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Pueblos Blancos Music Festival 2023: A Cultural and Musical Experience in the Heart of Andalusia

The 6th edition of the Pueblos Blancos Music Festival will be Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, July 30, 2023! Great music in spectacular settings! Fantastic national & international bands, playing in breathtakingly beautiful, ancient, mountain villages in southern Spain! Free entry!

Scroll down for the list of concert venues, times and dates for the Pueblos Blancos Music Festival 2023

The Pueblos Blancos Music Festival is a four-day festival that takes place in the Serranía de Ronda and Sierra de Grazalema in Andalusia, Spain. The festival features a mix of blues, country, rock, pop, and jazz music, and it is a great way to experience a diverse range of music and culture.

Pueblos Blancos Music festival 2023

The festival is free to attend, and it is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. The festival is also a great way to experience the local food and wine, and to explore the beautiful villages of the Serranía de Ronda and the Sierra de Grazalema.

Past festivals have featured a wide variety of international and local bands. In 2022, the festival featured bands from Spain, the United States, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

Here are some of the reasons why you should attend the Pueblos Blancos Music Festival 2023
  • The festival is free to attend!
  • The festival features a wide variety of music genres, so there is something for everyone.
  • The festival is held in the beautiful Serranía de Ronda and Sierra de grazalema, some of the most scenic parts of Andalusia.
  • The festival is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
  • The festival is a great way to experience the local food and wine.
Pueblos Blancos Music Festival
Lineups and concerts

The lineup may change (Check here: https://pueblosblancosmf.org) but here are the villages and concert times for the Pueblos Blancos Music Festival 2023

Thursday July 27th Montejaque (20:30 – 01:00)
  • Picky Pressure (Serranía de Ronda, ES)
  • Neon Signs (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Kev Bev (Austin, TX)
  • Deann René (Austin, TX)
  • Tangerine Flavor (Madrid, ES)
  • Donovan Keith (Austin, TX)
Thursday July 27th Ronda (20:30 – 01:00)
  • Colin Clark (Austin, TX)
  • Blueroomess (Barcelona, Es)
  • John Duer & The Blues Freaks (Texas/Toledo, ES)
  • Brock Bushong & the Still Shakes (Austin, TX)
  • Nautical Nation (Kerrville, TX)
Friday July 28th Ronda (20:30 – 01:00)
  • Neon Signs (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Kev Bev (Austin, TX)
  • Deann René (Austin, TX)
  • Donovan Keith (Austin, TX)
  • Tangerine Flavor (Madrid, ES)
Friday July 28th Montejaque (20:30 – 01:00)
  • Ciudadano Fo (Malaga, ES)
  • Lu’Ami (Brighton, UK)
  • Cowboy Diplomacy (Austin, TX)
  • El Negri (Madrid, ES)
  • Blueroomess (Barcelona, Es)
  • Colin Clark (Austin, TX)
Friday July 28th Grazalema (21:00-1:00)
  • Nautical Nation (Kerrville, TX)
  • Charlie Garcia (Mission, TX)
  • Beth Morris (London, UK)
  • Brock Bushong & the Still Shakes (Austin, TX)
  • Los Widow Makers (Madrid, Es)
Friday 28th July 28 Villaluenga del Rosario (20:00-0:00)
  • Jack King Noir (Forssa, Finland)
  • Picky Pressure (Serranía de Ronda, ES)
  • John Duer & The Blues Freaks (Texas/Toledo, ES)
  • Zarigüeyas (Segovia, ES)
Saturday July 29 Ronda (20:30 – 01:00)
  • Charlie Garcia (Mission, TX)
  • Los Widow Makers (Madrid, ES)
  • Cowboy Diplomacy (Austin, TX)
  • Beth Morris (London, UK)
  • El Negri (Madrid, ES)
Saturday afternoon July 29th Montejaque (12:30 ~15:30)
  • John Duer & The Blues Freaks (Texas/Toledo, ES)
  • Music of the Grateful Dead
  • Charlie Garcia (Mission, TX)
Saturday night July 29 Montejaque (20:30 – 01:00)
  • Jack King Noir (Forssa, Finland)
  • Zarigüeyas (Segovia, ES)
  • Nautical Nation (Kerrville, TX)
  • Brock Bushong & the Still Shakes (Austin, TX)
Saturday July 29 Grazalema (21:00-1:00)
  • Picky Pressure (Serranía de Ronda, ES)
  • Lu’Ami (Brighton, UK)
  • Ciudadano Fo (Malaga, ES)
  • Neon Signs (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Kev Bev (Austin, TX)
  • Donovan Keith (Austin, Tx)
Saturday July 29 Villaluenga del Rosario (20:00-0:00)
  • Tangerine Flavor (Madrid, ES)
  • Deann René (Austin, TX)
  • Colin Clark (Austin, TX)
  • Blueroomess (Barcelona, Es)
Sunday afternoon July 30th Montejaque (12:30 ~15:30)
  • Colin Clark (Austin, TX)
  • Deann René (Austin, TX)
  • Kev Bev y Amigos
Sunday night July 30th Montejaque (20:30 – 01:00)
  • Charlie Garcia (Mission, TX)
  • Brock Bushong & the Still Shakes (Austin, TX)
  • Beth Morris (London, UK)
  • Joao (Mozambique)
  • Los Widow Makers (Madrid, Es)
  • El Negri (Madrid, ES)

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Pueblos Blancos Music Festival

The 5th edition of this popular series of international rock music concerts known as the Pueblos Blancos Music Festival took place at the end of July 2022. Interrupted for two years by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2022 festival was eagerly anticipated by locals and visitors alike.

The series of concerts took place over four days and nights in Montejaque and two in the white villages of Grazalema, Ronda and Villaluenga del Rosario and was organised by Juan Castro (Montejaque), Josu Camacho (Madrid) and Philip Plata (Austin) via the Fundación Sierra de Libar, a local charity foundation.

60 bands from as far afield as Austin, Texas, Barcelona, Cádiz, Canada, Finland, France and Madrid made up the roll call. The musicians paid their own travel expenses but were provided with board and lodging free of charge by the councils of the four villages involved. They were not paid for their appearances. However, the artistes viewed the festival as a great shop window for their music. One band, Joe King Carrasco, has attended all five festivals to date, but many, such as The History Department, Robin Mordecai and Civas were making their debuts. To a man and woman they all intend to return in 2023, stay for longer and maybe pick up paid gigs on the Costa del Sol, or in bigger cities with a vibrant music scene, once the local festival is over. Indeed, some of the bands this time went on to play gigs in Estepona, Marbella, Madrid, Chinchón, Logroño and Santander.

The aim of the festival is to bring together musicians and the public for meetings and cultural exchanges. This proved to be the case, particularly for me. I was based in Montejaque and had the great pleasure to get to know most of the musicians who played there. Several Texas bands took to drinking tinto de verano on my recommendation as an alternative to the dreadful Cruzcampo, which they swore is worse than the atrocious Budweiser, ubiquitous in the USA.

As well as attending most sessions in Montejaque, I also went to Ronda for the Saturday night session. Performed in the open-air Greek-style theatre, Auditorio Blas Infante, with its stunning mountain backdrop and the setting sun, this was a spectacle and a half. The acoustics were perfect and the atmosphere was buzzing.

My personal favourite bands were Blueroomess (Barcelona), Civas (Madrid), The Del Valle Trustees (Austin), Donovan Keith (Austin), The History Department (Austin), Robin Mordecai (Austin), Sefo (Cadiz), Los Widowmakers (Madrid), and two acts which were totally different, Country and Western duo The Chisum Cattle Company (Madrid) and Jack King Noir, a solo Blues slide guitarist from Finland. There were several jam sessions where musicians who didn’t know each other played remarkable music together. During the final jam session in Montejaque , there was a guest appearance by 14-year-old Diego from England on guitar and drums. We hope he’ll be back next year.

Paul Whitelock

Paul Whitelock is a retired former languages teacher, school inspector and translator, who emigrated to the Serranía de Ronda in 2008, where he lives with his second wife, Rita. He spends his time between Montejaque and Ronda eating, doing DIY, gardening, writing and managing his portfolio of holiday rentals.

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