Great Blues & Rock Bar-Small Room-Big Fun Venue For Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fest and Shows

We met with Victor Manjarrez of Madana Restaurant and Bar yesterday in Zihua Centro to officially kick off our partnership. We love his positive ‘let’s do this’ attitude. We love the venue. Members of our organizing committee enjoyed some great food and drink there last night as well. We’re excited about our new partnership

In the photos: Key members of The Paraiso Society, our local organizing group, Ken Ristau of Kelowna, BC Canada and Zihuatanejo, Mexico, and Aury Palacios of Ixtapa, Mexico, here with Victor Manjarrez, owner-manager of Madana Restaurant and Bar in Zihuatanejo in the middle and besides Bob. Bob Rempel, chairperson, of The Paraiso Society, from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, and Ixtapa, Mexico on the right.

Small Room, Small Stage. In back. Big Vibe. Blues and Rock Bar Feel. A Great Place to “Come Together”. A perfect place for our brand of up-tempo rock and blues music and folks having fun dancing and clapping along. Right now is the perfect time for your Advance Tickets and Passes to guarantee you and your group get Tables and Chairs. Front section seating near the stage and dance floor in order of purchase

We’re at Madana on Saturday, January 21 for our Saturday Night Special Date & Party Night Blues Brothers Show and a whole lot more, Sunday, January 22 for our Mexico’s Got Talent Showcase-yes we’re accepting local performers now…talk to us or Victor, and Friday, January 27 for the opening night of the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Festival with all Fest Performers.

Small room in the back. Small stage, We’ll all be jammed in for our brand of uptempo rock and blues and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Small room! Big fun. And another stage at the front of the restaurant that we can use for the overflow crowd.

If you’re asking where it is, it’s about halfway between the Basketball Court and the Pier with Playa Principal very nearby. And of course, you can find it on any Map online or check out our recent Post about Venue locations here at this site.

Watch for our next Post on venues, when we visit Ricardo’s Restaurant and owner-manager Ricardo Gomez Jr. at the Villas Paraiso Hotel in Ixtapa, our Ixtapa venue.

It’s The Day After The Release Of Our Official Promo Video 1.0 For Ixtapa-Zihua Rocks Week And All Our Big Hearted Performer Stars Have Walked The Red Carpet…

Folks Are Loving The Video And The Soundtrack. On A Roll is the song. Appropriate. We are.

Have you seen it yet? Here Below

More News From Us. Made Some Schedule Additions. See Them All Here.

January 22 is now Mexico’s Got Talent Showcase in Zihuatanejo at Madana Restaurant & Bar. January 26 at Ricardo’s Restaurante & Bar In Ixtapa. Performances and Jams and Collaborations. We’re Inviting All Local And Regional Mexican Performers Who Can Rock A Crowd To Get On Stage With Us. Yes, We Are Still Looking For That Local/Regional Act That Can Join Us At The Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Fest on the January 27-29 Weekend.

Plus We’ve Declared Friday, January 27, the opening night of the Festival as British Columbia and Alberta day. Home provinces of David Gogo and Charlie Jacobson. If you’re from B.C. or Alberta, we’ve got a Special Merch Promotion and Extra Tequila Sample for you that day. Saturday is Rest Of Canada (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Maritimes) day for Chris Ghidoni from Manitoba and all the other great folks from Canada. Same benefits. And Sunday is USA and Mexico Day. Who Will Bring The Biggest Crowd? Who Will Represent Best?

Much More News To Come As We Countdown The Days To The Opening Day, January 20. The Blues Brothers Tribute Show by Geoff and Chris Dahl is all set and our great friends of our Fest and of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo already have their plane tickets in hand. But more news on the first weekend soon. It’s going to get even better.

Are You Ready To Rock Yet? Festival Pass and Tickets Packages Now On Sale Here At Our Ticket Page. Limited Seating And Tables. Please Book Early!

New Video…Great Sound…Please Tell Us What You Think…Are You Ready To Go Festing Yet?

Coming Very Soon Now….Our Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week is January 20-29, and the Shows and Fest of Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Festival. Are You Ready To Go Mexico-Go Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo-Go Playa-Go Rockin’ ‘n a Bluesin’? All Info You’ll Need Is At Click Schedule, Lineup, and Festival Tickets Links at the top of the Page. Plus Posters and more are all there.

2023 Fest Video

YouTube Version (Subscribe To Our Channel For Future Live & Fest Videos)

Holy Crap, these guys, (David Gogo) are good. Must See Performance Video and More On Our Great BOGO Offer…Two Fests In One.

“Holy Crap, these guys are good” …says the YouTube commenter. And they really are, friends. We’re excited too. We’ve got him with us in January.

Cyber Monday. Everybody Sells. It’s True. And We’ve Got Fest Passes 2024 Free For Every 2 or 3 Day Fest Pass For 2023 You Purchase. A Big 2 Fests For 1 Deal. 2024 Is Shaping Up So Well Already. Jimi Hendrix and Tina Turner Special Tributes. The Last Show Janis Joplin Gave! Big Headliners. BOGO details here

But First 2023 And We’re Just As Excited About That. The Big Relaunch!

“Holy Crap, these guys are good” was the Youtube Comment for this video. Check out David Gogo here on lead vocals and guitar. Great performance below. We agree and are blessed to have David with us. International star with 17 albums to his name.

He’s here in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo all weekend. Up close and personal. The way live music should be best enjoyed.

David Gogo Concert Style

Special extended set concert style Saturday night January 28. We’ll find an awesome keyboard player like Julian St. Martin in the video. Wow! Working on it!

David headlines a great lineup of performers Check out the Schedule and get your Fest Passes for both weekends. New music every night. Every night is unique. Our approach at Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fests & Shows. But Fun and Dancin’ and Celebrations Every Night! Always The Same.

Tasting and Sampling And Toasting…It’s All Part of Festing And Celebrations We Say

Tasting and Sampling And Toasting…It’s All Part of Festing And Celebrations We Say. Our Tequila, Tacos, y Cervezas Festival the TTC, also the Go Mexico Tequila & Beer Sampling & Tasting Fest. Add Beaches, Warm Weather, Cold Drinks Of Your Choice, Great Causes, and Excellent Rock ‘n Blues Music. For The Fun Of It All. For Feelin’ Alive! For Viva la Vida! Can You Say Yes To This? Click Play You’ll See What We Mean!

Show Me The Posters We Heard You Say…I Want To Go Mexico, On My Farewell To Winter Tour 2023

I Think We Heard You Say Poster Me, Show Me The Lineup, The Shirts! For Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico, January 20-29, 2023. Rock ‘n Blues Festing January 27-29. Vegas Style Rock . Blues & R&B Shows January 20-21. More!

Gallery Below:

Who Do You Want To See Most Live? From Our 2023 Lineup And Shows? Please, In The Comments.

Music First Always! For Us.

But You Could Also Say You Are Coming For A Big Friends and Familly Celebration, Or The Tequila Sampling, Or The Arts & Crafts Show And Sale, The Love Unlimited Exposition Displays, Or The 60-40 And Tequila Bottle Per Night Jackpots. Or Music And Dancing! We’re Not Judging!

Fun, Fun, Fun, In The Warmth Near The Beaches, Always For The Cause(s)

Please Share To All Who You Know Love To Have A Great Time And Feel Alive!

And There Will Also Be Our New 2023 Fest And Shows Promo Video Coming Very Soon.

It’s Black Friday And We’ve Got The Rockin’ Spirit…Buy Your 2023 Fest Passes And Then You Can Tell Us Who You Want For 2024…Because You Will Be In The Audience…We’ve Got A 2023 & 2024 BOGO Offer For Your Black Friday!

How do you like to Boogie? Do you want your Free 2024 Fest Pass with Rock or Blues on the Side? Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin? Or Both? Can you Boogie 2023 & 2024? Of Course! See below for the info and link.

A famous lyric line from blues-rockers Canned Heat song “Don’t Forget To Boogie” Along with Jimi Hendrix. they were called the stars of Woodstock 1969.

So that leads to a little story.

Who do you want for 2024?

We are going to relaunch with a great lineup in 2023. And then make 2024 even bigger and better. You ask what are we working on for 2024?

Well, how about a Jimi Hendrix Tribute To The Rock God, by Wild T. of Wild T. and Spirit, himself, a Janis Joplin “The Last Show She Ever Gave” Show, a guitar-slinging Chicago blueswoman, the leader of the Blues Mules Trent Schmiedge, and Mr. Electric Violin and one of the best rock vocalists to ever come from Canada Henry Small All folks we’re already working with and getting them set to come here for January 2024.

Woodstock Boogie by Canned Heat 1969

But first 2023. One game, one day at a time! I know! Focus!

You will love David Gogo, a truly good guy, an international star, from British Columbia, Canada, best seen up close and personal with immense vocal and guitar talent and a blues-rock repertoire that comes from 17 albums already produced. Have you seen The Blues Brothers Vegas Style Tribute Show? Seen almost year-round in Germany. It’s our Headline Act for January 20 & 21. New material, new wrinkles. They never disappoint and always leave you asking for more. Your best date night, best fun night out ever? I don’t make this stuff up. Just two of the Performing Acts we have for you in 2023.

So I ask you my fellow live music-lovin’ rock and blues friends. Have you seen our offer for 2023 Fest Passes? And the offer for a Free 2024 Fest Pass. Best BOGO Ever? We think so. Help us get relaunched and then we boogie right to 2024 and further. More details are here.

Purchase online now. Only 25-2024 FEST BOGO offers are available.

How A little Tube Snake Boogie music from ZZ Top live for your Fun Friday morning, Black Friday in the USA. You’ll hear ZZ Top Music too at our Fest. It’s the Music of Our Lives Fest.

Don’t Forget To Boogie! All Your Life!

Mexico’s Got Talent Showcases coming back to Ixtapa-Zihuatenejo during I-Z Rocks Week January 20-29, 2023. Who Do You Want Us To Include In The Showcases?

Who do you want us to include in our Mexico’s Got Talent Showcase events?

Performers Who Present Rock ‘n Blues Welcome.

Fans Who Love Mexico’s Great Talent Of Course Most Welcome Too!


Mexico’s Got Talent Showcases. Part of Tequila Rock n’ Blues Explosions Events and Fests Since We Began. Watch For More Details About Great Local And Regional Talent On Stage In Zihua on January 22 and Ixtapa on January 26. In Performances, In Open Mic and in Jams and Collaborations.

For Performers, This Will Also Be Their Opportunity For A Possible Invite To Join With Our Festival Headliners At Our Jams And Collaborations Sunday, January 29.

For Performers Still Ready To Learn…so Younger primarily, but older performers still ready to learn some new tricks are also welcome, they Will Be Invited To A Guitar And Vocals Clinic By Our International Blues Rock Stars: David Gogo, Charlie Jacobson, Isidoro Negrete Reynoso, Chris Sanchez and Chris Ghidoni

As Well All Performers At Our Showcases Get Festival Tickets Of Their Choice To Enjoy and Learn From The Performances Of The International Stars With Big Stage Experience.

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Have You Subscribed…There’s A Lot of Great Music Already On Our Youtube Channel And Other Social Media And There Will Be A Whole Lot More After January 29, 2023

Have You Subscribed…There’s A Lot of Great Music Already On Our Youtube Channel And Other Social Media And There Will Be A Whole Lot More After January 29, 2023…We Video All Performances…The Jams and Collaborations Will Be Priceless…Best Up Close And Personal Of Course. …Go Live Is Always Your Best Choice. New and Old Friends…The Vibe…The Experience.

Here are Your Fest And Show Passes And Tickets Purchase Link: Buy Fest Tickets Now. Guarantee Yourself A Seat And Table. Limited Capacity Venues.

Our Youtube Channel Link.

And Here’s Just One Great Example Of A Show To Check Out. From June, 2021. Great Talent, All Are Big Hearts Too, Friends Of Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fests.

You Asked About Venue Locations For January 20-29, 2023 So Here’s The Maps For Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo

If you’ve been reviewing our Schedule of Events 1.0 and our Lineup of Performers you probably asked how do we get to the Locations. No Fear. Taxis are plentiful in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, the ride is short, and you will have no trouble finding it. Have your map handy just in case of course. And don’t hesitate to ask us about where the taxi stands are nearby after the night’s Festing is over. A short walk.

Here’s our Zihuatanejo location. Madana Bar. in Zihua Centro. We’ve linked to their Facebook page which has location information as well. Direct link to the Map.

Here’s our Ixtapa location. Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar at the Villas Paraiso Hotel. The link is to their Facebook page. Here’s a Direct Link to this Map as well.

Ricardo’s Restaurante and Bar. Two Stage Locations. This is the Poolside Stage setup.

See You At The Fest. A Reminder: Tickets and Passes With Table And Seating Are By Advance Purchase.

And of course, we’d be glad to answer all of your questions. Email: “” or Whatsapp/Mobile: +52 755 101 5989 or by Messenger at our Facebook page. Or use the Form below. Gracias.

Up Way To Early And I’ve Got The 3 O’Clock Blues. It’s B.B. King’s first hit song

Yes, I’m writing this at 3:30 am friends. It’s true. Are you a Blues lover? Or open minded enough to allow yourself to discover the Blues roots of so much of the music you know and love. Part of your discovery will bring you to B.B. King. And we’re very proud to feature B.B. at our 2023 Big Reboot of Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fest. Or Blues ‘n Rock. Whatever order we write it. It doesn’t matter. Blues music is an essential part of our Fest.

You won’t find the music of the Blues Masters, B.B. King, Freddie King, and Albert King together all in one weekend, anywhere else. The 3 Kings Blues Masters Tribute by the Chris Sanchez Blues Band. But you’ll have to Go Mexico, Go Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo January 27-29, 2023. All are part of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week, January 20-29, 2023.

The Music of B.B. King. The Blues King! RollingStone Magazine presented their B.B.’s 10 Greatest Hits list.

Ready to discover more Blues, and the roots of much of the Music of our Lives. Here’s a great article: The Best, The Most Influential 47 Blues Songs Of All Time As Presented by UDiscover Music

Two examples of songs that where big crossover hits for other artists as well

Little Walter with the Willie Dixon written song, My Babe from the mid ’50’s, and then The Mississippi Sheiks from 1930 with another famous song, “Sitting On Top Of The World”.

We want to do our part, albeit small we know, but it all counts…To Keep The Blues Alive! Are you ready to join us? See you in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, that’s Mexico baby! January 27-29, 2023…all part of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks ‘n Blues Rocks Week January 20-29, 2023.

Where Is Your Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise?…Updating Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Events 2023

Our Email Contact List Got This Earlier This Morning. A Special Promo For November 2022 Only. “Rock’nBluesNovember” On Top Of The 2023 & 2024 Buy One Fest Pass 2023-Get A Free Fest Pass For 2024 BOGO. More To Tell Them Soon. Things Keep Getting Better As We Say In The Email Update.

Want To Be On The Special “A” List. Ready To Join Us On Your Own Farewell To Winter Tour 2023…In Paradise? Other Bonuses, Rewards, and Promos Coming Soon. Sign up at the bottom of the page.

Here’s The Email News for November 18, 2022

Good morning amigas y amigos.  We promised to stay in touch and let you know first about our plans for 2023. 

Also wanted to specifically thank all of you who have already, or will make, your Fest Passes and Tickets Purchase

In November so we can increase our small Fundraising Budget and do more at the Fest.  

You are truly a “Club Member”  Member of the Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise Club Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. A “Big Heart”. 

Membership Reward For You. No Cost. Special Limited Edition Mug To Remember The Place We All Call “Paraiso” And A Great Event. 300 Peso Value.

For Those Who “Join The Club In November”. Plus 1 free entry to the fundraising draw for the Large Framed Wall Print with the same image.  

We’re very grateful for your help. Thank you!


We want to tell you we’re pleased with how it has come together so far. We’re optimistic about the future and being able to build the event. Already starting to book 2024 Performers who want to join us  Great promo on a 2024 Fest Pass…libre as in free, for every 2023 Fest Pass Purchase.  First 25.

Here’s a quick update.

All Info Below Is Also At Our Website:

-Fest Pass and Ticket Packages, Are Now On Sale. Special Promos In Effect  Direct Sale Page Link Here

Packages Only Until At Least December 31, 2023, Or Whenever They Sell Out.  

Very Limited Seating In Zihua. More In Ixtapa.  

Packages Are Selling Well And Buying Early Is The Best Way, Well The Only Way, To Guarantee A Seat And Table. 

-On November 8, we announced the addition of Charlie Jacobson and his Chuck Berry Tribute Show during our official launch for 2023.  

Confirmed internationally known blues-rocker David Gogo and The Blues Brothers Show by Geoff and Chris Dahl as our main headliners.  

Many more great performers…5 from Canada-USA and another 17 from Mexico in total.

-We Announced The Names Of Our Zihua and Ixtapa Venue Partners.  We Announced Our Schedule 1.0.

-We Issued 3 Posters On The Days After. #1 With Our Headliners, #2 With Our Show Concepts #3 About our Beatles-Rolling Stones Challenge Shows.  

Great For Sharing.

-We Issued A News Media Release On November 15.  A Lot More Details Of our Events In It.

For All Of The Latest Information Just Go To Our Website,, and/or our Facebook page  My personal Facebook always has lots of event and rock ‘n blues music information as well:

Enough for now.  Let’s stay connected.  We’ll have more to tell you about soon. It keeps getting better.  Be glad to answer any questions or hear your comments.

Hope to see you at our Events in 2023 and thank you sincerely again for all your past support. 

Reminder: The Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise Special Rewards is Only For Fest Pass Purchasers Until November 30. 1 Per Pass. Gracias.

Bob Rempel, Chairperson The Paradise Club (aka The Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise Not So Secret Society…insert smile emoji here)

+52 755 101 5989 (mobile/whatsapp)

Yes please add me to your “A” List Contacts.

Announcing Your Farewell Tour…Farewell To Winter Tour 2023 That Is…Go Mexico…Go Ixtapa-Zihuatanejojo…Go Rockin’ ‘n Bluesin’

Fest Pass Packages Selling Well. Don’t Miss Out. Limited Seating And Tables. Get Up Close And Personal. That’s The Beauty Of Our Mexico Events. Go Here For Ticket Packages Now. Watch for more Promo Short Reels Introducing Our Performers And Shows.

You May Only See Them Together One Time…Our Mexico City Supergroup Presenting The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones Classic Rock Challenge.

Beatles Songs then Rolling Stones Songs, Same Set, Then Add In Some Other Famous Classic Rock Songs And You’ve Got Great Music You Know And Love All Weekend. January 27-29, 2023 Only In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico. And All Our Other Performers Are Wanting To Get In On The Act. In Their Sets. In The Sunday Jams and Collaborations. Who Doesn’t Love Beatles and Rolling Stones Music? Fest Pass And Ticket Packages With Guaranteed Best Seating And Table Now On Sale. Limited Seating, especially in Zihuatanejo…not making this up friends.

The Mexico City Supergroup….They Need A Name…The Rockin’ Chilangos maybe?

We’ve Put Together A Great Supergroup We Truly Believe. We Saw Three Of Them Perform With Us At Our December 2021 Big Hearts For Street Animals One Day Fest Event In Mexico City: Torke Ross, Carlos Rodriguez Chavez, and Eduardo Resendiz (Jagger Stone Stage Name). And Then We Added A Good Friend Of Our Fests & Events from the past, vocalist and multi-instrumenalist Joseph Leal, whose band The Folks, performs Beatles songs in tribute. Adrian Macotela, lead vocalist and drummer of Desfasados was scheduled to come as well, but a new job has just recently forced him to withdraw for this time. We are pleased to tell you we have added Max Najera, drummer for The Rockets, on drums for the Supergroup. And the blues harmonica maestro of Mexico, also from Mexico City, Isidoro Negrete Reynoso, will contribute harmonica breaks on selected songs. Maybe we need a Mexico City saxophone player too?

So many Beatles and Rolling Stones songs you know and love that you’ll hear live, but for fun today let’s add some a Beatles and Rolling Stones song here in video. Beatles doing a Chuck Berry song, and the same for The Rolling Stones. Both idolized Berry. So that leads us to tell you that you can also get Chuck Berry in Tribute at our Fest on that weekend with a Special Show we have so set up. Charlie “Call Me Chuck” Jacobson of Canada with his “Johnny B. Goode” Tribute Show To The Music Of Chuck Berry. The roots of modern Rock and Roll.

Chuck Berry did it first. And he wrote it.
The Rolling Stones first single. By Chuck Berry.

See You In January In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico For The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones Challenge and some great Chuck Berry music too.

We’ve Got The Version 1.0 Schedule Of Our 2023 Big Hearts Events & Shows For You…It’s Go Mexico, Go Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo For Rock ‘n Blues ‘n The Causes Time

Version 1.0. We’ll Update All Changes. Please Expect Some. Just The Way It Works. But This Gets You Started. Please Sign Up Below If You Would Like Email Notification Of Important Schedule Changes.

We’re Pleased To Tell You More About The 2023 Events For Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week and the Go Mexico Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Festival January 20-29, 2023

Pre-January; Advance Purchases For Fest Passes & RockStar Bingo at Ricardo’s Restaurante & Bar at Villas Paraiso Hotel in Ixtapa. Thursdays Happy Hour 4:00 pm-6:00 pm. Starting December, weekly. How We Play? Great Music We Know And Love First Of All All Happy Hour. Many Playlists So You Always Get New Music. Play It Just like Trivia, You identify a Rock Song After You Hear About 45 seconds to 1 minute of it. If You Can. You Mark Your Cards. First One To Bingo Wins. All Kinds Of Game Variations and Prizes. Some Games For Festival Tickets or Merch. Other Games For Drinks Prizes And More.

Friday, January 20: Ixtapa: Ricardo’s Restaurante and Bar, Villas Paraiso Hotel -The Blues Brothers/Soul Brothers Tribute and The Crooners Part 1, Rock Dance Music Following. 100-seat capacity. 7:00 pm

Saturday, January 21: Zihuatanejo: Madana Cocina International Zihuatanejo Centro-The Blues Brothers/Soul Brothers Tribute and The Crooners Part 2, Rock Dance Music Following. (New Music Each Night) Only 50 seat capacity. Seating In Order Of Purchase. 7:00 pm

Sunday, January 22: Zihuatanejo TBD

Monday, January 23: Up Close And Personal Private Casa/Alberca Fundraising Concert. Ixtapa. Only 40 Tickets To Be Sold. Performer(s) To Be Announced By December 1 Approximately

Tuesday, January 24: Up Close And Personal Private Casa/Alberca Fundraising Concert. Ixtapa. Only 40 Tickets To Be Sold. Performer(s) To Be Announced By December 1 Approximately

Wednesday, January 25: Up Close And Personal Private Casa/Alberca Fundraising Concert. Only 40 Tickets To Be Sold. Performer(s) To Be Announced By December 1 Approximately

Thursday, January 26: FREE Mexico’s Got Talent Showcase Event and Introduction Of Festival Performers Who Have Arrived In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. More Details To Come.

Friday, January 27: Rock ‘n Blues Festival Opening Night. 7:00 pm In Zihuatanejo at Madana.

Joseph Leal…Opener…

3 Kings of Blues Show by Chris Sanchez Blues Band

Chris Ghidoni and David Gogo, joined by Charlie Jacobson with Isidoro Negrete Reynoso on harmonica on selected songs

The Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode Show By Charlie Jacobson

Beatles vs Rolling Stones Challenge with Isidoro Negrete Reynoso on harmonica selected songs

Saturday, January 28: In Ixtapa at Ricardo’s at Villas Paraiso. New Music Each Night. Rock ‘n Blues Festival Begins At 6:00 pm. Special David Gogo In Concert Extended Performance. Kiss In Tribute By The Rockets from Mexico City at 10:30 pm.

Chris Ghidoni

David Gogo in Concert: Extended Set. With Special Guests

Beatles vs Rolling Stones

3 Kings Of Blues

Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode Show by Charlie Jacobson

Sunday, January 29: In Ixtapa at Ricardo’s. Rock ‘n Blues Festival Begins at 4:00 pm. Sets And All Performers Jams and Collaborations. More Details Announced Saturday of The Fest. Always Our Fan Favorite Day. One Of A Kind Performances And Collaborations.


Meet And Greet Festival Performers: TBD Update Coming

FirstTimers Party aka Tequila Virgin Party: TBD Update Coming

Arts & Crafts Show And Sale: Open To Qualified Local Artists and Crafts People Who Agree To Present At 2 Or More Events. Please No 3rd Party Sellers.

Simply The Best (In I-Z) Tacos Competition: Working On It!

Big Hearts Come Together 2023 Video Documentary Of The Events: Yes, In Our Plans

Rock ‘n Run…Or Cycle, The World Famous Beer Mile, Music-Themed Films And Documentary Festival: Next Year!

Please Note: All 2 Or 3-Day Festival/Show Pass Purchasers Until December 31, 2022, Will Receive An Equivalent Festival Pass for our 2024 Events Free. A Great BOGO. (Note: Tickets Only, For 2024, But Drinks, Dinner and Merch Upgrade Deals Will Be Available)

Yes, Please Keep Me Informed About The Schedule And Other Changes And Additions. (Please Send Us Your Email Address Below)

Here’s What We’re Telling News Media About Our Go Mexico Tequila Rock and Blues Events 2023…Going Out To The World Today

Download and Read The English Version Here

Download and Read The Spanish Version Here

The Full Text Of Our Release (English)

It’s The Same In Spanish or English. Rockin’ Fun Near The Great Beaches In The Warmth. Paraiso!

The Official Countdown To Kickoff To Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week January 20-29, 2023 Has Begun…It’s The Big Reboot Of Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Events & Fests

November 15, 2022, Our Contact Info (Social Media At End)

Contact: Bob Rempel, Managing Chairperson. Residence & Office Address: Ixtapa-Zihua, Mexico. 

Phone/W.A:+52 755 101 5989  Emails: &  

Website: FB: 

The Washington Post recently called Ixtapa “The City of Music” and we’ll make that even more truthful. We’re bringing back an event that started in 2018, that Covid derailed just as it was gaining good momentum.

Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fest & Shows is back on the tracks for 2023 in Mexico, in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, where it was first held.. Organizers are calling it The Big Reboot 2023 and bringing back fan favorites from previous years and some great new performers.  Seventeen performers from other parts of Mexico and another 5 from Canada and the USA.

It’s part of the rebranded Go Mexico Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fests.  And part of their designated Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week January 20-29, 2023.  Part of the City of fMusic so aptly dubbed by the Washington Post Travel Columnist. Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo: “Winter Rock and Blues Paradise!”  is their theme for 2023.

Event organizers are encouraging all Bars Restaurants and other Businesses to get in the promotion to make this one great Live Music and Fest Food extended week, in addition to all the shows and events they themselves will be presenting. 

Volunteer organizer Bob Rempel said “the purpose when our little take action group of folks from Canada, Mexico, and the USA first began, we call ourselves The Paradise Club,  was to create another fun music event for local residents and a destination event for new visitors.  There was a hole in the winter Calendar to fill and we saw a need for an event that featured classic and contemporary rock and blues and jazz.”

Organizers openly admit Covid hit them hard just like it did most Mexican businesses and events.  “We have to learn to walk again, said Rempel with a smile,  “rebuild our customer base, and attract new visitors here at the same time.  Then the dancing and rocking can return”

“Who is it for,” we asked Rempel who leads the all-volunteer group of folks from Canada, the USA and Mexico.  “It’s for those who love uptempo rock ‘n blues ‘n even jazz rock…love to dance, if you love jams and collaborations…songs you know and love in English and Spanish.  An international lineup of performers will be here for the event he said.

 “It’s a project of partners, including performers, taking action, without any public sector support or involvement”, he is quoted as saying on their website:  All Big Hearts, he said.  

The events direct all profits, after the successful staging of the Event, and donations from fundraising activities like 60-40 draws at the events, to local and national causes. They continue to actively support local “Street Animal Rescue with an emphasis on neutering and medical treatment, which began in 2020. and will also direct some funds to Children, and local Hunger and Education Projects for Youth and Music Education

Some key highlights of the 2023 And Future Events:

-Events will be held at Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa bar and restaurant partner venues.  In Zihuatanejo at Madana Cocina International in Zihua Centro, and in Ixtapa at Ricardo’s Restaurante and Bar at the Villas Paraiso Hotel.  Madana is new for 2023. There will also be smaller fundraising House and Pool Concerts during the week.

-Seventeen performers from other parts of Mexico will be at the Events, plus 5 from Canada and the United States.  Vegas Style Shows on the first weekend with live rock and blues as well, and the Blues and Rock Festival on the following weekend. 

-Headliners include internationally known blues-rocker David Gogo with 17 albums to his credit and recent 2022 appearances at the Calgary Bluesfest and the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas and The Blues Brothers/Soul Brothers Vegas Style Show by Geoff and Chris Dahl who perform it almost year-round in Germany.

-A special For All Ages Kiss in full Tribute concert and party Saturday night at 10:30 pm after a full night of rock and blues Festing. With Mexico City’s The Rockets.

-One local or regional performer or group will be given a chance to appear with the visiting international performers.  Mexico’s Got Talent Showcases which will be held between January 20 & 26, prior to the main Festival, have been a part of our events since we started said Rempel.  

-Local artists and crafts people will be given opportunities to display and sell their artwork and crafts at the Festival.

-The shirt and merchandise theme for 2023 is “Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Winter Rock and Blues Paradise”  Something we know that everyone who comes to visit Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo describes it as:  “Paraiso!”  ‘We live it, we believe in it, we’re pleased to introduce it for 2023 and we’re sticking with it for future events as well”, said Rempel.   (Image below)  

-A free admission event for all will be held on Thursday, January 26 to select the local band or performer for the Festival as part of Mexico’s Got Talent Showcase, an event the Fest initiated in 2018 as well,  and to introduce some of the weekend’s Fest Performers.

-Organizers have implemented some great Festival Pass all-inclusive purchase incentives for 2023.  They have packaged a 2024 Festival Pass with all Festival Passes purchased for 2023.  The perfect 2 for 1 or BOGO they call it. Two Fests in One Purchase.  Organizers have already booked several great performers for their 2024 Event and this is one way to keep the momentum going and build larger and larger audiences. Plans for 2024 are to add a Film Festival as well.


Youtube: (Many Performance and Promotional Videos From Past Events)



Spotify:  2023 Performers Playlist:

Vimeo:  (More Performance and Promotional Videos)

More Information: (From The Cutting Room Floor)

-Earlier we told you we have added Charlie Jacobson (click link for article) to an excellent lineup of International and Mexican performers. Plus a new in homage Show, The Chuck Berry Tribute. We’ve told you earlier about our Beatles vs The Rolling Stones Challenge…Beatles and Rolling Stones music and other memorable classic rock songs from the Music of our Lives, every day of the Fest. And we are very proud to say we will feature a special 3 Kings Tribute (B.B., Albert, Freddie) that is can’t miss for a blues and blues-rock lover. Unique with us. All of our Concept Tribute Shows in fact.

-In 2023 we will partner with the good folks at Madana Cocina International, a great restaurant and bar, halfway between the basketball court and the Pier, to hold two paid admission events in Zihuatanejo. One with The Blues Brothers Tribute and Marc Lopez on January 21 and one with the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Festival on January 27. The Ixtapa Venue will be Ricardo’s Restaurante and Bar at the Villas Paraiso Hotel where we have had successful events in the past,

-All Events will be with dinner included and an optional drinks package. Buy one ticket…in advance only, and leave your wallet in your pocket is the plan. We’ll try to make it work well. Fest Tickets with Dinner and Drinks pricing and availability will be posted on our Website in a few days. Click Here

-The Zihuatanejo Venue holds only 50 jam-packed, and the Ixtapa venue is 100. All packages must be purchased in advance if you want a table and seating. Small Rooms for 2023…Less Is More…everybody smiling, feeling the vibe, and getting to know each other. Our approach for 2023. We cannot guarantee that there will be any last-minute tickets available at the door. Regulations may prevent any more folks from being squeezed in. Or we’re just sold out.

-We are working on plans to hold 3 Up Close and Personal Fundraising House Concerts. All will be in Ixtapa at a Private Residence near the Golf Course. They will be on January 23, 24, 25. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. A maximum of 40 people all have fun and come together. All-inclusive events or BYOB and Food (corkage and ice fee charged). We’re delaying a final decision on that for a couple more weeks but you’ll know more soon, we promise. About the House Concert Performers and the Food And Drink Options.

-The Kiss Army is alive and well everywhere in Mexico and internationally. Very pleased to tell you that The Rockets, a Kiss Tribute band from Mexico City, will join us on Saturday, January 28, in Ixtapa, at about 10:00 pm for a special party-like concert. Cubetazos (beer buckets) at Beer Fest prices of course, Their show begins only after a full evening of Rock ‘n Blues. Starting time on Saturday will be 6:00 pm. Normal start time for all events is 7:00 pm. Coming To Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Saturday night just got a whole lot better for anyone who loves to Rock.

-Saturday, January 28, is also the date when we plan to have the David Gogo Concert. Within a Fest. Our main headliner. He deserves a longer set and of course, he may invite many other of our Fest performers to join him on stage. You’ll see David at other times of course, but not in a longer concert format on Saturday night.

-All that, and an Arts and Crafts Show and Sale as well.

-Lot more to tell you about as we now move forward after our official launch today. The new Dinner, Drinks, and Festival Ticket Pricing is Coming In A Few Days. (Up Now: At ) Want to be first in line for the Small Rooms Shows in Zihua particularly? Send us a message with your email from the chat app on this site or send an email to “” All our contact info is at the top of the Home page here on this site. We’d be very glad to answer all your questions and hear your comments

-We remain a small group of dedicated volunteers, ready to take action, bringing the music we love to Mexico, and creating great destination events for all. We use a social enterprise business model in which any profits after the staging of the events are donated to specific local causes. Our track record since 2018 in donations and community impact is outlined in more detail here on this site. Search “community or “cause”. There are no public funds or support of any kind from governments or the public sector involved in the project. Just want to make that clear. A project of partnerships.

Organizers donate the profits of the event after the costs of staging it.  Fundraising in various ways will continue throughout the events, however, fans will have no obligation or pressure.  The main one, which we first started supporting in 2020, is Street Animal Rescue. Support for Medical Treatment.   In addition, fans will be given an opportunity to vote on additional causes and organizations that they wish us to support

Great Music-Great Causes-Lots of Fun-Lots of Love-Big Hearts Come Together

A Note About Our Causes.

It Just Feels Better When You’re Having So Much Fun, Enjoying The Rock ‘n Blues The Music Of Our Lives, Dancing Like A Fool, Sipping A Tequila Shot Perhaps?

To Be Trying To Make A Difference, To Leave Somethings Behind In The Community And Country Of Our Events. We Continue To Support Street Animal Rescue And Work In Neutering, Medical Treatments, And Feeding Programs Which We Started In 2020. We Operate A Small Shelter Ourselves But We Plan To Contribute Funds To Local Veterinarians Or Other Shelters As Well For The Work We Feel Has The Highest Priority.

As Well We Are Interested In Finding Effective Ways We Can Help So Called Street Kids…Kids At Risk From Reaching Their Full Potential As Humans. Issues Like Hunger, Nutrition, Education, and School Clothes. We Had Made A Earlier Promise To Start or Assist With Equipment and Instruction For A School of Rock Based On the Availability Of A City Owned Venue To Us. That Didn’t Work Out, But We’re Still Interested In Supporting One. We’re Looking For Ways To Help Effectively. The Ukrainian War and Refugee Support Is Also Of High Interest To Us. We’re Warred Out, No Doubt. How Can We Make A Difference?

Let The Love Flow. In All Its Forms. Big Hearts and Love For Those Who Need Our Help And Kindness. Romantic Love Too. Perfect Date Nights Ahead. Perfect First Timers Meet New Friends. A Singles Meet Market Anyone? We Smile. Who Said, Love And Money Make The World Go Round…In Different Ways Of Course. The Power Of Love!

Never Fear By The Way. No Time Share Sales Guys Or Girls Inside Putting Any Pressure On You To Do More Than Have Fun And Enjoy The Music. Do More You’ll Feel It In Your Heart And With Karma…We Believe That. Of Course, The Pretty Lady Sellers Will Come Around With Our 60-40 Tickets For The Causes.

Got Questions or Comments About Causes. Certainly Not The Biggest Folks On The Cause Block. But We Want To Try And Help After We Put On An Excellent Music Fest And Shows. Yes, We Do Things That Support Our Own Concerns And Interests And Those Of Our Volunteers. But Our Minds And Ears Are Open. And We Love To Help Where We Can When We See Passion And Commitment From Others Already. +52 755 101 5989 for phone and Whatsapp or write to me directly at “”. Yes, I’m Bob Rempel, and I wrote this post.

Come Together

Chris Sanchez says Sweet Home Chicago, is Real For Me And We’ll Play It For You But We’re Really Coming To Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo To Play Tribute To The 3 Kings Of Blues.

BB King, Albert King, Freddie King. The 3 Kings! We’ve Got Their Music For You. Only In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico January 21-29, 2023. Where Do You Want To Be Fellow Blues & Rock Lovers?

Chicago born and bred and steeped in Chicago blues traditions, Chris Sanchez and his Blues Band will be with us in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico January 26-29, 2023 for our 2023 Rock ‘n Blues Fest and the 3 Kings of Blues Concept Tribute Show. And we’re very pleased to have his band with keys and horns and harmonica back here to give us a great Kings of Blues experience.

When we asked Chris about Chicago, he said he was proud of his origin where the blues have always prospered, and even more proud of a great song about Chicago that is loved worldwide. “Sweet Home Chicago” Written by Robert Johnson, in the ’30’s, and by the way, the first member of the 27 Club (died at age 27), the song has become a Blues standard, made most famous by Eric Clapton primarily. (yes my fellow blues and blues rock lover…it’s time for a Robert Johnson Tribute soon as well…)

Enjoy some Chris and Band in video, and enjoy some Sweet Home Chicago as well. See them live up close and personal in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico January 27-29 at the Rock ‘n Blues Fest, during Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week January 21-29, 2023.

Born Under A Bad Sign written and performed by Albert King
Eric Clapton Sweet Home Chicago…Our Favorite Version. Just The Music. Clapton made Crossroads the Theme of His Festival As Well. Another Robert Johnson song. The Blues Brothers Made It A Very Popular Theme Of The 1980 Blues Brothers Movie. It’s A Blues Standard Written In 1936 By Robert Johnson.

We Got A Lot Of Love On Our Great Lineup For Our Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week, But We Forgot To Say We’ve Got More!

More Shows…More Great Talent

-The Blues Brothers/Soul Brothers Tribute-2 Shows (First Weekend)

-The Music Of The Crooners (First Weekend)

-Beatles-Rolling Stones Classic Rock Music Challenge (All Weekend 2nd Weekend)

-3 Kings Of Blues (B.B., Freddie, Albert) Tribute Presented by The Chris Sanchez Blues Band (2nd Weekend)

-The Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode Homage by Charlie “You Can Call Me Chuck” Jacobson (Second Weekend and possibly First Weekend)

And To Add, We’ve Asked All Performers To Please Prepare Their Setlists In Such A Way That It Both Presents Their Music Well, But Also Supports The Shows and Tributes We’re Presenting Here. You’ll Love The Two Weekends Of Great Music Live We Have No Doubts. Live Up Close And Personal. Is There A Better Way To Enjoy Music?

Our Posters (Perfect For Sharing…Bring A Friend…Bring A Group!) Where Do You Want To Be January 21-29, 2023?

Festing And Concerts Even Better With A Group…In A Group

Let Us Help You Put A Great Travel Group Together. Or Let Us Know You Want To Join A Group.

Mexico-Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo-Fun-Sun-Beaches-Cold Drinks-Great Music-Great Performers-Get Up Close And Personal. You Bring The Fun…The I Want To Rock My Life Attitude! Oh did we forget Tequila?