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German Big Band Hits South Tyneside!
A big band from Germany is set to hit South Tyneside with an explosion of twin town music and song.
Knapp Daneben, from the Borough's twin town of Wuppertal, will take part in the South Tyneside Summer Festival programme and perform other local gigs.
The band is renowned for its really big sound, playing a mix of soul, funk and blues with a little jazz and rock roll and all combined with great energy and audience participation.
Knapp Daneben first visited South Tyneside 14 years ago so a return is long overdue and band members are set for a busy programme of music and sightseeing during their 10-day visit.
They will be welcomed to the Borough at an official civic reception with the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Eileen Leask at South Shields Town Hall tomorrow (July 13).
They will then perform two free gigs at the Amphitheatre on South Shields sea front, the first taking place from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday (July 14) and the second from 3.30pm to 5.30pm on Sunday (July 15).
They will also be performing an evening concert at St Wilfrid's RC College, South Shields, where they will be joined by St Wilfrid's Rock School.
The concert takes place from 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday (July 17) and tickets, priced £3, are available from the school.
The band will be taking to the Tyne as the main attraction on the annual South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade's fundraising river trip on Friday, July 20.
A limited number of tickets are available, priced £18, which includes the cost of a hot supper. To buy a ticket, call Tom Fennelly on (0191) 4556342 or 07876 030117.
Knapp Daneben will end their visit with another free performance at the bandstand in South Marine Park from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday, July 21.
The band's repertoire features a number of specially-adapted songs including Twin Town Blues, Sitting on the Dock of the Tyne, Sweet Home South Tyneside, Marsden Rock 'n' (let it) Roll, Tyne House Rock, Twin Town Cafe and South Shields Nocturne.
Band leader Christian Mohrhenn said: "Knapp Daneben is a true community band covering a mixed age group and a fun mix of music and song. We are coming over from Wuppertal to visit our twin town to share our belief that life is fun and fun is music.
"Our brand of twin town music may make you shiver or may make you laugh. We want people to join in and dance and sing along. We want everyone just to dig it and dive into the twin town experience."
The band name roughly translates as "just about or nearly OK" but their music and talent has developed over the years to become more than "nearly OK". They are popular in their home town and support local charitable events.
Accompanying the band is Swedish-German singer songwriter Anna Luca, an internationally renowned jazz singer.
Anna is giving a special one-off concert in support of the Mayor's Charity at the South Shields Library Theatre, Prince Georg Square, South Shields on Wednesday (July 18).
Tickets, priced £7.50, are available from the main reception desk at the library or from the Civic Office at South Shields Town Hall, call (0191) 424 7256.
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