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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Covers by Bonne

WHEW! *stretching arms, rolling head around, doing a few jumping jacks*

I'm taking a BREAK from mixing my first batch of these babies.

To anyone new that is thinking of ordering a song as a gift, I think I'd suggest the song be ordered by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12TH in order to ensure you get it with plenty of time to wrap for Christmas!! You can ORDER HERE

So, now, back to my stretching....and mini-celebration as this is the first time I've ever mixed songs before.

My neck *does* hurt just a little.

Annnd I'm kinda sick of my own voice?

Other than that, though, things are going well and songs are bouncing away!! =) #techtalk

To those who have so very graciously ordered cover songs - they'll be to you soon but one small disclaimer: Mixing Engineer...I - am - not. =) Haha, but luckily I did get a few tips from the owner of Sonic Factory Studio and I feel confident the songs going out are worth the tag price.

This has been SUCH fun and an unexpected source of learning for me - far more than I realized when I had the idea last month to take any song (that's been previously recorded by another artist and available for reference on iTunes) and cover it for $100. Remake it, probably, honestly. get the drift =)

I kept the fee down on purpose - so I wouldn't be tempted (able) to hire other players or the studio to help me. These songs are covered 100% by yours truly - and all done right here in my home.

I don't want to risk giving away any of the songs that are meant for gifts, but here are a few artists I've remade...

Joni Mitchell, Imagine Dragons, Mariah Carey, P!nk, The Beatles, and, even, myself =)

There's still plenty of time to order a song - if you know someone who is a Bonne fan for life....buuuuut also an X artist fan for life...this could be the perfect marriage? It's a unique way to mix things up gift-wise (although a copy of 'Fairytales/LoveAffairs' is also strongly suggested) and I'm very happy to add little dedications on the front of songs saying (within reason) anything you'd like me to say =)

After Christmas I'll post a little demo reel - but again - trying not to give anything away and I don't know what songs mean what to who haha back to my "studio".

I'm very tempted to change my Facebook career status to "Engineer or Producer" for the day jusssst as an inside joke with aforementioned Sonic Factory Studio if I read it here first....I'm kidding =) I'm most definitely staying with my singing/writing/creating side of things. But I think we all know if you dabble in something on the side - whether you're good at it or not - means it qualifies as something you can list as your full-time job on Facebook? AmIright? *wink*

Love and Christmas Cookies,

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday

Get up to 60% OFF at the BONNE FINKEN STORE starting NOW thru this Friday at 11:59pm

$20 Signed 'Fairytales/LoveAffairs' Album (by the whole live band)

$20 Bonne Finken Digital Catalog (Soul on Display, Expectation Fall and Fairytales/LoveAffairs)

$20 Handwritten Lyrics

plus the newly added Personally Dedicated & Remade Cover Songs for just $100

Please you remember you can also pickup a regular copy of 'Fairytales/LoveAffairs' at your local Kum and Go starting this Friday and while supplies last.

Warmest Holiday Wishes,

Bonne Finken and the Collective

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November News

Hello & Happy November! It definitely feels like fall now.

In case my lyrics/music didn't already give it away (#scorpiotothebone) my birthday was this month - fall clue #1.

#2 & #3 comes in the form of fully regretting my 'I'll throw all these tights out since it's hot out now & just buy all new when it's cold again' thought process last spring and in my endless dance to keep a two-ft-minimum-distance from anyone showing signs of a cold.

Despite my numerous...numerous...past attempts to prove otherwise - air/breathing is a key element to singing and so a stuffy nose is something I try and avoid at all costs during days leading up to a performance.

So, family/friends, I love you - but - I will hug you...AFTER this Thursday.

Fun Announcement #1
Ok, this isn't a new announcement, but...we have a show this Thursday
Doors open at 6:30pm
Show at 7:30pm
$10 adv. tickets HERE

Fun Announcement #2
If you have not yet purchased a copy of 'Fairytales/LoveAffairs' - and if you live in Iowa - I believe it will become almost annoying at how many opportunities you'll now have to nab one for you or a loved one for the holidays. Thanks to Kum & Go =)
I'm going to go out on a limb, built from the talented people that helped me create this album, and say it truly could be the perfect stocking stuffer for any (non-die-hard-country) music lover. Day 1 on counters is very conveniently: Black Friday.

Fun Announcement #3
You can now order a 'Cover by Bonne' - just in time for Christmas!
I will sing/record an acoustic cover of any song you request (whether that be one of my own, a Christmas song, that Patsy Cline song you always wanted to hear me cover, etc.) for a flat fee of $100.

The 'Covers by Bonne' option will be added to my website effective Wednesday, November 19th - but please feel free and shoot me an email HERE if you'd like to go ahead and get your requests in! I'm happy to add a special dedication on the front/back end of the song.

I'm doing this because really want to take my band on a west coast tour (both 'Please' and 'Fall' went to #1 on AAA radio in Oregon, Washington & California) but to go out for just six weeks would take an average american's annual salary. So....I'm gonna try and sing our way there =)

*and if anyone is looking to sponsor or make donations towards a pretty kicka** band please feel free and contact me*

Thanks so much, as always, for taking an interest in my music - your support truly is what keeps independent artists able to do what we do!!

Much love & music,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Catching My Breath

I'm already beginning to write my December '2014 Wrap Up' blog/newsletter - because it's been a doozy. IN a good way - but also in a 'I'm crying uncle' for a bit - way. Good timing - cuz Christine (band DJ) is tying the knot and is now in full bride-to-be mode followed by her wedding in two weeks, then a seriously amazing-sounding extended honeymoon.

So we're are on a two-month performance hiatus and I'm really having a good time catching up at home, and with family/friends, and having fun with non-performance-based music stuff that alllllways goes to the back burner during performance seasons. I'm two weeks in and want to share a little of what I've been up to.

Before I begin my Sunday Night I-Got-The-Time-Now Blog - that could go on & on - I'll be sure and mention TICKETS ARE ON SALE for our LAST public performance of 2014 - November 13th at Wooly's in Des Moines we'll be performing our first ALL AGES show at 7:30pm (doors 7pm).

Now on to all things non-musical...kinda...

I took my son - and while I am a semi-movie snob - loving all things Indie, Oscar or Tarantino - I did love Iron Man - annnd I did love this, too. I think this is now my favorite Marvel Comic movie.

One of the best cooks I know taught me how to make one of the best meals I know. Chicken & Noodles - from scratch. It kinda felt like my birthday.

Ok, so this is semi-music related only because music is why anyone thought to ask me to join in on this... I got to go give whatever input I could to the wonderful educators, principles and staff of Waukee's school district as they try and fuse the importance of creativity into their normal curriculum. Loved being around such open and forward thinkers - hope to get a chance to help more/again/more/again =)

Trip to the wonderful Sahar's Salon & Day Spa - - everything from haircuts, colors, pedicures, make-up, massages, facials, you name it...along with a fashion gallery that has the brand FCUK - which I'm mentioning because it is fun to type. #frenchconnectionunitedkingdom

For anyone reading who has short hair and/or likes my short hair - TIFFANY MALLY is my hair stylist =)

Got a free pass to check out Trampled by Turtles at the last Nitefall on the River and it was the PERFECT night for live music. Here's me and my good & beautiful friend Jen who might not love I put this photo on my blog =)

Bachelorette party for Christine! I'm now allll caught up on lemon drop shots & trying to avoid drunk people on a dance floor =)

I also made it to the World Food Festival and branched out eating Cheese Pizza, a Lemon Cupcake, a Meatball, Cheese Pizza, a Meatball, a red velvet Cupcake, Cheese Pizza, and the biggest leap of the night: a Puppy Chow Cupcake. *I recited this to my son just now and reminded me he tried some Hawaiian chicken as well. He did. I did not. To anyone that knows me who was maybe wondering 'Does Bonne still eat like an 8 yr old?'. Yes. Yes I do.

I know I always say this during downtime (that never seems to stay downtime) but I will try and blog much more regularly. I'm only two weeks into a six week hiatus and already have written two new songs and began reworking the ones that didn't make it onto 'Fairytales'. So the writing bug got enough rest this summer and is waking back up. This past two years as been one for the books. Just need a quick recharge...and then it's off to the races again. Can't wait =) Thanks so much for taking the time to read my thoughts...hope to see you soon!

Much love & music,

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bugs & A Baby

The last few weeks have literally been a blur. I just got back into the 'eat a cooked meal' saddle two days ago and am starting to feel like I'm ready to be seen in public again. The highlights and lowlights were probably all from the same five days.
I went from Iowa, to Nebraska, to Colorado, to Nebraska, to Iowa, to Nebraska, back to Iowa...within that five days.

1) First 'Take The Show On The Road' performance ended up fun & successful

2) Getting a VIP trip to meet organizers of The Underground Music Festival in Denver - where we are slated to perform in 2015

3) Head sound man, Josh, celebrated a new baby boy

photo courtesy of

4) Performing at Simon Estes Amphitheater for Nitefall on the River

5) Having James Biehn as a guest guitarist for a night (I hate using the word 'epic' unless describing traveling around the world in a hot air balloon...but his guitar solo on 'Hang On' was as close to musically epic as you can get....without including a full orchestra & Robert Plant on stage....

photo courtesy of

1) Eating five whole bugs. While singing. Wings & all
2) Thirteen hours of sleep in five days
3) Drinking approximately 386 Smart Waters due to the excessively heated performances *thought of looking at a smart water = shudder*

But, of I am preparing to do it again.


SAT, AUG 23rd: Ingersoll LIVE
(Des Moines, IA)

For anyone thinking 'I'll catch them the next time' just a heads up: this will be our last Des Moines area show for a few months. It is free & kid friendly....although the time may not be.
We close out the event, performing 9-11PM on the main stage

FRI, SEPT 5th: Blue Moose
(Iowa City, IA)

Show is 19+
Doors at 8PM/Show at 9PM
Opener is TBA
Tickets are on sale now for $10 HERE
There will be a special acoustic performance via Iowa Public Radio's JAVA BLEND program with Ben Keifer at 2PM at The Java House in the pedmall while the rest of the band goes and set up. The show at Blue Moose is full band.

SAT, SEPT 6th: St Louis Arts Festival
(St Louis, MO)

I'm very excited for this show. I'm honored to have been chosen as their headliner and the band can't wait to go & perform for everyone. It is a small celebration, also, in that it will officially my largest show to date, with over 130,000 people in planned attendance.
We perform 8:30-10pm on the main stage. We will then be drinking *coughbrutcough* champagne while playing paper/rocks/scissors to determine who is driving home on Sept 7th.

Thanks so much for reading. As always, you can help support an independent artist by ordering your copy of 'Fairytales/LoveAffairs' via my WEBSITE or by downloading a copy for just $9.99 on ITUNES.

Love and Music,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Led Zeppelinnnnnnn

Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
(Bonne Finken live at The Temple Theater in Des Moines, IA)

Huge shout out to OCEANWIDE STUDIOS for the video capture during a tricky show to capture. More video to come...

It's been a crazy busy past three weeks.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Show Review: Bonne at The Temple Theater (6/19/14)


Bonne Finken has arrived.

That might sound like a strange thing to say about the winner of Cityview's Best Local Musician award for 2014, but it's the truth.

Finken's first two albums—good in their own right—exhibit a kind of proto-Finken; the first relies too heavily on the directions of others, and the second is a schizophrenic jumble of ideas. Both albums, as well as Finken's "Live at the Loft," teased flashes of her potential, but the album release show for “FairyTales/LoveAffairs” (our review here) at the Temple for the Performing Arts this past week was her coming out party.

For the first time in her career, Finken completely followed the song of her own siren. For the first time in her career, we can say that we've heard Finken's fully-realized sound. And it's beautiful.

After playing with a revolving door of musicians for most of her career, Finken has more or less settled on one lineup from here on. Jon Locker continues to hold down the low end, and if he's not the best bassist in the city, he's at least in the photo. He's joined in rhythm by timekeeper Russ Tomlinson, who provides Finken with more of a rock edge to her music than she's had in the past, and who's vocals on “Gone” are preferable to those on the album.

Christine Parmerlee backing up Finken on vocals // Antonio Rodriguez

Christine Parmerlee supplied Finken with back-up vocals and show producer Pat Williams provided an assist to the musicians in the form of a turntable and mac, but maybe the most inspired move Finken has made with her band is the addition of Michael Pfaff.

Trained at the New England Conservatory, the current Snacks/former Dirty Little Rabbits keyboardist might just be the most underrated musician in the city. In the Collective, Pfaff spreads his talent across three instruments, and does them all well. His keyboard work (once again, “Gone” is a great example) was excellent across the board, and he added a great deal of depth and warmth to the songs with the xylophone. If she can hang on to him, Pfaff's versatility, talent and personality will make him the second most valuable member of Finken's crew, behind The Woman herself.

Midway through the set, Finken rolled out her special guest, guitarist Seth Hedquist. Hedquist has been lending his considerable talent to bands around the city for a while now, and he and Finken have a long, comfortable working relationship. The pair took the stage alone for an acoustic break in the middle of an otherwise production-heavy set, and it was an excellently timed change of pace.

The show's flaws were all minor. Finken was clearly more nervous than I'd ever seen her before, and between songs her banter sounded shaky and rushed; Finken and Hedquist's cover of Imagine Dragons' “Radioactive” only served to throw the absurdity inherent in the song's lyrics into harsh light; Parmerlee's vocals were often overpowered by everything else that was going on.

The biggest trip-up of the night came during the lead in to (I assume) “Step Back Baby," after Headquist had left the stage and the rest of the band returned. Places were taken, and the band waited for Williams' tracked lead-in. But nothing came. After an awkward minute, the DJ realized that he needed to restart his computer.

However, one of the great advantages of having talented musicians playing live instruments is the ability to improvise. And, as Williams restarted his software, Locker announced “let's get Seth back!” Hedquist joined the band, and Finken launched into an impromptu cover of Led Zeppelin's “Whole Lotta Love," which wound up being one of the show's highlights. Shortly thereafter, Williams was ready to go, and “Step Back Baby” thundered over the audience while the music video played in the background.

Everything about “FairyTales/LoveAffairs”—the album, the show, the experience—is a success. It's the best Finken has ever sounded, and it's the truest she's ever been to herself. The show was grand, theatrical, beautiful and expertly timed and produced. The songs that make up the album (Finken deserves possibly her biggest round of applause for the album arrangement) showcase everything in Finken's bag from synth-pop dance hits to gut-wrenching ballads, and this “permanent” band line-up breathed fresh life into Finken's previous work as well.

Though this is a pop album, it shouldn't be taken to mean that Finken is—has always been—a pop musician. Finken has bristled at the idea of being pigeonholed into any one genre, and when you see her perform, it's easy to see why. This album went pop, because that's where the songs took her. The next album might be bluesier. Or it might have more rock influence. But in the end, it probably won't matter much.

Because Des Moines' Best Local Musician has arrived, and she's finally shown everyone that the one thing she does best of all, is Bonne Finken.

Pictured From Left to Right: Seth Hedquist, Michael Pfaff, Pat Williams, Bonne Finken, Christine Parmerlee, Russ Tomlinson, and Jon Locker