Live music and concert highlights in Barcelona
Filmmaker and saxophone player Woody Allen is back in Barcelona five years after his last visit to the majestic Gran Teatre del Liceu to perform in the Festival Jardins de Pedralbes along with The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. The show includes a diverse selection of songs from the early 20th century, classics, blues and ragtime inspired by a slew of artists, among them legends like Sidney Bechet, George Lewis, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone and Louis Armstrong.
As a founder of disco music and pioneer of electronic music, the influential Italian producer, composer, performer and DJ Giorgio Moroder visits us during the Festival Jardins de Pedralbes with his popular DJ set. Throughout his career he's worked with some of the biggest names in music, among them Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Cher, Janet Jackson, David Bowie and Daft Punk.
You know Eddie Vedder as the frontman of classic grunge band Pearl Jam, who were just back in Barcelona in 2018 after a ten-year absence from our stages. And now he's back on his own at the Palau Sant Jordi with a set list that includes his own songs (though he hasn't released a solo album since 2011's 'Ukelele Songs'), Pearl Jam songs, and covers of tunes by different artists.
For the first time in 12 years, the opening show at the Grec Festival is not theatre, dance or circus acts, but a concert of live music. And it's coming to you from the celebrated Kronos Quartet from San Francisco, who've been performing for more than 45 years. They're set to play music by Philip Glass, by electronic musician Jlin and arrangements by Gershwin, all accompanied by generative graphics from the prodigious Alba G. Corral. Before the Kronos Quartet get going, young musicians from the ESMUC music school play pieces from 'Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire'.
Caribbean native Tricia Evy, who currently calls Paris home, is one of the most original and brilliant singers on the new jazz vocal scene. Don't miss your chance to see her at Jamboree tonight.
It's the second year for this festival whose message is 'the best path to happiness is sharing'. Once again at Poble Espanyol, the festival brings two days full of pop music and things to do for festival-goers of all ages. Charity is an important part of Share, which is the first festival that gives you a chance to win free tickets by doing good works. Last year some 15,000 such charitable works were carried out via the festival's app, organized along with various NGOs. Music is of course an essential part of the festival, and you can look forward to a couple of packed days of urban music, pop-rock and pop.
The favourite summer festival of Barcelona locals, Cruïlla, proudly waves the flag of eclecticism, and this year puts on its tenth edition from July 4 to 6 at the Parc del Fòrum with a line-up filled with performances of all types of trends and musical styles. A good example is found in big names like Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue, who's one of the headliners on Saturday. Saturday is also when two big local bands play: Love of Lesbian and Dorian. Rock is the star of the day on Friday the 5th, with bands like the UK's Bastille, and the return of Scottish outfit Garbage. Keep an eye out for Oxford Foals, Vetusta Morla, and Xoel López. Other confirmed names include Gang of Youths from Australia, France's Zaz, and DJ Amable, as well as a day dedicated to urban sounds and young audiences.
British group The Charlatans are the headliners for the 2019 edition of the Vida music festival, which takes place in natural surrounds in nearby Vilanova i la Geltrú. You'll also get to see veteran band Madness, who have been mixing pop, punk and ska in their eternal hits for some 40 years. Also among the first confirmed are house-pop from Londoners Hot Chip; magic folk with hints of Balkan sounds from Beirut; a new, sharper and more powerful sound from American artist Sharon Van Etten, presenting her new album; punk-pop from American band Superchunk; Él Mató a un Policía Motorizado, bringing alternative rock from Argentina; folk songs from Australians Stella Donnelly and Didirri; pop singer-songwriter Joan Colomo from right here in Catalonia; and elegant electronica from Catalan artist Carla.
Los Angeles rock band Toto first got together in 1976, and here they are, a lifetime later, landing in Barcelona during the Guitar BCN festival as part of their greatest-hits world tour called 40 Trips Around the Sun. Masters of prog rock, AOR and enormously catchy hooks, Toto conquered the world with biggies like 'Africa', 'Hold the Line' and 'Rosanna'.
The Sónar festival of arts, design, and electronic and advanced music, which won the Time Out Barcelona Award for 2018, fills up the summer in the city once again with top-notch artists such as American rapper A$AP Rocky and London grime producer and MC Skepta, as well as emerging stars like Ross From Friends, Octavian, Murlo, Bad Gyal and DJ Andy C. Other big draws to this 26th edition are British band Disclosure and Germany's Paul Kalkbrenner. As usual, the audiovisual shows are also a big attraction, like the ones from Actress, Deena Abdelwahed, and Lotic. As for the DJ sessions, watch out for Dixon, Floating Points, Maya Jane Coles, Amelie Lens, Artwork, and Blawan & Dax J. You'll also be able to check out live shows from Nicola Cruz, K Á R Y Y N, Mans O, pianist Bruce Brubaker, FKJ, Slikback, Hibotep, Catnapp, Cecilio G, Brat Star and De Valentina. Sónar 2019 is on from Thursday, July 18 to Saturday, July 20, this year a month later than usual.
The Grec festival links up with Sónar with this concert from the fabulous Matthew Herbert, a pioneer when it comes to combining sounds and techniques of electronic music with big band outfits. This time around, Herbert is on hand to present an album created in collaboration with more than a thousand musicians and singers from around Europe that he planned to release the day the UK leaves the EU. It couldn't be more timely.
Joe Jackson, a big name on the new wave scene along with the likes of Elvis Costelo and David Byrne, brings his versatility to Barcelona's BARTS stage to celebrate his four-decades-long career in which he's released some 20 albums spanning genres such as reggae, jump blues, salsa, R&B and contemporary sounds.
Maceo Parker's sax work is synonymous with funk, and his work is essential in the genre along with artists like James Brown, George Clinton and Sly Stone. The veteran saxophone player is still touring with his loyal funk band, winning over new audiences around the globe.
American musician Chick Corea, one of the biggies of contemporary jazz, is back with a touch of Latin and flamenco sounds to his music with a concert where he's accompanied by musicians such as Jorge Pardo and Niño Josele. He celebrates 43 years since the release of his album 'My Spanish Heart' (1976), one of his most acclaimed works.
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'.
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.