This is the month to make the most of summer concerts. In Barcelona's case, August is the month in which you can enjoy one of the finest music festivals, the San Miguel Mas i Mas Festival. The event, which celebrates its 14th edition this year, has once again taken centre stage on the majestic grounds of Palacio de la Música Catalana, in the central district of la Ribera.
This year, the festival began its concert series with a stunning jazz music performance on July 25th at Sala Jamboree, a kind of temple for jazz music lovers. One of the highlights of the show is that it aimes to provide a wide range of musical styles and diverse genres. In addition, up to five venues will host concerts during this edition: Born Centre Cultural, Tarantos (a theatrical flamenco show) and Moog nightclub in the centre of Barcelona.
The diversity of these venues is also reflected in the characteristics of each performance, which perfectly complement the musical selection at each venue. Virtually all the major genres of instrumental music are represented on the concerts' agenda: jazz, classical, blues, flamenco, 'cançó' Catalan, electronic music ... One of the most anticipated concerts took place at the Palacio de la Música Catalana on July 28th. The festival opened with the singer Maria del Mar Bonet. The Balearic singer sang a number of songs in different genres including the Nova Cançó music genre.
Among the scheduled performances coming up at the end of the festival, some of the highlights that are offered include the British soul/folk group Zalon Thompson & The Gramophone All Stars who will perform on 23rd of August. This concert is planned as a tribute to the late British music diva, Amy Winehouse. It will be held on the stage of Palacio de la Música Catalana. The farewell party will take place on September 1st with the participation of bands and guitarists, including Manolo Sanlúcar.
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As it's become quite apparent from the above venues and programms, the aim of the 14th San Miguel Mas i Mas Festival is to accommodate both the well-known national and international artists as well as the lesser-known groups who have the ability to entertain the public. When the show comes to an end, Barcelona will have enjoyed over two hundred concerts within just a month and a half.