is not known if there were any problems at Milow in this regard. It was a great evening and the more bitter it is since it was probably the last time. Carsten Fröhlich announced this at the beginning of the concert. Soon he will resign from his restaurant “Zur Scheune” and will no longer organize events such as Blues Open Air. This is the bitter pill of the evening.

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Reinhard Baer

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