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A summer of music – The festivals and concerts in Emilia-Romagna 2017

Emilia Romagna has much to tell us, and when it does so with music, listening to it is even more enjoyable both for our ears and our heart.


During the summer, this region is at its peak, and its musical waves will go all along the Via Emilia from north to south, in an explosion of genres to be enjoyed in the pleasant evening hours of summer, by the sea, in the cool air of the higher altitudes on the inland hills, and in the clubs and famous locations for gathering and enjoying music.



Let yourself be taken away by these waves which start at the Val Tidone Festival, the traveling musical festival in and around Piacenza. The festival will stop at castles, villas, buildings and squares and the most suggestive corners of Val Tidone, from Piacenza to the smaller towns, and it will host the International Music Competitions of the valley as well as many world famous musicians. Until November 25.


The area in and around Piacenza will entertain us for a whole month also with the notes of "Summertime in Jazz", a traveling festival that stops in the most lovely corners of the Val d’Arda and the Val Trebbia. From the heart of Piacenza to towns such as Bobbio, Travo, Vernasca, Vigoleno and Castell'Arquato we will be delighted by the presence of artists such as Deaf Kaki Chumpy, Tamboo Blues & Jazz Society, Ensemble Bossonconcept, Renzo Ruggieri Group and Amelia Smooth Jazz. Until August 2.


Moving not far from Piacenza, we are captivated by the notes of the "Veleia Festival at Teatro Antico". In the historic and wonderful setting of the archeological site of Veleia classic legends, through theater shows, will be interrogated by artists such as Umberto Galimberti, Alessandro Baricco, Sergio Rubini, Valeria Solarino, Angelo Branduardi, and Lella Costa, following philosophical, literary and musical tracks in evocative, one of a kind shows, accompanied by tastings of local food products. July 14, 16, 19, 21.



Always in the Emilia area, back again this year is the event Music in the Castle. 36 events with shows, concerts, chats with writers and musicians, words and music with actors, comics, artists and sports champions, which will be held in extraordinary places - fortresses, castles, historic parks, church porches and cloisters, ancient courtyards - of the areas in and around Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Cremona. Until August 26.


Parma and its Auditorium Paganini will welcome us in the cool evening hours with "Stelle Vaganti", four evenings in the company of the Filarmonica Toscanini, of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo and of the great Vinicio Capossela. June 28, July 8, 14, 20.


"Towns and Villages in Music" in the Bologna plains is a music festival with thirteen concerts that cover a range of music genres, from jazz to orchestra performances in villas, buildings, historic downtowns and splendid parks in the countryside. These events will be topped off with specially themed tastings of local products. Until July 19.



The spirit of soul and rhythm & blues will reach the Bologna Apennines to celebrate the 30th year of the great Porretta Soul Festival, which this year will celebrate also the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rufus Thomas. Citing just  few names does not express this festival that every year hosts the best of American music. There will be for sure Carla Thomas, Original James Brown Band, Willie Hightower and Scott Sharrard, Wee Willie Walker, and Anthony Paule. Also along the streets of this hot springs town there will be Street Soul Food, an exhibition of DJs playing only vintage vinyls. July 20-23.


Rock invades Modena area with the Notte Bianca del Rock in Sestola, a night of special expos and many musical groups including the cover band of the legendary Kiss. July 15.


In Ferrara the top summer event is Under The Stars, Sotto le stelle. This festival, in the heart of Piazza Castello and in the Cortile d’Onore of the Castello Estense, will look at all kinds of indie music with concerts that only play here in Italy. Musicians such as Agnes Obel, ALT-J and The Lemon Twigs, and Fleet Foxes will only perform here. July 3, 6, 19, 27.


We arrive in Romagna at the concerts in inland towns and near the beach where sound waves will mix with those of the sea.



Soul Beaches will rock us following a rhythm that comes from New Orleans and lands at the Romagna seaside. On the beaches of Porto Corsini, Marina di Ravenna, Punta Marina Terme, but also in downtown Ravenna, the best musicians of world soul are ready to take you to the roots of African American music. July 13-30.


And what is better than waiting for dawn to break on the horizon listening to sweet sounds played live in front of us? The public access beach in Cesenatico will host "Dawn Concerts" with the great performances of Nashville & Blackbones,  Ave de Paso, Cristina di Pietro Quartet, Kenneth Bailey & CMS Soul Revue, and Lovesick Duo. July 16, 23 and August 6, 15, 20.


Downtown Rimini will be hit with music at "Percuotere la Mente" (Pummel your Mind). From Great Britain to the United States, passing through Italian traditions with crossovers into folk and indie rock, there are seven events in the setting of the Corte degli Agostiniani. The prologue is with Cat Power, then Le Luci della Centrale Elettrica, The Divine Company, Billy Brag and Radical Face. There will also be tributes to the Italian singer-songwriter from Genoa, the eternal Battisti. June 7, July 4, 12, 25, 30 and August 6, 24.



Inland from Rimini, the Verucchio Music Festival, hosted in the splendid village of Valmarecchia, a Villanovan  archeological site, reaches its 33rd edition. World famous musicians will perform such as Yann Tiersen in his new show "An Evening with Yann Tiersen", Remo Anzovino and Roy Paci, Dargen D’Amico, the most original Italian rapper, Daniele Silvestri in his summer tour, the winner of two Grammy Awards and keyboardist Robert Glasper, Carmen Consoli, and Vinicio Capossela together with Marc Ribot. July 15, 18, 23, 26, 29, 30 and August 1.


Offering another chance to dive into the sea is Bellaria Igea Marina which will welcome us "On the Sand" to enjoy this musical concert series right by the sea. Pop, indie and alternative rock, especially Italian groups, will be offered by Niccolò Fabi, Levante and Moorcheeba, on stage July 14, 21, and 27, respectively.



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Last modified Jul 14, 2017

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