On April 7-13, the 20th edition of the International Dixieland Festival makes it to Tarragona

Once more, the river Mississippi makes it to Tarragona; the wind of southern USA brings the aroma of a music and a culture written in capital letters: it is time for the 20th edition of the International Dixieland Festival of Tarragona. So if you’re a music fan and love the Mediterranean gastronomy, Tarragona is your next destination.

For this whole week, over 70 activities and 100 musicians crowd the streets, stages and almost every corner of Tarragona with a music selection that goes from jazz and swing, to bebop, funk, soul, blues, and many others. As usual, Dixieland Festival will gather top-notch artists, such as Randy Greer, Perico Sambeat, Llibert Fortuny, Matteh Simon, Joan Chamorro, Andrea Motis, and bands like The Excitements, Tarragona Dixie Festival All Star or La banda la Maria.

Randy Greer

For huge fans, we are encouraging you to attend the three Great Concerts that will take place in the Teatre Metropol. The first one, due this evening (8pm) will count on the performance of Randy Greer Quintet. This north-American artist is one of the main jazz references, and follows the style and voice of the unforgettable Nat King Cole. The second one, due tomorrow at 8pm, will gather both Roger Benet and the Vicens Martín Dream Big Band, focusing their performance on their brand new disc’s tunes. Finally, on Saturday (8pm), will be the turn of Xavi Torres Trio Feat: Perico Sambeat and Llibert Fortuny, with a concert specially created for the occasion.

Roger Benet i Vicens Martín

If you also love good cuisine, we’re suggesting the incredible dinners Dixie, which take place, starting on Wednesday, on a number of restaurant around the city and which provide customers with very special menus while enjoying high-quality performances by artists such as Pacheco & Ordax Dúo, Krakout, Laia Masdéu, etc. Among the establishments taking part in this series of events, we find Sirco Airlines, La Cantonada, Pizzeria Da Nicola, Cafè Metropol, among others. You can check the whole list of artists in the official Festival’s website.

Laia Masdéu - ©Tarragona.cat

Besides, and for the first time, the Festival will gather many activities other than music, with a programme that includes painting, dance, poetry, cinema, theatre and gastronomy among the main items. This year, and in order to mark the 20th anniversary of the Festival, visitors can enjoy a retrospective exhibition in the hall of the Antiga Audiència building that shows the twenty posters of previous editions.

Therefore, if you are one of those with a big big soul, you can’t miss the arrival of New Orleans to the 20th edition of the Dixieland Festival.

More information:

– Dixieland Festival’s official page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DixielandTGN
– Official website: http://www.tarragona.cat/cultura/teatre-dansa-musica/musica/festival-dixieland
– Twitter: @TGNcultura

Text and translation: Artur Santos (@artur_1983 on Twitter)