Seattle-based flamenco artist Savannah Fuentes brings her art form back to Port Townsend this Sunday and Tuesday and to Sequim on Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy of Savannah Fuentes)

Seattle-based flamenco artist Savannah Fuentes brings her art form back to Port Townsend this Sunday and Tuesday and to Sequim on Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy of Savannah Fuentes)

Flamenco returns to Peninsula

Concerts scheduled in Port Townsend, Sequim

Savannah Fuentes could have stayed home this summer. The Seattle flamenco dancer and singer could have continued to practice her art, post videos on social media, and wait until fall, perhaps, to step back onto a stage.

But when she talked with venue managers in places such as Port Townsend, Bellingham and Sequim, Fuentes learned she could give performances — with safety protocols including social distancing — and do what she believes she’s put on Earth to do.

Fuentes, alongside Spanish flamenco guitarist-singer Diego Amador Jr., will present “Flores de Verano: Flamenco en Vivo,” three times on the North Olympic Peninsula in the coming week:

• Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Eaglemount Winery-Cidery, 1893 S. Jacob Miller Road, Port Townsend, with tickets ranging from $35 to $60 for adults and $15 for children at

• Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Eaglemount Winery-Cidery, with tickets at

• Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim; tickets at Information is also found at

“I can’t believe the outpouring of support in Port Townsend,” Fuentes said earlier this week, adding Sunday’s show is nearly sold out.

Booking this tour, which includes Ilwaco, Astoria, Ore., Lake Chelan, Aberdeen, Poulsbo and Friday Harbor, was nerve-racking, Fuentes said. But she and Amador traveled widely before the pandemic, and learned they are well-matched as artists.

“His singing is the real deal,” she said. “He is from a Roma family from the south of Spain. I’m so blessed to have this young, wonderful artist,” who is bringing his first CD with him on the tour.

Fuentes, who is of Puerto Rican and Irish descent, has studied flamenco since she was a teenager growing up in the Pacific Northwest. She considers the art form a lifelong endeavor, and has worked with noted artists including Guadiana, Joaquin Grilo, Eva Yerbabuena, El Farru and Isabel Bayon; she credits Maestra Sara de Luis as her most significant mentor.

Now as before the pandemic, Fuentes seeks to bring flamenco to places where people might not otherwise experience it.

After a year of confinement and self-reflection, she said it’s scary to go back onstage; flamenco is highly athletic. With Amador, though, the forthcoming performances will have “a lot of soul, a lot of good vibes. We’ve spent enough time together; we have a good friendship,” she said.

“We’ve all been through this crazy experience,” Fuentes added.

With dance, song and guitar, “we create this time and space that are even more special.”


Jefferson County senior reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected]

More in Entertainment

Mike Biskup, who has an exhibition in the Peninsula College PUB Gallery, also shows work at his booth on Water Street in Port Townsend. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
Biskup solo exhibition to be featured at Peninsula College

Artist Mike Biskup’s solo exhibition, “Carcinosinum’s Magic,” will be… Continue reading

"The Covid Corvid" by Peggy St. George will be displayed in the Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect” exhibit that is part of the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival.
Fiber Arts Festival interactive, educational

The North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival, which begins Friday, offers… Continue reading

Blaze Maple by Susan  Noyes is among the paintings on display at Blue Whole Gallery.
Fiber, paintings, music, theatre on First Friday Art Walk

The opening reception of “Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect”… Continue reading

A flock of moviegoers came to see "Lily Topples the World," Friday night's Port Townsend Film Festival outdoor cinema offering. With the Rose Theatre behind them, the crowd watched the documentary on a giant screen erected over Taylor Street in downtown Port Townsend. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
PT Film Festival outdoors and online

Final outdoor show tonight — if weather allows

Hollywood screenwriter and Chimacum High School alumna Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith will appear at the Port Townsend Film Festival’s outdoor cinema on Taylor Street this Saturday. (Photo courtesy Kirsten Smith)
Prolific screenwriter returns to Chimacum

‘Kiwi’ Smith tells of influence of mother, teacher

The cast of "The Savannah Sipping Society" -- from left, Lynne Murphy, Mindy Gelder, Jennifer Saul and Rebecca Gilbert -- will bring live theater to the Port Angeles Community Playhouse tonight through Oct. 10. (photo courtesy Georgia Meyers)
‘Sipping,’ music on tap this weekend

“The Savannah Sipping Society” at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse

Port Townsend's Kathryn Hunt has published "Seed Wheel," a new poetry collection.
Outdoor reading highlights four poets

Hunt’s ‘Seed Wheel’ just released

“Soy Cubana,” one of the documentaries screening during the Port Townsend Film Festival, stars, from left, mezzo-soprano Koset Muñoa Columbié, soprano Ana Josefina Hernández Rosillo, contralto bass Maryoris Mena Faez and contralto Annia Del Toro Leyva. (Photo by Ivaylo Getov)
Port Townsend Film Fest offers more than 80 movies

Virtual screenings available with passes

Sailor Vineyard’s Gene Africa and sons Owen, 6, and Eamon, 3, take a walk among the vines during Saturday’s farm tour. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Autumn brings color, crops to Port Townsend

Farm tour drew more than 1,200 over weekend

Most Read