MUSIC FESTIVALS

Pueblos Blancos Music Festival

 

July, 2019

It looks like it was yesterday when we began this adventure of Pueblos Blancos  but  today when I was checking our web site  I found that it was since October 2016, right after our first festival happened, that I did not write much more  in our web about it.

 

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So, the first adventure happened on September 2016, and one year after we repeated the festival with new bands and much better logistics in September 2017.  On September  2018, we did our third Pueblos Blancos Music Festival and  now we are less than  3 weeks for the next one. This year will happen  in August for its first time.

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Our festival became  a solid one over these years and  we are very proud of it. Many adventures happened, many  strong relations between musicians were built. bands from Spain went already to Austin, some performed during SXSW. Other bands from Texas came to Spain and  played gigs pre and post festival with local musicians, shared their gears and music and a big family of musicians  was created.  The past edition we had musicians  who came from Australia and Costa Rica, and the festival became an international one. Still focus on jazz, blues, rock and roll, country and tex mex music!

 

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We  at performinspain are so proud to being behind  it since it was created . If you  want to have some fun, we will suggest to go  over our web site http://www.pueblosblancosmusicfestival.org and visit the web and see some pictures about this unique encounter of american music  in  Europe.

October, 2016

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It has been  almost  two weeks over that the first Pueblos Blancos Music  Festival happened in the white villages in Andalusia. Phil Plata  is back in Austin, Juan is back working down in Montejaque and  I am back in Madrid. We need to enjoy some free time  to  think if we will  be ready again for next  year´s edition or this  was just a dream that happened once in a lifetime.

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Our goal to create an  international encounter where musicians coming from all over the world to play their music and participate in this cultural exchange was  an incredible success beyond  all expectations, where during the four days  of the festival  the bands performed in different   pueblos   and venues each day. Local bands participated as well  and supported from the very beginning  with the  extra backline  needed.

The dream finally happened. Professional and semi professional bands  met together in an incredible  atmosphere of friendship and music during the four days. Every  night 6 to 8 bands were playing in different venues and after midnight jams happened every night with local musicians in Montejaque.

Many of the bands that participated came from Austin, the live music capital of the world, and the music style  mainly  in common was rock and roll, jazz, blues, country and  americana styles and this will be our goal for the future.

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Big thanks to the towns of Montejaque, Ronda and Grazalema for their support. Big thanks to all musicians and bands who participated. Big thanks for all local bands and audiences  for the warm hospitality and  technical support.

We will soon be back again  and we will share many  good news  with you.

Please if you are  interested in  more details or if you are  a band interested to participate in the next edition, please  contact www.pueblosblancosmusicfestival.com and send a message to  Phil Plata, co-founder and artistic director of the  Festival anytime

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Pueblos Blancos Music Festival -Sept 15-18, 2016

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Why? Due to our friendship over the years with  our friends of Mundi, a local band from Austin Texas and  with Phil Plata, a local musician from Austin, the craddle of this project was born last september during Phil and Karen´s visit to Andalusia. Since then, Juan de Castro  in Montejaque, Phil Plata in Austin and myself, were moving on. But  it was not until we receive the support from local authorities in the different Pueblos Blancos and since my visit to Austin this February when we  celebrated two gatherings with local musicians at his home, when the project became real.

Many bands will be coming from Austin, Texas and this has a reason. Not only  for te hard work  of Phil promoting  the festival through the local musicians in Austin, but also because Austin is the  live music capital of the world, and it is  where the South by Southwest Music festival happens every year. Making the interest of  local bands from Austin  in this  festival  and on coming to   Pueblos Blancos and Andalusia never happened before.

This together with the  passion of music and friendship and with the magic of  this hidden corner in South of Spain, the Pueblos Blancos ( known as The White Villages) made the rest.

Big thanks  again  to Phil Plata, Juan de Castro ,all of our friends of Mundi as Mario Gonzales, Darrel Myers, Ric Furley and all of their love of Spain and  especially to all the participants in the magical week coming soon!

When? Each of the  four cities will celebrate each night  different concerts, and all bands will be playing on each of the  cities. The concerts will  start on  Thursday Sept 15 and will end on Sunday 18th, 2016.

Where ?  Four  Pueblos Blancos: two in Malaga province ( Ronda and Montejaque) and two in Cadiz province ( Grazalema and Villaluenga del Rosario) will celebrate during  4 days an encounter of musicians and bands from all over the world who will share their music with locals with  concerts and workshops every day in every of the four   Pueblos Blancos, a magical corner in  south of Spain, close to the Gibraltar Strait, the end of the known world of the Greek mythology, a land of bandoleros and romantic writers.

Who ? From Texas, to Guatemala, from Rusia, To Ukraine will be coming to play,  share their music and experiences  with local  musicians and friends during the weekend.

Here is an update list: Danger Cakes ( Austin, Texas,USA), Sefo(Madrid,Spain, via Austin),Deann René (Austin , Texas, USA), The Pomoriams (Pomorie, Bulgaria), dd dageer (Austin, Texas), Zein Al Jundi (Damascus, Syria), The Jake Levinson Band ( GUatemala via Austin), Pakava It (Moscow, Russia), Flying Balalaika Brothers ( Russia/Ukraine), Nurk (Madrid, Spain) Motes Float Aloft (England via Austin), Moxxy (Austin, Texas), Future of Air Travel (USA), Cañamo and B-Sides  from Madrid….

More information  www.pueblosblancosmusicfestival.com

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MUSIC FESTIVALS

We proudly present you and advance of the upcoming different festivals we organize in the next years. For good amateur and semi-professional choral groups we do organize the Castile International Choral Festival the next  June 2018 (XII th edition) and  June 2019  (XIIIth edition).

For semi-professional and professional small  ensembles and gospel choirs , we do organize  during the first two weeks of December , our Gospel in Spain Festival .

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BlueJazz in Andalusia

FROM JULY TO SEPTEMBER, EVERY SUMMER

bluejazzOpen for semiprofessional and professional ensembles who play jazz, blues, gospel or rock music, that what to come and perform in Spain for about 10 days The festival will take place in different cities around Spain and your ensemble will play and travel together with other ensembles. This rotary festival will happen every summer and will be during all the summer period starting in July and ending in September. If you want to participate, please visit our page and get more information. To participate in this festival your ensemble must have at least one recording done in the past.

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Gospel in Spain

Alcazar fortress in Segovia
Alcazar fortress in Segovia

DECEMBER 2018 / DECEMBER 2019

We are  interested to hear during the common months from Gospel ensembles or  choirsthat might be interested to participate in our Gospel in Spain festival. The festival will take place in Madrid  in  some of the best musical theaters in the same Gran Via, consider the  “Spainish Broadway” and  also in other  cities nearby Madrid.

We are looking for small ensembles and  mid size choirs interested to come and participate. The dates are open and flexible and  we  are looking to provide an average of 3 concerts and 4-5 nights in  Madrid & Central Spain areas.

gospel in spain_logoOpen for professional and  high amateur gospel and spiritual ensembles who want to participate on our festival that will take place every year during December.

Once you will be interested to participate in our festival, we will need you to send us your complete information biography and dossier with pictures about your ensemble. We will study them and we will get back to you with the conditions that we can offer to your ensemble.

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