Natalia Monteleon’s Arte Flamenco at the Frederick Douglass Museum in Baltimore

Arte Flamenco dancers Natasha, Yanira, Terrie and Francisca at the Frederick Douglass Museum in Baltimore

Arte Flamenco dancers Natasha, Yanira, Terrie and Francisca at the Frederick Douglass Museum in Baltimore. (photo by Maria M.) December 11, 2012

It’s 4-something pm on Thursday as I type these words. I’m at Killer E.S.P. in Old Town Alexandria sippin’ some hot green tea (to boost my immune system against the flu) and workin’ on this blog.

Typically around the winter holidays, business either picks up or goes down drastically for us local performers. If you’re lucky, you get a New Year’s Eve gig and charge double (or triple) to make up for your losses. In my case, I was fortunate to get a Christmas party gig in the beautiful historic Frederick Douglass Museum in Baltimore!

Natasha, Yanira, Terrie and Francisca

Natasha, Yanira, Terrie and Francisca. (photo by Maria M.) December 11, 2012

Natalia Monteleón, director of Arte Flamenco asked me to play for this show since I know their choreographies pretty well. We probably could’ve winged it the day of the show, but of course we scheduled one rehearsal a few days earlier just to tighten things up here and there.

Yanira and Francisca

Yanira and Francisca. (photo by Maria M.) December 11, 2012

And you can tell by the date stamps for each photo, this performance took place a month ago. So I don’t remember the program precisely. It definitely included Sevillanas, tangos, alegrías and Guajiras. The show went well, as expected, and the client treated us artists especially well. Thanks to Maria M. For the photos!

Francisca and Yanira

Francisca and Yanira. (photo by Maria M.) December 11, 2012

As usual, I crank out blogs when I’m busy and now I have to rush off and set up my sound system for tonight’s gig at La Tasca Old Town. I always do it super early. Looks kind of amateurish setting up right before show time. Of course, the ultimate arrangement would be where all my venues have their own house sound system and I just walk in plug in my guitar and start playing. But that’s not going to happen anytime soon. Alas for now I can only dream.

So enjoy these photos and stay tuned for announcements of Arte Flamenco’s upcoming performances.

Yanira and Francisca

Yanira and Francisca. (photo by Maria M.) December 11, 2012

Francisca

Francisca. (photo by Maria M.) December 11, 2012

Flamenco guitarist Miguelito playing the intro to Terrie’s alegrías. (photo by Maria M.) December 11, 2012

Terrie

Terrie. (photo by Maria M.) December 11, 2012

Miguelito, Claudia, Francisca, Natasha, Yanira, Terrie and Natalia Monteleon

Miguelito, Claudia, Francisca, Natasha, Yanira, Terrie and Natalia Monteleón. (photo by Maria M.) December 11, 2012

Incidentally, on this day 17 years ago, the DCFlamenco website was born. Happy birthday to me! It was one of the first websites on the Internet devoted to flamenco when it was first launched in 1996. And although I can’t quantify it in a tangible way, I’m pretty sure my website has played a significant role in increasing awareness of the DC flamenco scene and its artists locally and around the world.