Festes de Gràcia, 2019 — and we're off!
Agost 15, Day One:
8.15am: We set off to Plaça de la Revolució de Septembre 1868 where we met up with Miquel and Silvia.
En route we caught a passing look of Carrer de Puigmarti, where a team of locals were still hard at it.
8:46am: and the Trabucaires fire the traca and prepare to fire their very loud guns to launch the parade…. and, a few seconds later I lost the sense of hearing in my right ear.
And then…we were joined by…the Lord of the Flies himself…Beelzebub.
The cardboard bin next to me caught fire. No biggie.
And on to Plaça del Sol…and a decorated balcony…
Then off to explore the streets…
… before the hordes arrive…
…before resting a while for breakfast in Plaça de la Vila
And then we wended a roundabout route home, via Carrer de Llibertat…
10.30pm: We wandered out again, via Passeig de Sant Joan, Plaça Joanic and over to Carrer Verdi…I have never seen an entry line so long… so we headed up to the exit…
Then we headed over to Plaça de Rovira i Trias via a packed, and lively Carrer de Providencia…
We hung out a short while in Plaça Rovira i Trias, surrounded by eerie birds, before heading over to Plaça del Nord…and the most pleasant surprise of the evening.
Every year during the festes there's always a stand out band, a band which pumps out party pleasing music and gets the crowd singing along.
The rumba band, Alma de Boquerón (Soul of Anchovy), a tight and polished 7-piece ensemble, knocked out a string of irresistible tunes before segueing into a rip-roaring version of Dick Dale's classic, Miserlou, and, then, without dropping a beat, segueing unexpectedly into a thunderous version of Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall. A rumba band playing Pink Floyd? You bet. Brilliant. And then they teased us all with the opening bars of Led Zeppelin's, Stairway to Heaven, before reverting to lively, witty, tongue in cheek contemporary rumba.
HERE's a LINK to their official website, where you'll find a sample compilation of tunes:HERE.
Enjoy! They are playing four more gigs during the festes.
TONIGHT (agost 16) Carrer Verdi at 11pm.
Sunday, agost 18, Passeig de Sant Joan at Midnight.
Monday, agost 20, Carrer Tordera at 11pm.
Tuesday, agost 21, Carrer Joan Blanques de Baix de Tot at 11pm.
If you get chance do try and catch them in action.
After the gig we trekked back down and along Carrer Verdi, where it was still rammed, before heading to Raïm for a mojito, and then down along Carrer Progrés, Carrer Perill and home for around 3am. Another great day in the barri.