¡Viva Jerez! 44th Fiesta de la Buleria, Plaza De Toros, Jerez De La Frontera 17/9/2011

18 Sep

Fiestas De La Vendimia celebrates the most important cultural elements of Jerez life, its wine harvest, sherry, art, locally grown food, music, dance, bullfighting and horses. It takes place in locations all over Jerez in the third week of September. This was my third pilgrimmage to Jerez but the first for this event.

For me it was all about the headline act of the Saturday all night Flamenco show in the bull ring. Joaquin Grilo is firmly located in the pantheon of great Flamenco dancers and is a personal favourite. Jerez born and bred he is now in the prime of his career. There could be no better choice to showcase bulerias.

The night was dedicated to the late great Flamenco guitarist, Manuel Moreno Junquera ‘Moraito Chico II’ of Jerez, known just as ‘Moraito’, who succumbed to cancer in August. A touching video montage of him opened the show. Moraito often accompanied Grilo, even as recently as February this year (see youtube) and it was clear that this performance was special to Grilo. But enough words – video clips are below.

Here is the list of performers on the night as best as I can record: (I am not qualified to comment on them, suffice to say that there was a lot of emotion on the stage and in the audience)

Al Cante/Singers:
El Tolo
Vicente Soto ‘Sordera’
Juana Fernandez ‘La Del Pipa’
David Carpio
Marina Heredia

Manuel Valencia
Manuel Carrasco ‘Jerito’
Nono Jero

Al Baile/Dance:
Joaquin Grilo

Ensemble act (Al Cante/Singing):
Felipa Del Moreno
Luis Carrasco ‘Perikin’
Tamara Del Tañe
Rafael ‘El Zambo’
Dolores De Perikin
Maloko Sordera
Juan De La Morena
Joselete ‘Mucho Gitano’
Jose Del Mijita
Nino De Perikin
Compas y Baile- Juan Diego ‘El Lebrija’ and Manuel Cantarote

Ali De La Tota
Jose De Rubichi

Tip for those planning to attend next year: the 20 Euro tickets go on sale just the week before at the tourist office and in the bull ring (no online sales). It is general seating with plastic chairs creating stalls in the ring itself so first in best seated. The show started on time at 9:30pm and we were rewarded with third row seats by queuing at 8:30pm and the doors opened at 9pm. They search bags on entry so no bottles of wine or beer but picnics OK. The concession does a nice line in montaditos/toasted rolls and seafood plus good beer/sherry/wine. Be aware that the toilets reach capacity by about 1am. You have been warned ladies!

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