YOU SAY MERCADO, I SAY LET’S PARTY: Ah, markets — be they supermarkets or night markets, we people have always loved to be surrounded by bustling shows of commerce, our gathering spots of wares and wants. In open-air and walled-in shelf-castles alike, we meet, mingle, and make our lives anew with fresh opportunities for new tastes, sounds, clothes, and décor. Beginning this week and through the weekend, Santa Barbara puts her own spin on the global gathering ground with two mercados, the Fiesta favorites where food and music abound amid trinkets, goodies, and great finds.
Of course, Walmart our mercados ain’t. Though we don’t know the entire schedule for the Fiest-ivities at publication time, there are a few things we know for certain. On Wednesday, August 2, at 6 p.m., Spencer the Gardener kicks things off with his Annual Spencer the Gardener show at Casa De la Guerra’s Casa Cantina, where memories of the past meet the present. Spencer shall be a familiar sight to many in the Fiesta crowd as his sound has come to be as inextricably linked to the atmosphere of Old Spanish Days, a tradition within a tradition.
Speaking of traditions, at the Mercado de la Guerra (downtown), S.B. music aficionados will no doubt recognize many of the musical acts. Following a day of performances by some of S.B.’s best dance studios, Fiesta-goers can begin the week with the one-two punch of the Bryan Titus Trio and Alastair Greene Band, both rock-steady rockers on the S.B. scene, performing just after Spencer across the way on Wednesday. On Thursday, Elements will refresh your memory with excellent covers,…
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