Música en directo y talleres para niños en el Mercado Viejo de Vila

ELS DISSABTES AL MERCAT VELL 2011

El Mercat Vell de Vila acoge desde el próximo sábado 5 de marzo la cuarta edición de ‘ELS DISSABTES AL MERCAT VELL’. Una iniciativa del Ayuntamiento de Ibiza que trae hasta el casco histórico de la ciudad música en directo y talleres para niños y que en este 2011 se alarga hasta el 14 de mayo, con una edición extra que contará con la popular banda mallorquina de rockabilly, BLACK CATS.

Como viene siendo tradición, EIVISSA JAZZ BIG BAND abrirá el ciclo de una programación que incluye formaciones locales de éxito como son PROJECTE MUT, IVÁN DOMENECH, BLUESMAFIA I ES SALIGARDOS o CANBLAU GOSPEL. Todas ellas actuarán en el Mercat Vell desde las 12.00 horas. Sin embargo, desde las 11,00 horas los más pequeños podrán disfrutar una temporada más de las divertidas propuestas de la Asociación CLOWNIDOSCOPIO en las que confeccionar marionetas,  cometas y dragones de cartón o pintar su autorretrato.

A continuación, os ofrecemos las fechas en las que sucederá la cuarta edición de ELS DISSABTES AL MERCAT VELL y las actuaciones programadas. Os esperamos a todos!

5 de marzo
EIVISSAJAZZ BIG BAND
Taller de Títeres

19 de marzo

PROJECTE MUT
Taller de Creación de Cometas

2 de abril

BLUESMAFIA I ES SALIGARDOS
Taller ‘El Dragón de Cartón’

16 de abril

IVÁN DOMENECH
Taller ‘Pintando tu Autorretrato’

30 de abril

CAN BLAU GOSPEL
Taller ‘Los Zancos Enlatados’

14 de mayo

BLACK CATS
Taller ‘Los Patatíteres’

February 28, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

SHAKIN’ ALL OVER

Now that I’m fully recovered from the Wipe-Out(and God knows it wasn’t easy) , it’s high time I relayed my wunderbar experience at the recent Rockin Race Jamboree in sunny Torremolinos, before it fades from my memory forever.

For quite some time now, I’ve had a yearning to put on my petticoats and jive like a bunny at a rock n roll shindig. My chance to do all of the above (and much, much more) came about when I found about  the  17th Rockin Race Rockabilly Reunion, which took place from 3rd-6th February in Andalucia.

First of all, having never been to Andalucia or any other part of Southern Spain for that matter, except if you count Benidorm, the journey in itself was a pleasant treat , although I was disappointed not to see an abundance of senior citizens zooming round on mobility scooters. However, I did quite quickly learn to say ‘seis seis seis’ like the natives do, which roughly involves pretending you’ve got a very bad lisp.

But I wasn’t there for the scooters or the 666- I was here for a taste of  Rockabilly Heaven-four days at a rock n roll festival-old school or no school- and here was I, up to my seamed stockings in lo mismo! Eek!! Rockabillys, rockalillys, teddyboys, teddygirls, rockers, geeks, greasers, pin-ups,  oldies, not so oldies, rockababys, a great big sub culture family that I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by in all its many delightful ways.

With a line-up, I was reliably informed, de gen-u-ine known and respected bands and performers including Hayden Thompson and a star turn from Wanda Jackson, the veritable Queen of Rockabilly herself – well, bring that on, said I, simultaneously swinging my lasso the best I could- from country to pure rock n roll, a line up of international rockin rollin acts giving it the big one, a dream come true!!

And not only that- I can safely say I have never been in a place where everyone was just so goddamned gorgeous. The women, dressed to the nines in the evenings, dungas and headscarfs of a daytime, red lipstick perfectly applied at ALL times(note to self, buy me some lipcote) , the men, quiffs greased carefully into place, drapes draped, shiny socks and supersoles. What joy to these eyes!

Of course, the main events at the Festival, held in EL Palacio de Congresos, also played host to a sturdy number of stalls and curiosities- for the ladies, a chance to have your pin up photograph taken or to buy a vintage frock; for the men, how about a nice Dickies vest? Old 45s, vinyls from way back then, collectors’ items, vintage posters, merchadise, flowers for the hair, tiki decorations. A big mahoosive mumbo jumbo of cool stuff!

And then of course, there was the dancing. Ohhh, the Dancing….My main aim of the weekend, hook or by crook, was to learn how to jive. I mean, really jive. I wasn’t going home until my dance card was full and I was busting my moves with the best of them. Now back at home, and relatively injury free, I am proud to say I have mastered The Jive (yippee!) and am now working on The Stroll. Uhhhuh. I should thank my Rolla Dance Crew for their persistence and dedication to my cause.

In fairness, without my crew- namely Fernando, Eduardo and Angel- the weekend just would not have been the same. Thanks dudes, for showing me how it’s done!

Meeting Wanda Jackson- another highlight of the weekend, perhaps The Highlight. Here is a woman who really knows how it’s done, the wild child of the rockabilly scene, from way back in the days when she toured with Elvis Presley; a woman who is now knocking on 80’s door and is still up there giving it her all to adoring audiences, whilst simultaneously recently releasing a new album produced by Jack White(Stripes), no less! Go, Wanda, I wanna be you! A living legend. Another dream come true.

Another legend, this time in the form of Ms. Gaylita Selby, well known in these circles as a true Ibiza party girl cum super mama cum great friend. Up she rocked from her house behind the Andalucian mountains to get involved. A partner in crime for me, let the good times roll!  Joint Activities included holding a strip and tattoo competition, drinking tequila, doing the jive-off, throwing (literally) a toilet paper party and flirting outrageously with teddy boy(s). You can take the girls out of Ibiza but you can’t take Ibiza out of the Girls…

A truly fabulous end to the weekend. A truly fabulous weekend all round. I’ve seen the rockabilly light and I like it!

February 15, 2011. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

LOST IN TRANSLATION!

It’s probably quite fair at this stage of the game to advise you of the hybrid language that we speak here at FiX IBIZA. Given the fact that on the one hand you have the highly literate yet true to her Madrileña hood roots, with her ultra high yet kooky English, her not bad German, her grasp on good old Catalan, and not to mention her ever increasing knowledge of Japanese, Elena Toga Sanchez is a master of words. Me, myself and I, on the other hand, pride ourselves on the ability to take off an accent and absorb of a bit of every language that we come across, to a lower or higher degree. Ibiza is responsible for bringing out this skill; who would have thought that Jilly from the Block would speak fluent Spanish, teach English, defend herself admirably in Catalan, and definitely get by in French and Italian and heck, why not, even has a smattering of Dutch- a personal favourite. Both partners have also mastered a brand of Spanglish that is their language of choice. You may or may not understand it. The point I’m trying to make is that we’d like you to get on board with the mish mash of languages that you are sure to find in this blog. FIX is all about the communication, and mixing it up. Get on it!

February 9, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

ON THE MARKET!

In other news, and FIX are jumping with joy to announce that they will, for the second consecutive year, be in charge of organizing the Ayuntamiento de Ibiza’s ‘Els Dissabtes al Mercat Vell’ initiative of rejuvenating the old market in La Marina, Ibiza Town. (take the Croissant Show as your point of reference).

Now in its fourth year, Els Dissabtes is a series of 5 events, Saturdays bi monthly, with a basic formula of encouraging human traffic to the old town and the marina in the low season, with live bands, children’s workshops, quaint stalls and the surrounding cafes, bars and shops, the D’alt vila at your back, on a lovely spring ibiza’s day. Couldn’t beat it with a big stick.

I’ll keep you posted with more details on Els Dissabtes as we go along but already its fair to say that this year is looking better than ever already! The events are confirmed to take place on 5th& 19th March, 2nd & 16th & 30th April . Already confirmed to play- Eivissa Big Band, CanBlauGospel and Ivan Domenech..

More details as we nail them down!

February 2, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

ROCKAJILLY

I mean, is there just no end to the wealth of bloody great music that’s making my ears bleed(in a VERY good way)these nippy winter days?…It would appear not ,says this resident FIXER, who has been up to her eyeballs this week in a big heap of rock n roll scandalicious gorgeousness…

First up, it’s up and at ‘em as we announced the first Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks (henceforth referred to as ‘The Rocks’) plan for 2011. And when I say plan, I blatantly refer to PLAN B, that rather dashing young Soulsta who’ll be opening both venues on 31st May in Mallorca and 1st June in Ibiza. Rather conveniently in time for my birthday, thanks Andrew Mc Kay, leader of The Rocks Crew. What a guy…

With 17 gigs confirmed for both the San Antonio and the Magaluf hotels, this is going to be one belter of a season.

More rock and roll, and lots of other stuff in between times got dusted off and re-adored as I finally got off my fat be-hind(I blame Christmas)and  fulfilled my hazy,  long ago full moon drunken promise to everyone’s favourite host with the most, Josito Pepua, and assuming my role as one half of Girlz Skool, I put on my skool tie and my headphones and got lost in the music and the tardis that it AK Pepua Bar, in La Marina.

A special Big Up should go out at this point to the gorgeous Di Burns and her husband Louie, for their support on the night. It was a real pleasure to meet the two who were on the island for a few days to start the groundwork for their Battle of the Bands final in Ibiza this summer. Also, a high five to Adrian!

Next up, and I must mention last Saturday’s Rock n Roll night in the San Antonio Town Hall Tent. Talk about right up my strata, almost too far up my strata actually, and it was petticoats and pompadours al maximo as real live rockabillys including Carlos Segarra, Mad Rumblers and Tennessee kept me, my Pink Ladies and the locals jiving all night long. A special mention should be given to Rockin’ Pauly, who was also due to perform and who sadly passed away some months ago. Gone but certainly not forgotten…

Indeed, such a good night was had by yours truly, that I’ve decided to take myself off to Malaga this weekend for the RockinRace Festival- four days and nights of the crème de la crème of rockabilly lovely jubblyness. Eek- I really need to start packing my suitcase, this is going to be extreme 50s mania dressing up deliciousness! Bring it on!

February 2, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.