Sun Star Magazine: University of Alaska, Fairbanks

October 21, 2010

Spanish dancers liven up UAF Pub

By Jamie Hazlett

Sun Star Reporter

A performer with Calo Flamenco dances at the Pub on Friday the 8th.

 

A $20 cover charge was not enough to keep people from packing the UAF Pub, Friday, Oct. 8 for the Spanish dance group Calo Flamenco.  Urged on by many ‘olé!’s, ‘bravo!’s, and the occasional cry of ‘agua!’, Calo Flamenco pounded across the stage for two hours, each footfall amplified by floor-level microphones.  The event was the first ever put on by the Fairbanks Concert Association (FCA) at the UAF Pub, and the turnout was described as “great” by Cori Anthony, FCA Vice President, and “good” by Kris Hill, Cajon (drum) player.

Larry Lowe, webmaster for the FCA, saw his first flamenco performance by Calo Flamenco at the Blue Loon earlier in the week.  “I didn’t know this was on my bucket list until I saw it for the first time,” he said.  “It was off the radar.  You didn’t know…These guys are incredible.”  Speaking about the Pub itself, Lowe added that “this is the best stage they’ve had.  This is a hot crowd…they’re gonna burn the house down tonight.”

When asked how he was enjoying Fairbanks, Hill said it was “beautiful…I’d love to come in the summer.”

Guitarist Chris Burton Jácome told the crowd that if “you guys all show up like this, we’ll be back,” a statement that was met by cheers.

“We take your time seriously,” Jácome told the audience later on.  “That’s why we work so hard.”


A performer with Calo Flamenco dances at the Pub on Friday the 8th.
Marielena Jácome with Calo Flamenco dances at the Pub on Friday the 8th.

 

Marielena Jácome dances with Calo Flamenco, accompanied by (from left) dancer and artistic director Martín Gaxiola, dancer Bernadette Gaxiola, singer Olivia Rojas and guitarist Chris Burton Jácome.
Marielena Jácome dances with Calo Flamenco, accompanied by (from left) dancer and artistic director Martín Gaxiola, dancer Bernadette Gaxiola, singer Olivia Rojas and guitarist Chris Burton Jácome.

 

Calo Flamenco's artistic director Martín Gaxiola dances Friday night at the Pub. Behind him from left are dancer Bernadette Gaxiola, singer Olivia Rojas and guitarist Chris Burton Jácome.
Calo Flamenco’s artistic director Martín Gaxiola dances Friday night at the Pub. Behind him from left are dancer Bernadette Gaxiola, singer Olivia Rojas and guitarist Chris Burton Jácome.

 

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