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That’s right, it’s all happening this weekend,  starting with a bank holiday here in Salobreña tomorrow Friday the 7th of October.  On Sunday, you should be on the streets to see the procession at 11am.  Most of the activities will be taking place at the Peñon end of the beach, so be sure to get there early to ensure a good seat or place to stand because be forewarned, EVERYBODY will be at the beach for this annual party to pay homage to our Patron Saint Rosario.  A complete list of events will be posted later today, so be sure to check back.  Alternatively, if you are local, you can pick up a program at the tourist office.

Some of the local ladies in an impromtu flamenco dance

Past participants in the fun.

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First a big ThankYou to Ruth and Peter Wilkins, You know what for…Cheers!

The annual Almuñecar Jazz Festival is back again this year with a great lineup of musical stars, and as always promises to be a great week.  It all kicks off on the 17th of July and runs to the 24th of July.  It’s a great lineup this year, so if you are at all able to attend, you must do so. This year’s lineup is as follows:  Be sure to check out their musical stylings in the videos provided.  Enjoy! Almuñecar is just 20 minutes by car from Salobreña.

Saturday 17July-Bobby Hutcherson and Cedar Walton Quartet.

Bubby Hutcherson is a first rate vibraphonist and marimba player and he will be joined by pianist Cedar Walton, who has played with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane.

Sunday 18July-Rubem Dantas Octet with Chano Dominguez.

You many know Rubem Dantas as the man who discovered the boom/slap sound of the cajón in Peru who then  imported it to Spain and into Flamenco where it plays a very pivotal role.  This Brazillian born musician has collaborated with the likes of  Enrique Morente, Camarón de la Isla, Chick C orea, Jorge Pardo and Ketama. Chano Dominguez is a flamenco-jazz fusion piano playing genius and will be guest starring in the show.

Monday 19July-Christian Scott Quintet.

Twenty seven year old trumpetist Christian Scott is not only a great musician, but fashion designer, athelete and  visual artist.  He is riding high after his 2010 release of “Yesterday You Said Tomorrow” album, touted to be the best jazz album of the year.  He is another must see.

Tuesday 20July- James Carter Quintet.

A talented saxophonist, floutest, and clarinet player Carter hails from Detroit City and has played with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Lester Bowie.

Wednesday 21July-Madeleine Peyroux.

Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux started as a street musician and quite often returns there when her schedule of recording dates and touring get too much. If you like Billie Holiday’s style, then you will love Madeleine’s.  She has a sultry voice reminicient of Diana Krall  which never fails to please.

Thurdays 22July- Stanley Clarke Band with Hiromi.

Stanley Clarke along with Jaco Pastorius are the two bassists primarily responsible for the often misunderstood modern solo bass solo.  Clarke rose to fame in the 70’s and together with Chick Corea he formed Return to Forever, which recorded many albums of international acclaim. He has also worked with Ron Wood, Steward Copeland and Jeff Beck. Japanese jazz pianist Hiromi will be featured as well.


Friday 23Jul-Uri Caine Bedrock with Barbara Walker

Uri Caine’s Bedrock combines disco, house, hiphop, gospel, drum&bass, jazz  and you name it to form wonderfully playful imporvisations that will spin you right round baby right round. Singer Barbara Walker complements the group with her moving gospel style.

Saturday 24Jul- David Sanborn Trio with Joey DeFrancesco and Steve Gadd.

Everybody knows David Sanborn, he has worked with all the greats as well as having a successful solo career. He is one of the most gifted saxophone players in the world. A bit of name dropping, he has worked with Stevie wonder, Paul Simon, James Taylor, David Bowie, The  Stones and many more.  He is joined in Almuñecar by organist Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Steve Gadd.

Concerts will be held in the Parque Muajuelo at 10:30pm each night and seating is limited so get there early!




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Yes, it is raining again.. I wonder how many times I have used the word rain in the last 3 month.. oh well..onto bigger and dryer things.. I took some shots this week.. the photos on the beach where you see clear blue skies were captured  last Saturday,  it was an absolutely glorious day.  The rest of the photos were taken throughout the week.  Enjoy!

Just a quick note for those living here or visiting shortly.  Today the 13th of Feb at the auditorium there is a live Children’s  Theatre program scheduled for 7pm, entry fee is 3 euros.  On the 19th there is hip hop and funk blues planned at the Auditorium, entrance is free.   On the 20th there  is a concert by  Thalia B, again at the Auditorium.  This is a strange mixture of burlesque, hiphop, blues and God knows what ever else..

For the sports enthusiasts out there, there is an Exhibition of Rhythmic Gymnastics on the 26th of Feb at the Sports Complex, and on the 27th there is a Karate and Aerobic dance movements.

Saturday at the beach

Live music on the beach..this guy is actually very good.

Between Salobrena and Motril looking north.

Snow.

Where floats go to die.

Along a back road

Clear river water with plant life.

From a distance.

From my front porch

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Well there you have it folks, another year has come and gone on the San Juan front.  The beach was packed out with  happy revelers and despite the fact that it was held on a Tuesday night, we did get many out of town folk here for the evening.

The beach was closed off to vehicular traffic on the beach after a certain hour, and so it was a strollers paradise.

This year I managed to get there a bit late, so I managed to  miss the initial lighting of the fire, which I could actually see from my apt in the old town so no loss.   Anyway, I got there soon enough, the streets were heaving, the fireworks were fantastic, what a display!  this year saw something different again.. this year there was a fire truck standing by on the ready, plus they had barricades around the actual fire.. Good Lord.. they aren’t going to make it SAFE for everyone are they.  Another interesting thing that was done, was the launching of small hot air balloons, made up of paper shades and candles..It was very pretty to see them flying and hanging about in the sky.

Photos….

Pat and Ralph, Happy Revelers

Pat and Ralph, Happy Revelers

The crowds making their way to the fires.

The crowds making their way to the fires.

Remnants of the big fire

Remnants of the big fire

Burning Embers

Burning Embers

Study in Orange

Study in Orange

More

More

In the fires glow

In the fires glow

Moving in closer

Moving in closer

Staying up late

Staying up late

Beer and Fire

Beer and Fire

More

More

Much Music

Much Music

Non and Cath, the owner of 'El Padrinos' the pizzaria.

Non and Cath, the owner of 'El Padrinos' the pizzaria.

If you have any photos that you would like to share, please send them on to us here and we will put them up in the blog.. Have any old photos that you would like to share?

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This is a cool website.

The location is a little out of the way, but I thought the website fun, and it is about flamenco, http://www.cardamomo.es Check it out.

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Hang on to your hula hoops folks, Salobreña is having a Flamenco Festival!!! It’s the 39th edition of the Lucero del Alba Flamenco Festival.

Performers will be Singer Esperanza Ferandez with Miguel Ángel Cortés on guitar,

Singer Miguel De Tena with Antonio Carrión on Guitar.

Singers Ángel Torres & Julio Fajardo with guitarist José Fajardo.

Dance troop Ana Cali with singer Manuel Fernández, guitarist Rubèn Campos and percussionist Miguel Cheyene.

The location is La Casa Roja or The Red House

Ticket Price 10.00 euros in advance and 12.00 euros at the door. Tickets can be purchased that the Tourist office or the Casa de Cultura.

Time 22:30

Olé

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Flamenco Cross

This year saw 2 fiestas in one week, last Friday thru Sunday we had the Nazari Festival and this week, we have the Day of the Crosses celebration. All in all, a good week!

This entry, was built and submitted by the students and teachers of the Flamenco school in the Cultural Centre (Casa de Cultura). It can be found in the plaza of the Cultural Centre. As you can see, their theme is Flamenco. If you look closely, you will see the the cross is actually a Flamenco dancer in full dress with mantilla. Along with this display, was a small bar, music, a make shift wooden dance floor, and seating so that we could enjoy a show.

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