Live music and concert highlights in Barcelona
The Hammond Night series of concerts is back at Jamboree. This series is dedicated to the genres associated with the instrument Laurens Hammond invented in the 1930s. This time, the special guest is singer Gisele Jackson, who started her career in the world of classic soul, and made a bigger name for herself when Ray Charles brought her into his band. Other big names, such as Donna Summer and James Brown, sought out Jackson's voice to make beautiful music with them as well.
A regular at Jamboree, Ronald Baker, one of the greatest trumpeters to come out of the latest generations of American musicians, is back at the club in Plaça Reial as part of a quintet, with a group that shows of the best jazz on the Catalan scene.
Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' is still the most popular violin concerto collection in the history of music, and also the gateway to the world of classical music for many people. Now's your chance to hear and see it performed live, thanks to this performance by the Barcelona Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Gilles Colliard. The orchestra, which got its start in 2010, will also perform other pieces from the great Venetian composer.
Randy Greer comes from a world of jazz, yet his voice is reminiscent of Nat King Cole, with a romantic tone and plenty of swing, as well as other greats such as Cab Calloway, Stevie Wonder and Ella Fitzgerald. In 1991, Greer and Ignasi Terraza met onstage for the first time, united by their admiration and respect for the great Cole. After several projects together, including their popular versions of Christmas carols, today they return to Cole's music, along with Horacio Fumero and José Traver.
After visiting Barcelona for the first time last March, when she had only an EP and a few singles to her name, American artist Billie Eilish, who at just 17 years old is an authentic world pop phenomenon, returns to town with her debut LP, ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ (2019), which has already become one of the best-selling albums of the year. She goes from the smaller Sant Jordi Club, where she played just six months earlier, to the Palau Sant Jordi to fill the stadium with her secret formula of magnetic pop that has attracted comparisons to Lorde, James Blake, and Lana Del Rey.
French composer and musician Yann Tiersen, who made his name among a wider audience with the soundtracks to films such as 'Amélie' (2001) and 'Good Bye, Lenin!' (2003), has enjoyed a long career as an eclectic musician with influences that range from street music to avant-garde sounds, minimalist rock, waltzes and French chanson. He comes to Barcelona to present his tenth album, 'All' (2019), where he carries on with the environmental theme and look at our connection with nature that he explored on his last album, 'Eusa' (2016).
Sebadoh, one of the quintessential bands of indie/alternative rock in the '90s and fronted by Lou Barlow, are in Barcelona to present their ninth album, 'Act Surprised' (2019), released six years after their last LP, 'Defend Yourself' (2013). With their latest formation (Barlow, Jason Lowenstein and Bob D'Amico), they present new songs with their classic Sebadoh sound, happy and nostalgic at the same time, but fresh, rejuvenatied and exploring new directions.
They had a record-breaking year in 2017, releasing five (five!) new albums. Then, a quiet 2018. Now, ridiculously active Australian band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are back with their 14th album, ‘Fishing for Fishies’ (2019). The one-of-a-kind band’s sounds, ranging from garage rock to psychedelic and beyond, touch down in Razzmatazz on October 19.
The legendary band out of Boston and one of the most influential groups of the 1990s, Pixies, featuring frontman Black Francis, along with Joey Santiago, David Lovering and current bassist Paz Lenchantin, are back in Barcelona with their characteristic mix of psychedelia, dissonance and surf rock. They'll be treating fans to tracks from their first four iconic albums, 'Surfer Rosa' (1988), 'Doolittle' (1989), 'Bossanova' (1990) and 'Trompe le Monde' (1991), as well as presenting their latest effort, 2016's 'Head Carrier'.
California musician Grant-Lee Phillips, who was the lead singer of the Grant Lee Buffalo trio, later went solo, experimenting with electronic sounds and country-rock, until he found his most personal and intimate style. He plays Cruïlla de Tardor to present his last album, 'Widdershins' (2018).
Robert Forster, who, together with the late Grant McLennan, formed part of the legendary band from Brisbane, The Go-Betweens, is back in town to present his latest album, 'Inferno' (2019). This is Forster's third solo effort following the death of McLennan, to whom he dedicated his celebrated and captivating autobiographical book 'Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens'.
English pop star Charli XCX, who first played Barcelona as Katy Perry's opening act in 2015 and who came back this year to perform at Primaver Sound, is here again starring in her very own show for the first time in Barcelona. She presents 'Charli' (2019), her anticipated third album, which is sure to wow fans with a new and interesting batch of PCmusic, synth pop and pop punk.
More Barcelona nightlife
You may have heard that, among the top things to do in Barcelona, there's quite a nightlife to explore. The rumours are true, and these are some of the city's favourite clubs. Whether you want to groove to R&B, funk or jazz, bang your head to rock, dance until sparks fly to disco or pop, or squint and nod your head to the best indie music around, Barcelona's got a club for you. And they don't close until the next day.