Andres Calamaro con Twanguero, Chris Isaak next to Gabriel Rios, double light con Tarquim, Siouxsie Sioux y Warpaint are our highlights for June within the Botanical Nightswhich is held at the Alfonso XIII Royal Botanical Garden of the Complutense University of Madrid.
June 10 and 11
It is not surprising that Raphael, Julio Iglesias, Lila Downs, Carlos Vives, Alejandro Sanz, Julieta Venegas or Vicentico are among the names that pay tribute to their songbook in God breeds them (2021), the last album published with material from the musician Argentinian. Andrés Calamaro’s steps are almost always unpredictable, but generally brilliant. Records like Alta Dirt (1997), Brutal Honesty (1999) or El Salmón (2000) and songs like “Flaca”, “Estadio Azteca”, “Te quiero igual”, “Loco”, “Dulce condena”, “El día mundial de la mujer” or “Cuando te conocí” are part of the best history of popular music in Spanish, and are always approached on stage by the Buenos Aires musician with an efficient band and with his traditional courage. The one who is known to be a capital artist and totally inimitable character.
con Twanguero – June 10th-
American folk, flamenco or rockabilly, as well as his impeccable mastery of fingerpicking on the guitar, are some of the sound ensigns of Valencian Diego García, El Twanguero, one of the most illustrious globetrotters of Spanish rock. His travels throughout Latin America have forged the character of his music. A mestizo proposal, sometimes bordering, like a sort of Hispanic Ry Cooder, with a spell so evocative as to have been put at the service of film soundtracks such as Buried (Rodrido Cortés, 2010), for which he was nominated for a Goya. To date, he has released six albums: The Brooklyn Session (2011), Argentina Songbook (2013), Pachuco (2015), Carreteras Secundarias Vol.1 (2017), Electric Sunset (2018) and Carreteras Secundarias Vol.2 (2022).
The Californian is a vocalist, composer and actor raised in the heat of the music of Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Neil Diamond and other rock and roll legends. Talented, seductive and charismatic, the author of songs like “Blue Hotel”, “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing”, “Somebody’s Crying”, “Lie To Me” and albums like Silvertone (1985), Heart Shaped World (1989 ), San Francisco Days (1993) or Forever Blue (1995) manages to make each of his concerts an incomparable experience for the public, as if he were whispering in the ear of each of his spectators. Nearly twenty albums, between studio works, live performances and Christmas records, support him.
The Puerto Rican has lived for more than two decades between Ghent (Belgium) and New York, modulating a curious mix of rock, electronic, hip hop and Latin sounds from a very unique angle. The distance traveled since he debuted with Ghostboy (2005), by the hand of producer Jo Bogaert (Technotronic), until the recent Flore (2021), in which he pays his particular tribute to Latin American and Caribbean music (especially to young of his mother and his grandfather), with the collaboration of Devendra Banhart, is enormous. Five discs that delimit an inimitable radius of action.
The Galician singer-songwriter arrives at Noches del Botánico at a particularly sweet moment. After collecting the Ondas award last year in its 69th edition, celebrating the good reception of his live show Solo tonight (2022), a recording of the concert he gave in the Plaza del Obradoiro together with the Royal Philharmonic of Galicia on July 27, 2021 , and with a brand new album under his arm: Hello, how are you (2023), the most personal and autobiographical of his entire career (and that is already the seventeenth), inspired by the need for human contact with our loved ones who we experienced during the harshest days of the pandemic.
The saxophonist, flutist, composer and producer Pau Vidales is Tarquim’s alma mater, a project in open dialogue between past and present, but also between both sides of the ocean. Because if in their first album, Mar Endins (2026), they reinterpreted popular and traditional Valencian music passing it through the jazz filter, in their second album, A Cuba (2020), they made descarga, danzón, chachachá, guaguancó, columbia and bolero were his objects of desire. Vidal, a professor at the Taller de Músics and a member of The Gramophone All Stars Big Band, has several virtuosos nominated for the Latin Grammys in his band.
Siouxsie Sioux broke the mold. There is not and there will be no one like her. The style book that she has written since 1976, hardened in full punk heat, marked the entire generation that came immediately after and has been praised by The Cure, The Smiths, U2 or Depeche Mode. That is, by some of the most important bands in history. Gothic rock and most of post-punk wouldn’t be understood without what Siouxsie did with The Banshees and the more than ten albums she released between the late ’70s and mid-’90s, whose songs still shine so much live.
They are one of the most restless, singular and interesting creative cells of North American independent rock of the last fifteen years. A female quartet as suggestive as it is indefinable, no matter how much it feeds on post punk, r’n’b, psychedelia and dream pop. Their direct play in another league. Radiate Like This (2022), their fourth album after six years of absence, certified that rush is not their thing: it was a reflective, serene album, at times somewhat gloomy, without the need to issue hits, but retaining the spell that made Emily Kokal, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg and Stella Mozgawa a special foursome.
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