We continue our Interview Series with an ever more varied and interesting pool of local experts right here in sunny Granada.
Juan José, a local flamenco performer and manager, and his team are a group of talented individuals that offer way more than just your simple musical entertainment at an event; you'll find violinists, Spanish guitarists, soprano singers, even magicians, pianists and of course the cream of the crop, the flamenco dancers themselves.
I love the idea of bringing in performers to an event as I remember very fondly (and with hilarity) a friend's wedding that showcased 'singing waiters' - supposed waiters at the dinner reception that suddenly burst into operatic arias and beautiful renditions of popular songs to the amazement of everyone in the room! The performance blew us away and years later, we're still all talking about it.
Read on to learn more about these Granaino performers in particular. The original interview was conducted in Spanish and that can be found below.
We kicked off the usual probing questions looking for details on Juan José's company, his background and any information we could get from him about the music scene in Granada, especially traditional flamenco. So here goes!
Concierge99: How long have you been doing music performances in Granada?
Juan José: 12 years
Concierge99: What is your favourite part of performing?
Juan José: Seeing people smile, enjoy themselves and get excited for our performances.
Concierge99: Who are your favourite types of clients?
Juan José: Any kind of customer - provided that they are respectful to other customers and to the artists that perform.
Concierge99: Sum up your team in a few words.
Juan José: We are a dynamic company, formed by dedicated professionals, who enjoy what they do, always try to satisfy the audience with high quality performances and good prices.
Concierge99: What should all travellers to Granada know about this city?
Juan José: That Granada is a very welcoming city that takes great care of its tourists. We help solve any problems and strive to integrate the city's visitors with the Granadinos living there.
Having established ourselves as bona fide Granada locals by now, we felt the need to update our original Top 5 Guide to Granada with even more insider tips on all the newly opened bars and discovered restaurants we've found during our year of this city so far.
These are spots we've discovered that are each special in their own right: Looking for a bite to eat during the siesta hours and everything seems closed? Or aching for a spot of wine tasting while learning about the local wines with a talented Sommelier? We cover it all here:
We list the necessary 'Things to Do' while you're spending time in Granada, and we're sticking by that advice, but here are some updates on those and a few others we've found in the meantime:
If you're looking for some beauty services while you're in town or a day gym pass to work off the extra calories that come with a holiday, here are the best ones we've found:
Siamac and Julieanne are avid world travellers, sun worshippers and enjoy sharing recommendations of treats they've encountered along the way. With this blog and Concierge99's Top 5 Guides, they can help you make the most of your travels, giving you an opportunity to find interesting and unique things to do wherever you are in the world.
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