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Events in Mallorca in September

Sunday 9th September Almond harvest day at Eden Animal Sanctuary . Got a little frustration to get out? Bring a big stick and take it out on out almond trees for their almond harvest! They will start at around 10/ 10.30with tree whacking and have some kind of vegan lunch together. The funds from the harvest will go towards transport which is much needed for rescues, vet visits etc and all the rest will go directly to the animals, especially for upcoming vet bills. Apparently, they can make up to 700 EUR! Contact Nicole at http://www.edensanctuary.org

Extatcic danceTuesday, September 11th at Sala Oshum in Palma there will be an ecstatic dance night which is an evening dedicated to dance without alcohol or drugs. This will be a monthly event.

If you are new to ED, it is pretty easy…
1. Move however you wish
2. No talking on the dance floor
3. Respect yourself and one another
4. Ecstatic Dance is a Drug & Alcohol Free Space
Friday 14th September there will be Prawn Star night at The Boat house. Grilled King Prawns, salad bottle of rosado, live music and the coveted title of Prawn Star 2018….your first pet’s name and your favourite sea creature…fun night.

september songAlso on Friday 14th September at 8pm at the Anglican Church in Palma there will be an evening of music and comedy in aid of the church. Tickets are 10€ each including wine and nibbles. You can buy your tickets in advance. Phone numbers on the blog. 634200242, 659734899, 971737279

street foodThe following week on the 20, 21, and 22 September Peguera is having a street food festival every evening with live music, and activities for kids as well. On Saturday 22nd September there will be the annual American Car Club at Port Adriano from 11am onwards. Music and street food. Also on that Saturday there will be an Indian Head Massage workshop in Palma from 4pm to 8pm at the Kika Health and Wellness Centre. You can learn this wonderful technique from India which is very relaxing and easy to give. No prior experience is needed. Reservations: 653 207963 Taught by Sarjan (sarjanbiodinamica@gmail.com)

Sunday 23rd September SOS Animal Party at Puerto Portals which is a very important fundraising event for the charity. Every year they have a flea market, dog competitions (mixed breed dogs, pedigree dogs, and seniors get prizes), our raffle and delicious cakes, face painting and music.

Cat behaviour posterLooking forward into October there will be a pet behaviour seminar focusing on cats and their crazy ways. On 27 and 28 October Palma. You can email info@canatess.com to book your spot.

The big event of the month happens at the end, in Binissalem. The Festa des Vermar which is the annual grape harvest festival that includes parades, celebrations, grape-crushing competitions and a wine tasting contest. You can look forward to live music, activities for children, wine tasting sessions, grape-stomping competitions and a popular picnic where the traditional “Fideus de Vermar” (a type of paella made with short noodles instead of rice, cooked with lamb, tomatoes, sobrassada and Binissalem red wine) is served. One of the highlights of the festival is the grape battle, if you are planning on going, wear OLD CLOTHES! Look out for the Dimonis and the Corre Foc, and the wine fair as well at the Parc de Sa Rectoria and Plaça de l’Esglesia. The final day of the festival sees traditional entertainment in the main square. Enjoy the Binissalem giant puppets accompanied by ‘xeremiers’ earlier in the day as well as free wine served from 16:00 in the church square. The full programme and dates have not yet been released so you will have to keep an eye on the Binissalem website.

UPDATE:

  • Sat 22nd is the grape fight
  • Sun 23rd pressing grapes competition
  • 28th is dinner in the street
    29th floats around the village
    30th last day
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Summer music in Mallorca

It’s the busiest time of year for many of the hotel singers, dinner entertainers and tribute acts on Mallorca: competently replicating Aretha Franklin or Robbie Williams, for example, pays the rent for many musicians living here, and despite the decibel levels row in Calvia, there is still a demand for live music. But what to do, as a member of the audience, or as the performer, if your taste for live music also extends to live, and original music? Especially if you are known for your expert renditions of Diana Ross, but want to be known for your own compositions; how do you change your audience’s perception of you, and indeed get any attention from a record company? Being taken seriously by the music industry seems to involve either being a) drop dead gorgeous, b) at least slightly madder than a box of frogs, or c) have a dad who happens to own a record company. Being prodigiously talented doesn’t always have much to do with it, and being based on Mallorca where it’s definately ‘big fish, small pond’ territory, can also limit you from getting ahead, unless you can make the right connections.

One such prodigiously talented musician is the delightful BiBi. A.K.A Bilonda, for her Motown and soul sets around the island (particularly popular at Mood Beach where she performs in their lunchtime Sunday Best sessions), she is also the composer of several tracks of her own, and subsequently leads a double life: one night she is Bilonda, getting the crowd up and rocking to classic songs, and on another night she is BiBi, performing her own works, with a 4 piece band backing her up. I caught BiBi at the new Harlem Café in Es Molinar (www.harlemcafe.es)last week. The Harlem Café has hit the music scene in Mallorca with a small bang, it’s early days yet to see if the venue can sustain its aims to have live music and entertainment six days of the week – bar prices and audience numbers will surely determine that, along with a varied programme to choose from.

It can be a leap of faith, to go from singing well known classics to your own songs, but performing to an audience of about 100, BiBi seemed to be completely at home with her own sounds of R&B, funk and soul. She cites artists such as Jill Scott and Erykah Badu as favourites of hers. Wearing a Jazz chica uniform of tight black dress and red beret, BiBi entertained her audience with her new tunes, which flowed seamlessly through the evening. A promising start for this brilliant singer. You can find more information at http://www.myspace.com/bilonda Look out for my favourites Growing Old and Whistleblower.

 

BiBi aka Bilonda, at Mood Beach

BiBi aka Bilonda, at Mood Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you remember Billy Bragg from your youth, then where were you on Saturday night? He performed at Bellver Castle to a largely Spanish audience. They say music is an international language, but I did wonder if the majority of the audience really understood him as his spoken English has a heavy Estuary twang, and his music is hardly what you would call melodic. However, it was a treat to watch the boy from Barking, small beer belly beginning to show now that he is in his fifties, rocking out and still as passionate about his beliefs as ever. Bragg was clearly impressed by his surroundings, and made several references throughout the gig to the Castle’s history. In fact, I have to shamefully admit to never having been inside of Bellver before this evening, and at the end of a week of the Perseid meteor shower, it was very pleasant to sit in the ancient castle gazing up at the night sky, occasionally catching one of the glimmering trails of light as Bragg sang about love and politics.

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg

Bragg spoke between songs about his life, and about events which had influenced him, inspiring the audience to begin to shout out requests, in particular for the song She’s got a new spell which was covered by Mallorcan band La Granja back in 1989 and won him his only award for songwriting. Other old favourites such as Levi Stubbs Tears and The Saturday Boy were interspersed with Woody Guthrie songs that Bragg was invited to write music for after Guthrie’s death. It’s impressive to remember (unlike other musicians and comedians from his generation) that this singer songwriter has collaborated not only with many other artists and managed to stay firm to his personal beliefs. Talking about being a young man, when he was working in a very racist culture, he felt that he couldn’t challenge what was being said until he went to a festival called ‘Rock against Racism’ where he realised as a nineteen year old that he wasn’t alone and could speak out. Still speaking out about injustices around the world he electrified the balmy air when he said, ‘I’ve learnt that I can’t change the world; singer songwriters can’t change the world, but their audiences can.’ He will be performing in Madrid and Barcelona in October. http://www.billybragg.co.uk

Upcoming highlights:

Gin Club
A stomping four piece band from Brighton with a sound that harks back to Muddy Waters and early Rolling Stones. Early rhythm and blues with a pop sensibility and a country twist.
Thur 20 Aug @ midnight, Shamrock, Paseo Maritimo, Palma
Fri 21 Aug @ 21.00, Sa Taronja Cultural Centre, Andratx

Nit de L’Art

Thursday 17th September – galleries across Palma participate in this annual art event. Expect thousands of culture vultures to hit the streets to participate.

Aaron Lordson

Incredible soul singer, familiar busker on the streets of Palma, will be performing his own songs. http://www.myspace.com/aaronlordson. Entrance free. http://www.aaronlordson.com

Sat 19th Sept 21.30h, Mood Beach Club, Costa D’en Blanes.

Vicki McLeod presents the Saturday Breakfast Show with Oliver Neilson on Luna Radio 100.3fm http://www.lunaradio.fm If you want to suggest a featured artist for the week please email phoenixmediamallorcaputtheswirlyatsignheregmail.com