Exo Bar, 403 N 6th Ave, Tucson

Join us for this special edition of Tablao Flamenco presented by Tucson Meet Yourself!

RESERVATION PAGE GOES LIVE SEPT 20th at 9:00 am (link coming soon!)

Limited General Seating - Make your suggested $10/ticket cash donation at the door OR make your donation online by becoming a SFA Member! Visit


SHOW #1 - Doors open - 5:30 pm for Performance - 6:00 - 7:00 pm

SHOW #2 - Doors open - 7:30 pm for Performance - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Featuring Special Guests Nevarez Encinias and Eloy Gonzales

with Misael Barraza, Olivia Rojas, Mele and Jason Martinez

PLEASE NOTE: Reservations will only be held until showtime, then released to waiting list audience.

Tablao Flamenco is graciously hosted by EXO BAR. Be sure to check out their amazing mezcal and coffee drinks! Learn more about this VENUE: EXO Bar

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Tablao Flamenco is an intimate and traditional setting for presenting the interaction of cante (song), baile (dance), and toque (guitar). Performing on a percussive wood platform called a tablao (tablado), artists often improvise music and movement to establish new styles and expressions. Tablao is one of the most important forms of flamenco presentation in Spain and beyond, a place to celebrate both experimentation and cultural heritage. Flamenco Tucsonense cultivates the art form here in Tucson to share a unique voice in the flamenco world.

About the ARTISTS:

Nevarez Encinias (dancer) has trained in flamenco since his early childhood. He began studying pre-professionally at the Conservatory of Flamenco Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, under the guidance of his grandmother Eva, father Joaquín, and aunt Marisol Encinias. Nevarez became an apprentice dancer in Yjastros: the American Flamenco Repertory Company in 2006. He was promoted to Corps dancer in 2014 and to Soloist dancer in 2017. In 2014, Nevarez received his BA in History of Art from Yale University, and in 2018, he received a Master of Fine Arts in Dance degree from the University of New Mexico. He has studied with a wide range of internationally-acclaimed Spanish dance artists, including Antonio Canales, Olga Pericet, Jesús Carmona, Gala Vivancos, Daniel Doña, Mercedes Ruiz, Pedro Córdoba, and Rafael Estévez and Valeriano Paños. Nevarez’s MFA thesis concert, Sensaciones y emociones, was presented at the University of New Mexico in September 2017. He currently teaches both flamenco and Modern Dance in the University of New Mexico's Dance Program, as well as at the Conservatory of Flamenco Arts.

Eloy Gonzales (guitarra) began his study of Flamenco atTierra Adentro de Nuevo México charter school in 2010 and was introduced to flamenco by American Flamenco Repertory Co. dancers Alisa Alba and Elena Osuna and company guitarist Mario Febres. Receiving a scholarship to the National Institute of Flamenco’s Conservatory of Flamenco Arts, he studied dance under Joaquin and Marisol Encinias and guitar under Ricardo Anglada. Eloy has since dedicated himself to the study of Flamenco guitar while also studying music at the University of New Mexico. He has performed nationally in theaters and festivals such as Carnegie Hall in New York and the Music in the Park festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Eloy continues his musical study with Calvin Hazen and Mario Febres.

Misael Barraza (guitarra) - Winner of numerous international guitar competitions, Misael is from Sonora, Mexico and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Arizona.

Olivia Rojas (cante) - From El Paso, Olivia is the Co-Director of Flamenco Por La Vida; she has studied music for over 15 years and is Arizona's premiere flamenco singer.

Jason Martinez (cajon/baile) - From Albuquerque, New Mexico, an American hub of flamenco art, Jason has studied percussion and dance for more than 20 years. He was an original member of Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company, and teaches flamenco in Tucson, AZ.

Melani "Mele" Martinez (baile) - With more than 35 years of dance training, Mele is a Tucson native and nationally recognized flamenco artist. She was an original member of Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company and teaches flamenco in Tucson, AZ.