The German swing band that vows to keep you entertained through the pandemic

In this week's edition of Amplified, KCRW Berlin's Erik Kirschbaum meets big band leader Andrej Hermlin. This segment originally aired on August 1, 2020.

Photo by: Erik Kirschbaum

By Erik Kirschbaum

Back in March when all the music clubs closed in Berlin, big band leader Andrej Hermlin made a promise: to keep on performing as long as the coronavirus pandemic restricts our lives.

His band, the Swingin’ Hermlins, started a non-stop series of nightly concerts streamed live via Facebook. KCRW Berlin’s Erik Kirschbaum met Andrej Hermlin to talk about his love for American music from the 1930s and why he made this crazy promise.

You can catch the Swingin’ Hermlins’ nightly concerts at 7 p.m on Facebook Live.


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