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Tangled up in Blue

Certified Senior Citizen
May 24, 2004
Sant Cugat del Vallès

What's your favourite(small) music venue and why?

Mine certainly used to be La Boîte in Barcelona,which closed down here a few years back.It was a fantastic small cellar bar run by a couple of brothers,who clearly knew and loved the music business.I've seen all sorts of Blues artists perform there including the late,great Jimmy Rogers and Clarence Gatemouth Brown.Tremendous atmosphere,where even if you stood at the bar, you were only a few feet away from the action on stage.People talk about the old Zeleste here(and I've seen the Feelgoods and Buddy Guy and Junior Wells there)but that still didn't compare for me.

As far as the current scene goes,much as I like the Bikini,Sala Apolo(currently closed by court order)and Luz de Gas, my favourite venue would probably have to be the Teatre Zorilla in Badalona.It's a small Edwardian theatre,which hosts an annual Blues i Ritmes festival.Some great acts have appeared there in recent years,including Nick Cave,Mavis Staples and Randy Newman.Also Etta James and Gil Scott-Heron back in the day.
Nick Lowe and Ladysmith Black Mombassa will be appearing there next April.

Over to you.
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