This past week, I experienced quite the folk punk weekend. On October 10th, I got to see Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls perform in front of about a thousand people at Boulder Theater. Frank Turner played for two hours straight, with the band taking a bit of a break in-between. It was a great evening, supported by the performances of Beans on Toast and Skinny Lister, a very fun shanty punk band.
|Frank Turner looking like Bruce Springsteen|
But in some ways, it just couldn't rival the next evening's surprise show by Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass at a private party in Fort Collins at Jon Snodgrass's bar Surfside 7, which is currently still in the process of being renovated (after having moved earlier this year) and not open to the public yet.
|Frank Turner and the shadow of Jon Snodgrass|
Surfside 7, Fort Collins
|Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls - Selfie|
Oh, but then the next night at Surfside 7, we got to see the other side: Frank Turner playing an acoustic show with his friend Jon Snodgrass only for friends and friends of friends - and on his only day off. Clearly, Turner is not only a talented musician and songwriter, he loves to create and share his music just because he does. And I love that!
|Jon Snodgrass and Frank Turner|
Surfside 7, Fort Collins
I'm so grateful for being able to experienced both shows.
Because I love to shoot and share videos just cause, I'm sharing a few excerpts from this weekend. If anyone who is in the videos, doesn't want them to be public, just let me know, and I'll take them offline again.
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls performing "Photosynthesis" at Boulder Theater on October 10th, 2015
Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass playing "Photosynthesis" at Surfside 7 on October 11th, 2015
Frank Turner playing "Recovery" at Surfside 7 on October 11th, 2015 was extra special to me because that song has a lot of personal meaning to me - especially during the time when I transitioned from Berlin to Colorado. Seeing it performed years later in Fort Collins in such a personal setting brought a satisfying sense of closure. The fact that at the end of the video that guy with the Turbojugend "Kutte" cuts of my view also resonates. After all, the Welt-Turbojugend-Tage take place in my other home, St. Pauli, Hamburg, every year. Everything is connected...
A short excerpt from Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls performing "Recovery" at Boulder Theater on October 10, 2015 serves mostly as a juxtaposition to the Surfside 7 acoustic performance...
And last, but not least by any means, a lovely song written by Jon Snodgrass and Frank Turner from their EP Buddies (available via iTunes): Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass playing "Big Rock in Little Rock" at Surfside 7 on October 11th, 2015