Gerard Moreno and Richard Marlow playing rumbas at Vinoteca. March 30, 2008 8:44pm
It's about 2:30am on Monday as I type these words. A short while ago, I got back from the new gig at Vinoteca in DC near the cross streets of 11th and U St NW (closest metro is U St/Cardozo on the Green Line). The performers were Gerard Moreno, Richard Marlow and Sara Jerez.
As you know, it's my self-appointed duty to checkout the new shows whenever they pop up, document them through photos and show them off to you here so you can see for yourself what to expect and hopefully get out of the house and check out the show for yourself.
The food here is very very good--although kinda pricey for someone like me on full-time artist's budget. Entrees range from $16 to $24. I opted for the appetizer called "Sliders" which consisted of 3 mini burgers: tuna, bison and beef. Delicious and only $9! The place has a very warm romantic ambience with dim lighting and tealight candles all over the place. The bar area is where the show takes place.
Gerard and Richard perform originals and covers (mostly Gipsy Kings) for the greater portion of the two hours from 8:00pm until 10:00pm. Sara does one or two dances each hour.
In any case, I'll be going back next Sunday to take more pics, order a glass of fine wine and an appetizer or two and hopefully see a couple of familiar faces in the audience...ahem...that means you! Call 202-332-WINE to make your reservation. Until then, enjoy the pics!
Jesús Rodriguez "Sivi," Francisco Peña and Jesús Serrano at Taberna del Alabardero. March 27, 2008 9:08pm
It's 10:08am on Saturday as I type these words. I play every other week for Anna Menendez's class at American Dance Institute and today I'm happen to be off, so I plan to attend Flor Pérez's (no relation) dance class at DC Dance Collective today. Maybe I'll take some pictures, but chances are I'll be too busy playing guitar to pull out my camera. Oh well.
Anywayz, this is another quick blog entry with minimal commentary so I can get out the door and make it to Flor's class in time. The pics you see here were taken at Taberna del Alabardero restaurant last Thursday night in celebration of their 19th anniversary. There's a show tonight. Call 202-429-2200 to confirm show times. Enjoy!
Jason Vera y Aragón, Ginette, Danielle and Isabelita at Cafe Citron. March 24, 2008 8:35pm (photo by Jani)
It's 2:23pm on Friday as I type these words. Just a quick entry with pics from Monday night at Cafe Citron. It was our first show in Spring and we had quite a few of the local flamencos, fans and friends in the audience including Isabelita, Ginette, Danielle, Jason, Jani, Carlton, Aseel, José, Giovanni, Fernando, Eddie, Raul, RJ, Ashok, Isabel and more!
My thanks to Jani for being my photographer for the evening. Enjoy!
Richard Marlow playing his opening guitar solo at Las Tapas March 20, 2008 8:53pm
It's 12:32pm on Friday as I type these words. Last night (Thursday) I stopped by Las Tapas to support my fellow flamencos. Of course I brought my camera so I could take pics and show you what you missed. Enjoy!
Three of our devoted fans: Rosie, Rachel and Serenity. March 15, 2008 8:48pm
It's 3:01am on Thursday as I type these words. And yeah, it's my second blog entry in two hours, if you can believe that! Besides, I have a backlog of photos to catch up on and it's just plain and simple courtesy to publish pics that were taken by my volunteer photographers. It's the least I can do for all their hard work. If it wasn't for them, how else would I get photos of my shows?
Which brings me to another topic: our fans and supporters. I know what you're thinking: "Miguelito, you just published the above pic, because the girls are pretty." Haha. No, they really are our devoted fans, and the fact that they happen to be very beautiful too is just an added bonus. Rachel and Serenity, in particular, come to my show at Tapeo practically every single week! Rosie, who's quite busy with school, comes out when she can, but lately has been coming to Tapeo and some of my other shows at other venues more often than before.
More than six or seven years ago, one of my regular readers complained that I was publishing pics of the performers and none of the people who came out to see the show. She was right though. But it's not like it never crossed my mind to take pics of people in the audience. It just that it was always a pain in the butt getting permission from individuals for them to appear in pics on my website. But I gave in and started taking pics of our fans and supporters and published them. And yeah it was a pain to always ask for permission, but c'mon my website is not the kind that people should be ashamed of appearing on.