He prophesied and it came true: the Wunderburg open-air concert with Andy Frasco & The U.N.
was absolute madness. Even if the conditions didn’t necessarily deliver what one hopes for an outdoor concert, it did not detract. The brewery courtyard could have capacitated more, but the weather limited it to the hardcore. Nearly 400 guests packed the front stage area, braving the elements to witness Frasco and his band live. Andy Frasco and Stephan Michel have a tight friendship and share a great passion for good beer. The locale and the beer of Bamberg’s Wunderburg have really won over the Californian. So much so, that he is not only considering coming back next year for another concert, but also recording a live album at Mahr’s Bräu.
Gratitude and satisfaction on stage, accompanied by the gratitude of the audience. Mahr’s Bräu made it all possible by sponsoring and financing the entire event. Visitors could enjoy the live open-air concert for free and many guests came to give their thanks for this special event. It was not only appreciated by diehard Frasco fans, but also by the artist himself. Major organizers regularly try to acquire Andy Frasco. Thanks to his love for Mahr’s Bräu, he would rather come to Bamberg’s Wunderburg. Frasco got his “start”, so to speak, in Bamberg – it’s where he established his band’s first German fan-base. “Bamberg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and one of my favorites. I’ve also known Stephan for over 6 years; love what he does and have visited him a couple of times at the brewery. Oh yeah…and soon we will be brewing beer together.” Yes, a collaboration-brew between Mahr’s Bräu and Andy Frasco will fulfill a long-coveted aspiration of Andy’s – as long as he can remember, the Californian has dreamt of one day having his own beer. Frasco penned the artwork for their canned brew, and naturally the beer could only come from one place: Bamberg’s Wunderburg, where else? “I love ‘real’ beer – the hoppy, American beer culture is not my thing,” says Frasco. And no good concert is complete without a visit from the local police. Shortly after 10pm, the cops came by to take a peek into the madness going down in the Mahr courtyard. Probably not exclusively there for the stylings of Andy Frasco, but there was no other reason for them to stick around, so the visit did not last long. Good tunes, good beer and good vibes. It’s a celebration! *Original German text translated into English by Matt “Mayday” Malone of Bamberg’s UCCB International