The best time to see authentic and FREE flamenco performance in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz), for me, is in the autumn. Beginning in October (sometimes late September), two Peña Flamencas (or flamenco clubs)– Peña Buena Gente and Peña Tio Jose de Paula–offer weekly performances from local flamencos that you do not normally get to see. . . and these shows are absolutely FREE or as they say in Spanish, “Entrada libre hasta completar aforo”.
Sure there is “Viernes Flamenco” en Verano and the world renowned (at least in flamenco circles) “Buleria Festival” in August. But they occur in the summer and Andalucian summer heat can be unbearable, even at night when most shows occur. And you have to pay for them.
There is also the “Festival de Jerez” from late February to early March that signals the death of winter. Winter is “nice” here in Jerez. I never had to wear gloves for example in the 2 winters I’ve been here. There are FREE shows too at this festival, but mostly paid ones too.
Although the shows are FREE, please do show your support to the artists and local clubs (Peña Flamencas) by purchasing some drinks, alcoholic or non, and maybe some snacks too. They are NOT expensive at all. One-euro-something can get you a sherry or a beer.
Here is your flamenco itinerary for this October in Jerez de la Frontera, the birthplace of the Bulerias (see pictures for additional information).
- 28 September, 22:00 , Peña Buena Gente (Plaza del Belen): Antonio Reyes and Miguel Salado (singer/cantaor and guitar/tocaor, respectively).
- 05 October, 22:00 , Peña Tio Jose de Paula (calle Merced 13): Rosario Heredia and Antonio Malena Hijo.
- 12 October, 17:30 , Peña Buena Gente: Manuel de Cantarote and Nono Jero.
- 12 October, 22:00 , Peña Tio Jose de Paula: Manuel de la Tomasa and Miguel Salado.
- 19 October, 22:00 , Peña Tio Jose de Paula: Jesus Mendez and Diego del Morao.
- 26 October, 22:00 , Peña Buena Gente: Maria Terremoto and Nono Jero.
- 26 October, 22:00 , Peña Tio Jose de Paula: Luis El Zambo and Miguel Salado.
- 09 November, 17:30 , Peña Buena Gente: Luis Moneo and Juan Ma Moneo.
I will also update this list, with a map, as information comes in. So, please do check back.
These shows are on SATURDAYS. So, save the days and lock them into your calendars! If you cannot attend all, make sure to see Los Moneos and the ones with Nono Jero from the lineage of great guitarists, Diego del Morao (also from the lineage of great guitarists), and Luis El Zambo.
Note: Children are welcome at shows. It’s normal to have children at flamenco shows here, even late at night.
Of course, for the young ones or those who cannot be silent during the performance, use your own better judgement. To the rescue: if you are coming with children to see a show at P.F. Buena Gente, there is a nice playground in the open pedestrian-only Plaza del Belen, next to P.F. Buena Gente.
Other than the above offerings and schedule from the two Peña flamenca clubs, there is the usual bars (tabancos) that offer regularly scheduled shows for locals and tourists alike. Schedules, to be added here soon. Check back!
Tabanco El Pasaje (calle Santa Maria 8, in the city center, close to the Post Office)
Tabanco a la Feria (calle Armas 5, junto del Plaza Arenal)
Tabanco Cruz Vieja (calle Barja, Barrio San Miguel… one of the 2 Barrios or neighborhoods in Jerez with strong flamenco roots).
That’s it for the autumn schedule!
If you are planning to visit southern Spain during the Holy Week (Semana Santa), you may be able to chance upon a unique form of flamenco called Saetas, exclusively sang during this time. These are religious songs in the form of chants worshiping the decorated figurines of Jesus and Mary at seemingly endless processions during a full week (April 14-21 this year, 2019). Here is where you can see Saeta in Jerez de la Frontera in Easter.