Warwick Bass Camp, 2015

Bassist Leland Sklar and Jon LiebmanWarwick Bass Camp, 2015

Special FBPO feature

Annual Bass Fest attracts hundreds of low-end enthusiasts to one-of-a-kind German retreat

By Jon Liebman
September 18, 2015

We had such a great time at last year’s Warwick Bass Camp, we couldn’t dare turn down the chance to go back when we received the invitation from Warwick & Framus head honcho Hans-Peter “H-P” Wilfer to attend this year’s event, which was held from August 31 through September 5 at the Warwick/Framus headquarters in Markneukirchen, Germany.

By day, we sat in on classes conducted by Leland Sklar, Bobby Vega, Rhonda Smith, Stu Hamm, Alphonso Johnson and many more from the bass elite.  The nighttime jam sessions brought out the likes of Andy Irvine, Phil Chen, Billy Sheehan, Rex Brown, Bakithi Kumalo, Phil X and so many others.

Saturday featured the traditional open-air concert, followed by the closing banquet, where the crowd was treated to a very special performance with Steve Bailey, Jonas Hellborg, Leland Sklar, Abraham Laboriel, Bobby Vega and Chester Thompson, and noted guest Hadrien Feraud.

In between the scheduled activities, we conducted nearly twenty exclusive, one-on-one interviews with everyone from Leland Sklar, Rhonda Smith, Vail Johnson, Marco Mendoza and Phil X to Juan Alderete, Felix Pastorius, Etienne Mbappe, Andy Salas, Dick Lövgren and several others.  Watch for these interviews and more in the coming weeks and months, only on ForBassPlayersOnly.com.

In the meantime, check out this year’s video montage, as well as our photo collection, below.  Enjoy!

With Andy Irvine

With Andy Irvine

With Angeline Saris

With Angeline Saris

With Antonella Mazza

With Antonella Mazza

With Ariane Cap

With Ariane Cap

With Bobby Vega

With Bobby Vega

With Chuck Rainey

With Chuck Rainey

With Devin Townsend

With Devin Townsend

With Dick Lovgren of Meshuggah

With Dick Lovgren of Meshuggah

With Etienne Mbappe

With Etienne Mbappe

With Felix Pastorius

With Felix Pastorius

With Felix Pastorius, Bakithi Kumalo, Armand Sabal-Lecco

With Felix Pastorius, Bakithi Kumalo, Armand Sabal-Lecco

With Juan Alderete

With Juan Alderete

With Leland Sklar

With Leland Sklar

With Marco Mendoza

With Marco Mendoza

With Nik West

With Nik West

With Phil Chen

With Phil Chen

With Phil X

With Phil X

With Rhonda Smith

With Rhonda Smith

With Stevie Salas

With Stevie Salas

With Vail Johnson

With Vail Johnson

Watch this extra special performance of the Billy Cobham classic “Red Baron,” with Jonas Hellborg, Steve Bailey, Leland Sklar, Abraham Laboriel and Chester Thompson

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