The Mercè festivities and the traditional avalanche of activities, concerts and shows for adults and children each year are here. Among the enormous offer that will unfold before the people of Barcelona in the coming days – concentrated, above all, between the night of Friday and Sunday -, EL PERIÓDICO has asked the musicians Roger Mas, Clara Vinyals and Jordi Beltran to act as prescribers for a day and share with readers the quotes they won’t miss.
Roger Mas: “As a singer-songwriter, I couldn’t miss the tribute to Víctor Jara on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his murder”
The singer-songwriter from Solsona recommends three performances by La Mercè among which there is a little of everything: the tribute to Víctor Jara, the young promise Triquell (Saturday 23 on Menéndez y Pelayo street, at 9:00 p.m.) and the psychedelic folk of Remei de Ca La Fresca. “The ‘Eufòria’ thing will be a mess, a blowout and everything you want, but Triquell’s album is great. I love the production and how he takes things. What he says is right, and he’s onto something. It’s very interesting. “I would really like to see it live.” Regarding Remei from Ca La Fresca, who perform on Sunday the 24th at the Antigua Fábrica Estrella Damm at 2:00 p.m., he confesses that since they released their first album that he wants to see them. “I haven’t gotten it yet. It is an album that I love, a psychedelic folk-rock with that progressive edge, which reminds me of the artists that I have always liked, from the Barcelona ‘underground’ scene of the 70s.” And about the tribute concert to Víctor Jara on Sunday the 24th on Cathedral Avenue, at 10:00 p.m., he has no doubts either. “Víctor Jara was a martyred singer-songwriter, I don’t know if there are many more, and they murdered him both for his artistic side and for his politics. At that time, the figure of the singer-songwriter was more political than now. And I, as a singer-songwriter, could not miss this tribute on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his murder, which will include Ana Tijoux, Javiera Mera, MC Millaray, Rosó Sala and Sílvia Tomàs & rdquor;
Clara Vinyals: “Mushkaa is one of the best there is right now in the Catalan urban scene. He is young, credible and coherent”
Clara Vinyals, the singer of Renaldo & Clara, has three concerts on the Mercè agenda that she will go to see. The first is that of Johan Papaconstantino (Saturday the 23rd on Rambla del Raval at 00:30 a.m.). “He is a French musician with Greek origins who mixes electronic sounds with traditional instruments. I am especially excited about this concert, because I have listened to his music a lot and I have wanted to see it live for a long time. Nor will it be lost Mushkaa, which performs on Saturday at the Moll de la Fusta at 10:30 p.m. “I think he is one of the best emerging artists on the Catalan urban scene right now. He is very young, credible, coherent & mldr; There are many reasons to follow it.” And also on Saturday he would like to see Sexenni, who perform on Bogatell beach at 7:30 p.m. “It is a group from Lleida, with very young members who I admire a lot. “They released their first song in 2019 and I’m very excited that they are playing in more and more places.”
Jordi Beltran: “shego have lyrics that are as sharp as they are nice”
The first name of the Mercè that Jordi Beltran, Rombo’s drummer, shoots, is shego. “I have never seen them. They are a band of girls who make punk-pop-rock in Spanish and it seems to me that they have very nice melodies and lyrics that are as sharp as, I repeat, nice,” analyzes the musician. “I want to see them and dance to them,” he adds.
Beltran also points out a couple of names present at this year’s BAM Festival. One of the proposals comes from abroad: they are the Germans The Notwits. “I saw that they played at the Canela Party and I didn’t know that they existed as a band. I have an album of theirs from the beginning of 2000, when the term indietronica was invented. They are very good at making melodies,” says Beltran, curious to see what kind of concert they propose. . The drummer also bars for home and recommends Remei from Ca la Fresca, a young band from Arbúcies. “They are very young guys, with no complexes. They exchange instruments among themselves and, as the predictive keyboard would say, ‘they won’t leave you indifferent,'” he says.