Flamenco & Paella Night

Sunday, February 4th, 5pm

 

Don't miss this exciting and one of a kind flamenco event this year!

 

Set in the historic Smyrna Firehouse, the event will include traditional Spanish paella and live flamenco show featuring two flamenco guitarists, Daniel Benitez Perez and Carlos Pacheco, as well as dancer Ania La Candela, and Jerry Fields on drums and percussion. The show is unplugged and allows you to enjoy flamenco in its most intimate and traditional form.

 

$50 gets you a chance to see this unique and intimate show as well as paella. The event is BYOB, so you are welcome to bring a beverage of your choice.

 

Old Smyrna Firehouse

2889 Alexander Street

Smyrna, GA 30080

 

 Dance

Ania "La Candela" 

Guitars

Daniel Benitez Perez 

Carlos Pacheco

 Percussion/ drums

Jerry Fields

   

Tickets (below): $50 (includes paella)

Menu: PAELLA MIXTA / MIXED MEAT AND SEAFOOD PAELLA 

Valencia's Bomba rice, shrimp, clams or mussels, calamari, pork tenderloin, chorizo Riojano, extra virgin olive oil, saffron from Castilla-La Mancha, pimenton de La Vera and sofrito are among the main ingredients.





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Carlos Pacheco playing guitar

About the chef:

Paella will be prepared by Alejandro Montes-Granada,  the owner and executive chef of The Spaniard with more than 20 years of experience making paellas. He was born in Gijon, Asturias in Northern Spain Alejandro the foundation of his learning comes from experience from traveling throughout Spain and cooking for loved ones. His knowledge of traditional Spanish cuisine developed primarily from his childhood and from his mother, Maria Asuncion, who according to Alejandro, is the best cook in the world and in observing and helping his father, Luis, cook paellas in an open fire on the banks of the Tajo River.


Daniel Benitez Perez

 

Born in Rota, a town in the province of Cadiz, Spain, Daniel Benitez Perez obtained accredited degree in music, majoring in guitar, at the Professional Conservatory of Music "Joaquin Villatoro" in Jerez de la Frontera, as well as, studied at the Higher Conservatory of Music "Manuel Castillo" in Seville. While living in Jerez, Daniel studied flamenco guitar with renowned flamenco guitarists Manuel Lozano "El Carbonero" and Pedro Carrasco Romero “Periquín Niño Jero”. Some of the places Daniel has performed include Villamarta Theater in Jerez, Flamenco Festival in Jerez, Trebujena Festival in Trebujena, Spain, Summer Concert Series in Malaga, as well as Christmas Concerts in Ramstein, Germany. 

Carlos Pacheco 

 

Carlos Pacheco is a guitarist and composer. He started learning guitar at the age twelve as a self-taught until years later when he studied Composition and Classical Guitar at the Music Department of the University of Puerto Rico. His first steps into the world of flamenco guitar were ushered by the Spanish guitarist and singer Antonio Carmona "el Pichuli" in Puerto Rico, as well as Fernando Moreno in Jeréz de la Frontera. He has been active in the flamenco scene in Puerto Rico since doing countless performances throughout the island and participated in activities abroad such as the Latin Fever Ball in Atlanta, Georgia. He performed with the Catalan singer Marina Rosell and the renowned singer Rafael Ojeda Rojas Falete in his last performances on the island. He has participated in several record productions and is currently working on his first solo album.

Jerry Fields

 

Known as a total percussionist, Jerry Fields performs regularly in Atlanta and throughout the southeast on drumset, timpani, marimba and various world percussion instruments. A Summit Jazz recording artist (Ted Howe Trio), Mr. Fields is featured on the group’s critically acclaimed recording Ellington as well as Elton Exposed. A passion for Latin jazz led to the formation of Vecinos del Mundo (Neighbors of The World) with Fields serving as music director. A world percussionist at heart, Jerry has performed with a growing number of flamenco artists including Guitarists: Arturo Martinez, Ricardo Diaz, Luis Linares “el Tiburon”, Christian Puig and John Lawrence. Dancers: Antonio Vargas, Manolo Punto, Barbara Brenton Antonio Hidalgo and Ulrika Frank. Singers: Alfonso Cid, Marija Temo and Javier Heredia. Jerry is also actively performing with Greek, Kleezmer, Arabic and African ensembles.

The Old Smyrna Firehouse

"In 2012, I found the property while looking for a site to build my house, but I had no idea what the ruins of the building once were (thankfully, neither did anyone else). Kudzu had taken over much of the property, hiding its real identity. I made the developer an offer he couldn’t refuse (he needed the money) and began my research to learn what the building originally looked like." says Robert, the owner, and renovator of the Old Smyrna Firehouse.

 

To learn more about this historic venue visit: oldsmyrnafirehouse.com

What is paella?

Paella is a centuries-old traditional rice dish from Spain. It is part of the fiber of Spanish life and the product of many generations of fine eating. The native land of paella is Valencia, Spain. Paella is not Uncle Ben's rice which lobster, chicken and clams have been strewn on top to give a pretty appearance and to disguise the rice. Paella is most certainly not one dish, it is endless dishes made with almost any ingredient. It is a technique for making many rice dishes that are generally united by the eye-catching paella pan in which they cook and by their cooking method. The flavor depends on the ingredients that are combined with the rice and from which the rice soaks up its flavors. Paella marries the robust Mediterranean flavors of olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, and peppers with rice, broth, and meat, fish, or vegetables to create a healthy grain-based meal that will gratify the senses and be the centerpiece for exciting entertainment.

In the words of Placido Domingo, "Paella is the magnificent rice dish from my native Spain. It is the quintessential dish of Spain, a veritable symphony of colors and flavors that delights both the eye and the palate."