What's On

Diary dates below. Please note: some of these diary dates/events may be provisional. Most excursions and events are open to non members.

Sunday 26 November 2017 - Classical Music Concert in Alcoy, Valencia Soloist Orchestra
I have to admit that I am aware of this concert in Alcoy because the conductor is a personal friend.
He conducts this concert of music by Valencia's Soloist Orchestra - they are all exceptional musicians.
Stabat Mater is one of Pergolesi's finest works, light opera. It has a graceful, peaceful and sacred quality.
Albinoni's Adagio is one of the most beautiful pieces of classical, flowing and melodic and much recognised as it has been used in films, for example, very frequently. So easy to enjoy.
Vivaldi's Gloria is also immensely popular it has a 'sunny' nature and distinctive melodies and rhythms typical of Vivaldi.
Travel to Alcoy for this concert if you can, it is much recommended. Concert starts at 7.30pm and will not finish late, not at all.

Thursday 30 November 2017 - ST ANDREW'S NIGHT PARTY - celebrate with live music
NB ... There will not be any Bagpipes at Viva Espana tonight! ... Phew!

But this evening will have a flavour and we want to celebrate Scotland. We can dine together and will hear some of the best pop songs of the last 50 years from Scottish Artists.
Dire Straits lead guitarist, Mark Knopfler, Jack Bruce of Cream, Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet, Snow Patrol, The Proclaimers - perhaps many more artists than you thought are from Scotland!

Our live entertainer is none other than Danny McRae. He is a superb musician and singer too (a few years he gave us a wonderful evening as 'Buddy Holly' and was one half of 'The Everly Brothers').
So let's join our friends from north of the border and this year celebrate their special day.I look forward to it immensely. Dress optional.......

Thursday 14 December 2017 - CHRISTMAS PARTY at Viva Espana - Tinsel & Turkey!

ALL CARDS WILL BE COLLECTED AND A DRAW WILL BE HELD. TO HAND OUT CASH PRIZES immediately to the names drawn out the hat.
150 euros first prize
100 euros second prize
50 euros third prize

Thursday 14 December 2017 - OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY SPECTACULAR!
Our Christmas Dinner Dance will be a magnificent evening.We have a truly epic show lined up.

We have booked Angie Lang to give us both parts of her artistry. Her 'Divas' show will feature songs by Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Shirley Bassey and Eva Cassidy and more modern artists like Beyonce, Cher and Adele.

But after a short break she will perform her tribute to Madonna. We are so glad that she will be with us .... and not elsewhere....... From early next year she will be entertaining on a cruise ship around the islands of Hawaii. Paul Gauguin cruise ships are very special!

We are delighted to say that to complete the evening we have the well loved duo Timewarp to fill the restaurant with lively sound and get us all dancing. Don't miss this event and incidentally the evening will have some very pleasant surprises too.

Pauline and I attended a special 'Showcase', with a couple of friends, in Benidorm a year ago. We watched and listened to many different artists, singers, bands, comedians, ventriloquists! Believe me Angie Lang was 'head and shoulders' above the rest. She is exceptional - has charm and charisma and makes it look easy too.

Thursday 4 January 2018 - NEW YEAR QUIZ and DINNER at Tasca Olivense, Oliva
This will be our first chance to have a get-together after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Of course, many of us are away from Spain but hopefully most members will be back and we can have a good number to enjoy an interesting and mildly challenging quiz with fine food.
Teams are usually four or six, but we can take teams of two, three or five too, needless to say.

Thursday 11 January 2018 - Welcome in the New Year with GREG BANNIS
This night should help us find some energy for the new year!

Greg Bannis became lead singer with the very successful group called Hot Chocolate and continued for almost 18 years. As a solo artist he performed in many countries especially Germany, but fortunately he loves being on the Costa Blanca - so we have secured him for the club.
He is a real 'showman' and entertains with energy and style the songs of his old group, the stars that inspired him and reggae too. Hope to see you.

Tuesday 16 January 2018 - TUESDAY MORNING ---- THE VITAL CLUB AGM --
.... -- TUESDAY 16th JANUARY 10.30am -- ..

Nobody likes attending meetings!! we do understand BUT this is such an important meeting.

We must have a good percentage of the membership to attend and vote, otherwise the club will break its own rules, the statutes, and another will have to be called asap! That would be a real nuisance to everybody.

There has to be some changes to the team and they need to be 'voted in'. There are the reports on the club finances too, you should be there! So come along, enjoy the refreshments and please prompt your club friends to attend too.

Decisions Are Made By Those That Turn Up !
I hope you will be one of those that support this time.

Thursday 15 February 2018 - Karen Noble entertains us for our St Valentine's Night Party
Our Live Music, Dinner and Dance for St Valentine's Night will be on Thursday 15th February. KAREN NOBLE back by popular demand.

I am delighted to announce that we have Karen returning with another selection from the wonderful music, the songs from the Musicals. I doubt that there is a finer artist to hear perform these complex, emotional, rich and beautiful songs in the whole of Spain. After a short beak we will have the other side to Karen's talent (and her own love!) the songs we love to dance to - but to 'sit it out' is fine too! Do come to see and hear and absorb this show, enjoy the company, the dinner and the truly gorgeous music with your fellow club members.

Thursday 22 March 2018 - ROD STEWART a tribute by the best - David John
...... -- TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT! -- .....
Sir Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. He has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top ten, six of which gained the number 1 position.
Rod the Mod was a keen footballer but made music his career in 1963 and had his first No. 1 hit album in 1971.
David John has an uncanny resemblance to Sir Rod and his close rendition to the many pop standards is exciting and encourages us to join in the chorus!
I know that this show will be very popular, don’t miss it!

Thursday 19 April 2018 - The Superb CHARLENE DEVLIN with DIVAS of POP
Charlene will give us a fantastic evening with her rendition of the big songs, the memorable huge hits from a dozen big international names. Cher, Shania Twain,Shirley Bassey, Dusty, Kate Bush, Gloria Estefan, Adele, Carly Simon, The Carpenters and more... POWER BALLADS, LOVE SONGS & ROCK 'n' ROLL - DIVAS on FIRE !
Charlene's voice has a great range and is powerful yet smooth on the ear, she really does have real musicality. Charlene has been with us twice before (remember 'Sister Act'?) and is looking forward to seeing us all - I am much looking forward to seeing and hearing her.
This will be another terrific night, I guarantee. Come and hear for yourself!

Thursday 24 May 2018 - THE PHIL COLLINS EXPERIENCE by Rob Lewis.
Against All Odds, In The Air Tonight, Take A Look At Me Now, Another Day in Paradise, One More Night.
Many more, more songs were huge international hits for Phil Collins and then there were all the winners from the band called Genesis.
Rob Lewis bears a real resemblance to his hero and has been a professional singer for more than 10 years. In 2005 Rob was a winner of ITV’s Stars in Their Eyes which brought him a thank you letter from Phil Collins himself!
Don’t miss this evening of the up-beat, melodic and easy to enjoy (and romantic) music performed live by Rob Lewis. This will be a great night. I do hope you can be there.

Thursday 21 June 2018 - THE RAT PACK and TOM JONES Double Show
Jim McMail has a seriously beautiful, rich, powerful and warm voice. He has an uncanny ability to capture the essence of those three guys Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Junior and Frank Sinatra. But further his tribute to Sir Tom Jones is superb too. The sounds, the style and charisma of four performers of world renown.
Cancel everything else and come to this show! You will love it.

Thursday 19 July 2018 - CLUB BBQ at EL EDEN, Oliva with THE STONED BAND
The club BBQ at El Eden's 'Chill Out' Lounge.

This will be a superb BBQ in that special and exotic feeling location but what is more .... we have an extra special treat with the music of the Stones played live on the terrace with us. Which is your favourite song? Satisfaction, Brown Sugar, Ruby Tuesday, Paint It Black, Get Off My Cloud, Under My Thumb, Its All Over Now.
We can hear them all! The Stoned band exciting and talented and lead singer Francis is surely more handsome than Mick....?

Thursday 20 September 2018 - -------- THE BLUES BROTHERS EXPERIENCE ---------
The Blues Brothers Experience
The film the Blues Brothers was centred around two brothers - Elwood and Jake Blues immediately after Jake’s release from prison. They were raised in an orphanage and become determined to save it from closure by re-forming their band to earn the money. The chaotic scenes as they are chased by police and gangsters whilst trying to perform makes this a brilliant comedy film with cult status. Their rock and roll is exhilarating.
Blues Brothers Experience Benidorm make a fantastic show the music is terrific and their sense of fun infectious. Derek and David are hugely entertaining, full of the energy and musical ability of the originals and have achieved considerable acclaim in Spain.
Their show will make you smile, laugh out loud, dance, shout, wave and clap. They are one of the most unique and best acts to see in this part of Spain. Recommended most strongly. We Need You, You, You !!

Thursday 18 October 2018 - He's Back! ELVIS! An unmissable Show with Timewarp Duo too
We are thrilled to announce that we have secured a visit from Simon Patrick with his extraordinary tribute to Elvis Presley. He is a phenomenal performer ask anybody who saw him here in April 2016. Winner of the Best European Elvis Award in Las Vegas, Simon has made appearances over much of Europe.

This will be a spectacular evening and we have our charismatic and talented friends Timewarp Duo to provide a full evening of superb entertainment and dance music. I do hope all members can see this show.

Thursday 15 November 2018 - GEORGE MICHAEL the finest Tribute with Timewarp too
Careless Whisper, A Different Corner, Jesus To A Child, I Can’t Make You Love Me, Amazing, Praying For Time, Faith, You Have Been Loved, Outside, Fast Love ...... and dozens more by the late George Michael.

On his death the BBC stated that he was a pop superstar and philanthropist, with good looks, fine singing voice and song writing skills and fantastic stage presence. But George Michael was a flawed genius and his personal problems were well documented but the beautiful and clever music written with meaning from the heart will remain.

James Bermingham
Some years ago on our first cruise holiday one night in the theatre there was a singer, a tribute to George Michael. I wasn’t that interested – as we had all of George’s albums - how could this guy on our cruise ship match the CDs played at home on our Hi-Fi ?
But, was I wrong. The artist was totally brilliant – with the looks, style and voice of George at his peak, at his very best. I was ‘blown away’.

After three years of trying we can at last bring that performer to the GASC. James Bermingham lives in Ireland but will be with us on this night.

James has being performing his Tribute since 2009, he is also an accomplished musician and studio engineer & music producer. He has performed extensively throughout Europe and Australia.
This will be a night with George’s beautiful songs sung with excitement, drama and emotion, I cannot recommend anything more strongly. With Timewarp Duo too to complete the evening!

Thursday 13 December 2018 - CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE PARTY
Liverpool’s Cavern Club comes to the GASC!
It was the mid 1960s and the wealth of groups from Liverpool with their infectious songs will never be forgotten!
The focal point for the music was the Cavern Club. So for our entertainment on this night we have the terrific Starbeats band playing live for us the songs of Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Searchers, Bill J Kramer, The Beatles and loads more.

The dinner will be a traditional succulent Turkey dinner but there will be alternatives.
The evening will have a host of extras including our free draw (for members) with cash prizes amounting to 300 euros.

This will be super evening to be at your club, with your friends and so many friendly faces. Don’t miss it!


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The Committee would like to remind members of the dress code for the Thursday evening dinners. Smart Casual Wear, no Shorts, Vests or T-shirts. However in the months of June, July and August smart shorts will be acceptable.

Also: all outside events and activities are undertaken at your own risk.

For more info on any of these events or other club matters contact moc.liamg@sgnikoobCSAG