Thursday, May 11, 2017


Costa Blanca Blues will end its 6th party season with a mega-fun "wrap-up party" hosted by Buddy Paul and his musical friends including a retro-band from Valencia city who call themselves "Up For It".

This band promises an amazing repertoire of Americana music ranging from blues to late 50's & 60's soul, jazz, swing and even some calypso!

Who is "Up For It"?
BÁRBARA FERNÁNDEZ is a self-taught vocalist who began her career in music because of her great devotion to Jazz, Swing, R & B and Soul.

She has sung at many big festivals including the Barswingona, which is the Barcelona Jazz Fest, The Toledo Jazz Festival, ZaraSwing in Zaragoza, The Crazy Weekend Swing Fest in Barcelona, Swing Between Vineyards in La Rioja Alavesa, Swingalacant Fest in Alicante, Swinging Undermoon in Valencia and The Battle of Bands of Swing of Madrid to name a few!!!

Because she is a local Valenciana gal, she has collaborated with many of the Valencian blues group and participated in blues festivals such as Augustiblues in Estonia in 2010 and the Espanish Blues Festival in 2013.

SERGIO ALBENTOSA is a self-taught organist and composer. He studied jazz harmony with Francisco Blanco Latino and Arturo Serra in the early 90's.

Aside from being part of Up For It, Sergio is part of the Vibecreators with whom he has produced a single "I Don't Wanna Be Lonely" and a vinyl LP with 10 of his own songs on the Lontano Records label.

He has also played with black music legends such as JJ Barnes, Betty Harris, Gene Payne ... as well as national musicians such as Raimundo Amador, Ximo Tebar, Joan Soler, Ramón Cardo and Enric Peidro. His influences include Les McCann, Jack McDuff , Jimmy Smith and Horace Silver.
DANILO ARGENTI is an awesome drummer who specialises in jazz, blues and funk and has worked with a wide range of local and international artists. Danilo is a good friend of our music director Buddy Paul and we have met and had the privilege of seeing Danilo perform at a few other CBBlues events.

* WHEN: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
* TIMES: Lunchtime Menu - 13:30  & Concert - 15:00
* FEES: Lunch & Concert - 25  & Concert Only - 10
* WHERE: Party Room @ El Cid's of Benidoleig
* WHAT: Costa Blanca Blues is a live music appreciation and cultural integration group and webzine. All Welcome!

BOOK NOW  Online
or by phone # 648 156 066

Monday, April 10, 2017


The 2017 Costa Blanca Blues annual Spring Fling Party featured the legendary Hawks who proved to all of us that they know their early rolling blues and rockabilly music to the maximum!

And the swagger??? All part of the show!!
Santiago thrilled the crowd with is charming and witty stage banter and then crooned and wailed his way into our hearts. His renditions from Eddie Cochran to Elvis and his own originals in English were pretty spectacular when you appreciate the fact that English is not his first language.

I knew that Abelard Alba was a guitar teacher and it shows. His detail to the notes was impressive. He picked out the melodies like a master and his riffs were light and steady.
Isi Rockin on his standup double blue bass was a charmer as well. He did a solo and blew away the crowd. What a sound!!
Kike García Benìtez was stuck in the back up against the mirrors but that didn't stop him from keeping up the rockabilly back beat!! And he having a lot of fun with the hand maracas too.
Our good musical friend from the UK - Peter Murphy brought his blues harmonicas and together with Buddy Paul joined the Hawks for some stellar blues. Peter commanded the band like the pro that he is and gave a grand mini show. 

Buddy Paul was gimping around on his mended broken leg but it didn't stop him from blowing up a storm on his blues harps! 

There were people from all over the globe - Canada, UK, Sweden, Norway, Germany, America, Australia and Spain. I love these events as a vehicle to unite people with great food, location, live music and dancing!! 

Everyone was happy and that is the best of part of these parties - what more is there to life? Oh sure, there are other things but these are some of my favourite things and I was so pleased to see everyone up off their chairs and onto the dance floor!! 

Thank you to all who attended and to Lizzie for helping me with the flowers!! 

See you again soon!! Karla Darocas

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Thursday, March 30, 2017


One of the great things about hosting a group of musical performers who have 4 recording is that they will have produced MP3's too.

MP3's are perfect for filling up your musical collection on your phone, computer or in your car. Most devices have MP3 players!!

Get your FREE MP3 music to download or play by clicking HERE

OR Visit our JukeBox and get all the MP3 songs from other CBBlues musical guests!

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Over the past decade, Spain has developed not only a love of the blues but a fanatical attraction to its "whitish upbeat" counterpart namely Rockabilly.

"As you know, Rockabilly is Rhythm & Blues played by white cats," announces singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist Santiago who fronts Spain's number one Rockabilly band The Hawks.

Monday, March 13, 2017


NASTY BOOGIE  are considered the Grandees of Blues from Valencia City. They sure gave us a stellar show with lots of grit, grind and energy enough to boost a rocket to the moon!

Sunday, March 5, 2017


William Thomas ‘Champion Jack’ Dupree was an American blues and boogie-woogie pianist who got his name ‘Champion’ owing to his early career as a boxer.

Tribute by Lucky Bill

Champion Jack Dupree – ‘Nasty Boogie’
“Mama bought a chicken
She took him for a duck
Laid him on the table
Wit' his leg stuck up”
Read more: Champion Jack Dupree - Nasty Boogie Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Born in New Orleans on or around July 23rd 1908 and from colourful parentage, his mother was part Cherokee part African American and his father was from the Belgian Congo. He had all the credentials for a bluesman ingrained into his life from an early age.

He was an orphan by the time he was eight year old and sent to a home for delinquent boys on the grounds that he was a ‘dangerous and suspicious character’.

He did, however, go on to serve his country through military service as a cook in World War II and was held as a POW by the Japanese for two years before returning to the USA.

Now, according to the Miriam Webster online dictionary boogie woogie is: ‘a percussive style of playing blues on the piano characterized by a steady rhythmic ground bass of eighth notes in quadruple time and a series of improvised melodic variations’ and this certainly comes through if you listen to ‘Nasty Boogie’ on this YouTube video.

And, according to a Wikipedia article that I was perusing, there are characteristics of the boogie woogie style in Beethoven’s 32nd piano sonata which was written in the 1820’s. I think you require more musicology than I to recognise any similarities. What do you think? Claudia Arrau plays it here - check out his link -

Back to the song and as to the meaning of this song – well, that depends on your imagination but here are another few lines to give to a flavour.

Well, my grandma was to old to go
She listened in on the radio
Her feet got happy
And she pulled up her dress
The first thing she hollered
'That boogie's a mess! '

Ending his days in 1992, Mr. Dupree had a prolific musical output and provides a rich seam of enjoyment to be mined by lovers of the blues and boogie woogie.

Go forth and enjoy da Blues!!
Lucky Bill

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Once again the CrossRoads community Coffee Morning was a joy beyond measure. So much talent and fun in one sunny salon room at Bar Mediterraneo on a Saturday morning in Teulada.

We had some new guests and of course the regular gang. Always a pleasurable way to spend a Saturday morning. Good folks appreciating and celebrating music styles from all eras and cultures. AND - of course a CrossRoads morning is always full of surprises.

Check out the Playlist of video clips CLICK HERE

I was able to explain the era of Romantic art and show off a couple of my paintings too.

Thank you to everyone. I admire you all so much!
Karla Darocas, editor

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Friday, February 24, 2017


It will be so great to finally witness the blues energy of Nasty Boogie. It has taken a long time to get this band to perform for a Costa Blanca Blues music appreciation party - but now our time has come!

Valencia city based blues band Nasty Boogie came into being in 2006. Over the decade, they have perfected their craft and built on their repertoire ranging from upbeat boogies, jives and swings to deep blues, walking blues, train blues basically all the forms from the Delta, Chicago, California and Texas. Nasty Boogie are now the premier band in Valencia city who get asked to all the big blues festivals on this peninsula.

The guitarist, Raúl Rabadán is a powerhouse player when he needs to be but can pick out the notes with a light touch too. A working musician who performs with several other bands and performers including Danny Boy and Buddy Paul, this cat has this chops all sorted out!

Daniel Tena has been a featured guest in our annual Harp Attack Showdown Show and he is a master harmonica player. He is a real showman too. Like many of the Spanish vocalists, he sings in the English language in order to preserve the intensity of the blues songs.

Fran Moreno (bass) and Juanjo Iniesta (drums) are both professional musicians who are in charge of keeping the blues beat on track and with so much experience, I am sure they will do a fantastic job.

Nasty Boogie have two CD's in the marketplace. "Moanin' At Midnight" and "Fresh Little Fish".  You can find these tracks on YouTube. They are going back into the studio to record and EP of their own songs soon so stay tuned.

According to Raúl Rabadán, the band likes to get the audience involved by encouraging dancing and singing along to the songs. "We have a great time and we like to have fun with our fans!," admits the entertainer.

Karla Darocas, editor

Thursday, February 23, 2017


BOOK NOW! ** DO YOU LOVE a ripping and tearing blend of early boogie woogie blues with jumping and jiving early swinging blues to keep your motor running? 

On Saturday, March 11th * Valencia City's Hardest Working Nostalgic Blues Band ** NASTY BOOGIE ** & our CBBlues music director ** Buddy Paul ** BOOK NOW! 

Monday, February 20, 2017


After many years, about 3 or 4, I finally got Alicante City's own 'Medicine Man' to perform for us at the launch of the Winter / Spring season of Costa Blanca Blues - AND they were fantastic!

Without a doubt, these musicians are dedicated to their craft and they gave us a 110% blues show with all the swagger of true blues showmen.

Report by Karla Darocas

Victor Jordé, the guitarist and founder of this legendary blues band performed to perfection. He is one of the best blues guitarists I have seen yet. His style is very laid back and confident. He also engages the audience, which I love. He had us all "calling back" like old cotton pickers out in the hot sun. I just love his voice too; all warm like honey but a bit gritty when needed.

It was also very exciting to watch how Little Fonzi commanded the floor and brought the blues harp action into crowd. We have had Little Fonzi perform for CBBlues before, as part of the annual HARP ATTACK SHOWDOWN that takes place in September, but never on his own with his band. It was a real treat. He really works hard to reach those scorching notes and digs deep for those low tones. He was really working up a sweat.

Rubén Marcet on drums was really great at keeping the beat smooth and tight. Near the end of the show, he gave us a really fun drum solo and the audience went wild. I just love these displays of talent and showmanship.

Rafa Navas on bass is also one of the original member of Medicine Man. He as totally in tuned with his bass and you could see each note move his back bone! Great players.

At the end of the show, and two encores later, a blues bass player from Norway came up to perform with the band. He and his wife are starting a Blues Music Union in Norway, something that doesn't exist here in Spain.

Once again, the staff team and chef at El Cid's out in Benidoleig were very helpful, lovely and adorable. Big Love to them all!!