Who met Stormy Shippy

Today the "summer night at the castle" begins; on Sunday the 3rd highest blues festival takes place on the palace terrace.

For the third time, blues musicians meet in Höchst for a festival that was founded in a blues session in the Höchst castle cellar. For the first time, the blues festival is part of the “Summer Night at the Castle” at the New Theater Höchst. In contrast to the other “summer night” events, the festival doesn't start at 8 p.m., but at 1 p.m.: On Sunday, the musicians on the palace terrace virtually pick up the microphones. The English-German blues musician Kris Pohlmann, who was born near London, was won as the “main act”.

As in previous years, the organizational team around Christoph Brum, Harald "Archy" Heiliger and Frédéric Hauschild will present exciting regional and national blues bands of various styles. It starts with "Miss Zippy & The Blues Wail" from Frankfurt. Miss Zippy aka Linda Krieg is a gifted harp player who has made a name for herself as a rousing musician in the Frankfurt blues scene in recent years. With their band (drums, bass and guitar) the quartet provides the energetic “old school blues” of the 40s and 50s. The band will open the festival around 1:15 p.m.

The "Highest Allstars"

The “Höchst Allstars” around the exceptional Frankfurt blues guitarist Matthias Baumgart are made up of musicians from the monthly “Stormy Monday Blues Session” in the Höchst Kulturkeller. Baumgart played with the American guitarist Rick Vito in Frankfurt's Palmengarten and is one of the most active musicians on the Frankfurt blues and rock scene. The “Höchst Allstars” will again be supported this year by Lutz Sommer, who has been a member of the “Frankfurt City Blues Band” for decades, and for the first time also by Selma zur Linde, the singer of the legendary “Bornheim Blues Company”. Also included are “Archy” Heiliger (guitar), Fred Hauschild (double bass), Winfried Reuter (bass), “Doc” Heinz Keller (saxophone and harp) and Sascha Siebenlist on drums. Your performance begins around 2 p.m.

Two veterans

The "Down Home Percolators" with Bernd Simon and Klaus "Mojo" Kilian have strengthened their performance with Holger Schultze from the "Akustik Blues Trio" from Frankfurt. The brilliant entertainers and Frankfurt blues veterans Klaus “Mojo” Kilian and Bernd Simon are also leaders of the “Matchbox Blues Band” and will set off an acoustic blues fireworks with their guest Holger Schulze on the lap steel guitar. It's your turn around 3 p.m.

Then comes the "32/20 Bluesband", a Texas blues quartet from Maring-Noviand on the Moselle. As part of their “Crossbrain Tour” the musicians present their fifth album “Crossbrain”. They not only inspire fans of the traditional blues, but have also brought inveterate rockers, punkers and electro-disciples to dance with their energetic show and contagious enthusiasm at various festivals, true to the motto "Blues rules". Your performance is scheduled for 4.30 p.m.

Then from 7 p.m. it will be Kris Pohlmann's turn. The English guitarist from the Ruhr area was born near London in 1977. At the age of 15, “Status Quo” inspired him to play the guitar. In his youth he was also obsessed with the music of “ZZ Top”, “Free” (“All Right Now”) or “Cream”. He became aware of Stevie Ray Vaughan through the cover of a music magazine three years later, and the sound electrified him. He dived deeper into the blues and was enthusiastic about musicians like Freddie King, Albert King, Rory Gallagher and Jeff Healey. At the age of 22 he moved to Germany, where he has lived since then. In 2003 Kris Pohlmann started writing his own songs and in 2005 he founded his first band. Passion became passion. His current album "Taylor Roads" brought him awards and very good reviews.

The blues festival is supported by Session Music Frankfurt and the Taunus Sparkasse. Entry costs 10 euros at the box office. More information is also available on the Internet:.

And for real fans there is also the “Highly bluesy” T-shirt, which Peter Damm has put on with a motif designed by the Höchst graphic artist Peter Schäfer. It shows the silhouette of the Höchst old town together with the words “Highly bluesy” and is already cult.