"Entertainment" at Musikmesse – for you that means countless concerts, live events and special musical moments at the Fair & Exhibition Centre and during the Musikmesse Festival all over Frankfurt. Featuring special musical incentives, with street food and at unusual locations. Plus plenty of stars, whom can experience face to face!
Ultimate Jam, 1. April, Festival Arena
Premiere at Musikmesse. Never before have these artists shared a stage: at the ‘Ultimate Jam’, world-famous musicians from the worlds of rock, pop, metal, soul & blues will join forces to give an incredible all-star concert. Accompanied by a great backing band under Musical Director Siggi Schwarz, star guests such as Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake, etc.), Don Airey (Deep Purple, etc.), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, etc.), Pete York (The Spencer Davis Group) as well as exceptional singer Andreas Kümmert and YouTube star Alexandr Misko will ensure music of the highest standard. But the backing band is as famous as the rest: Danny O’Steen ( Stanley Clarke, Joo Kraus) will play the bass, at the drums there will be Matthias Bäuerlein (Eric Martin, Chris Thompson) and Max Hunt (u. a. Fish, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe) at the keys are other legends with them. Under the motto ‘Legends & Icons’, the focus of the songs selected will be on milestones of pop and rock history in which, thanks to their outstanding musicality, the event’s star guests will have also played a role.
Rabid Dogs of Rock, Friday 3. April 7 p.m., Ultimate Circle, Hall 3.0
Friday Night@Musikmesse proudly presents: The Musikmesse All Star Band „Rabid Dogs of Rock“!
This is an exciting event for all rock fans featuring some of the top musicians. Organized by Drummer, guitarist, songwriter and producer Brian Tichy who put together an all star band including himself of drums along with
Bernard Fowler (Backing vocals for The Rolling Stones), Christian Brady, metal guitarist and member of the supergroup Hellyeah, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (e. g. Guns´N´Roses, Phil Soussan (e.g. bassist for Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, John Waite and others) and last but not least Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest in 2011).
Rabid Dogs of Rock band will play a selection of some well known classic rock songs , songs from the bands they are most associated with and some songs they, as a group, all agree are some of their favorites!
The Band will also included special guests and an element of surprise and improvisation is always prevalent! These top musicians know how to play off one another and take their level of musicianship to its peak and keep the audience on their feet with fervor and excitement the whole night!
‘Randy Rhoads Remembered’ memorial show celebrates European premiere on 2 April
Update for the memorial show "Randy Rhoads Remembered" on 2 April at Musikmesse: The line-up for the European premiere of "Randy Rhoads Remembered" is continually filling up: latest on board for the event are guitarists Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), Gus G (Firewind, ex-Ozzy-Osbourne) and the well-known solo artistes Tony MacAlpinel and Nick Johnston. Kelle Rhoads, brother of the guitar hero who died much too young, will be supplying some particularly emotional moments at the microphone. Already confirmed for the performance have been the house band "The Madmen", with percussionist and musical director Brian Tichy, keyboarder Don Airey (Deep Purple), bass player Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy-Osbourne, Beggars & Thieves), plus guitarists and vocalists Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns-'N-Roses) and Christian Brady (Hellyeah).
International Vintage Show, Hall 4.1
Do not miss the opportunity not only to see legendary guitar models but also to immerse yourself in the history of the renowned Gretsch brand in an elaborate special exhibition.
The heart of the International Vintage Show is a 200 square-metre experience area in the foyer of Hall 4.1. On all four days of Musikmesse 2020, a special exhibition entitled ‘Gretsch – The Famous Years’ will offer you insights into the style-defining years of the family-run company founded by German emigrant Friedrich Gretsch in 1883. In this connection, particular emphasis is given to the period from 1954 to 1966 when Gretsch instruments had a decisive influence on the sound of world stars, such as the Beatles, Duane Eddy, Chet Atkins and Bo Diddley – and, therefore, on the development of the international music scene.
The Gretsch exhibition is rounded off by a display of ‘Guitars of the Stars’ with the original instruments and amplifiers of world-famous musicians, as well as other special exhibits. In a sound cabin, you can experience the fascination of vintage guitars, as well as test models by manufacturers such as Fender, Gibson and Gretsch and benefit from expert advice.
The International Vintage Show is being held in cooperation with the No. 1 Guitar Centre Hamburg, continuing the successful collaboration of the last two years. Also set to play an active role in the special exhibition and be available for expert discussions on two days are Fred W. Gretsch, the great-grandson of company founder Friedrich Gretsch, and his wife Dinah. Moreover, US pick-up specialist TV Jones, Gretsch Europe and the No. 1 Guitar Centre will present a selection of the latest Gretsch models. These guitars will be on sale on the Friday and Saturday – on request with photos and autographs of the Gretsch family.
On the Friday and Saturday you can buy these guitars – on request with photos and autographs of the Gretsch family.
At ‘Musikmesse Plaza’ pop-up market, which opens parallel to the exhibition halls of the fair on 3 and 4 April 2020 offers you an extended programme of the International Vintage Show. On a presentation area of 400 square metres, guitar lovers can discover and even buy a wide variety of vintage and custom-shop instruments. But that’s not all: keen collectors who have unused or older instruments at home can bring them with them and make contact with specialist retailers. Booking a sales table for a moderate price can also be worthwhile for private dealers wanting to offer several instruments.
You can look forward to a high-grade programme of events. German star guitarist Thomas Blug will hold a workshop on the sound and history of Fender while musician, producer and composer Peter Weihe is set to discuss the history of Gibson and bring the brand’s milestones to life with his playing. Additionally, the Gretsch family will take a personal look back over the 135-year tradition of their company.
Thomas Blug and his band will crank the volume up to eleven for the Vintage Party on the evening of Friday, 3 April. The first part of the show will focus on the characteristic Gretsch sound while, in the second part, visitors can look forward to classic rock with no limits.
'Brass gegen Hass'
Loud against xenophobia, intolerance and hate in society. Music stands for mutual understanding without barriers and borders – let’s show the whole world. Come to Frankfurt, make music in the city and visit Musikmesse 2020.
There, all brass musicians will join forces at on Saturday 4.4.2020 at 3 p.m. with over 1,000 singers and musicians to play the Ode to Joy. As the European hymn, this piece of music stands like no other for solidarity without exclusion. Moreover, it is as special tribute to the composer Ludwig van Beethoven on the occasion of his 250th birthday this year.
Register yourselves and your group as participants of 'Brass gegen Hass', to obtain access codes for free admission to the fair and the campaign baseball caps.