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Where to find live jazz, rock and Greek music on Mykonos

Vocalist and saxophonist Giuseppe Fabris makes frequent live appearances in Mykonos, including Tuesday and Friday nights this summer at Vinos wine bar. Check out the video (above) to watch him perform to the backdrop of a magnificent Mykonos sunset.

 

Sun, sea & sax: Although most people associate Mykonos with frenzied beach parties and a vibrant dusk-to-dawn club and bar scene boasting music by top Greek and international DJs, musical entertainment on the island isn’t limited to dance, house, techno and hip hop.

Visitors can enjoy live jazz, rock and Greek music, too, at performances presented by some of the island’s bars and restaurants on a regular basis during the summer tourist season.

 

 

I post promotional flyers for many of these events in my directory of Mykonos party events for 2016,  but I’m launching this separate list of “alternative” music shows and performances since many people think that article is devoted only to DJ appearances at dance and party venues.

Please click at the bottom of this post to turn to page 2, you’ll find flyers for jazz, rock, Greek and other music events taking place during August 2016. 

 

Dionisis Sxoinas appearance at 4711 nightclub Mykonos

Located in Mykonos Town, 4711 is a live Greek music venue open nightly during the summer. Some of the club’s regular feature entertainers include Dionisis Sxoinas as well as  the duo Nancy Alexiadi and Tilemachos Zeis.

 

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Cyclades islands celebrate summer with festivals for food & wine, arts & literature, culture & sports

International Festival of the Aegean

A promotional poster for the 10th Annual International Festival of the Aegean taking place July 6 to 19 in Ermoupoli on Syros island.

 

Food & culture fests: I love travelling to Greek islands during low season, particularly in the spring, but that means I always miss out on major cultural and gastronomical celebrations that are held only during the summer.

Just in the Cyclades group of islands this month alone, a wide variety of food & wine festivals, painting & photography shows, arts & literature events and fun sport competitions will be taking place on Antiparos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Schinoussa, Serifos and Syros.

(Cultural events abound in other island groups, too, and of course there are scores of religious festivals throughout the country, many of which take place during the summer. But those are topics I’ll cover in future posts.)

Below is an outline of just a few of the festivities you can check out if you happen to be island hopping in the Cyclades between this weekend and the end of September. You’re in for a big surprise if you thought the Greek islands were only about picturesque villages, beautiful sandy beaches and gorgeous scenery!

 Click on the 2 in the link below to continue reading about activities on Antiparos, Santorini, Naxos, Paros, Schinoussa, Syros, Serifos and Mykonos.

 

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A music video trip to Mykonos

 Mykonos is the latest YouTube music video release by Greek singer/entertainer Dionysis Sxoinas

 

Mykonos highlights: Scenes from one of my favourite Greek islands brought back fond memories when I watched the music video for Mykonos, a new song by Greek entertainer Dionysis Sxoinas.  The video takes viewers on a virtual tour of Mykonos Town, including the Little Venice seafront and the trademark Mykonos windmills, as well as to a gorgeous seaview infinity pool at a private hilltop villa. If you’ve never been to Mykonos before, have a look at the 3.5-minute clip. It will give you an excellent impression of what picturesque Mykonos Town looks like — the camera follows model Alexandra Nikolaou while she strolls down some of the narrow streets and lanes in the heart of the scenic Cycladic town.

 

Hang on! Handpan player Spyros Pan performing in live concerts across the Cyclades this summer

Spyros Pan concert poster

Promotional poster for the Spyros Pan Hang Solo Concerts this weekend at the Magaya Beach Restaurant in the Paros port town of Paroikia

 

Cyclades tour: If you’re looking for good food and some unusual musical entertainment on Paros island this weekend, the Magaya Beach Restaurant in Paroikia has just the ticket — two live concerts by hang and handpan player Spyros Pan.

In case you’re wondering exactly what a “hang” and “handpan” are (I’ll admit I had a vague idea, but still had to do a Google search to find out for certain), they are percussion musical instruments related to the steel drums from Trinidad. (Detailed information, photos, audio samples and videos of both instruments can be found on David Kuckhermann’s fascinating World Percussion website, Framedrums.)

The two Spyros Pan performances in Paros are scheduled for 8 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.  The Magaya Beach Restaurant is situated on Souvlia beach, which is just a short distance southwest of Paroikia.

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Music fest at Crete’s Matala beach this weekend

Matala Beach Festival website photo of Matala Beach on the southern coast of Crete

This photo of Matala Beach on the southern coast of Crete appears on the Matala Beach Festival website. The 3rd annual music event is underway this weekend.

 

Hippy haven: A southern Crete beach made famous by the hippies during the 1960s and 70s will be rocking with music from that era — and the years since — all weekend long.

The 3rd annual Matala Beach Festival started yesterday and runs until Monday at legendary Matala Beach, with 40 concerts scheduled to take place on four stages over the course of the weekend.

 

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A minstrel in Mykonos Town

A bouzouki player entertains tourists in the Kastro area of Mykonos Town while one of the Mykonos pelicans preens behind him

Musician Andreas Tsironis plays the bouzouki while one of the island’s famous pelicans preens on the wall behind him in the Kastro area of Mykonos Town

 

 

Tunes for tourists: Cruise ship passengers who headed for the Kastro area of Mykonos Town in hopes of seeing one of the famous Mykonos pelicans, as well as the iconic Paraportiani Church, got a triple treat while visiting the island recently.

They not only got to see both the church and one of the popular birds in the same place, but they also got to enjoy some live musical entertainment at the same time, courtesy of a local bouzouki busker.

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Greece celebrating European Music Day on Friday with free concerts at 28 city & island locations

Paros Park Poster

A European Music Day promotional poster for evening events taking place June 21 at the Paros Park near Naoussa on Paros island. Paros is one of 28 Greek cities and islands hosting concerts and activities for the annual event.

 

 

Solstice songfest: Greece will face the music Friday as more than 28 different city and island locations across the country celebrate European Music Day with over 200 free music events and performances in public venues.

More than 2,000 professional and amateur musicians will take to the stage in streets, squares, parks theaters and transportation stations throughout the country to perform a wide variety of music genres, including classical, folk, jazz, rock and hip hop.

Participating locations include Agios Dimitrios (Attica), Agrinio, Athina, Amaliada, Filipiada, Didimoticho, Edessa, Domokos, Drama, Iraklio (Crete), Thessaloniki, Kavala, Kallithea (Attica), Komotini, Kithira, Kos, Moschato-Tavros (Attica), Larisa, Livadia, Naxos, Xanthi, Paros, Preveza, Salamina, Santorini, Serres, Veria and Volos.

 

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