It feels like it was just yesterday when we began this adventure of Pueblos Blancos, but today when I checked our website, I found out that since October 2016 (right after our first festival happened), that I did not write much more on our website about it.
PBMF was created to invite many bands every year during one week in the mountains of southern Spain, in an area called Pueblos Blancos (White Villages). Each band will play four days in four different towns and venues.
This festival is open mainly for Americana music (blues, jazz, rock, country) but welcomes world music artists every year as well. The festival is connected with musical cities such as Austin, Nashville and New Orleans, but also welcomes bands from Australia, Spain, Costa Rica and Brazil. This year, we will organize our fifth edition and the dates are between July 30th till August 2nd, 2021. Concerts happen every day in each of the four towns at the same time: Ronda, Montejaque, Grazalema and Villaluenga del Rosario.
So, the first adventure happened in September 2016, and we repeated the festival with new bands, and with much better logistics, in September of 2017. In September 2018, we held our third Pueblos Blancos Music Festival. This upcoming year will happen in August for the second time.
Our festival became a solid one over these years and we are very proud of it. Many adventures and many strong relationships between musicians were built. Bands from Spain went to Austin, some even performed during SXSW. Other bands from Texas came to Spain and played gigs pre and post-festival with local musicians shared their gear and music and created a big family of musicians. The last edition had performers from Australia and Costa Rica, and this festival became an international one. We are still focused on jazz, blues, rock and roll, country and Tex-Mex music!
We at Performinspain are so proud to be behind the scenes since it was created. If you want to have some fun, we suggest you visit our website at pueblosblancosmusicfestival.org and see some stunning pictures of this unique encounter of American music in Europe. As of 2016, it had been almost two weeks since 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 if this was just a dream that happened once in a lifetime…
Our goal to create an international encounter were musicians coming from all over the world to play their music and participate in this cultural exchange was an incredible success beyond all expectations! During the four days of the festival, the bands performed in different pueblos and venues each day. Local bands participated as well and supported others from the very beginning with the extra backline.
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 was commonly rock and roll, jazz, blues, country and Americana styles. This will be our goal for the future.
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 the good news with you.
If you are interested in more details, or if you are a band that wants to participate in the next edition, please contact pueblosblancosmusicfestival.com and send a message to Phil Plata, co-founder and artistic director of the Festival anytime.