If you’re not going to Sonar, don’t worry, you can invest what you save in these magnificent concerts. Party and quality in the musical recommendations of the second half of June.
We start with one of the coolest proposals of pop in recent months. The british singer Jessica Ellen Cornish, better known by her stage name Jessie J, is at 27 years old, a glittering reality among the new divas of pop mixed with dance music. This London girl began writing songs for Chris Brown and Miley Cirus before debuting in a Cyndi Lauper concert and joining the girl group Soul Deep. Halfway between the soul of Adele and Amy Winehouse and the potential of Katy Perry or Pink, Jessie J will come for the first time to Barcelona, in the Jardins de Pedralbes festival on tour to promote her third album, “Sweet talker “(2014).
16/05. Jardins de Pedralbes, Diagonal 686, Barcelona. 28€-200€
It is known that the arrival of Sonar causes that each year the city of Barcelona celebrates hundreds of partiesat the same time of the electronic festival. The beast is, without doubt, the one that will be held on Friday 19 at Razzmatazz to celebrate 10 years of the (mythical) label Boys Noize Records. As host, we have Mr. Alex Ridha, aka Boys Noize, a declared fan of Barcelona, who will ignite the club with the bombs that have been launched by BNR of his favorite artists: Housemeister, Scntst, D.I.M., audionite or Djedjotronic. In addition, of course, of his own production. Alongside Boys Noize there will be the already mentioned Scntst, Housemeister and Djedjotronic and two guests: “Baron del Techno”, Dave Clarke, living legend of the world stage, and the great Matthew Dear, a key character in the musical scene in the last two decades.
19/06. Razzmatazz, Almogàvers 122, Barcelona. 17€
We return to the upper side of the city because the festival Jardins de Pedralbes is still “on fire”. The legendary British band Spandau Ballet, idols of the new wave and drivers of the new romantics, are back to the fore today with the tour “Soul Boys of the Western world Live”, a name that alludes to the documentary film of the same title that we enjoyed in the in-Edit Festival. The London quintet led by singer Tony Hadley and guitarist Gary Kemp, rivals in 80s of Duran Duran (who will play at Sonar on the same dates) now comes to performing live. Be prepared to enjoy with songs like “Gold” or “True”.
20/06. Jardins de Pedralbes, Diagonal 686, Barcelona. 28€-200€
We do not usually talk much about Luz de Gas in this blog, but the truth is that apart from being well located and have a lot of charm is one of the best in town as far as sound quality. What is certain is that Dani Nel·lo will sound better than anyone. The Catalan presents a new repertoire. After entering in the sounds of crime fiction in “Noir”, Nel·lo continues his journey with his inseparable tenor sax. Theirs is a constant mission, to express themselves through their instrument making this in its voice and create their own language in the tradition of saxophonists who fathered rhythm & blues and rock & roll and that made these genres one musical language that would reach all corners of the planet. Sax-heroes like King Curtis, Lee Allen and Sam Butera have definitely marked the career of Nel·lo.
25/06. Luz de Gas, Muntaner 246, Barcelona. 10€
Perhaps many of you don’t know this name, but Imelda May is going strong. The singer returned the female rockabilly a trend and she comes back to Barcelona to defend his third album “Tribal” (2014). This is an album of rock and roll mixed with the spirit of Sun Studios, where the sound of Memphis was born, but with Irish touch inherent in a XXI century girl who grew up on the streets of Dublin. To this rockabilly touch must be added the rebellious spirit of punk bands that Imelda admired since his youth, like The Clash, Undertones, The Buzzcocks and The Cramps. Personal and Powerful.
30/06. Apolo, Nou de la Rambla 113, Barcelona. 30€