Monday, December 5, 2016

SATURDAY MATINEE CHRISTMAS PARTY 2016 WAS MORE THAN TURKEY AND TRIMMINGS

Christmas 2016 will mark the move of Costa Blanca Blues over to the belly of Benidoleig to bop and boogie with our favourite music and friends!!

We had an excellent experience at the countryside restaurant El Cid's and the owner and staff were fantastic. We will be back!!

This video of mixed photos and video clips will give you a hint at the energy in the room.

The music in this video is not by Buddy Paul & the Crazy Goats but I can tell you that we were treated to a grand mix of slow walking blues to the best boogie woogie and even a few old twisting favourites. The musicians were ace as usual!!


Thank you to everyone who attended. The CBBlues group and webzine grows every year and finding more blues music lovers makes it easier to afford the top musicians of the genre in Spain and abroad.

I am hoping that this trend will continue into 2017 as there are still some incredible blues performer to see and of course we need to invite back our favourites. 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Keep it Real
Karla Darocas - news@CBBlues.com 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

INCREDIBLE CHRISTMAS CROSSROADS * NOVEMBER 2016


Once again, a truly mad, adventurous, heart-warming experience. Thank You.

CrossRoaders gathered at Bar Mediterraneo in Teulada on the last Saturday of November 2016 to celebrate yet another Christmas spirit together. Some came in costumes from the roaring music hall days gone by. Everyone sang and performed to their hearts desires and we all felt their joy.

It was also Den's birthday, and after we all had a round of Happy Birthday to You - songsmithery in his honour, he got up on the guitar and plucked out a tune. Bravo!! When the spirit moves you... do it!



We even had some guests from Pinoso, namely Alan Currie and John Wilcock and they were gifted gents. They and their partners joined us for lunch too.

Community Lunch is another perky part about Bar Mediterraneo. It's real food, fast, affordable - not always friendly - but who cares!! It's all part of the experience!! Deep Valenciana!! And, we are grateful to the owners for the use of their large salon / dining room - at the back!

John and Roger did a smashing job of taking over the roles and responsibilities of our music director, Buddy Paul, who wasn't able to be with us. They got everything set up and ready on time and ran the event with superb hosting talent... I guess these wonderful gentlemen have had some previous hosting experiences. Bravol!! I really appreciated your efforts!!

I had some fun with my photography since everyone was in the spirit - so was I .

I made a happy Christmas video too!!

Enjoy and Let it Shine!!
Karla Darocas, editor
news@CBBlues.com 




















Monday, November 14, 2016

CRAZY BLUES CHRISTMAS PARTY & DANCE 2016 * FAB FOOD & ALL THE BEAUTIFUL FUN PEOPLE!!

WOW - Cannot believe that it's our 5th year of appreciating and celebrating the blues!!

Our music director, Buddy Paul has pulled his Crazy Goats back together for this special Christmas Party & Dance - so we can have a festive boogie and jive event!! This band is a cast and crew of some of the most talented musicians that Valencia city has to offer!! Plus they are good sports and accommodate our musical wishes to enjoy life and blues music. We like to keep it real!!

In case you do not know the Crazy Goats - they are - Enrique Portoles and Jorge Champez are the stars on the guitars. The fabulous Alejandro Zamora is on bass guitar and joining them is a new drummer who they call -  Miguel Superbataka.

The owner Charlie over at El Cid's has promised us some great home-cooking with a choice of Christmas lunches that promise to satisfy our taste buds!! It's all great and wonderful!!

We need our menu choices in by the 20th of November - so book it up soon!!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

OVER THE TOP OCTOBER CROSSROADS BROUGHT BACK OLD FRIENDS


Saturday, October 29th, 2016 was a perfect fall day to enjoy one of my favourite monthly events - namely CrossRoads. It was great to see some of the gang who go off during the summer - now returned to participate in our 3rd season of songs and stories!

Our music / stage director, Buddy Paul - launched the group off with some blues and then let all the participants solo or duo and then jam it up at the end. One of our gang even brought out her saxophone - to which Buddy Paul commented, "Look at Ann getting all Saxy".

I read a small selection from one of my favourite books "Creating A Charmed Life" by Victoria Morgan. And another CrossRoader read a really funny prose by Woody Allen about Living Life Backwards! *see below*

After the CrossRoads Session - there were 12 of us that stayed to share lunch. It was fabulous as always.

Enjoy the slideshow video xx

Karla Darocas, editor / empressaria CBBlues.com




Wednesday, October 26, 2016

BUDDY PAUL REPORTS ON RUNNING THE MUSIC STAGE FOR THE FIREMEN'S FUNDRAISER


On the 23rd of October, our CBBlues Friend John Le Sueur organised a massive fundraiser event to support the fearless firemen and their equipment. He invited all of his classic car club and the local biker clubs, plus the Red Cross and food, beverage and other stands.

The Town Hall supplied a massive stage and thanks to Chris Williams at Total Fm we had a big PA system which we ran all the amps through.

Just when we were setting up that is when all the bikers arrived - 185 in total. 

The sun was shining - and that was a Godsend considering that the 2 days before was OK for ducks but not for Valve amps on a stage at a big fundraiser! 

I kicked off the show with a couple of sound check numbers to a grand round of applause. (ha ha). It was so great to see so many people. There were hundreds. I even saw our CBBlues Friend Dennis Hankey who was parading on his Harley - Good one Den!!

Next up were two young lads from the UK. They were awesome and only16 and 19 years old - unbelievable. They promise to send over the CD discs for anyone to hear that missed the event. 

My Smoking Blues Band was just about to launch into our set when the Stop Blues Band turned up, all the way from Murcia city. So we had to stop and get them sorted out.

Then we kicked off and ripped into some blues for the crowd. 

A big thanks to Xavi Alaman who stepped in to play bass for the Smoking Blues Band at the last minute.

After a strong blues set, we took a break and some other guys from the UK jumped up and performed a nice selection of classic rock songs.

Then it was time for the Stop Blues Band - who are fantastic!!!

German Ramallo is the guitarist and singer in the band and he called me up to harp for them and WOW did we kick!! Then they all asked me to join their band!! I was so blown away by the invite - hence I ended up on stage all day! That will teach me to be so talented!! (hahahaha)

There was great support and everyone had a great time. 

A big THANK YOU to our pal John Le Sueur who called me in to be his music director for the day. 

Also many thanks to the Big BBQ Company, Total FM, Bay Radio, Jennifer Cunningham Insurance (support and finances) and Karla Darocas (Mama Blues) for the pics and never ending support and efforts to promote blues music - and all her friends like Carol Lynn, Kathleen, Lizzie, Steve, Jose, and more!!

It was a big success!!

Blues it Up,
Buddy Paul, Music Director - Costa Blanca Blues







Wednesday, October 19, 2016

BRINGING THE BLUES TO BAY RADIO FM




Buddy Paul, our devoted Costa Blanca Blues music director, popped into Bay Radio FM in Javea and shared some important information with DJ Moody about the Fireman's Fundraiser taking place in Javea on Sunday, October the 23rd.

Buddy Paul's Smoking Blues Band and our CBBlues friends - STOP BLUES BAND will be there on Sunday too.

It's going to be full Classic Cars, BBQ's, Bikes & Blues - just how we like it!! kd


Monday, October 17, 2016

9 REASONS WHY MURCIA'S 'STOP BLUES BAND' GAVE US A SPECTACULAR SHOW



The CBBlues Octoberfest Sunday Social appreciated and celebrated with Murcia's #1 Blues act - STOP BLUES BAND.

I really enjoyed this band for many reasons - here are a few...


1. PROFESSIONAL. From the start of their arrival until the time they packed up - they were extreme professionals. They arrived early, unloaded quickly, got sound check out the way, had time to relax and enjoy their home-cooked menu of the day at Bar Mediterraneo, and then launched into a truly unique concert that blended blues with Spanish roots music.

2. CULTURAL. Singing many of our favourite blues standards in Spanish was a real treat and a profound experience. I love the way that Costa Blanca Blues embraces cultural integration - music is the divine leveler.

3. REHEARSED. The band was so tight that you never doubted their ability give you a perfect performance. They knew when to push the emotions forward and when to pull back. They were so rehearsed and professional again!


4. VARIETY. Their songs were full of interesting changes from tempos to styles. One song started as a slow blues and then worked its way into a Spanish Bolero - super cool.

5.SHOWMANSHIP. They all had fun stage garments that made them into more than musicians; they were showmen!


6. ENTREPRENEURS. They brought with them well produced and packaged CD's and groovy and tshirts; again the signs of professional hard working musicians. These are the kind of entrepreneurial musicians that I like to support and encourage because they are ones that bring us good music without the hassle and attitude. CBBlues Friends likes to Keep it Real when they appreciate and celebrate!

7. HARMONIC. They often sang in two and three part harmonies and to me there is nothing more amazing than that ability to blend voices. Love it!


8. QUALITY. Their level of musicianship was superior. They knew how to command their instruments but with that ease that makes every note perfect in pitch and tone.

9. FRIENDLY. They were all very friendly and respectful and mingled with our CBBlues friends.


If you get a chance to support these musicians, I highly recommend them for real live music ./ blues lovers. They are not for the uncultured pop music crowd because they are musicians musicians, if you know what I mean.

Thank you again to Jorge García (bass) and Germán Ramallo (guitar) and Raúl García (drums) - the ultimate power trio!!

Report by Karla Darocas, editor CBBlues Webzine
news@CBBlues.com



ONE STOP VIDEO

Saturday, October 8, 2016

INTIMATE & AMAZING CONCERT PROVES THAT ACOUSTIC LETS RAW TALENT SHINE


The great thing about these full-time professional, hard working musicians is that in an acoustic performance they can let their talents be up-front and focused.

Monday, October 3, 2016

7 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MURCIA'S #1 BLUES ACT * ONE STOP BLUES BAND



One of the hardest working blues acts in Spain are the legendary STOP BLUES BAND.

Hailing from Murcia city, which has a deep blues tradition for many years, STOP BLUES BAND have been involved in many blues concerts with a host of international blues performers from the highest levels of the tradition. The band has also been involved in all of the big blues festivals and conventions that are well promoted and supported throughout Spain including the Cazorla Blues Festival. They are also releasing their 2nd CD which promises to be a unique blend of blues with other roots and modern music styles.

Here are some interesting facts about the ONE STOP BLUES BAND and the performers...

Sunday, September 25, 2016

FALL IN LOVE WITH CROSSROADS THIS SEASON 2016



THE FALL SEASON OF CROSSROADS got off to a great start on Saturday morning (September 2016).

Most of the regular CrossRoaders were on hand and they brought their friends too. It was a very large and exciting crowd with a lot of talent in the mix. We had performers from UK, America, Australia and Spain - plus me being Canadian, however I lost my spoken word piece so could not perform!

There was a great support from all in attendance and 20 plus stayed on for the community home-cooked lunch for more socialising and sharing. The improvement on issues of shyness with some members has really soared. You cannot believe they are the same people who joined us 2 years ago!! Music does have the power to transform minds and souls and the CrossRoads monthly community events are the perfect environment for this blooming of talents.

I baked a Canadian-style coffee cake for all the guests with carrots, walnuts and lots of cinnamon - not too much sugar! It turned out to be hit - so I guess it will become tradition too. There is something to hosting a coffee morning with coffee cake as the bonus.

Buddy Paul, our music director was in good form and spirits considering the fact that he was working and making music till late the night before!! What a professional. He never misses a beat and he loves his CrossRoaders!!

I was clicking away with my camera -  as usual - and went for some humanism poses / photos using my favourite folks = the CrossRoaders.

See you all Next Month xx
Karla Darocas, news@cbblues.com