A Passion for Vinyl

Stepping into Data Records 93 on Via de’ Neri feels a little like being transported to another age, with its pink-and-purple psychedelic interior and thousands of CDs and vinyl records lining the walls. Today the shop remains a haven for music lovers and collectors of rare records alike. Its collection of valuable and eclectic records …

Rex Hosts Martera’s House’n’Roll

Breaking barriers between different styles of music is DJ’s Leo Martera formula for his Saturday night at Rex bar. The idea came when Martera noticed that one-musical-theme nights were beginning to bore people after a while. Thus came the intuition to mix not just songs, but also styles of music. And it worked, making Saturday …

The Port of Florentine Musicians Jazz and Traditional Italian Music at the Porto di Mare Club

As with any port, Porto di Mare-Eskimo is synonymous with exchange, correspondence, and coming and going. This year the club has an important novelty: courses of the typical Italian dance, the tarantella, will take place on Friday nights. Porto di Mare’s focus on live music and cultural exchange is one that the man who started …

Dave Matthews to Play Live on Oct. 18

The Dave Matthews Band will be performing at the Mandela Forum of Florence on Oct. 18. The concert will start at 8 p.m., with tickets costing from 46 to 69 euros. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketone.it. The concert continues the band’s experiment from their tour last year, with shows consisting of two concerts in …

The Florence International Choir Festival

The fourth edition of the Florence International Choir Festival is presenting in July three free concerts, one in the Salone dei Cinquecento, one in Sant’Apollonia auditorium in Via San Gallo, and one in the Santa Croce Church. Organised by the Ensemble San Felice, an internationally renowned vocal and instrumental group that has been performing all …

Puccini Festival Returns

The 61st edition of the Puccini Festival is taking place in Torre del Lago, a small town near Viareggio in the province of Lucca, at the Great Open Air Theater. The Festival will present four operas by Puccini including Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, and Trittico. Torre del Lago has a particular meaning to Puccini’s history. …

Pistoia Blues

The Pistoia Blues festival is back for the 36th edition from July 1 to 24. Established in 1980 as the first Italian music festival dedicated to blues music, this year the festival honors blues legend BB King, who died last May and was one of the big stars to appear most frequently on the stage …

Lucca Summer Festival Returns

The 18th annual Lucca Summer Festival is back starting July 1 and lasting throughout the entire month. The festival, which takes places inside the city walls of Lucca at the Piazza Napoleone, consists of 13 concerts by musicians of different genres. This edition is rich of important names. Bob Dylan will be starting off the …