The world's best soul musicians performing on the beach during a three-day free festival in the sunshine. Yes, the Gran Canaria soul festival is as good as it sounds. Last year's inaugural event attracted 10,000 people and we expect this year to be even bigger.
Porretta Soul on the beach
The Maspalomas Costa Canaria Soul Festival features the same acts as the famous Porretta Soul festival held in Bologna, Italy very year. Started in 1988, Porretta Soul is now one of the largest soul music events worldwide and the European showcase of the Memphis Sound. Porretta is associated with the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis and the Center For Southern Folklore in Memphis.
Lex says: We love the fact that Porretta was started by a music fan who just wanted great, free music in his town, just like Agaete's Bioagaete Festival.
Here are the acts at Porretta this year. The Gran Canaria lineup should be exactly the same only with a few local bands playing too.
Soul Confluence (Denver)
Groove Trader (Denver)
Gloria Turrini Band
James & Black Band – ” Tribute To Allen Toussaint “
Groove City – “Road To Memphis”
CD Release Party
Fred Wesley & The New Jbs
Stan Mosley & Theo Huff
Jerry Jones (from Home Grown Funk)
Bey Paule Band feat. Sweet Nectar
John Ellison (from Soul Brothers Six)
Bey Paule Band Soul Revue with Bobby Rush