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Published on December 26, 2017 11:34AM

Sophia and Jose Solano

Sophia and Jose Solano

Lamiae Naki and Nat Hulskamp

Lamiae Naki and Nat Hulskamp

While the forecast for Saturday, Dec. 30, warns of cold weather with a chance of showers, the atmosphere inside Newport’s Café Mundo will be warm with a certainty of paella, as coastal impresario Jose Solano presents a Spanish-themed dinner-show.

Solano is coming out of retirement to lend his flamenco guitar skills to a show that will feature the talents of guitarist and oud player Nat Hulskamp and Morrocan vocalist Lamiae Naki alongside flamenco dancer Sophia Solano.

In addition to flamenco songs, Naki has a wide repertoire of Mediterranean songs that are foundational to the development of flamenco and the music of Southern Spain. She and Hulskamp recorded their new album, “De Fez a Jerez,” in Spain with flamenco living legends Tomasa La Macanita, Diego del Morao and Luis Perikín. Copies of the album will be available to buy on the night.

Sophia Solano studied flamenco with dancer and singer Rafaela de Cádiz and at the University of Sevilla, Spain.

The troupe will perform two shows on the upper floor of Café Mundo with a seating capacity of about 40 per show, which Solano said creates the kind of intimate nightclub setting as would be found throughout Andalucía. Doors open at 6:30 pm for the first dinner-show at 7 pm, with the second show starting at 8:30 pm.

Café Mundo Chef Laurie Card will serve up a three-course, Spanish-inspired menu topped by paella (including a vegetarian version upon request), arugula salad with pears and Manchego cheese, and Spanish almond cake.

Tickets for dinner and the show are $35 apiece. A full bar is available.

The restaurant’s lower floor will be open for those who just wish to listen for a $5 cover fee, with food from the regular menu available to order.

Early reservations are advised for this special New Year’s weekend program. Call 541-961-7347 or email cafemundo@hotmail.com. Café Mundo is located at 209 NW Coast Street.

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