Following a first weekend devoted to spoken word at the Campo Alegre Municipal Theatre, the Warm Up is going outside and resumes its original programming at the Gardens of Palácio de Cristal, where the Porta-Jazz Festival will make this a perfectly formed weekend.
On 24 and 25 July, the Gardens of Palácio de Cristal and Casa Tait resume their original spot in the Warm Up cycle programme agenda and host the five remaining music events that precede the Porto Book Fair. We will see small scale outdoor auditoriums, with limited seat availability and in compliance with all the guidelines by the DGS.
Another safety requirement is the presentation of the Covid-19 Digital certificate or a negative Covid test upon entrance to the event.
This event by Porto City Hall, which has indeed been altered along these past days, according to the public health situation in the country, is the alternative to accommodate festivals and activities that were not able to take place in their usual format, owing to the ongoing pandemic.
The past weekend saw the spoken words events taking place, and this weekend it is time for the Festival Porta-Jazz, Porto Blues Fest, Elétrico, and a cycle of music of the world, as well as a Dancing Pic-Nick on the Grass. How is that for a full weekend?
Porta-Jazz features 14 outdoor concerts
Starting this Friday and until next Sunday, Jazz will take over the Gardens of Palácio de Cristal for the presentation of the Porta-Jazz Festival. There will be 14 concerts taking to two different stages: the Lago dos Cavalinhos and the Concha Acústica. This event comprises a total of 60 musicians.
“Da Janela saem Pássaros” is the motto of this Associação Porta-Jazz 11th edition that over a decade long has left its mark in Porto’s creative scene, and even launched it at international level.
Despite the hardship, Porta-Jazz released an album with 39 solo music, in 2020, alongside 10 CD with the seal Carimbo.
This 11th Festival Porta-Jazz edition, will also be the natural extension of the casa of the Associação Porta-Jazz.
Friday, 23 July
8.30 pm: Vessel Trio
9.30 pm: Coreto toca Grilo/Mortágua/Sá Ribeiro/Trocado
Saturday, 24 July
Lago dos Cavalinhos
11 am: Filipe Teixeira Trio "TAO"
12 noon: Vazio e o Octaedro
5 pm: Ensemble Robalo/Porta-Jazz
6 pm: Nuno Campos "Tacatarinaten"
8.30 pm: Miguel Rodrigues "Empa"
9.30 pm: Encomenda a Hristo Goleminov
Sunday, 25 July
Lago dos Cavalinhos
11 am: Hugo Raro "Connecting the dots"
12 noon: Yudit Vidal "Canto das Sereias"
5 pm: João Martins "Hundred Milliseconds"
6 pm: Mazam "Land"
8.30 pm: João Pedro Brandão "Trama no Navio"
9.30 pm: André Silva "The Guit Kune do"
Entrance to the concerts is free, but subject to space availability. Tickets (maximum two per person) can be picked up at the ticket office at the Gardens of Palácio de Cristal (Praça do Rossio), an hour prior to the start of each concert cycle.
There is jazz, and then there are the Blues
Following a forced stop, last year, owing to the pandemic, Porto Blues Fest is back to its fourth edition on 31 July and 1 August.
The Concha Acústica in the Gardens of Palácio de Cristal is back to being the chosen stage for the festival Trovas Soltas, which debuted in 2017. Entrance to the festival is free, but subject to space availability.
The bet is on national bands especially, with the first and only stage performance of the project Porto Blues Guitar Fest Summit, curated by Budda Guedes. The aim is to pay a tribute to the best Portuguese guitar players; the festival also relies on the participation of João Cabeleira of Xutos & Pontapés, Frankie Chavez and Vítor Bacalhau.
Day one closes with an amazing artist of the American blues, Trudy Lynn, who has already released 17 albums and was five times nominated for the Blues Music Award, accompanied by the Delta Blues Riders.
Day two of the festival, 1 August, Porto Blues Fest features the Portuguese Dog’s Bollocks, then Kiko & The Blues Refugees take the stage, the band from Porto that combines different music genres, namely rock, blues, soul or jazz.
The edition closes with Budda Power Blues and Maria João on stage. The Portuguese jazz diva will accompany Budda Power Blues in the presentation of the album “The Blues Experience II - A Aventura Continua”. This is the second time that the band and the singer work together.
Let’s not forget, though, that this Porto Blues Fest edition also features a cigar box guitar exhibition and a vinyl market. The festival also includes guitar workshops by PG – Guitar Studio.
Last, but not least, chef Chakall will be there to perform live cooking delicacies, intimately connected to the Blues, as is Cajun.
Saturday, 31 July
4 pm: Gates open
6 pm: Guitar Summit
7.30 pm: Show Cooking by Chakall
9 pm: Trudy Linn & Delta Blues Riders
Sunday, 1 August
4 pm: Gates open
5 pm: Dogs Bollocks
6 pm: Kiko and The Blues Refugees
9 pm: Budda Power Blues & Maria João
Porto Blues Fest is entrance free, but subject to space availability. Tickets and bracelets (up to a maximum of two people) must be picked up at the ticket office, located at Praça do Rossio, on the day of the respective concerts, starting at 2.30 pm.
More info at https://warmup.porto.pt/.