Sights and sounds of Spain coming to The Grotto

This Thursday, members of the Comox Valley-based flamenco troupe Esencia Flamenca will perform live at The Grotto

If you missed out on Esencia Flamenca’s show that sold out the Zocalo Café two weeks ago, another opportunity is near to enjoy the sights and sounds of Spain.

This Thursday, members of the Comox Valley-based flamenco troupe will perform live at the Union Street Grill’s The Grotto. The event is one in a series of different concerts being presented by the Elevate the Arts team as part of downtown Courtenay’s ongoing Winterfest celebrations. The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. and admission is by donation.

Mexican-born vocalist/guitarist Oscar Robles Diaz has been described by the Elevate the Arts team as a ‘guitarist extraordinaire,’ When invited to give a concert at the Grotto, he arranged to have vocalist Britt Bowman and dancer Tomomi Ozaki share the stage with him as special guests.

A multi-talented dancer, Ozaki is teacher and founder of the Comox Valley Flamenco Studio in Fanny Bay. She has been dancing flamenco for going on 20 years now, and her dedication to the art form is notable in her stunning performances.

Though not authentically from Spain, this locally based trio delivers a passion for flamenco that is straight from the heart, engaging and inspired. They are excited to perform for the first-time at the Grotto, a casual tapas bar that is very appropriately named to host a flamenco show.

The definition of the word ‘grotto’ means cave, and it so happens that in places like Granada, Spain — one important birthplace of flamenco — the historic art form was first developed and performed in the famed Sacromonte Gypsy caves.

The Grotto is located at 477 Fifth St. in Courtenay. For more information or to make reservations, call The Grotto at 250-897-0081.

— Buleria Productions

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