|I photograph the stands, at the 2010 messe. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber|
By Ruth Ellen Gruber
The annual Country Music Messe (fan/trade fair) in Berlin takes place Feb. 1-3 -- and once again it will bring together scores of mainly European country music acts and thousands of fans, along with dozens of vendors of Wild West hats, duds, boots, gadgets, gee-gaws, housewares, decorative items, and more....in a raucous, real imaginary world that spans the borders between fandom and fantasy, dream and desire.
See the full program HERE.
As every year, there are four separate stages where acts seeking bookings and promo play simultaneously, while fans, festival organizers and booking agents traipse around the huge halls.
I haven't been able to get to the Messe for the past couple of years, alas, but I always find it great fun.
Here are some earlier posts from the blog where I talk about it.
And again, the iconic Don Jensen, performing his iconic song, Sauerkraut Cowboy, at the 2008 Messe: