Although the lock-down situation in Seville has curtailed la vida en la calle somewhat, it is uplifting to know how inspiring and inspired some of the entertainment sector have become during these Covid times. So if you’re looking for some Covid-compliant live music – our woman on the ground, Lucy Carrington, has got a selection of options to scratch that culture itch.
Amongst others, The Asociacion Sevillana de Jazz (assejazz.com) has put together a decent calendar of events mainly at the Espacio Turina near the Setas but their piece de resistance is a Sunday lunch time free-for-all, upstairs, in the Plaza de Armas centre near the bus station.
From 1-4pm everyone is welcome, no booking required (although there is a maximum limit) to come and have a drink and listen to the excellent music with dancing on show by the wonderful Samuel Rigal Munoz. The location is the old train station and as such has wonderful high ceilings, good for ventilation, with beautiful stained glass windows along the side.
There is a cool railway carriage which serves as a bar serving drinks and some simple snacks. The stage is raised with plush velour seating plus scattered high tables on the edges of the main arena. There’s a great vibe with musicians ducking in and out of the ensembles and a funky crowd. The bar can be slow, so don’t be in a hurry before you head out to find something more filling to eat.
While the average daily life of Seville is very much a shadow of its former self, there are things happening in the musical sector and it’s worth keeping an eye on various stalwarts such as the Maestranza theatre (teatrodelamaestranza.es). If Swing is your thing and you’re quick you may be able to grab a few remaining tickets to Seville’s homage to The Boswell Sisters – O Sister – this Sunday January 31st; well worth reorganising your weekend for. The theatre has a varied programme including Verdi, recitals and classical music with a twist, Tristan and Isolde and many more stretching into the Spring. Let’s hope the calendar holds.
The format has changed slightly from pre-covid days, as the performers are announced a few days before. So it’s no longer a matter of turning up with your maracas, putting your name on the list, and spontaneously jumping on the stage.
That said, it’s a good vibe and a welcoming place to get out of your comfort zone! Numbers are limited and it’s best to get in touch with Dani beforehand if you are looking to perform. Take a look on the FB page for more details.
Seville is still singing and dancing, it’s up to you to provide the romancing (from a safe distance of course!)