September Music & Art in Ibiza by Claire B
The summer may be coming to an end but there are still plenty of great and free music events taking place on the island, featuring both DJs and live bands. Here are some of my favourites coming up over the next couple of weeks….
- Ibiza Town, Heart Ibiza,
This one isn’t free, but has to be worth experiencing. Every Monday in September live latin blues music has returned to Heart in Marina Botafoch with the Vargas Blues Band & John Byron Jagger accompanied by local favorite DJ’s playing latin beats till late.
On Monday September 24 DJs Lola Von Dage and Simøne join the band. For these nights, the Vargas Blues Band invites John Byron Jagger as vocalist (son of Chris Jagger who is Mick Jagger’s brother) and guitarist Steve Hunter (who has worked with Aerosmith, Lou Reed and Alice Cooper).
Last June, the Vargas Blues Band released King of Latin Blues, a double album featuring 20 of their best songs, a previously unreleased track, and various re-recordings of some of their greatest hits featuring some new guest artists. To promote the new album the band is touring extensively this year, performing with some incredible guest artists and a truly outstanding band. This year, Javier Vargas will receive his eighth platinum disc.
John Byron Jagger will release his first solo album this year with collaborations from other artists, produced by Javier Vargas. His influences come from the Blues, reggae and African music, and with his musical pedigree it’s surely something to check out.
- Ibiza Town,
DJ Solumun returns to the port in Ibiza Town to put on what is becoming an annual free party on Wednesday September 26.
Free. From 7-11pm.
- San Antonio, Can Rock,
Ibiza’s very own punk band Kondordatti Punkinetti play at Can Rock in San Antonio on Friday September 28.
Featuring Toni on vocals, Dani on bass, Tolo on guitar and ElenCat on drums. Can Rock usually puts on live bands on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and has occasional Rock Karaoke and DJ nights
Can Rock is at Carrer des Caló, 2, which is in the bay in San Antonio. Bar opens at 8pm, Free entrance.
Back to School
- San Jordi
The annual Back to School music festival in San Jordi takes place on Saturday 29 with 4 live bands this year.
With live rock music from Billy Flamingos (Ibiza), Fuel Pressure Regulator (Ibiza), The Milkyway Express (Seville), Schizophrenic Spacers (Barcelona) and DJ Bartu. Free From 7pm.
There are still several prestigious and interesting art exhibitions on show across the island, featuring renowned international artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Hamilton, Salvador Dalí, Bill Viola, Tony Lewis and many others. Some close at the end of September, so check the dates.
The Pop exhibition is still on in San Antonio until September 28. It’s housed in 2 locations: in the Far de Ses Coves Blanques and in La Sala Walter Benjamin de Sa Punta des Molí.
Across the 2 galleries there are 46 pop art works from international and Spanish artists, including Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Richard Hamilton, Robert Indiana, Kawashima, David Lachapelle, Roy Lichtenstein, Vanessa Beecroft, Herb Ritts, Peter Philips, James Rosenquist and Tom Weselman, and also Spanish artists Eduardo Úrculo, Rafael Armengol, Lluís Güell, Salvador Dalí and Óscar Tusquets. Free. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm-9.30pm.
Tony Lewis at Art Projects Ibiza
Campo de Juego by American artist Tony Lewis at Art Projects Ibiza and Lune Rouge. Composed of intimate sketches, pencil works on paper, large scale site-specific installations and ageing drawings with an ongoing lifespan. Until December 15. At Alcalde Bartomeu Roselló Sala 7, which is just up from Ikea. Opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm to 7pm.
Bill Viola at La Nave, Ses Salinas
The exhibition at La Nave in Salinas of two large-scale video installations from American artist Bill Viola closes on September 30, so there’s only a couple of weeks to go and see it if you haven’t already.
Bill Viola is one of the pioneers of video art and a living legend of contemporary art. Two of his most acclaimed works, ‘Fire Woman’ and ‘Tristan’s Ascension’ (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), are presented on a 22-foot high screen with an impressive sound system that envelops the viewer in a transformative experience. The installations were created in 2005 as part of a new production by Peter Sellars of Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde.
The gallery is also offering guided tours of the works. The guided tours take place every Wednesday at 11am and, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm. Visits can be in English or Spanish and require prior registration @ firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in a tour outside of these hours just email.
The exhibition runs to September 30 at La Nave Salinas, Carrer La Canal 2. Open all day Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-22:00 – it doesn’t close for siesta – just closed on Mondays.
More information about the work and the gallery is on the website: www.lanavesalinas.org
New Spaik Mural in Ibiza Town
- Pictured the final mural and also as a work in progress.
Spaik, the Mexican artist who painted the eagle and the snake murals in the De Soto Tunnel in Ibiza Town returned to the island during this year’s Bloop Festival to paint another mural on Carrer de Múrcia. It’s on the wall of the school at the Av. España end of the street.
Spaik is a Mexican urban artist whose colorful works are inspired by Latin American folklore. He works mainly in Mexico but has also done murals in other countries such as Belgium, France, England, Colombia and Guatemala and we’re very lucky to have 3 of his works in Ibiza. In his paintings Spaik uses topics related to local traditions and makes mythical references of traditional stories.
More info about the Bloop Festival at: http://www.bloop-festival.com
Images of further Bloop work in the 2018 festival