Fantastic Negrito & KOLARS @ 16 Toneladas

This was one we wont forget! Two brilliant groups I would definitely check out if you get the chance!! Im not going to get into reviewing the bands, as I don´t think I would do them justice, I just wanted to share some shots ( Ill put some video up too when I get the chance). KOLARS describe their music as “ Desert Disco, Space Blues and Glamabilly “. Sooooooo good! Love them!

Fantastic Negrito has had a long career , and for a time left the music business. He´s back with force in the last few years, winning a Grammy in 2017 for Best Contemporary Blues Album. He describes his sound as “ black roots music for everyone” … brilliant !! If anyone says blues is dead, they obviously haven´t heard this guy! If you went to the gig, or any other gigs of theirs, let me know what you thought!

Ahhhh, almost forgot! The venue, 16 Toneladas ! Top place in Valencia, with the best sound, for the public and on stage as a musician! Really worth checking out gigs there.

Café Del Duende

Hi again! Heres a really quick post from last night at Café Del Duende . If you don´t know this place, it´s a must see in Valencia. Its been so long since I´ve been here I feel pretty silly not to be going more often. Absolutely fantastic Flamenco Bar , with live music Thursday to Sunday. It gets packed quick, and then they have to turn people away unfortunately, so get down there early! We went down with my Mum and Dad who even ended up dancing at the end of the night! Brilliant! Great performance from Isabel Julve, Júlia Gimeno and Kike Naval.

So from a photography point of view this was really really hard. No flash allowed, very little lighting, and the back stage was covered in hanging LED lights. I did the best I could with an 85mm 1.8. (And a steady hand) Hope you like the shots, let me know what you think. Thanks.

Calmoso & The Black Fang @ Maig di Gras

Here are some more shots from this weekends festival, Maig di Gras . Another fantastic band (although I may be bias as I used to play with them) Calmoso & The Black Fang are a full on 9 piece hip hop band. They mix funk, jazz, latin styles into a great sound, with some cracking original tunes. Please take a look at their page and show support for original Spanish hip hop from La Plana!

Zulu Men @ Maig di Gras

It´s that time of year again , the Marg di Gras festival in Burriana, Spain. Fantastic atmosphere with amazing music, food, workshops... and its free! This year the festival brought this mega band from Madrid, Zulu Men. Loved them!! They have just released a new album so please go and check them out and show support. Very very cool stuff! So here are a few shots of the evening before my camera went out of focus due to beer and dancing. 

 

Dúo Cottet Saidón

Some really great music from these guys this afternoon at La Fábrica de Hielo . Valentina Cottet and Juan Saidón make up Dúo Cottet Saidon , an Argentinian group playing Tango and Folk. Great guitarist, and wonderful vocals. Think they might be new to Valencia as haven't seen them before. Please leave a comment if you were at the gig, let me know what you thought. Was an intimate gig for La Fabrica so couldn't really get too close to get many shots. Here are a few...