Lionel Richie rocked all night long at the Stimmen Festival

By José Oliveira, Columnist–Colmar, France

Joses WorldWelcome to “José’s World”, a new column by long-time journalist and photographer, José Oliveira! 



Summer Festivals must have a big particularity–just be as much eclectic as possible, for touching all kinds of people. And the STIMMEN FESTIVAL  did just that! Presenting this year were Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Melissa Etheridge, Status Quo, Sinead O’Connor, and Lionel Richie (among others).  It was a big success and to make both ends meet, they put out $1,500 000!!!!

The Festival went from July 2nd to 26th July in a beautiful little town called Lorrach, Germany. It is located near the border of Switzerland and France. Often concerts take place in each of these three countries, which is so fantastic.

It was a hot summer night. Jesus! It was 28°C at 8pm! Five thousand people were suffering at the Markplatz but they came to dance “all night long.”

The support act was given to the beautiful young South-African lady, NOMFUSI. With two albums out, she has shown spectacular music success. Her moving about the stage reminded me immediately of Tina Turner or even Miriam Makeba.  She is a young musician putting the groove to the Motown Sound that she grew up with.  No doubt, remember this name. NOMFUSI will be a great star.

Lionel Richie is at the top of his game. With three years on the road with the All Night Long Tour, our man still felt fresh at age 66. And with more of 100 millions albums sold, he couldn’t be happier!

Richie exclaimed to the crowd, “Unbelievable! In my long career, I never, never sang to people sitting and eating at restaurants near the stage! What the hell happened here?” He was very surprised to see the stage was placed in a middle of the Market Place with all restaurants and bars open around.

Many  songs on the set list belonged to the Commodores period. But people didn’t care and were so happy and dancing all night long. And then, the hits came. “Endless Love,” “Say You, Say Me,” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” and “Hello”…The crowd was on fire!

Signing off until next time!





IMG_2517José Oliveira is a long-time photographer and journalist who has rubbed elbows with the likes of Frank Zappa, Sting, Joe Cocker, Phil Collins, and many more.


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