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Nothing showcases flamenco better than "cafes cantantes" but if a trip to Spain is not in your near future come to Caffe Classico on Friday, September 3 for the authentic flamenco music and dance experience you crave. Excellent food and drinks as well as live performances by some of the best local flamenco artists and a featured international flamenco star Francisco Orozco "Yiyi" make Caffe Classico your number one destination for this Labor Day weekend. Guitarist Brent Del Bianco, special guest singer, Barcelona native, Francisco Orozco "Yiyi", and dancer Mariya Tarakanova will perform on Friday, September 3, 10:30pm-12:30am, cover charge: $10.

Caffe Classico is located at 2144 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, Kentucky, on the corner of Frankfort and Clifton Avenues.  Excellent food and drinks are available and the cover charge is only $10.  Contact Caffe Classico at (502) 894-9689 or on the web at 


"It became clear that in accompanying the solo dances and performing sections of pure music, (Yiyi's) skills were exemplary. With only a splash cymbal, oversized conga and a cajón … his powerful, bone-chilling voice and incredibly fast hands riveted the audience… his playing and singing were nothing short of electrifying."

Francisco Javier Orozco "Yiyi" is a profoundly emotional and sensitive singer and amazing percussionist born in Barcelona, Spain. He has toured the world with the leading flamenco dancers and companies and is considered one of the highly sought after young flamenco singers on the scene today. Introduced to flamenco rhythms at the tender age of four by his father, flamenco singer Joselón de Jerez, Yiyi was a "child prodigy" of percussion. He began his professional career at the young age of twelve and by the age of seventeen Yiyi has released his first CD and began his first German tour with the company Flamenco Rubio. Since then he has toured throughout Europe, Japan, Taiwan, South America, the United States, and has performed at the world-renowned flamenco tablao Casa Patas in Madrid. Yiyi has performed with Compañia Flamenca Alhama, María Benitez' Teatro Flamenco, Domingo Ortega, Jose Greco II, Alejandro Granados, Serranito, Yolanda Heredia, and many others. Critics worldwide have touted Yiyi's performances as "fiery" and "riveting", his percussion techniques executed with "machine-gun speed" that possesses and "casts a spell".

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Back by popular demand - our next Fiesta Flamenca is scheduled for December 15, 2012! A perfect opportunity to share your love for Hispanic arts with friends and to introduce someone who has never experienced the beauty and passion of flamenco!ç ______________________________


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