Event Schedule

Tequila Blues Explosion Festival International III is planned for January 10-12 & 17-19, 2020

  • Rock ‘n Blues Explosions 2024 Photo Gallery Part 2

    January 19-27, 2024

  • That’s a Wrap 2024!

    And that’s a wrap. 2024! Sincere big thank you to all who supported and participated. “Life Is Better When You’re Rockin” and “Don’t Forget To Boogie”

  • Our Headliner Bex Marshall Releases Great New Single From Her Forthcoming Album “Fortuna” In Advance Of Her Mexico Fest Appearance

    Bex Marshall. BexMarshall.com Our first United Kingdom/European headliner for the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival. We’re very pleased to feature her and we know she’ll be making many new fans in Canada, USA and Mexico through her appearance at our melting pot of Fans from all over enjoying fun in the sun. From her hit single “House of Mercy” (view the video HERE) to her special Tina Turner Tribute on January 21 Oceanside at Playa Linda’s Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub, to material from her new album Fortuna, she will bring us great music at every event, January 19-27.

    The Link To Today’s Announcement

    https://www.noblepr.co.uk/press-releases/bex-marshall/fortuna.htm

    The Full Text Of The Announcement With Images & Video:

    PRESS RELEASE

    NEW ALBUM “FORTUNA”
    RELEASED 1 MARCH 2024

    PRE-ORDER CD | PRE-SAVE DIGITAL

    NEW SINGLE – “5AM” RELEASED 5 JANUARY 2024

    STREAM THE SINGLE | WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO

    “Bex Marshall is a heart-wrenching singer, a dazzling guitarist,
    and a charismatic stage presence.” – Charles Shaar Murray

    “Bex Marshall commands recognition with her spit and sawdust
    vocals and fluid resonator guitar licks.” – Classic Rock Magazine

    Fortuna is the brand-new album from blues roots rock guitarist Bex Marshall. The album is released on CD and digital by Dixiefrog Records on Friday 1 March 2024. Pre-order the CD HERE. Pre-save digital HERE.

    The first single “5am” is released on Friday 5 January 2024 and is available to stream and buy HERE

    Watch the official “5am” music video HERE

    5am” has a melancholy feel, a bluesy ballad starting with soft electric spreads. Bex’s vocal is late-night and resigned. The track is full of charismatic regret and her guitar playing is prominent, poignant, and emotive throughout. The song tells the story of a drunken late-night fight with a lover, culminating in a drunken white flag of emotional guitar peaks. It’s slightly influenced by Gary Moore hat doffing, to finish, no rock n roll endings akin to a melodic 5am pass-out. It makes for addictive listening.”

    Bex Marshall has a superabundance of smarts and edgy spirit to go along with her surety of purpose. She conjures a vocal melting pot of old black woman’s heartache and powerful gritty soul and unique guitar skills which have been labeled by other guitarists as “the goal.”

    The long-awaited studio album Fortuna is a ten-track blues tapestry that bulges to the edges with addictive hooks and storylines. Bex is a writer of notability, she pushes the boundaries of blues and weaves the genre in and out of blues, funk, rock, and Americana.

    Bex steps forward with this record as a leading female guitarist, producing her powerful, self-penned album with soaring lead lines, technical ragtime, and ballsy slide-playing.

    It’s been ten years since Bex Marshall’s last release. During this time, Bex has experienced a busy touring schedule, independently breaking into several international markets. Fortuna is an intense culmination of focus and personal release over the last few years.

    Bex was able to stand still for a moment and draw in local London talented friends including Richie Stevens on drums (Tina Turner, Simply Red, George Clinton), Toby Baker on keyboards (BB King, Eric Clapton, Alexander O’Neil, Sinead O Connor), B.J Cole on Dobro (Elton John, Coldplay, Sting, Shania Twain, Robbie Williams), New York’s  Robert Eugene Daniels on bass (RIP “Red Bass”) Aurora Mannola on bass, London’s gospel Queen Shola Adegoroye, and legendary Danny Bryan on percussion (Taj Mahal).

    After a week-long intense recording session at Snakepit Studios in North London, Fortuna was created. It’s an album of soulful rock blues, with funky undertones with touches of gospel and roots. The album was engineered, co-produced and mastered by Nick Hunt (Dave Stewart, Boy George, Placebo, George Clinton) who Bex has worked with on her previous album House of Mercy.

    “I have been influenced by multiple artists,” says Bex. “For me it never stops. Songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists – you name it!

    “I grew up listening to Tina Turner. Vocally, she was my heroine. Her tone, soul, and vocal range was so versatile. Other influences include Eric Clapton’s cool guitar style, John Lee Hooker’s back porch flavour, Freddie King’s sting, Hose Feliciano’s flair, Janis Joplin’s ragtime, and Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s songwriting. I was lucky as my uncle had a stunning vinyl collection, and I was able to absorb all these relevant box ticking blues rock greats.”

    “She’s mastered the art of making new material sound like it’s been found in long forgotten vaults,” says Net Rhythms. Bex holds a songwriting retreat twice a year in Cyprus and believes that “bad songwriting is affecting the quality of our suffering.”


    Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham

    The album’s lyrical content touches on the all too familiar addictions of life, from love to liquor, changes in society and bitter regret. The album features nine original tracks, one being an instrumental and one cover.

    “The album is where I am today musically and philosophically and reflective of the performer I am now,” says Bex. “I wanted to take the hard lumps out of life, and present them back in a different light, sometimes with humor, sarcasm, or resilience but always with a shed load of tenacity. I wanted to make a record with iconic guitar sounds, heavenly funky keyboards, roots infected vocal lines with the funk in the trunk. The album is the most upbeat offering from me to date and I want to produce a show of high energy blues rock euphoria to reignite people’s mojos.”

    During lockdown Bex’s good friend and bass player “Red Bass” (aka Robert Eugene Daniels) was living in London with us and after a few months sadly passed away. She was lucky enough to capture some of his bass lines in Snakepit Studios. Bex recorded demos for the album and finally used them in five of the 10 album tracks. “Red was a unique musician,” reflects Bex. “I was honoured to play music with him for over 20 years.  We even shared the same birthday.”

    The final track of the record is called “When It’s Gone” it’s a poignant song although written several years earlier, BJ Cole (Tiny Dancer, Coldplay) plays dobro on this track as a tribute to “Red.”


    Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham

    Fortuna – Track Listing

    1. Preaching to the Choir (3.40)
    2. 
    Dirty Water (5.26)
    3. I Can’t Look You In The Eye (3.21)

    4. 5am (4.26)
    5.Jungle (3.25)
    6.Table for One (4.53)
    7.Fortuna (3.08)
    8.Lay Down and Die (3.53)
    9. Scrapyard Dog (4.45)

    10. When Its Gone (4.00)

    Production Credits

    Bex Marshall – Lead and Backing Vocals, Rhythm, Acoustic, Slide and Lead guitar
    Toby Baker – Keyboards, Hammond, Rhodes, Wurlitzer
    Bass Guitar – Robert Eugene Daniels (Tracks – I Can’t Look You In The Eye, Table for One, Fortuna,
    When Its Gone, and Aurora Mannola

    Drums – Richie Stevens
    Dobro – BJ Cole
    Shola Adegoroye – Gospel BVs
    Danny Bryan – Congas, Darbuka, Percussion
    Produced and arranged by Bex Marshall and Nick Hunt
    Engineered – Nick Hunt
    Mastering Engineer – Nick Hunt
    Second recording engineer – Mike Haslam
    Photography and Album artwork – Barry Warren
    Recorded and Engineered at House Of Mercy Studios London
    Catering Johnathon Lolley
    Scott Coopwood – Guitarist – I Can’t Look You In The Eye
    Barry Bays – Rhythm Guitar – I Can’t Look You In The Eye
    Mike Capperelli – Engineer – I Can’t Look You In The Eye

    Photography and album artwork – Barry Warren
    Video production – Andrew Radford and Ben Radford

    Supported by HELP MUSICIANS
    Distributed by Dixie Frog Records
    Sponsored by Teye Guitars, Ozark Resonators, Blackstar Amps, DR Strings

    In Memory to my father Coleridge William Marshall 1948-2023
    RIP Robert Eugene Daniels (aka “Red Bass”)
    Copyright Bex Marshall. All rights reserved 2023

    All tracks written by Bex Marshall except
    track 2. Dirty Water (Buddy and Julie Miller BUG MUSIC INC)
    track 3.  I Can’t Look You In The Eye – Bex Marshall /Scott Coopwood


    Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham

    ALBUM TRACK BY TRACK

    PREACHING TO THE CHOIR – This is a no-nonsense guitar track and firmly sets the pace of the album. It’s a blues rock ignition to the album engine and the third single to be released March 1st. Anthemic, skyscraper guitar licks kickstart the track and launch into driving funk groove train. This song gets straight to the nitty gritty, with lofty gospel vocals from Shola Adegoroye. Bex’s drawl shoots the accusation to the guilty party… preaching to the choir. Political? Personal? Judge for yourself.

    DIRTY WATER – This is the second track from the album, and it’s originally penned by Buddy and Julie Miller. It’s the only cover on the album. “I’ve been playing the song for a few years, but my interpretation is a lot grittier,” says Bex. “The original was so laid back, and a great song, but I wanted to ramp it up and make it howl with pain.” The track starts with an acapella vocal reminiscent of a back porch lament, gathering momentum into a tribal hambone, all heading towards a danceable rocker and crescendo of guitar licks and promises of abstaining once again.

    I CAN’T LOOK YOU IN THE EYE – This track features powerhouse slide guitar performed by Bex. The track was co-written by Scott Coopwood (Clarksdale, Mississippi) who’s guitar playing features as the solo (playing a custom Les Paul). Other musicians featured include Barry Barnes and recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi. This four-to-the-floor number bombards the blues crossroads with harmonious heavy blues guitars and lyrically temps fate, while coyly celebrating the human consciousness of lust.

    5AM – The change of tempo is stark and the pining and longing of the electric guitar spreads that repeat through the song, hypnotizing and encapsulating the regret which continually wheels around her head. Toby Baker’s Rhodes playing behind the guitar reflects the gentle madness of her frustrating inability to make it all better and harness the mood of the song to late night. Bex’s guitar solo transformers into a dramatic longing of emotion until conceding to the hour of 5am

    JUNGLE – Slide guitar comes in like a kid skidding over a shiny polished floor with a big smile on its face and sets the scene for a rockabilly inspired chicken pickin’ slide guitar solo. It’s a jungle out there! Imagine all the people you know are animals or insects, a humorous toe tapper, honky-tonk piano bar room frolics!

    TABLE FOR ONE = Mid-tempo bass led groover, with Hammond and piano dominant throughout. The tale-telling vocals depict a lonely meal. The song features funky rhythmic stabs echo a Bo Diddley feel and keep the roots firmly while the jazzy lead break encourages a sarcastic look at the stigma attached to woman who like to eat alone, culminating in lead guitar outro.  

    FORTUNA = Boom and we’re off! The title track of the album, shooting out of the stalls in a Steve McQueen Bullet-style car chase. The resonator dominates with heavy funk driving drums from Richie Stevens and sensational bass harmonizing bass playing from RED BASS smothered in piano drama. This is the kind of energetic lunacy to let your imagination run wild.

    LAY DOWN AND DIE – As you fly off the edge of the cliff of Fortuna at 100 miles an hour, the intro riff catches you and takes you on a ZZ Top reminiscent chugger, a good old-fashioned blues riffs but with quirks, slightly different Texas inspired blues rock. Lay Down and Die – “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.”

    SCRAPYARD DOG – The intro conjures up images of a slightly limp character walking slowly up to no good. The clavinet gives a vintage circus-feel to this track and Richie’s drums throw in a loose roots-reggae feel every now and again, playing late in the beat while the walking bass plows on, Bex plays her Ozark resonator back porch ragtime rock solo.

    WHEN IT’S GONE –The “Maggie Mae” vibe of this song mixes into the sweeping chorus of BJ Cole’s guest Dobro playing, banks of layered harmonies reminding us that “When its gone, it’s gone.” Bex’s acoustic ‘63 Gibson hummingbird guitar harmonizes with BJ. The sweet harmonies of strings take over this end of the album track. The song embodies reflective sentiments, educational and a warning to all.


    Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham
    TOUR DATES 2024

    Tickets: www.bexmarshall.com/tour-dates

    January 19-27-Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico

    Mon 26 Feb – Midnight Special Blues Club, Camberley UK BAND
    Sat 9 March – St Marys Sessions, Dorking UK BAND
    Wed 13 March – Clutha, Glasgow BAND
    Friday 15 March – Howlin Wolf, Glasgow BAND
    Mon 18 March – Plaquemine Lock SOLO
    Tues 19 March – The Wrotham Arms, Broadstairs Kent UK BAND
    Sat 23 March – Tenne Oederan, Germany BAND
    Sun 24 March – Bílina, Czech, SOLO
    Mon 25 March – Černošice, Czech SOLO
    Tue 26 March – Bruntál, Czech   SOLO
    Wed 27 March – Rožnov, Czech SOLO
    Thu 28 March – Brno-SP, Czech SOLO
    Wed 17 April – Hotel La Campagnola – DUO CH
    Fri 18 April – Nidaba Theatre Milan Italy DUO
    Sat 19 April – Hollywood Bar Lugano CH DUO
    Sun 20 April – Strampalato Brescia – Italy DUO
    Thurs 5 Sept – Spirit of 66, Belgium BAND
    Sun 8 Sept – Darlington R n B Festival BAND
    Sat 13 Sept – Blues at the Bay Stockton on Tees UK BAND
    Fri 25 Oct – Blues Route Helmond Netherlands BAND

    Links & Downloads


    Biography & Official Links

    High Res Images

    Press Release

    Further Information


    Peter Noble at Noble PR
    +44 207 272 7772, +44 794 908 9762peter@noblepr.co.uk

  • Meet Our Performers Playlist: Bex Marshall, Mariana Gajma, Charlie Jacobson, Brandon Isaak, Cliff Stevens, Trebor Villa, Norbert Aguilar & Vudu Chile, Kristel Rodriguez, America Hernandez and 1 More Name With Legendary Status To Be Announced January 3

    Playlist below plays the selections in sequence.

    To see the entire playlist and play selections click on the Youtube button below.

  • To Help You Share With Friends and Family Here Are Our Key Image and Video Assets For Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festing & Rocking January 2024 In Zihuatanejo & Ixtapa & Playa Linda & Troncones…MEXICO!
    59 Second Shorty

    Our General Poster with date and location of events

    Week 1 Schedule

    Week 2 Schedule

    These are current as of December 6, 2023. But the good news fans and friends of good fun times for great Causes in January in Mexico is that we are still adding performers and side events to make the 2024 Fest Better and Better.

  • Bluesman Brandon Isaak is a “national treasure” say Tom and Jack Lavin from the famous Powder Blues Band of Canada and we’re excited he’s joining us in Mexico in January

    With three acclaimed albums under his belt, the most recent in 2023, and a musical journey that began at the tender age of four, Brandon Isaak has carved a niche for himself in the blues world. His soulful voice, virtuoso guitar skills, and infectious energy have captivated audiences across the globe. From smoky blues clubs to grand festival stages, Isaak’s performances are a testament to his passion and artistry.

    We are very excited about having, both Brandon Isaak and Cliff Stevens joining us for the second weekend of our Events. Today we feature Brandon. Brandon is a unique high-quality performer, a Bluesman, with excellent original material, who is up for 4 Awards in 2023 from the Maples Blues Society, Canada’s foremost awards organization. He can move a crowd, he can thoroughly entertain a crowd, and that’s foremost with us at our Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fests.

    Reprinted from BlueFrogStudios.ca Article preceded his sold-out November 17 show.

    “More than 12,000 fans saw Brandon Isaak open for the Colin James concert at the White Rock Concerts at The Pier in Summer 2023. This is your chance to see Brandon with his full band, The Saints of Swing, up close in the acoustically perfect Blue Frog Studios.


    What separates this Yukon-born Juno Award-nominated artist from the rest of the pack besides his world-class musicianship and songwriting, is his ability to connect and involve the audience in his live shows.

    After many nominations by The Maple Blues Awards, (Canada’s national blues awards) this Yukonion guitar slinger finally won his first MBA last year for (Acoustic Act of the Year). The nominations were just released again and Brandon once again has a nomination… (Guitarist of the Year). We’ll have to wait and see what happens. Last year he had nominations for (Song Writer of the Year), (Acoustic Act of the Year) and (Album of the Year) for his latest solo album; Here On Earth.


    Brandon is joined (for the November 17 concert) by his all-star band, The Saints Of Swing featuring some of the finest musicians in the country- Mike Kalanj on the piano and keyboards, Pat Darcus on the Upright Bass and Chris “The Wrist” Norquist on the drums. 


    With a lineup of songs that span the blues genre, Brandon Isaak is set to stun audiences once again with the release of his new album, One Step Closer. Isaak explores classic iterations of the blues with the occasional modern twist. The record flirts with a vintage, New Orleans sound and incorporates an array of old-time instruments, from fiddle and banjo to washboard and lap steel. Isaak creates a rich, timeless culmination of sounds, styles, and themes with the power to transport the listener to the French Quarter and beyond.

    Come on out and help celebrate this great new release from one of Canada’s top blues performers on the scene today. It’s going to be a great evening of heavy-duty roots and blues!


    Brandon Isaak is a one-man band playing a foot-operated drum kit, neck rack harmonica, guitar and vocals. His original blues songs ring with authenticity and wit and his singing, guitar and harmonica playing are the living spirit of the best of the blues today! I consider Brandon to be a national treasure!”
    Jack Lavin – “Powder Blues”

    “The multi-talented Brandon Isaak is like a fresh wind from the Pacific Northwest – bringing exciting new life to older blues forms. Singer, guitarist, songwriter – Brandon evokes a range of emotions from rollicking to plaintive, always providing memorable and enjoyable listening!”
    Barbara Sims – Sun Records
    Head of Publicity – 1957-1960

    Media Interviews:

    2023 Edmonton “Saint of Swing, Boss of Blues”

    Albums:

    Here On Earth 2013

    Rise ‘n Shine 2018

    One Step Closer 2023


    Our Great Lineup Of Fest Performers For 2024 (06/12/23)

  • 2024 Mexico Rock ‘n Blues Fest January 19-27, 2024 Is Just Days Away Now And We’ve Got The Latest Changes & Additions For You!

    It’s Rockin’ ‘n Bluesin ‘n Causin’ Time Soon Again In Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa, Playa Linda and Troncones, MEXICO. Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest is back!

    Download the English Version of today’s News Release

    Download the Spanish Version of today’s News Release

    English Text Version Below

    December 6, 2023  Our Contact Info

    Contact: Bob Rempel, Managing Chairperson. Residence & Office Address: Ixtapa-Zihua, Mexico. Phone/W.A:+52 755 101 5989  Emails: tequilabluesfest@gmail.com & bobrempel@gmail.com  Website: https://tequilabluesrock.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/tequilabluesfests/  Advance Fest Tickets For Each Event And Venue:  https:/tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/

    The Paraiso Society organizing group presents the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival and our new Generations Unite theme in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa and Playa Linda and Troncones Mexico on January 19-27, 2024. 

    We Have Made Major Positive Changes, For Our Fans, To Our Performer Lineup…As We Continue To Work Get “Better and Better”, Our Key Words For 2024-2026.  

    View Our December 6 Promo Video For January 19-27, 2024 Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest For An Overview of Performers and Special Shows And Tributes:  https://youtu.be/Gu6iqvKd27M

    Today, We Are Pleased To Announce Two Additions To Strengthen Our First Regional Event, January 25 in Troncones, plus the January 26 event in Zihuatanejo and January 27 Fest Closing Event In Ixtapa.  

    We Have Added Cliff Stevens of Montreal, Canada, with 5 Albums of original Blues Rock to his credit, multiple European tours, plus being one of the foremost interpreters of living legend Eric Clapton’s music worldwide. Website:  CliffStevens.com  

    and we have added bluesman Brandon Isaak, now of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, originally The Yukon, with 3 Albums Recorded, multiple European tours as well, and just recently with 4 Nominations in 2023 For Canada’s Prestigious Maple Blues Awards.  Website: https://brandonisaak.ca

    Cliff Stevens

    Cliff Stevens Performance Video

    Brandon Isaak

    Brandon Isaak Performance Video

    Plus Morelia Mexico’s Chile Vudu 3 Piece power trio, led by Norbert “Bones” Aguilar on lead vocals, is now joining us, starting opening night November 19 for our sold-out show. They are presenting separately a “Beatles at Shea Stadium 1965” Set and the “Highway to Hell and Back” Set with the music of AC-DC and more power rock. 

    Chile Vudu

    Today, Also Announcing A Sell-Out For January 19 In Zihuatanejo at Madana Bar and Restaurant, Zihuatanejo, Our Earliest Ever, And Now A Second Show Added on January 22 With An Equally Strong Lineup As Will Appear On January 19 At Madana Bar On Opening Night.  

    Also To Highlight A Purchase At One Time For A Group of 19, For January 20 in Ixtapa at Ricardo’s Restaurante and Bar.  Our Largest Group To Date Since We Began in 2018. They Said, “We Read About The Fun In The Reviews And Don’t Want To Miss Out”  A Big Fun Night Ahead In Ixtapa on the 20th As Well!

    Today, We Also Announce The Appointment Of Our 2024 Music Director, And Headline Performer, Charlie Jacobson.  He is a fan Favorite from Previous Fests, from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada Know All The Musicians And The Music The Fans Love. A multi-instrumentalist and accomplished guitarist.  Charlie will work with the Fest Director to ensure that all our Headliners have great backing musicians. Plus perform as a Headliner as well.

    We Announce We Have Added the Top 40 Classic Rock Trio, 3 For The Show from Hamilton Ontario Canada To Our First Ever By The Beach Rock ‘n Blues All Afternoon Margaritavile Palooza…Shindig…Fiesta.  They Open the Playa Linda Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub 1-6 Pm Afternoon at 1:00 pm. At Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub at Playa Linda, near Ixtapa.

    To Add Even More Sizzle To That Afternoon, Our Key Headliner Bex Marshall, of London England, who is with us the entire Fest period, will Honor Tina Turner, who passed away in 2023, with a one-time special Tribute Set That Afternoon. 

    We Are Confident In Taking Our Current Lineup To Our Fans For Some Great Fun Nights Ahead.  But If There Is An Opportunity To Improve It Even Further,  We Advise Our Fans That We Are Still Holding One Or Two Places In Our Performer Lineup For the Right Music, And The Right Big Hearts To Join Our Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions 2024 Performer Family/Familia,  If We Identify Some Great Fits.

    We Are Truly A “Come Together” Event For Performers and Fans That Feel That Way About The Power of The Music of Our Lives To Help Create More Good Where We Are…while having big fun and enjoying one of the best Winter Paradises possible.   The Events Of The Past Few Weeks As We Describe Below Have Reinforced That For Us.

    Now The Backstory And More Information Below

    Nobody heard the big Explosions on November 15 in the Tequila Rock n Blues Explosions Fest office.  Not an explosion of Rock ‘n Blues music.  An explosion of bad news with potentially very damaging results to the 2024 Festival. We were reeling, not rocking.  

    Two unrelated headliner performers, our biggest ever, on the same day if you can believe that coincidence, asked for a deferral to our 2025 or 2026 Festivals for medical reasons. We want to make that work.  Two others have subsequently just gone AWOL, gone missing on us, astounding yes, but true, and that means they are not coming for 2025 or 2026 either. 

    An Aside About How This Could Happen To A Growing Fest With A Loyal Fan Base.  We are an Old School style operation here. Maybe to a fault. Great Music for Worthy Causes By Volunteers. Handshakes And Verbal Agreements As We Look For the Right Combination Of Performers With Big Hearts Who Want Some Downtime and Fun Time In Mexico In Late January.  “A big learning experience” is what Fest Director Bob Rempel called it.  And we love even more the pérformers and fans and partners that Have our Back too.

    It took a few days to process all this and decide our strategy. No tequila-mezcal was necessary for a fan-friendly approach that helped the Fest stay on target to keep achieving its “Better and Better 2024-2026 strategy and fundraising goals. Go back to basics, go back to first order priorities was the advice we received.  But, no denying it, a shot or two of tequila or mezcal did not hurt in helping us get back to glass-half-full thinking.

    Now here we are today, a few weeks later, feeling better and more confident than ever.

    We are pleased to announce today:

    -In light of the regrettable cancellations by Performers we have promoted for months to our fans, any ticket holder for 2024 who wishes to defer their ticket to either 2025 or 2026 will be able to do so, by informing us of the same by Written Communication before January 19 midday.  No penalties or fees. This will allow us to put 2024 fans in those seats. 

    -In the meantime, on January 19 at Madana Restaurant, the Rock and Blues back room we all affectionately call “Small Room, Big Fun” has Sold Out. A second show for Zihuatanejo with all or most of the first weekend Fest performers has been scheduled for Monday, January 22. Same time, same location.

    The second weekend January 25, 26, 27 events have grown considerably stronger with performers

    -Cliff Stevens of Montreal, Canada with 5 blues rock albums to his credit will join us January 25-27.  In Cliff’s case not only has he got 5 albums of original music, he is also known as the “Canadian Slowhand”.  He is considered one of the foremost Eric Clapton music interpreters worldwide.  More on Cliff:  https://www.thesoundcafe.com/post/a-conversation-with-montreal-bluesman-cliff-stevens

    -Brandon Isaak, of North Cowichan, BC, Canada, with three blues albums to his credit and just recently 4 Maple Blues Award Nominations for 2023 will also join us January 25-27.  When you see Brandon you can affectionately say “Hey Bluesman”.  He love the title and his recorded music and live performances show it. In November performed at a “Sold Out”  show at the famous Blue Frog Studios in Vancouver, Canada.  website social

    More on Brandon:  https://edifyedmonton.com/culture/performing-arts/brandon-isaak-saint-of-swing-boss-of-blues/

    The first weekend will now allow us to feature our first International performer (non-USA-Canada-Mexico) to a much great degree. Bex Marshall of London, England.

    She has a great pedigree.  Selected as the voice of “Janis Joplin”  by Big Brother and the Holding Company’s original lead guitarist Sam Andrew who originally brought Janis into Big Brother in San Francisco, from Texas, for their European Tour in 2014, her voice and guitar skills will amaze everyone.  We have scheduled a special Tribute Homage to Tina Turner

    Bex with Big Brother original lead guitarist and band leader Sam Andrew, 2014

    Recently we announced Charlie Jacobson as our Musical Director ensuring all performers    He will now assume a front-line performance role as a Headliner as well.  Charlie is a fan favourite from previous years, an excellent guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, and has a great rock and blues mix of originals and covers.  We may even get a little Bob Seger tribute from Charlie.  He’s working on something he told us.

    We have moved the Beatles’s “1965 at Shea Stadium” and the Highway to Hell AC-DC sets, 30 minutes each at different times in the evening, to the first weekend.  They will be presented by Norbert Aguilar and his Chile Vudu band of Morelia, Mexico whose brief walk-on performance in 2023 told us we had to bring him back.  Now back with his power trio band!

    Unofficially we’re calling it Margarita Sunday.  Our Margaritaville.  Beach Rock takes over January 21 at the Beach, (Playa Linda’s Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub, 1:00 pm start all afternoon) will be headlined and opened by a special one time only performance of the very well known Hamilton, Ontario Canada, 3 For The Show.  Top 40 Classic Rock music.  3 Guys Who Love Their Classic Rock.  They also perform in Canada’s biggest CCR/John Fogerty Tribute Band called Mystic Highway Band.  Plus Fest Performers on stage all afternoon until about 6 pm.  Steps away from the Ocean with a big dance floor just for the occasion.

    Trebor Villa of Morelia will assume a more prominent front-line role, with his early Bob Dylan set, his Jimi Hendrix and other classic rock music. as will Marianna Gajma, Mexico’s next shining vocal star. Her stage presence and engaging personality will win you over quickly we’re sure.  Both will be with us throughout the entire Festival January 19-27, 2024

    Mariana Gajma

    Please Check The Latest Revised Schedules On Our Website or Facebook Page For All The Changes.  

    And that’s all Folks, the January Events are next. 

    Venues, locations, times stay the same. The fundraising goals stay the same. 5 hours each night of great Fun, the great Live Music of our lives.  Originals and cover songs by Performers from all over Canada, Mexico and now the United Kingdom, with many albums to their credit, plus great Tributes to present in honour to the icons of rock and blues.  

    And Yes You Can Wear The 2024 Shirt Too-Sleeved or Sleeveless, Saying You Survived the 2024 Rock ‘n Blues Explosions And Loved It. It’s Available Now In Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo by special delivery arrangement or at the Fest Events in January.

    The Fundraising Goal:

    All Donors in 2024 also automatically go to the head of the line in our public Wall of Honor, recognizing all Donors to the Centre For Senior Animals, Kid & Rockin’ Good Times in the yearly order they are received. 

    December 6, 2023 

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

    Phone/W.A:+52 755 101 5989  Emails: tequilabluesfest@gmail.com & bobrempel@gmail.com  

    Website: https://tequilabluesrock.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/tequilabluesfests/  Advance Fest Tickets For Each Event And Venue:  https:/tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/

    The Paraiso Society organizing group presents the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival and our new Generations Unite theme in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa and Playa Linda and Troncones Mexico on January 19-27, 2024. 

    We Have Made Major Positive Changes, For Our Fans, To Our Performer Lineup…As We Continue To Work Get “Better and Better”, Our Key Words For 2024-2026.  

    View Our December 6 Promo Video For January 19-27, 2024 Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest For An Overview of Performers and Special Shows And Tributes:  https://youtu.be/Gu6iqvKd27M

    Today, We Are Pleased To Announce Two Additions To Strengthen Our First Regional Event, January 25 in Troncones, plus the January 26 event in Zihuatanejo and January 27 Fest Closing Event In Ixtapa.  

    We Have Added Cliff Stevens of Montreal, Canada, with 5 Albums of original Blues Rock to his credit, multiple European tours, plus being one of the foremost interpreters of living legend Eric Clapton’s music worldwide. Website:  CliffStevens.com  

    and we have added bluesman Brandon Isaak, now of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, originally The Yukon, with 3 Albums Recorded, multiple European tours as well, and just recently with 4 Nominations in 2023 For Canada’s Prestigious Maple Blues Awards.  Website: https://brandonisaak.ca

    Cliff Stevens

    Cliff Stevens Performance Video

    Brandon Isaak

    Brandon Isaak Performance Video

    Plus Morelia Mexico’s Chile Vudu 3 Piece power trio, led by Norbert “Bones” Aguilar on lead vocals, is now joining us, starting opening night November 19 for our sold-out show. They are presenting separately a “Beatles at Shea Stadium 1965” Set and the “Highway to Hell and Back” Set with the music of AC-DC and more power rock. 

    Chile Vudu

    Today, Also Announcing A Sell-Out For January 19 In Zihuatanejo at Madana Bar and Restaurant, Zihuatanejo, Our Earliest Ever, And Now A Second Show Added on January 22 With An Equally Strong Lineup As Will Appear On January 19 At Madana Bar On Opening Night.  

    Also To Highlight A Purchase At One Time For A Group of 19, For January 20 in Ixtapa at Ricardo’s Restaurante and Bar.  Our Largest Group To Date Since We Began in 2018. They Said, “We Read About The Fun In The Reviews And Don’t Want To Miss Out”  A Big Fun Night Ahead In Ixtapa on the 20th As Well!

    Today, We Also Announce The Appointment Of Our 2024 Music Director, And Headline Performer, Charlie Jacobson.  He is a fan Favorite from Previous Fests, from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada Know All The Musicians And The Music The Fans Love. A multi-instrumentalist and accomplished guitarist.  Charlie will work with the Fest Director to ensure that all our Headliners have great backing musicians. Plus perform as a Headliner as well.

    We Announce We Have Added the Top 40 Classic Rock Trio, 3 For The Show from Hamilton Ontario Canada To Our First Ever By The Beach Rock ‘n Blues All Afternoon Margaritavile Palooza…Shindig…Fiesta.  They Open the Playa Linda Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub 1-6 Pm Afternoon at 1:00 pm. At Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub at Playa Linda, near Ixtapa.

    To Add Even More Sizzle To That Afternoon, Our Key Headliner Bex Marshall, of London England, who is with us the entire Fest period, will Honor Tina Turner, who passed away in 2023, with a one-time special Tribute Set That Afternoon. 

    We Are Confident In Taking Our Current Lineup To Our Fans For Some Great Fun Nights Ahead.  But If There Is An Opportunity To Improve It Even Further,  We Advise Our Fans That We Are Still Holding One Or Two Places In Our Performer Lineup For the Right Music, And The Right Big Hearts To Join Our Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions 2024 Performer Family/Familia,  If We Identify Some Great Fits.

    We Are Truly A “Come Together” Event For Performers and Fans That Feel That Way About The Power of The Music of Our Lives To Help Create More Good Where We Are…while having big fun and enjoying one of the best Winter Paradises possible.   The Events Of The Past Few Weeks As We Describe Below Have Reinforced That For Us.

    Now The Backstory And More Information Below

    Nobody heard the big Explosions on November 15 in the Tequila Rock n Blues Explosions Fest office.  Not an explosion of Rock ‘n Blues music.  An explosion of bad news with potentially very damaging results to the 2024 Festival. We were reeling, not rocking.  

    Two unrelated headliner performers, our biggest ever, on the same day if you can believe that coincidence, asked for a deferral to our 2025 or 2026 Festivals for medical reasons. We want to make that work.  Two others have subsequently just gone AWOL, gone missing on us, astounding yes, but true, and that means they are not coming for 2025 or 2026 either. 

    An Aside About How This Could Happen To A Growing Fest With A Loyal Fan Base.  We are an Old School style operation here. Maybe to a fault. Great Music for Worthy Causes By Volunteers. Handshakes And Verbal Agreements As We Look For the Right Combination Of Performers With Big Hearts Who Want Some Downtime and Fun Time In Mexico In Late January.  “A big learning experience” is what Fest Director Bob Rempel called it.  And we love even more the pérformers and fans and partners that Have our Back too.

    It took a few days to process all this and decide our strategy. No tequila-mezcal was necessary for a fan-friendly approach that helped the Fest stay on target to keep achieving its “Better and Better 2024-2026 strategy and fundraising goals. Go back to basics, go back to first order priorities was the advice we received.  But, no denying it, a shot or two of tequila or mezcal did not hurt in helping us get back to glass-half-full thinking.

    Now here we are today, a few weeks later, feeling better and more confident than ever.

    We are pleased to announce today:

    -In light of the regrettable cancellations by Performers we have promoted for months to our fans, any ticket holder for 2024 who wishes to defer their ticket to either 2025 or 2026 will be able to do so, by informing us of the same by Written Communication before January 19 midday.  No penalties or fees. This will allow us to put 2024 fans in those seats. 

    -In the meantime, on January 19 at Madana Restaurant, the Rock and Blues back room we all affectionately call “Small Room, Big Fun” has Sold Out. A second show for Zihuatanejo with all or most of the first weekend Fest performers has been scheduled for Monday, January 22. Same time, same location.

    The second weekend January 25, 26, 27 events have grown considerably stronger with performers

    -Cliff Stevens of Montreal, Canada with 5 blues rock albums to his credit will join us January 25-27.  In Cliff’s case not only has he got 5 albums of original music, he is also known as the “Canadian Slowhand”.  He is considered one of the foremost Eric Clapton music interpreters worldwide.  More on Cliff:  https://www.thesoundcafe.com/post/a-conversation-with-montreal-bluesman-cliff-stevens

    -Brandon Isaak, of North Cowichan, BC, Canada, with three blues albums to his credit and just recently 4 Maple Blues Award Nominations for 2023 will also join us January 25-27.  When you see Brandon you can affectionately say “Hey Bluesman”.  He love the title and his recorded music and live performances show it. In November performed at a “Sold Out”  show at the famous Blue Frog Studio in Vancouver, Canada.  website social

    More on Brandon:  https://edifyedmonton.com/culture/performing-arts/brandon-isaak-saint-of-swing-boss-of-blues/

    The first weekend will now allow us to feature our first International performer (non-USA-Canada-Mexico) to a much great degree. Bex Marshall of London, England.

    She has a great pedigree.  Selected as the voice of “Janis Joplin”  by Big Brother and the Holding Company’s original lead guitarist Sam Andrew who originally brought Janis into Big Brother in San Francisco, from Texas, for their European Tour in 2014, her voice and guitar skills will amaze everyone.  We have scheduled a special Tribute Homage to Tina Turner

    Bex with Big Brother original lead guitarist and band leader Sam Andrew, 2014

    Recently we announced Charlie Jacobson as our Musical Director ensuring all performers    He will now assume a front-line performance role as a Headliner as well.  Charlie is a fan favourite from previous years, an excellent guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, and has a great rock and blues mix of originals and covers.  We may even get a little Bob Seger tribute from Charlie.  He’s working on something he told us.

    We have moved the Beatles’s “1965 at Shea Stadium” and the Highway to Hell AC-DC sets, 30 minutes each at different times in the evening, to the first weekend.  They will be presented by Norbert Aguilar and his Chile Vudu band of Morelia, Mexico whose brief walk-on performance in 2023 told us we had to bring him back.  Now back with his power trio band!

    Unofficially we’re calling it Margarita Sunday.  Our Margaritaville.  Beach Rock takes over January 21 at the Beach, (Playa Linda’s Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub, 1:00 pm start all afternoon) will be headlined and opened by a special one time only performance of the very well known Hamilton, Ontario Canada, 3 For The Show.  Top 40 Classic Rock music.  3 Guys Who Love Their Classic Rock.  They also perform in Canada’s biggest CCR/John Fogerty Tribute Band called Mystic Highway Band.  Plus Fest Performers on stage all afternoon until about 6 pm.  Steps away from the Ocean with a big dance floor just for the occasion.

    Trebor Villa of Morelia will assume a more prominent front-line role, with his early Bob Dylan set, his Jimi Hendrix and other classic rock music. as will Marianna Gajma, Mexico’s next shining vocal star. Her stage presence and engaging personality will win you over quickly we’re sure.  Both will be with us throughout the entire Festival January 19-27, 2024

    Mariana Gajma

    Please Check The Latest Revised Schedules On Our Website or Facebook Page For All The Changes.  

    And that’s all Folks, the January Events are next. 

    Venues, locations, times stay the same. The fundraising goals stay the same. 5 hours each night of great Fun, the great Live Music of our lives.  Originals and cover songs by Performers from all over Canada, Mexico and now the United Kingdom, with many albums to their credit, plus great Tributes to present in honour to the icons of rock and blues.  

    And Yes You Can Wear The 2024 Shirt Too-Sleeved or Sleeveless, Saying You Survived the 2024 Rock ‘n Blues Explosions And Loved It. It’s Available Now In Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo by special delivery arrangement or at the Fest Events in January.

    The Fundraising Goal:

    All Donors in 2024 also automatically go to the head of the line in our public Wall of Honor, recognizing all Donors to the Centre For Senior Animals, Kid & Rockin’ Good Times in the yearly order they are received. 

  • Let’s Give You A Taste Of Charlie Solo…Our 2024 Music Director And Performer…From Friday November 10 Here In Our Paraiso

    He sounds great…multi multi-instrumentalist, 3 albums to his credit, one more on the way, rock, blues, rockabilly and more, still young, started playing when he was 4, now early 30’s, a long career ahead. He’s back in January 2024 for the Fest taking on an important role. Making sure all the music sounds just right. Plus performing too of course.

  • It’s PreFest Warmup Time Friday November 10 And It Is Free For All 2024 Ticket Holders…Troncones…Playa Linda…Ixtapa…Zihuatanejo

    It’s PreFest Warmup Time Friday, November 10 And It Is Free For All 2024 Ticket Holders. Plus Sippin’ and Samplin’ for 2024 Ticket Holders As Well. Advance Tickets Are Available Online Now Here

    Fan favourite from our previous Fests, Charlie Jacobson is in Mexico now recording some new music and enjoying some sun and downtime. However, he has agreed to help us get “get the party started” on Friday, November 10, with some music and meet and greets at Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub Playa Linda starting 4:00 pm and Zihuatanejo at Madana Bar and Restaurant, starting 9:00 pm, with a feature Dinner Show at Ricardo’s Restaurante (Villas Paraiso Hotel) in Ixtapa at 6:00 pm. (More details in the image below) Just added: 2:00 pm Troncones at La Mexicana Bar and Restaurant. See Promo Video Below

    We’ve recently asked Charlie to take on a very important new task within our 2024 Festival, January 19-27, 2024 in Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa and Troncones.

    That of the role of Music Director. Ensuring we have all the best possible musicians in place to back up all performers, help plan and put together great collaborations for the fans, and perform on stage himself. He’s already agreed to give us a Bob Seeger medley…you know hits like “Old Time Rock and Roll”, “Night Moves”, “Ramblin Gamblin Man” and “Hollywood Nights”. Plus his own music including some of the new music he has been recording.

  • The Best Kept Secret For Rockin’ and Bluesin’ Fun In The Sun In January In Mexico Or Anywhere” Say Our Fans…Now The Secret Is Out!

    The Best Kept Secret For Rockin’ and Bluesin’ Fun In The Sun In January In Mexico Or Anywhere” Say Our Fans…Now The Secret Is Out!

    A Big Group of 18 From British Columbia, Canada Bought For Ixtapa January 20. Nearing Sellout Already For January 19 in Zihuatanejo. Many Great Shows.

    Big Fun Big Fundraising Day January 22. For Big Hearts! For Folks Who Love Our Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise. For Those Who Love Animals, Kids That Want To Rock, Live Music Fests, Film Fests and more. January 22 Only-Special Dinner-Special Concert-The Magic Bus Experience.

    More Music And Performers Being Added All The Time. Where Will You Be? Advance Tickets Here On This Site Table Reservations Still Available For Venues In Order Of Purchase.

  • You Could Go To Every Show And Get Something New Each Time Or You Could Pick And Choose As You Wish…Announcing Our 3 Shows Or More Ticketing Package For True Festers, Rock ‘n Blues Lovers

    See Them In Performance In Our 2024 Performers’ Highlights Videos first of all. Then check out the Schedule of Events below and then you buy

    And then you could become a Rock ‘n Blues Explosions (in Mexico in January) Fan(atic) 3 Timer or 4 or 5 or 6 Timer. 6 Events, Buy a 3, 4 or 5 or 6 Events Package and Save 25 percent and More On Single Event Purchases.

    Priority Seating at every event for Rock ‘n Blue Explosions Fan(atics).

    Plus Get 1 Each of our Fest Merchandise: 2024 Shirt, 2024 Cold Drink Koozie, Souvenir Shot Glass and Souvenir Coffee Cup.

    Also, receive all Audio Recordings Of 1 Fest Event For Download at No Cost and the others at 50% off regular donation pricing.

    Buy Now. Click Here to go to the Purchase Page.

    Schedule of Events

    Current as of October 14, 2023

  • Five More Performers For 2024 To Truly Make Our Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest in Mexico Better and Better…Our Mission…Where Will You Be?

    Pick One Only: Winter January Blues…Freezing, Snow, No End In Sight, No Great Live Music Anywhere…Or This….Rock ‘n Blues Explosions In Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and Region, Mexico…The Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise In Mexico In The Warmth, Many Great Unspoiled Beaches, Tequila, Cold Drink and Fun in Abundance. You Decide Friends!

    We’re very pleased today to tell you more about the 5 new performers, new 2024 Big Hearts, we’ve added to our 2024 Festival, plus a New Regional Event, and unique Concept Shows that will rock.

    The Full Text Version Below (English)

    September 13, 2023  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: tequilabluesfest@gmail.com & bobrempel@gmail.com  

    Website: https://tequilabluesrock.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/tequilabluesfests/ 

    The Paraiso Society presents the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival and our new Generations Unite theme in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa and region on January 19-27, 2024. 

    We Just Got “Better and Better”, Our Key Words For 2024-2026.  

    Announcing 5 Additional Performers, In Addition To Our July 6 Announcement Of Performers 

    Today We Are Very Pleased To Tell You That Our Second, World-Class, World Renowned Blues and Rock Guitarist Chris Duarte, of Austin, Texas, USA, Will Join Us To Headline Our Second Weekend Of Events. He will join us starting January 22. 

    Now Two World-Class Quality Blues-Rock Guitarists And Vocalists. Joanna Connor (joannaconnorwreckingcrew.com) who joins us starting January 19, and Chris Duarte (duarterocks.com.  Professional musicians with large fan bases. Both 15 albums to their credit including recent ones this year.  We say, “They are the best guitarists you’ll see in 2024 in Mexico, or any year for that matter…The Perfect 2 in 1 Package for Rock and Blues Explosions! 

    Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and Region Tourists, Visitors, and Local Folks That Want To Put Some Or A Lot Of Rockin’ and Bluesin Into Their Magical Experiences In Paraiso, Will Benefit Even More.  Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise…Much More Than Words We Say

    Today We Also Announce For 2024, A Full Creedence/CCR/John Fogerty Concert By The Lead Vocalist of Canada’s Most Successful CCR Tribute Band, Gil Gaidola, and our First International Blues-Rock Recording Artist Performer, Bex Marshall of London, England, Who Starts Her USA Tour To Promote Her New Album Being Released In Late 2023, In Mexico With Us.  Plus We’re Adding One Of Mexico’s Best Young Pop and Rock and Blues Voices, Steffie Beltt, from Mexico City and Norbert Aguilar of Morelia, MX, an outstanding classic rock voice with concept sets involving AC-DC music and The Beatles at Shea Stadium 1965..

    Earlier we had announced that Reggie King Sears (Fort Lauderdale, USA), Marianna Gajma (Mexico City), Trebor Villa (Morelia, MX), Kristell Rodriguez (Morelia, MX) and America Hernandez (Morelia, MX) in addition to Joanna Connor.

    All our very talented 2024 performers have agreed to take time out of their busy regular gig and tour schedules to be a Big Heart Performer leader in helping us launch our “Better and Better” 3-year plan and major new fundraising campaign for music training for talented disadvantaged youth, and street animal rescue with a focus on senior animals, Multi-Purpose Facility. 

    “We are forever grateful to these Big Hearts Big Talents who will join with us to help us build Better and Better Fests so that we make more positive contributions to the community and the causes we are passionate about, said Bob Rempel, chairperson of the all-volunteer ad hoc Paraiso Society organizing group. “They, and all major donors and partners, will all have feature spots on our Big Heart Wall of Honour we will create when our Project is complete and in operation.”

    More On Our New Performers:  

    For Chris Duarte Please Follow This Link To Our Part 1 News Relase Today For More Detailed Information:  Chris is a high-energy world-class blues, and rock guitarist, with jazz expressions also in his play from time to time. Fifteen albums to date including one released earlier this year.  He agreed to come earlier and join us on January 22, just so we could present a collaboration or two for our special Fundraising Dinner of two of the world’s best together of stage.  Priceless moments but only at the Fundraising Dinner.  When we asked if he could help us with that he quickly responded “I’m Your Guy”.  We don’t make this up folks.  A real breath of fresh air in the industry.  A good guy.  He will be with us until the end of the Fest on the 27, so many up close and personal opportunities, to get to know Chris both as a world class musical talent and as a quality person. 

    Gil Gaidola: (mystichighwayband.com) Gil is the lead vocalist and guitarist of Canada’s very popular Mystic Highway Band, based out of Hamilton, Ontario Canada. The band performs extensively in Canada and the USA to audiences thrilled with the quality of the performance and the likeness. 

    Gil is also a very popular solo acoustic performer, with a large song list, and the Fest has asked him to present songs by two legendary folk-rock icons, who have recently passed: Gordon Lightfoot and Jimmy Buffet.  As well as songs like “Eve of Destruction” and “What So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding” to tie into our Generations Unite…For Peace, Love, Understanding and Mother Earth theme throughout the events of the second week of the Festival. 

    Gil has a Big Heart that knows no bounds it seems, so when we told him we needed a fun but highly professional act for a concert-style show for our big fundraising dinner he said “I’m your guy”. 

    (We said, we heard exactly the same thing from another performer…Chris Duarte).  There’s a theme here we remarked. “Big Hearts are Big Hearts naturally. That’s who they are in life and we love them for that. Maybe we need to get that “I’m Your Guy” shirt ready for the Fest ????) 

    Gil will perform first with a full 1 hour 15 minute plus show at a special fundraising dinner and concert Monday, January 22 and then stay around through the week and participate in the events. We also feature a “Gil Unplugged” a 2 hour Happy Hour show (why not make the happy hour longer in Mexico, we say) presentation on January 24. We’ve also extended Gil’s time on stage for January 26.

    Here’s Gil and Band with an under the radar but infectious CCR song that everyone loves. Green River.

    Gil, in middle.

    Bex Marshall  (bexmarshall.com) From London, England, Bex Marshall is the first of many future performers from England or Europe to perform at the festival. The festival organizers are committed to showcasing the best talent from all over the world, and we are very excited to have Marshall kick off this new chapter in the festival’s history.  Bex is known for her powerful vocals and bluesy guitar playing, Marshall is a four-time British Blues Award winner and has released six albums over the course of her career. A new album, labelled “Fortuna” is to be released before the end of 2023 and signals the start of extensive “Bex is Back” touring for her.  Her previous album, “House of Mercy,” was released in 2020 and was met with critical acclaim. The title song became a popular hit in England.  The album features a mix of blues, rock, and soul, and showcases Marshall’s raw talent and emotional vocals. Bex joins us for the first weekend starting January 19 and will be with us until January 27. Guitar Clinics, Writers Workshops Including Songwriting and Of Course Great Music With Her Original And A Large Song List.

    Here’s Bex with I Can’t Look You In The Eye from 2019 

    Steffie Beltt  We feel honored to have her with us.  Talk about a future shining star worldwide. A powerful stage presence she is best heard and seen live.  Steffie is a young Mexico City vocalist of Mexican and Cuban backgrounds, who has already performed on stage with the likes of Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Billy Branch and Bobby McFerrin. She fuses blues with genres such as soul , jazz , rock . , pop , R&B , funk for a unique sound that appeals to all ages.  We are very pleased to have Steffie with us to Headline our Generations Unite theme for the Fest’s second week.  Her concept show, Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress” which she has agreed to present for our fans will feature the music of all Generations from the 50’s to Current Day and is a one of a kind show that is being put together for the Festival.

    More on Steffie at this link (Wikipedia)

    Steffie sings the blues for you: Te Dedico Este Blues

    She is truly a Big Heart as well and works actively to support street animals in Mexico.  See her wearing the Shirt proudly, below.:

    Norbert Aguilar  (@norbertbones) Norbert is a well liked and respected very knowledgeable radio broadcaster, (we used to call them d.j’s), podcaster and blogger in Morelia Mexico by day and by night he unleashes his great rock voice for classic rock music of all kinds. Plays bass guitar as well. We saw an impromptu performance of AC-DC and Zeppelin music in 2023 at a Zihua event of ours, and the Fan reaction was “We want more of this, more of Norbert”.  We agreed because we likex it equally as much. So we’ve made this a set part of our Fest for the second weekend.  Norbert will do two concept sets, the Highway to Rock Heaven The AC-DC Inspired Party Rock Set and the Beatles 1965 First Stadium Show In the USA, in it’s entirety.

    Here’s some very raw fan shot video from 2023.  In celebration of being back rockin’ and rollin’ in 2023 after a 2 year absence. https://www.facebook.com/1192853910/videos/726033789185507/

    Event Dates And Tickets

    Event Dates Are Now Set As Well. January 19, 20, 21 and January 25, 26, 27 plus free Meet and Greets January 19 in the afternoon and January 24 (Happy Hour) with live music as well. View Them Here.

    We’re very pleased to announce our First Regional Event.  We’ll be at La Mexican Restaurant and Bar in Troncones on January 25 for a Full Fest Show. With a special early Bob Dylan set by Trebor Villa and a special in tribute Jimi Hendrix music set by Chris Duarte supported by Fest Performers plus much more for about 4.5 to 5 hours of live music.   (https://www.facebook.com/LaMexicanaTroncones)  La Mexicana Website

    Tickets With Table Reservation Privileges for the January 22 to 27 Dates Are Now On Sale. Details Here.  The Details Of The Special La Grande Fundraising Dinner And Special Concert With Unique Collaborations (Connor and Duarte for example)  plus the mid Afternoon “We’re Going Sunsettin’  Experience With Fest Performers, Will Be Published On October 1.

    For The Full September 13 News Release Part 1 Please Follow This Link

    For The July 6 News Release Announcing Our First Weekend Performers Please Follow This Link

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    2024 Posters Week 1 and Week 2

  • Announcing 2024 Part 2…More Great Performers…More Great Events…Our News Release To All Media And Fans Everywhere…It’s Go Mexico…Go Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo For Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Time Once Again

    We Get Better And Better For 2024!

    Please Note The English Full Text Version Follows The PDF Downloads Below. Spanish version available below.

    English Version y Espanol September 13, 2023 Release-Communica de Prensa For Download

    Media Release

    September 13, 2023, 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: tequilabluesfest@gmail.com & bobrempel@gmail.com  

    Website: https://tequilabluesrock.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/tequilabluesfests/ 

    Summary Overview (And Yes We Do Bury The Lead???? A Mortal Sin)

    The Paraiso Society Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo & Region presents the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival and our new Generations Unite theme in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa and region on January 19-28, 2024. 

    We Just Got “Better and Better”, Our Key Words For 2024.  

    Announcing 5 Additional Performers, In Addition To Our July 6 Announcement Of Performers And The First Weekend Dates And Locations. (See Poster Image For First Weekend At End)

    Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Tourists, Visitors and Local Folks Who Want To Put Some Or A Lot Of Rockin’ and Bluesin Into Their Magical Experiences In Paraiso, Will Benefit Even More.  

    Today We Announce:

    A Full Creedence/CCR/John Fogerty Concert And Full Fest Participation By The Lead Vocalist of Canada’s Most Successful CCR Tribute Band, Gil Gaidola,  (mystichighwayband.com) and 

    Our First (of many more in the future) International Blues-Rock Recording Artist Performer, Bex Marshall of London, England, Starts Her “Bex Is Back” USA Tour In Mexico With Us, To Promote Her New Album, Which Will Be Released In Late 2023 (bexmarshall.com), 

    We’re Also Adding One Of Mexico’s Best Young Pop Rock and Blues Voices, Steffie Beltt, from Mexico City with four albums to her credit already, (steffiebeltt.com or F.B. @steffiebelttoficial) plus  

    Norbert Aguilar of Morelia, Mexico, an outstanding classic rock voice that we first briefly heard in 2023, returns with concept sets involving AC-DC music and The Beatles at Shea Stadium 1965.

    That’s Just The Icing On The “Better and Better” Fest Cake.  Drum Roll Now Please!  

    Today We Are Very Pleased To Announce That Our Second, World-Class, World Renowned Blues and Rock Guitarist Chris Duarte, of Austin, Texas, USA, Will Join Us To Headline Our Second Weekend Of Events. He will join us starting January 22. (duarterocks.com) Similarly to Joanna Connor, he brings his great talent on the guitar and vocals, and his Big Heart to support our Fundraising Causes and have fun in the sun with old and new fans.  

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    Austin-based guitarist, songwriter, and singer Chris Duarte has often been compared with the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. It’s heady stuff for the musician, who plays a rhythmic style of Texas blues-rock that is at times reminiscent of Vaughan’s sound, and at other times reminiscent of Johnny Winter. The truth is, Duarte has his own sound that draws on elements of jazz, blues, and rock & roll. Duarte is a six-time Blues Music Award nominee and has released 15 albums over the course of his career. His latest album, “Ain’t Giving Up,” was released in April 2023 and has been met with critical acclaim. The album features a mix of blues, rock, and soul, and showcases Duarte’s virtuosic  guitar playing and expressive vocals.

    Here’s “Nobody But You” official music video from his latest album.  Great rockabilly sound showing the versatility that we will see on stage.  From Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray to Eddie Van Halen to uniquely Chris, it’s all there in one package.

    Here’s “Big Legged Woman” one of Chris’s most popular original songs, at the Dallas International Guitar Festival earlier this year.  https://youtu.be/mH_-23DyWlE?si=YWSWPP88Kocqdlm5

    Our Other World Renowned Blues and Rock Guitarist and Vocalist Joanna Connor Is Coming To Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo to be with us from opening night January 19 through the 22nd. She also has 15 recorded albums to her credit, the most recent being “Best of Me” from earlier in 2023

    She has earlier agreed with us to take time out of her busy regular gig schedule to be a Big Heart Performer leader in helping us launch our “Better and Better” 3-year plan and major new fundraising campaign for a Multi-Purpose Facility for the communities and region that would house a street animal rescue facility with a focus on senior animals, a music training for talented disadvantaged youth plus a performance stage and films theatre. (See below) for artist renditions of the new Facility for Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and region that we hope to have all necessary funds in place after our 2026 Events.)

    An Artist’s Rendition Of A Possible Future Facility With Offices, Film Theatre, And Shelter In Front, Performance Venue In Back.

    All our other great talented performers for 2024 are also coming with equal intensity to support our 2024-2026 campaign and help us build Better and Better Fests that can help make more positive contributions to the community.  

    Big Heart Performers, Great Talent you can only see once or a few times, and Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions in sunny Mexico near the beaches in cold January everywhere else…a perfect combination we feel.

    Our Full List Of Big Talent, Big-Hearted Performers For 2024:

    Announced Today:

    Chris Duarte, Austin, Texas   (https://duarterocks.com)  Bex Marshall, London, England  (https://bexmarshall.com), Steffie Beltt, Mexico City, Mx (https://www.facebook.com/SteffieBelttOficial/)  Gil Gaidola, Hamilton, Canada    (https://mystichighwayband.com), Norbert Aguilar, Morelia, Mexico (https://www.facebook.com/NorbertBones)

    Gallery and videos and additional linkages below and on our website.

    Previously announced on July 6 were:

    Joanna Connor, Chicago, USA, (https://joannaconnorwreckingcrew.com)  Reggie King Sears, Fort Lauderdale, USA (https://www.reggiekingsears.com/)  Marianna Gajma, Mexico City (https://marianagajma.com/), Trebor Villa (https://www.instagram.com/treborvilla/), America Hernandez (https://www.facebook.com/america.hernandez.96780), and Kristel Rodriguez (https://www.instagram.com/kristellrodriguezbajista/) all of Morelia, Mexico.

    Event Dates Are Now Set As Well.  Tickets With Table Reservation Privileges (selection of table seating in order of purchase) for the January 22 to 27 Dates Are Now On Sale.  https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/

    More announcements and final details on all events are planned for October 11, four weeks from today.

    January 22, La Grande Fundraising Dinner/Cena and Concert (see also full website post…we’ll find a better name soon, we promise) at Madana Bar and Restaurant in Zihuatanejo.  Black and White Themed Dress Up Suggested But Not Required.  Special 1.5 Concert Style show by Gil Gaidola presenting the music of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival.  Special one-night-only collaborations by Joanna Connor and Chris Duarte. Only on the 22 when Chris joins us. Other collaborations with Bex Marshall and Reggie King Sears and many others.  

    Plus A Magic Bus ride in the afternoon to go “Happy Hour Sunsettin” at La Mexicana in Troncones with Live Music by Fest Performers, then return for the private Evening Dinner and Concert.  Price Includes Bus, Full Chef Jonathon supervised special dinner with wine-2 main course options, fest merch swag bag, tequila mezcal samplers in abundance, and great fun music starting from the moment the Bus hits the highway until the end of the night   Bring your drinks of choice for the bus trip.  

    Note: All Fundraising Dinner Purchasers (VIP or Reserved Packages) Will Be Recognized With Permanent Legacy Signage At The New Facility We Are Raising Funds For, Special Front Rows Seating, And Event Recognition, As Our Guests For The Opening Ceremonies’ And First Event At The New Facility)

    January 24, Meet and Greet Festival Performers Week 2, and Happy Hour Live Music Acoustic…featuring Gil Gaidola, Canada, with the music of Gordon Lightfoot, Jimmy Buffett in loving memory, plus many others, as well as other Fest. Performers  (Free with donations and tips requested please. Food and drink purchases required if seated at a venue table)  Venue To Be Announced Shortly.

    January 25,  Troncones, La Mexicana venue. Our new regional Venue partner.  Second weekend opening night. A special Bob Dylan music opening set by Trebor Villa of Morelia only in Troncones. Plus much more. Approximately 4.5-5 hours of live music. All Festival Performers.  Chris Duarte and Trebor Villa will also present a special set of Jimi Hendrix music among other highlights.   Hear Chris on Jimi Hendrix’s Hey Joe:  https://fb.watch/m_IbtkeXzE/  A Special Fund Will Be Created From Ticket Sales (100 pesos per ticket sold) And 50-50 Draws or Auctions Of Donated Prizes That Will Stay In The Community To Support Local Causes Including Animal Rescue Work And More.

    January 26, Zihuatanejo, Madana Bar and Restaurant, Zihua Centro, All second-weekend performers. Featuring Gil Gaidola twice. An opening live electro-acoustic plus another set of full CCR/John Fogerty music from their full catalogue. An extended set.  Plus Many Special Collaborations.

    January 27, Ixtapa, Ricardo’s Restaurant at Villas Paraiso Hotel.  Features Bex Marshall’s “Songs Of My Life”…Music That Inspired Me In London, England” Set plus Steffie Beltt, with her “Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress” set with the music of the 50s through to Today’s Hits, as part of our Generations Unite theme.

    Other Events Are In The Planning Stage With Details To Be Announced on October 11: 

    Guitar Clinic for Youth and New Guitarists lead by Joanna Connor and Bex Marshall and others, and Guitar Clinic by Chris Duarte and Bex Marshall, Twice.

    Writers Workshop and Rockin’ Your Kitchen and up close and personal Bex Marshall unplugged accompanied by Jonathon Ramsay, presenting material from their successful workshops in England.  (See also the website:  https://bexmarshall.com)

    The Moments with Chris Duarte or Joanna Connor Experience.  For a single donation of $100 USD or Peso Equivalent,  (which includes 1 VIP front section ticket for the show) guitarists of all ages and experience can get up on stage at one of our nightly or afternoon shows and get 10 minutes on stage going back and forth with guitar licks and jams.  The video recordings for family and friends and online sharing will be priceless.

    Chef Jonathon: Professional London, England Chef Supervised Fundraising Dinner plus all venues will benefit from his oversight and assistance to the excellent local staff to ensure the Festival food is the best it can be for our fan members. 

    Run Through The Jungle…Run, Walk, Bike, Just Do It! Not The CCR Song But Related.  To Playa Linda and Back…Or Just A Small Part Of It.  Without Or Without Your Pets.

    3 On 3 Basketball and Foul Shot Shooting…Preview Our New 2025 Events

    Show Us What You’ve Got Stage Setting Up The Front Of House Stage At Madana Bar and Restaurant Zihuatanejo.  For Local Groups To Perform For The Public.  Developing Youth Groups or Performers From Our Region Given Priority.

    For The Other September 13-15 News Releases With More Details And Videos On Our Other New Performers, And More Information On Our January 22 Special Fundraising Dinner and Concert And “Magic We’re Going Sunsettin’ Bus” Experience Please Visit Our Website: https://tequilabluesrock.com 

    For The July 6 News Release Announcing Our First Weekend Please Follow This Link: https://tequilabluesrock.com/announcing-2024-the-performers-the-better-better-fests-plan-the-news-release-to-all-media-and-fans-everywhere-its-go-mexico-go-ixtapa-zihuatanejo-time-once-again-soon/  

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    Images:

    Events Logo

    Additional Performance Video Links:

    Joanna Connor:   “Shake Your Money Maker” – Joanna Connor and The Wrecking Crew – Live from The Fallout Shelter Reggie King Sears: Reggie King Sears- All The Kings Horses Marianna Gajma: Mariana Gajma – Warm (CDMX, Gato Fest 2022 – May 15, 2022) Trebor Villa: Trebor Villa Of Morelia, Mexico With The Music Of The Early Bob Dylan Bex Marshall: Bex Marshall – The House of Mercy Steffie Beltt: Steffie Beltt – La Raíz (Mi Generación) Steffie Beltt – Te Dedico Este Blues  Gil Gaidola/Mystic Highway Band: https://youtu.be/Q8bScW9CtrY?si=fd_R1Jzvy4nAQX4V

    The CCR-Fogerty Song List (Which Ones Will You Be Requesting?)

    Backgrounder:

    The Vision and Action Plan  (download on the website) also outlines other changes and improvements that are scheduled to be made in 2025 and 2026.

    Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival presents classic rock ‘n blues ‘n rockabilly ‘n boogie woogie music from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s primarily, the  Music of our Lives we call it, on the last two weekends of January, for visitors to Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Mexico from everywhere.  The first Fest was held in 2018 and has been held every year in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo since, except for Covid caused shutdowns in 2021 and 2022.  All events have been fundraising events organized by volunteers.  All events have operated with cash flow only from ticket sales and the help of local partners.  No other subsidies or support said Rempel.  “It’s the true test of events like this…Do they want it, If you build it will they come”  For the community impact of events to date, search “community”  on our website https://tequilabluesrock.com. “We were not satisfied that we have done enough for the community, so with “Better and Better Vision and Plan” you see our commitment to creating a new significant impact on this community in the next 3 years and beyond,” stated Rempel.

    The new Generations Unite Festival…The Festival for Peace, Love, Understanding, Kindness and Mother Earth (short name: Generations Unite Fest) will offer a wider selection of music that will appeal to a wide variety of folks, including folk-rock, country rock, country, reggae, jazz-rock, pop and more, but always with a fun atmosphere that visitors and locals love for a night or afternoon out.

    The Paraiso Society is a small ad hoc group of volunteers from Canada, the USA, and Mexico who love the still-too-hidden paradise of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and the region whose mission is to create fun, destination-worthy events with entertainment and entertainers from Mexico, Canada, USA and the U.K., that are unique to the area, while supporting local causes such as street animal rescue, youth development, and creating a lasting legacy. The Society has also organized other events in Mexico City in the past, and will continue to be open to establishing similar events in other tourism-focused communities where the right partnerships are available.

    For Online Tickets To All Events and Reserved Tables (up to 7:30 pm or by special arrangement) Selection In Order Of Purchase please go to our Festival Tickets page on our Website.  https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/ (Please Note First Weekend Reservation Privileges Ends September 12 at Midnight, Second Week Events Reservation Privileges End October 10 Midnight)

    For media or partnership inquiries, please contact Bob Rempel, Organizing Committee Chairperson, with contact details on top.

    Social Media:  Facebook, (Fan Page) Twitter    Youtube Channel   Spotify 2024 Music Coming Soon.

    What Fans Say:

    2024 It’s Winter Rock and Blues Paradise Again

    Artistic Representation of Future Facility 1

    Artistic Representation of Future Facility 2

    Additional Performer Photos:

    Gil Gaidola: 

    Bex Marshall:

    Steffie Beltt:

    Norbert Aguilar:

    Chris Duarte

  • You don’t have to go to Romania to see bada** Reggie…he’ll be rockin’ our Mexico stages in January when it’s Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest time again.

    You don’t have to go to Romania to see bada** Reggie…he’ll be rockin’ our Mexico stages in January when it’s Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest time again. Check out this new just published video from Romania just published.

    Wow! Just Wow! So glad we’ve got him in our Lineup for you.

    That’s January 19-22, 2023 in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Bada** Performer on stage. Great guy up close and personal. Making new fans and friends everywhere he goes around the world. We’re Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest 2024. The “Better and Better” Fests For The Causes!

    Tickets Now With Table Reservation Privileges at Festival Tickets here on this Site.

  • Joanna Connor coming to create Rock ‘n Blues Explosions in Mexico to be a Performer Leader Headliner in supporting our fundraising for a unique Senior Dog and Cat Rescue Shelter that will support their special needs.

    See Joanna Connor live in Mexico. Truly world-class blues rock guitar and vocals. Big Heart!

    Yes, our plans are to create the first such Senior-aged animal-focused Shelter in Mexico. Maybe worldwide. Plus it will serve as a multi-purpose centre serving the community in several ways. Our vision is to include a School of Rock-Blues-Jazz and support for talented disadvantaged youth, a Performance Stage that can house intimate to medium-sized events of all types throughout the year, and a Film/Movies Theatre for future Film Festivals. Click on the Yellow image to the top right of this page to get more details of all of our Vision and Future Plans for 2024-2026.

  • Play Name That Tune With Us…Our 9th …And Please Don’t Go To Mexico For Rock ‘n Blue’s Explosions Without Your Baby…Huge Hint

    Check Out All 9 On Our Website here, or our Facebook Page (like the Page to follow new Posts) or our Youtube Channel (Subscribe and you’ll be notified when new ones are posted).

    Guess The Song And The Performer From The Opening Riff. Test Your Rock Knowledge. Check If You Like the Kind Of Music You’ll Hear Live In Mexico, in the warmth, by the beaches, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and Region on January 18-28, 2024, when it’s cold almost everywhere else in the world.

    Here’s The Latest Name That Tune:

  • Mexico Beach Wisdoms for August 7, 2024…Counting Down To January 19, 2024 And The Opening Night Of Our 2024 Fest, Our 7th Year

    Only For Those Ready To Get Wise At Or Near The Beach In The Warmth With Great Live Music By Top Shelf Performers. Advance Tickets with Reserved Table Privileges In Order Of Purchase (Until September 27 When We Make Our Final Announcements And Add Performers) Available Right Here On Site: https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/

  • It’s Not Only Fans Of Blues and Blues-Rock That Are Excited About Joanna Connor Coming To Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo for our 2024 Fest…

    It’s Not Only Fans Of Blues and Blues-Rock That Are Excited About Joanna Connor Coming To Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo for our 2024 Fest…, Guitar Players, Young and Old, New or Experienced Are Asking…When’s The Up Close And Personal Lessons and Clinic?

    We’re On It Friends. It’s A Must Have, We Agree! We’ll Tell You More About The Clinic and Lesson Plans Soon.

    The Best Blues Rock Guitarist To Ever Play In Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. We Certainly Think So. Don’t Take Our Word For It. Listen To Her Videos, Read All The Comments On Her YouTube Music, and Most Of All Trust What The Big Name Professional Performers Say.

    See Below Where She Offers An Online Lesson For All Guitar Players

    Click Through Here To Watch It Directly On Youtube: (Youtube restricts embedding…it’s so good, smiles, our apologies)

    Now Check Out Joanna On Stage.

    Joanna Connor-Shake Your Money Maker

    Where Do You Want To Be January 18-22, 2024 When Joanna Connor Is In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico? Tickets On Sale Now For January 19, 20 and 21 Events at https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets Selling well, because they come with Table Reservation Privileges until September 27 only when we announce our second wave of Performers and Events. Joanna will also be with us for a special and big Fundraising Dinner Night with New Performers and First-weekend Fest Performers on January 22. Details to come shortly.

  • Coming Soon…Very Soon To Zihuatanejo & Ixtapa & Region…Fun In The Sun Near The Best Beaches In Mexico With Rock ‘n Blues Explosions For 9 Days Starting January 19, 2024

     

     

     

     

    Tickets For Opening Weekend, With Reserved Tables Reservation Privileges Selling Fast. Buy Festival Tickets Here Online On Our Website: (Link to) Festival Tickets. Tickets for January 22 through January 28 go on sale September 27 after we announce the Performers and Schedule.

     

     

  • Welcome Mariana Gajma to our 2024 Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Festival in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, Mexico

    Mariana Gajama, dynamic Mexico City on-stage performer and top vocalist, equally at home in the blues or rock or pop, in English or Spanish, is coming to Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Festival in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and region, for 2024. We are excited to have her with us.

    Our Welcome Mariana Short Video Youtube:

    Mariana Gajma Website

    Mariana Gajma Facebook

    Mariana Gajma Instagram

    Our Fest dates for Tequila Rock ‘n Blues and the new Generations Unite Fest are January 18-28. See our website at https://tequilabluesrock.com for all details about the events including the schedule and performance times.

    Mariana Bio

    Mariana began singing professionally in 1994. Born in Toluca, MX, she now lives in Mexico City. Previously lead vocalist of the Merian Band and other group projects, she is currently working on her first solo album of original material to be released later this year.

  • Amigos de Animales in Barra Potosi Gets Support From Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Events & Fests

    Amigos de Animales in Barra Potosi Gets Support From Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Events & Fests from our January 2020 Events. Plans call for continued future support for Amigos from future Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Events in Ixtapa-Zihua.

    In late March we announced the funding contributions we had made following our Events in Ixtapa-Zihua from January to March, 2020.

    We are pleased to report today that Amigos de Animales (amigosdeanimales.org) of Barra Potosi, has received their full contribution pledged from the January 2020 Fest.

    We live in uncertain times but our message to Stasya Briggs, the inspirational founder of Amigos de Animales was one of hope for us, and our future events, with continued support for Amigos if possible, as well as for the Animales Angels MX animal rescue project by Natalia Ruiz Gomez, in central Mexico where many of our performers and fans are based.

    Stasya Briggs at Amigos de Animales large Animal Rescue Shelter in Barra Potosi in the Ixtapa-Zihua region.
    Natalia Ruiz Gomez with Choco one of the approximately 10 animals in her every growing small shelter. Choco, had a cancerous tumor that required costly medication and treatment for many months. Now healthy and ready for adoption.
  • A Full Night Of Rock Creedence Style, Blues Chicago Blues Style, And Soul The Blues Brothers Style Coming Up In Ixtapa Mexico

    The Chris Sanchez Blues Band Coming To Ixtapa Friday, March 6

  • Some Great Don’t Miss Rock ‘n Blues Exploding In Ixtapa-Zihua Next Few Weeks

    We’ve Got Some Excellent Out-of-Town Performers Coming On February 28 & 29, March 6 & 7 and March 13 & 14. 2 Groups from Mexico City, One from Morelia. Morelia with 10 performers to be exact. It’s our Rock ‘n Blues Showcase En Vivo on March 6 & 7. Three great unique sets. Festival sets.
    All are coming with full bands, and a-rockin’ uptempo live concert-style performance we love at Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Events. All Shows at Villas Paraiso Hotel & Rock Bar in Ixtapa.

    Pre-approved music from Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Events. We’ve had two groups before and we know how well folks responded to them two or three years ago. One is new to us here in Ixtapa, but has a great frontman and vocalist, all are excellent musicians and are great folks that want to support our fundraising, as all of them do, and we are confident will not disappoint in any way.

    We Present The Event Posters Below. Please Don’t Hesitate To Share With Friends Who Like Some Rock in their Music! We’ve Got That For Them.




  • We’re In The News About Our Upcoming Events & Future Plans For More Great Live Rock & Blues Music In Ixtapa-Zihua

    Many Upcoming Events And We’ve Been Talking With The Media. We’re Sharing The News Releases With Our Fans So You Know All The Future Plans.

    Ricardo Gomez of Villas Paraiso Hotel in Ixtapa and Bob Rempel of Tequila Blues ‘n Rock Explosion Events appeared on 98.5 FM Ixtapa-Zihua and their Facebook Live Morning Zanka Show on Monday. Check out the Facebook Live Interview. Primarily In Spanish, Some English.

    Our February 24th New Release Spanish Version To Local Media in Ixtapa-Zihua

    Our February 24 News Release English Version To Mexico Media

    Our 2020 Fest Wrap Up News Release January 23, 2020 English

    See You On February 28 & 29 for the Doors Concert Experience Show By The Crystal Ship Band of Mexico City. 3-3.5 Hrs Of Music Natalia Ruiz Gomez, the inspirational founder of Animales Angels Mexico will be in attendance. She’ll tell us about the daily work she does to rescue, treat, feed and shelter dogs plus tell the story of Choco, the beautiful 2-year-old part Dachshund female she rescued after it was abandoned, who has a tumor in her colon that needs costly cancer medication on a regular basis.

    See You on March 6 & 7 for Rock ‘n Blues Showcase En Vivo-The Return Of Chris Sanchez…And He’s Bringing His Rock ‘n Blues Friends. 3 Full Sets

    See You on March 13 & 14 for We Will ROCK You-The Music Of Queen & Bon Jovi And Much More Classic Rock Hits 3 Full Sets.

  • Will I Like The Doors Days Band…For February 28 & 29 At Villas Paraiso Hotel…We Get Asked Questions?

    Will I Like The Doors Days Band…For February 28 & 29 At Villas Paraiso Hotel…We Get Asked Questions? From A Recent Facebook Post

    We Start Getting Comments! Positive Comments From Someone Who Saw Them Two Years Ago.

  • The fundraising continues…it’s Door Days coming up in Ixtapa-Zihua February 28-29 at Villas Paraiso Hotel Ixtapa

    The Crystal Ship Band from Mexico City returns to Ixtapa to headline our Doors Days, The Door Experience Weekend at Villas Paraiso Hotel and Rock Bar. More Information Here On Facebook Events

    A sold-out crowd with excellent reviews from their first visit in February 2018. Two can’t miss shows if you love the music of The Doors: Light My Fire, Touch Me, Love Me Two Times, Love Her Madly, L.A. Woman, Break On Through, Roadhouse Blues and many more. Who doesn’t love their music? People were dancing all night last time they were here. The fundraising continues for our 2020 Causes: Street Animal Rescue by groups like Amigos de Animales of Barra Potosi, and Kids with projects like Birthday Smiles for kids who deserve a “happy” birthday, and Realizing Potentials, for kids with exceptional abilities and talent, but with barriers in their life to realizing their full potential. Support for training, technology and travel and more.

    The Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Events & Fests formula continues. Great Live Music By Full Bands and Performers, Fun-Fun-Fun And Support For Community and Causes always.

    Read about the results from our first two weekends Here. Our “Best Fest Ever” and we made a great start on fundraising for our 2020 Causes.

  • Order of Appearance for Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Fest January 17 & 18 in Ixtapa, Mexico

    We start Friday night at 7:00 pm. At Villas Paraiso Hotel in Ixtapa. Be in your seats early. The one of a kind Blues Brothers Show comes on soon after. Vicente Contreras, teenage guitar prodigy from Ixtapa, Mexico, just before them on the lineup. Show Tickets or Dinner & A Show & Drinks Tickets Available At Midday At Villas Paraiso Hotel or Online at https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/

  • “Best Tequila Blues & Rock Fest Ever” Say All The Fans And It Continues On Friday, January 17 and Saturday, 18 Equally As Good, We Feel! We regret on behalf of our fans that circumstances beyond our control required us to change the Performers’ Lineup and the Venue for the January 17 & 18 shows. We are all about Great Live Music first and foremost. Watch for more Performer Additions.
  • Why We Do What We Do? The Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Fest Int. III Connection To The Community And Worthy Causes

    Why We Do What We Do? The Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Fest Int. III More Than Just The Music Of Our Lives. But That’s Pretty Special In Itself Too. We Are About Great Live Music By Talented Professional Performers Just Here For The Fest. Add Fun-Fun-Fun, Add Destination Events For The Community, And Equally, If Not Most, Importantly Add Significant Ties To Worthy Local Causes and Cause Partners. It’s January 10-12, 2020 at Villas Paraiso Hotel and Rock Bar in Ixtapa, Mexico.

  • We Ready To Go For January 10 At Villas Paraiso For Tequila Blues & Rock Fest III

    See You At Villas Paraiso Hotel, Ixtapa, Friday, January 10. Tickets Online here at this site at https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/ or see us at Hotel Villas Paraiso from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm January 9 or come by from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Soundcheck & Setup time at Villas to view the venue and get your Tickets. Soundcheck free with a donation, or food and drink purchase. Friday Jan.10 hours at Villas Paraiso: 11:00 am-5:00 pm for Advance Tickets. Film Festival starts at 4:00 pm and Live Music starts at 6:50 pm.

  • Your Final Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Festival Schedule For Ixtapa & Zihua Is Here

    English Download The Full Festival Schedule January 10-19, 2020-9 Pages PDF

    Espanol Descargue el calendario completo del festival del 10 al 19 de enero 10 páginas PDF

    For Your Questions or Comments:

    F.B. Messenger at Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Facebook Page

    Email: “tequilabluesfest@gmail.com”

    Whatsapp: +52 755 101 5989

    Chat: On the Main Page Of This Site

    SEE YOU AT THE FEST!

  • Our Tequila Blues & Rock Fest News Release Today Tells The Story Of Year III in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo-Espanol & Anglais

    Our Tequila Blues & Rock Fest News Media Release Today Tells The Story Of Year III in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. Plus The History Of The Fest. In English and Spanish.

    Please Share This Public Information With Your Media Contacts, And Family and Friends. We Thank You Sincerely. For The Great Live Music…Classic Popular Films, For The Community, For The Deserving Kids And Street Animal Rescue Causes, For The Fun-Fun-Fun! We Come Together in Ixtapa-Zihua, 2020

    News Release Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion December 27, 2019 English

    News Release Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion December 27, 2019 Spanish

    Media Coverage of Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Fest (Mexico News Daily-December 27

    Version 1.0 Schedule: (Version 2.0 with minor alterations to be released January 2)

    Mauricio Kings, from Mexico City, coming to Zihuatanejo January 17-19 with one album of originals plus great covers of The Doors and Dylan and more blues-rock.
  • I’m Going To Ixtapa-Zihua For The Blues & Rock & Film Fest!

    Who Else Is Saying “I’m Going To Ixtapa-Zihua For The Music and Film Fest…Supporting The Causes…Staying For The Beaches, The Sunsets And The Romance” January 10-19, 2020. The Best 10 Days Of Your Winter!

  • We’ve Added More Performers-The Latest & Greatest Fest Posters Now Available

    Tequila Blues & Explosion Fest. Int. III Ixtapa-Zihua, Mexico. We Kick Off The New Decade In Grand Style. Two Weekends of Rock ‘n Blues ‘n Jazz (and some reggae, some country and more)

    Fonzeca CPP Group, Monterrey, Mexico

    We’ve Added More Performers For Both January 10-12 and January 17-19 -The Latest & Greatest Poster Now Available. Supporting Very Worthy Local and Mexico Causes.

    Great Performer Lineup. Ixtapa Days Have A Feature Film Included As Well. Supporting Great Local & MX causes.
  • Evelyn Rubio is coming to Ixtapa-Zihua, MX for Tequila Blues & Rock Fest Int. III To Support Our Causes And Bringing Great Blues & Jazz With Her.

    Evelyn Rubio is coming to Ixtapa-Zihua, MX for Tequila Blues & Rock Fest Int. III To Support Our Causes And Bringing Great Blues & Jazz Classics & Originals With Her. See Evelyn January 17-19, at Orient Bay in Zihuatanejo. Are you coming too? We’re just days away now.

  • Your Black Friday Great Live Blues & Rock Music In Ixtapa Zihua Shopping Starts Now And We Start Helping Our Cause Partners At The Same Time

    Today through Tuesday, December 3. Our Last Promotion Before The Fest. Earlybirds got a 33% discount for our 3 for 2 Fest Pass promotion. But hey they were early birds and helped us start this year. You get 20% and a chance to help our Causes immediately. And a free 3-year Membership in the Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Fests & Events Club.

    We’re seeing our Cause partner Staysa Briggs of Amigos de Animales on Tuesday and we’d like to give her an early donation. And for Raoul at Sr.Tacos/Sra. Pizza we’d like to kickstart our Project Blues & Rock Fest Kids B-Day Fund For Ixtapa-Zihua, MX

    This is a chance to warm your heart and know you are contributing to important needed causes in the Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo region, Mexico.

    So for your Black Friday shopping that gives you 4.5 hours of live music and a 2 hour Hollywood Film (Ixtapa) for each day you purchase, and the best cold drink promos in the area at both venues, we give you a 20% off discount or refund, depending on how you purchase, for every 2 or more single-day tickets purchased by one purchaser, or any Fest Pass purchased.

    In return, we’ll also donate from our own pockets to the Causes, 50 pesos for every two or more single-day tickets purchased by one individual and 100 pesos from every 2 Fest Passes purchased.

    Purchase online, receive a refund, see all prices here: https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/ or https://tinyurl.com/buyfestpasses/

    And we’ll give you a chance to donate and match our contribution at the time of purchase. When we come together we can make a small or big changes. We know that folks. We just have to act.

    See us today in person after 4:30 pm at WarmUp & PreGaming Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Fest III 2020 Hotel Villas Paraiso Ixtapa or Tuesday, December 3 at WarmUp Zihua Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Fest III 2020 at Orient Bay in Zihua during the happiest of hours. Buy with cash with an immediate discount. Or purchase online and receive a refund.

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    Our Next Events: March 15 & 16, 2024. Final for 2024. Then We’re Back Rockin’ ‘n Bluesin’ ‘n Festing January 17-19, 2025 in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa, MEXICO. Our Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise!

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  • 2024 Mexico Rock ‘n Blues Fest January 19-27, 2024 Is Just Days Away Now And We’ve Got The Latest Changes & Additions For You!

    It’s Rockin’ ‘n Bluesin ‘n Causin’ Time Soon Again In Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa, Playa Linda and Troncones, MEXICO. Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest is back!

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    December 6, 2023  Our Contact Info

    Contact: Bob Rempel, Managing Chairperson. Residence & Office Address: Ixtapa-Zihua, Mexico. Phone/W.A:+52 755 101 5989  Emails: tequilabluesfest@gmail.com & bobrempel@gmail.com  Website: https://tequilabluesrock.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/tequilabluesfests/  Advance Fest Tickets For Each Event And Venue:  https:/tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/

    The Paraiso Society organizing group presents the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival and our new Generations Unite theme in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa and Playa Linda and Troncones Mexico on January 19-27, 2024. 

    We Have Made Major Positive Changes, For Our Fans, To Our Performer Lineup…As We Continue To Work Get “Better and Better”, Our Key Words For 2024-2026.  

    View Our December 6 Promo Video For January 19-27, 2024 Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest For An Overview of Performers and Special Shows And Tributes:  https://youtu.be/Gu6iqvKd27M

    Today, We Are Pleased To Announce Two Additions To Strengthen Our First Regional Event, January 25 in Troncones, plus the January 26 event in Zihuatanejo and January 27 Fest Closing Event In Ixtapa.  

    We Have Added Cliff Stevens of Montreal, Canada, with 5 Albums of original Blues Rock to his credit, multiple European tours, plus being one of the foremost interpreters of living legend Eric Clapton’s music worldwide. Website:  CliffStevens.com  

    and we have added bluesman Brandon Isaak, now of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, originally The Yukon, with 3 Albums Recorded, multiple European tours as well, and just recently with 4 Nominations in 2023 For Canada’s Prestigious Maple Blues Awards.  Website: https://brandonisaak.ca

    Cliff Stevens

    Cliff Stevens Performance Video

    Brandon Isaak

    Brandon Isaak Performance Video

    Plus Morelia Mexico’s Chile Vudu 3 Piece power trio, led by Norbert “Bones” Aguilar on lead vocals, is now joining us, starting opening night November 19 for our sold-out show. They are presenting separately a “Beatles at Shea Stadium 1965” Set and the “Highway to Hell and Back” Set with the music of AC-DC and more power rock. 

    Chile Vudu

    Today, Also Announcing A Sell-Out For January 19 In Zihuatanejo at Madana Bar and Restaurant, Zihuatanejo, Our Earliest Ever, And Now A Second Show Added on January 22 With An Equally Strong Lineup As Will Appear On January 19 At Madana Bar On Opening Night.  

    Also To Highlight A Purchase At One Time For A Group of 19, For January 20 in Ixtapa at Ricardo’s Restaurante and Bar.  Our Largest Group To Date Since We Began in 2018. They Said, “We Read About The Fun In The Reviews And Don’t Want To Miss Out”  A Big Fun Night Ahead In Ixtapa on the 20th As Well!

    Today, We Also Announce The Appointment Of Our 2024 Music Director, And Headline Performer, Charlie Jacobson.  He is a fan Favorite from Previous Fests, from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada Know All The Musicians And The Music The Fans Love. A multi-instrumentalist and accomplished guitarist.  Charlie will work with the Fest Director to ensure that all our Headliners have great backing musicians. Plus perform as a Headliner as well.

    We Announce We Have Added the Top 40 Classic Rock Trio, 3 For The Show from Hamilton Ontario Canada To Our First Ever By The Beach Rock ‘n Blues All Afternoon Margaritavile Palooza…Shindig…Fiesta.  They Open the Playa Linda Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub 1-6 Pm Afternoon at 1:00 pm. At Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub at Playa Linda, near Ixtapa.

    To Add Even More Sizzle To That Afternoon, Our Key Headliner Bex Marshall, of London England, who is with us the entire Fest period, will Honor Tina Turner, who passed away in 2023, with a one-time special Tribute Set That Afternoon. 

    We Are Confident In Taking Our Current Lineup To Our Fans For Some Great Fun Nights Ahead.  But If There Is An Opportunity To Improve It Even Further,  We Advise Our Fans That We Are Still Holding One Or Two Places In Our Performer Lineup For the Right Music, And The Right Big Hearts To Join Our Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions 2024 Performer Family/Familia,  If We Identify Some Great Fits.

    We Are Truly A “Come Together” Event For Performers and Fans That Feel That Way About The Power of The Music of Our Lives To Help Create More Good Where We Are…while having big fun and enjoying one of the best Winter Paradises possible.   The Events Of The Past Few Weeks As We Describe Below Have Reinforced That For Us.

    Now The Backstory And More Information Below

    Nobody heard the big Explosions on November 15 in the Tequila Rock n Blues Explosions Fest office.  Not an explosion of Rock ‘n Blues music.  An explosion of bad news with potentially very damaging results to the 2024 Festival. We were reeling, not rocking.  

    Two unrelated headliner performers, our biggest ever, on the same day if you can believe that coincidence, asked for a deferral to our 2025 or 2026 Festivals for medical reasons. We want to make that work.  Two others have subsequently just gone AWOL, gone missing on us, astounding yes, but true, and that means they are not coming for 2025 or 2026 either. 

    An Aside About How This Could Happen To A Growing Fest With A Loyal Fan Base.  We are an Old School style operation here. Maybe to a fault. Great Music for Worthy Causes By Volunteers. Handshakes And Verbal Agreements As We Look For the Right Combination Of Performers With Big Hearts Who Want Some Downtime and Fun Time In Mexico In Late January.  “A big learning experience” is what Fest Director Bob Rempel called it.  And we love even more the pérformers and fans and partners that Have our Back too.

    It took a few days to process all this and decide our strategy. No tequila-mezcal was necessary for a fan-friendly approach that helped the Fest stay on target to keep achieving its “Better and Better 2024-2026 strategy and fundraising goals. Go back to basics, go back to first order priorities was the advice we received.  But, no denying it, a shot or two of tequila or mezcal did not hurt in helping us get back to glass-half-full thinking.

    Now here we are today, a few weeks later, feeling better and more confident than ever.

    We are pleased to announce today:

    -In light of the regrettable cancellations by Performers we have promoted for months to our fans, any ticket holder for 2024 who wishes to defer their ticket to either 2025 or 2026 will be able to do so, by informing us of the same by Written Communication before January 19 midday.  No penalties or fees. This will allow us to put 2024 fans in those seats. 

    -In the meantime, on January 19 at Madana Restaurant, the Rock and Blues back room we all affectionately call “Small Room, Big Fun” has Sold Out. A second show for Zihuatanejo with all or most of the first weekend Fest performers has been scheduled for Monday, January 22. Same time, same location.

    The second weekend January 25, 26, 27 events have grown considerably stronger with performers

    -Cliff Stevens of Montreal, Canada with 5 blues rock albums to his credit will join us January 25-27.  In Cliff’s case not only has he got 5 albums of original music, he is also known as the “Canadian Slowhand”.  He is considered one of the foremost Eric Clapton music interpreters worldwide.  More on Cliff:  https://www.thesoundcafe.com/post/a-conversation-with-montreal-bluesman-cliff-stevens

    -Brandon Isaak, of North Cowichan, BC, Canada, with three blues albums to his credit and just recently 4 Maple Blues Award Nominations for 2023 will also join us January 25-27.  When you see Brandon you can affectionately say “Hey Bluesman”.  He love the title and his recorded music and live performances show it. In November performed at a “Sold Out”  show at the famous Blue Frog Studios in Vancouver, Canada.  website social

    More on Brandon:  https://edifyedmonton.com/culture/performing-arts/brandon-isaak-saint-of-swing-boss-of-blues/

    The first weekend will now allow us to feature our first International performer (non-USA-Canada-Mexico) to a much great degree. Bex Marshall of London, England.

    She has a great pedigree.  Selected as the voice of “Janis Joplin”  by Big Brother and the Holding Company’s original lead guitarist Sam Andrew who originally brought Janis into Big Brother in San Francisco, from Texas, for their European Tour in 2014, her voice and guitar skills will amaze everyone.  We have scheduled a special Tribute Homage to Tina Turner

    Bex with Big Brother original lead guitarist and band leader Sam Andrew, 2014

    Recently we announced Charlie Jacobson as our Musical Director ensuring all performers    He will now assume a front-line performance role as a Headliner as well.  Charlie is a fan favourite from previous years, an excellent guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, and has a great rock and blues mix of originals and covers.  We may even get a little Bob Seger tribute from Charlie.  He’s working on something he told us.

    We have moved the Beatles’s “1965 at Shea Stadium” and the Highway to Hell AC-DC sets, 30 minutes each at different times in the evening, to the first weekend.  They will be presented by Norbert Aguilar and his Chile Vudu band of Morelia, Mexico whose brief walk-on performance in 2023 told us we had to bring him back.  Now back with his power trio band!

    Unofficially we’re calling it Margarita Sunday.  Our Margaritaville.  Beach Rock takes over January 21 at the Beach, (Playa Linda’s Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub, 1:00 pm start all afternoon) will be headlined and opened by a special one time only performance of the very well known Hamilton, Ontario Canada, 3 For The Show.  Top 40 Classic Rock music.  3 Guys Who Love Their Classic Rock.  They also perform in Canada’s biggest CCR/John Fogerty Tribute Band called Mystic Highway Band.  Plus Fest Performers on stage all afternoon until about 6 pm.  Steps away from the Ocean with a big dance floor just for the occasion.

    Trebor Villa of Morelia will assume a more prominent front-line role, with his early Bob Dylan set, his Jimi Hendrix and other classic rock music. as will Marianna Gajma, Mexico’s next shining vocal star. Her stage presence and engaging personality will win you over quickly we’re sure.  Both will be with us throughout the entire Festival January 19-27, 2024

    Mariana Gajma

    Please Check The Latest Revised Schedules On Our Website or Facebook Page For All The Changes.  

    And that’s all Folks, the January Events are next. 

    Venues, locations, times stay the same. The fundraising goals stay the same. 5 hours each night of great Fun, the great Live Music of our lives.  Originals and cover songs by Performers from all over Canada, Mexico and now the United Kingdom, with many albums to their credit, plus great Tributes to present in honour to the icons of rock and blues.  

    And Yes You Can Wear The 2024 Shirt Too-Sleeved or Sleeveless, Saying You Survived the 2024 Rock ‘n Blues Explosions And Loved It. It’s Available Now In Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo by special delivery arrangement or at the Fest Events in January.

    The Fundraising Goal:

    All Donors in 2024 also automatically go to the head of the line in our public Wall of Honor, recognizing all Donors to the Centre For Senior Animals, Kid & Rockin’ Good Times in the yearly order they are received. 

    December 6, 2023 

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

    Phone/W.A:+52 755 101 5989  Emails: tequilabluesfest@gmail.com & bobrempel@gmail.com  

    Website: https://tequilabluesrock.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/tequilabluesfests/  Advance Fest Tickets For Each Event And Venue:  https:/tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/

    The Paraiso Society organizing group presents the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival and our new Generations Unite theme in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa and Playa Linda and Troncones Mexico on January 19-27, 2024. 

    We Have Made Major Positive Changes, For Our Fans, To Our Performer Lineup…As We Continue To Work Get “Better and Better”, Our Key Words For 2024-2026.  

    View Our December 6 Promo Video For January 19-27, 2024 Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest For An Overview of Performers and Special Shows And Tributes:  https://youtu.be/Gu6iqvKd27M

    Today, We Are Pleased To Announce Two Additions To Strengthen Our First Regional Event, January 25 in Troncones, plus the January 26 event in Zihuatanejo and January 27 Fest Closing Event In Ixtapa.  

    We Have Added Cliff Stevens of Montreal, Canada, with 5 Albums of original Blues Rock to his credit, multiple European tours, plus being one of the foremost interpreters of living legend Eric Clapton’s music worldwide. Website:  CliffStevens.com  

    and we have added bluesman Brandon Isaak, now of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, originally The Yukon, with 3 Albums Recorded, multiple European tours as well, and just recently with 4 Nominations in 2023 For Canada’s Prestigious Maple Blues Awards.  Website: https://brandonisaak.ca

    Cliff Stevens

    Cliff Stevens Performance Video

    Brandon Isaak

    Brandon Isaak Performance Video

    Plus Morelia Mexico’s Chile Vudu 3 Piece power trio, led by Norbert “Bones” Aguilar on lead vocals, is now joining us, starting opening night November 19 for our sold-out show. They are presenting separately a “Beatles at Shea Stadium 1965” Set and the “Highway to Hell and Back” Set with the music of AC-DC and more power rock. 

    Chile Vudu

    Today, Also Announcing A Sell-Out For January 19 In Zihuatanejo at Madana Bar and Restaurant, Zihuatanejo, Our Earliest Ever, And Now A Second Show Added on January 22 With An Equally Strong Lineup As Will Appear On January 19 At Madana Bar On Opening Night.  

    Also To Highlight A Purchase At One Time For A Group of 19, For January 20 in Ixtapa at Ricardo’s Restaurante and Bar.  Our Largest Group To Date Since We Began in 2018. They Said, “We Read About The Fun In The Reviews And Don’t Want To Miss Out”  A Big Fun Night Ahead In Ixtapa on the 20th As Well!

    Today, We Also Announce The Appointment Of Our 2024 Music Director, And Headline Performer, Charlie Jacobson.  He is a fan Favorite from Previous Fests, from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada Know All The Musicians And The Music The Fans Love. A multi-instrumentalist and accomplished guitarist.  Charlie will work with the Fest Director to ensure that all our Headliners have great backing musicians. Plus perform as a Headliner as well.

    We Announce We Have Added the Top 40 Classic Rock Trio, 3 For The Show from Hamilton Ontario Canada To Our First Ever By The Beach Rock ‘n Blues All Afternoon Margaritavile Palooza…Shindig…Fiesta.  They Open the Playa Linda Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub 1-6 Pm Afternoon at 1:00 pm. At Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub at Playa Linda, near Ixtapa.

    To Add Even More Sizzle To That Afternoon, Our Key Headliner Bex Marshall, of London England, who is with us the entire Fest period, will Honor Tina Turner, who passed away in 2023, with a one-time special Tribute Set That Afternoon. 

    We Are Confident In Taking Our Current Lineup To Our Fans For Some Great Fun Nights Ahead.  But If There Is An Opportunity To Improve It Even Further,  We Advise Our Fans That We Are Still Holding One Or Two Places In Our Performer Lineup For the Right Music, And The Right Big Hearts To Join Our Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions 2024 Performer Family/Familia,  If We Identify Some Great Fits.

    We Are Truly A “Come Together” Event For Performers and Fans That Feel That Way About The Power of The Music of Our Lives To Help Create More Good Where We Are…while having big fun and enjoying one of the best Winter Paradises possible.   The Events Of The Past Few Weeks As We Describe Below Have Reinforced That For Us.

    Now The Backstory And More Information Below

    Nobody heard the big Explosions on November 15 in the Tequila Rock n Blues Explosions Fest office.  Not an explosion of Rock ‘n Blues music.  An explosion of bad news with potentially very damaging results to the 2024 Festival. We were reeling, not rocking.  

    Two unrelated headliner performers, our biggest ever, on the same day if you can believe that coincidence, asked for a deferral to our 2025 or 2026 Festivals for medical reasons. We want to make that work.  Two others have subsequently just gone AWOL, gone missing on us, astounding yes, but true, and that means they are not coming for 2025 or 2026 either. 

    An Aside About How This Could Happen To A Growing Fest With A Loyal Fan Base.  We are an Old School style operation here. Maybe to a fault. Great Music for Worthy Causes By Volunteers. Handshakes And Verbal Agreements As We Look For the Right Combination Of Performers With Big Hearts Who Want Some Downtime and Fun Time In Mexico In Late January.  “A big learning experience” is what Fest Director Bob Rempel called it.  And we love even more the pérformers and fans and partners that Have our Back too.

    It took a few days to process all this and decide our strategy. No tequila-mezcal was necessary for a fan-friendly approach that helped the Fest stay on target to keep achieving its “Better and Better 2024-2026 strategy and fundraising goals. Go back to basics, go back to first order priorities was the advice we received.  But, no denying it, a shot or two of tequila or mezcal did not hurt in helping us get back to glass-half-full thinking.

    Now here we are today, a few weeks later, feeling better and more confident than ever.

    We are pleased to announce today:

    -In light of the regrettable cancellations by Performers we have promoted for months to our fans, any ticket holder for 2024 who wishes to defer their ticket to either 2025 or 2026 will be able to do so, by informing us of the same by Written Communication before January 19 midday.  No penalties or fees. This will allow us to put 2024 fans in those seats. 

    -In the meantime, on January 19 at Madana Restaurant, the Rock and Blues back room we all affectionately call “Small Room, Big Fun” has Sold Out. A second show for Zihuatanejo with all or most of the first weekend Fest performers has been scheduled for Monday, January 22. Same time, same location.

    The second weekend January 25, 26, 27 events have grown considerably stronger with performers

    -Cliff Stevens of Montreal, Canada with 5 blues rock albums to his credit will join us January 25-27.  In Cliff’s case not only has he got 5 albums of original music, he is also known as the “Canadian Slowhand”.  He is considered one of the foremost Eric Clapton music interpreters worldwide.  More on Cliff:  https://www.thesoundcafe.com/post/a-conversation-with-montreal-bluesman-cliff-stevens

    -Brandon Isaak, of North Cowichan, BC, Canada, with three blues albums to his credit and just recently 4 Maple Blues Award Nominations for 2023 will also join us January 25-27.  When you see Brandon you can affectionately say “Hey Bluesman”.  He love the title and his recorded music and live performances show it. In November performed at a “Sold Out”  show at the famous Blue Frog Studio in Vancouver, Canada.  website social

    More on Brandon:  https://edifyedmonton.com/culture/performing-arts/brandon-isaak-saint-of-swing-boss-of-blues/

    The first weekend will now allow us to feature our first International performer (non-USA-Canada-Mexico) to a much great degree. Bex Marshall of London, England.

    She has a great pedigree.  Selected as the voice of “Janis Joplin”  by Big Brother and the Holding Company’s original lead guitarist Sam Andrew who originally brought Janis into Big Brother in San Francisco, from Texas, for their European Tour in 2014, her voice and guitar skills will amaze everyone.  We have scheduled a special Tribute Homage to Tina Turner

    Bex with Big Brother original lead guitarist and band leader Sam Andrew, 2014

    Recently we announced Charlie Jacobson as our Musical Director ensuring all performers    He will now assume a front-line performance role as a Headliner as well.  Charlie is a fan favourite from previous years, an excellent guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, and has a great rock and blues mix of originals and covers.  We may even get a little Bob Seger tribute from Charlie.  He’s working on something he told us.

    We have moved the Beatles’s “1965 at Shea Stadium” and the Highway to Hell AC-DC sets, 30 minutes each at different times in the evening, to the first weekend.  They will be presented by Norbert Aguilar and his Chile Vudu band of Morelia, Mexico whose brief walk-on performance in 2023 told us we had to bring him back.  Now back with his power trio band!

    Unofficially we’re calling it Margarita Sunday.  Our Margaritaville.  Beach Rock takes over January 21 at the Beach, (Playa Linda’s Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub, 1:00 pm start all afternoon) will be headlined and opened by a special one time only performance of the very well known Hamilton, Ontario Canada, 3 For The Show.  Top 40 Classic Rock music.  3 Guys Who Love Their Classic Rock.  They also perform in Canada’s biggest CCR/John Fogerty Tribute Band called Mystic Highway Band.  Plus Fest Performers on stage all afternoon until about 6 pm.  Steps away from the Ocean with a big dance floor just for the occasion.

    Trebor Villa of Morelia will assume a more prominent front-line role, with his early Bob Dylan set, his Jimi Hendrix and other classic rock music. as will Marianna Gajma, Mexico’s next shining vocal star. Her stage presence and engaging personality will win you over quickly we’re sure.  Both will be with us throughout the entire Festival January 19-27, 2024

    Mariana Gajma

    Please Check The Latest Revised Schedules On Our Website or Facebook Page For All The Changes.  

    And that’s all Folks, the January Events are next. 

    Venues, locations, times stay the same. The fundraising goals stay the same. 5 hours each night of great Fun, the great Live Music of our lives.  Originals and cover songs by Performers from all over Canada, Mexico and now the United Kingdom, with many albums to their credit, plus great Tributes to present in honour to the icons of rock and blues.  

    And Yes You Can Wear The 2024 Shirt Too-Sleeved or Sleeveless, Saying You Survived the 2024 Rock ‘n Blues Explosions And Loved It. It’s Available Now In Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo by special delivery arrangement or at the Fest Events in January.

    The Fundraising Goal:

    All Donors in 2024 also automatically go to the head of the line in our public Wall of Honor, recognizing all Donors to the Centre For Senior Animals, Kid & Rockin’ Good Times in the yearly order they are received. 

  • More of the same for Marketing because they work…of course new ones coming down the road…preparing for 2024

    We at the Paraiso Society, our ad hoc organizing group, are preparing for 2024 and our marketing campaigns after our Kick Off Announcements. It’s easy when your two best marketing messages for “Why Should I Join You” continue to be the same year after year. You just have to change the dates.

    This is Paraiso, Paradise…when it’s cold everywhere else. Hidden maybe, but ready for full discovery. And we bring the Fun, the Rockin’ to Paradise. “Join the Paradise Club” and “You in Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise”.

    Plus we do have the Best Beaches, many, many in the region. Soft sand, long stretches of open sand, even a few very dog friendly. “Come For The Music, Stay For The Beach” has been with us since we started in 2918

    And here they are. See you in Paradise. We’ll bring the Rockin ‘n a Bluesin. With our Big Hearted Big Stage Experienced Performers of course.

    See You January 18-28, 2024. Watch for announcements about our 2024 Fest and Events starting July 6, 2023. Finished 2023 with five “one amazing night” 5+ hour shows. Most were sold out. Now aiming to make 2024 even better. We are!

    This Is New

    So Are These:

  • Not Done Yet For 2023…It’s The Big Reveal And Weekend Dance Parties…We Start Telling You About 2024

    A little belated Birthday fun for our director Bob (with his adult daughter in from Calgary for the weekend), a great big Playlist of Old Time Rock ‘n Roll (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s & even some 90s), Dancing and Singing Along of course, Los Reales local Zihua youth guitar group live Saturday night, a Banda band for Sunday, and we start telling you about 2024, with some free tickets to be won and more for those joining in on the fun. Did we forget to say: Tequila/Mezcal Sampling As Always?

    Join Us! 2023 Was Great…4 Amazing Nights, 1 Amazing Afternoon…We AreAnd Your Friends Excited For 2024

  • Charlie Jacobson of Red Deer, Alberta Canada presents the Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry Show Tonight In Ixtapa With Many More Performers For 5 Hours Of Live Rock ‘n Blues As Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest Has A Successful Reboot For 2023

    Charlie Jacobson of Red Deer, Alberta Canada presents the Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry Show Again Tonight In Ixtapa at Villas Paraiso Hotel and Restaurant, Our Rock ‘n Blues Bar At Night. With Many More Performers For 5 Hours Of Live Rock ‘n Blues As Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest Has A Successful Reboot For 2023. It all starts just after 6:00 pm with Trebor Villa of Morelia, Mexico presenting his eerily similar early Bob Dylan set.

  • We Start Our “One Amazing Night” Shows Friday and Saturday With Music That Embodies Our Generation, the Poet Songwriter Of Our Lives…And Then We Start The Rockin’ ‘n a Bluesin’…Schedule Of Performances Released Today.

    We Start Our “One Amazing Night” Shows Friday and Saturday With Music That Embodies Our Generation, the Poet, and Songwriter Of Our Lives…And Then We Start The Rockin’ ‘n a Bluesin’…Schedule Of Performances Released Today.

    The Music Of The Early Bob Dylan, Mixed In with Beatles Music Starts Our Evening. Trebor Villa from Morelia, Mexico gives us a real Dylan feel. Check out the Video Below. Don’t Be Late.

    Trebor Villa of Morelia, Mexico

    https://www.facebook.com/reel/534410975145337/ (Video on Facebook)

    The Performance Schedule For January 27 & 28, Our Final Weekend Of Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fests. The Big Reboot Continues. Can We Suggest Not To Miss The Final Night As We Plan To Go Out With A Big Explosion Of Sound With Jams and Collaboration From All Performers When We Start The After Party Early?

    January 27 & 28 Performance Schedule
  • A Sampling Of The Great Music The Packed Room Enjoyed Last Night…We Believe Nothing Beats Live Uptempo Rock ‘n Blues…In Mexico When It’s Cold Everywhere Else…Now We Know Again You Believe It Too.

    A Sampling Of The Great Music The Packed Room Enjoyed Last Night…We Believe Nothing Beats Live Uptempo Rock ‘n Blues…In Mexico When It’s Cold Everywhere Else…Now We Know Again You Believe It Too. 3 Performance Videos from January 21 Are Below. Tickets For A Great January 27 & January 28 Set Of Shows are Selling Well. Buy Early Online And Get Your Seat and Table Reserved. Festival Tickets Here At This Link.

    The ever popular high energy Soul Brothers Show by Geoff and Chris Dahl of London, Ontario, Canada. Video 1, From Saturday Afternoon, January 21 at Madana Bar and Restaurant in Zihuatanejo.

    The Oralia Band from Morelia Mexico was very impressive. Some of Mexico’s best talent on display with their mix of r&b, soul, blues and rock songs. A highly polished show band they can hold their own on any stage, anywhere. Video 2, from Saturday afternoon January 21 in Zihua.

    And our Soul Brothers return in our Video #3. I Feel Good! “Working at Night But It Feels Like Play” Their Saturday Evening Show In Zihuatanejo January 21.

  • The Big Hearts-Big Fun-Big Rockin’ ‘n Bluesin’ Weekend on January 27 & 28 Features So Many Great Vocalists…Today We Present Joseph Leal

    Yesterday we told you about how we came to connect with up-and-coming blues rock star Chris Ghidoni and her powerful vocals and awesome lead guitar play.

    We’ve got great Vocalists we’re proud to tell. All Big Hearts. Not only can they rock a stage professionally, and rock you as fans, but these are also people who care about our Causes too:

    Street Animal Rescue in Mexico, Kids and Hunger, and Kids and Musical Education. Just like all the performers of our previous big rockin’ weekend do too.

    A great list of powerful vocalists for the rock and blues and r8b & soul music we feature. In random order we assure you.

    Vocalists
    Chris Ghidoni
    Charlie Jacobson
    Isidoro Negrete Reynoso
    Joseph Leal
    Victoria Ruzzek
    Torke Ross
    Chris Sanchez
    Kristel Rodriguez

    Enjoy some Joseph Leal vocals today. Don’t Let The Street Animals or The Kids Down!

    And don’t miss Joseph early each night when he presented his original and cover solo performance music. And then he returns as a key member of the Mexico City Supergroup that will present the Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones Challenge with CCR, Creedence watching from ringside, getting in on the Challenge Match Of Great Classic Rock music too.

    Advance Tickets With Guaranteed Seating and Tables Are Available Now at https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets.

  • Check The Video Tell Me You Don’t See Future Star Power…See Chris Ghidoni Up Close and Personal Live In Ixtapa And Zihuatanejo Mexico

    Tickets are moving fast for January 20 & 21 So We’re Ready To Move On And Finalize The Next Weekend For You. Watch for our announcements about our January 27 & 28 Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Events…January 25 too, starting Monday, January 9.

    One of Canada’s best up-and-coming guitar-slinging blues rockers, Chris Ghidoni of Brandon, Manitoba Canada will be here. Powerful vocals. Don’t miss this future star. No exaggeration folks. We know star power!????

  • The Final Countdown To January 20 & 21 And The Return Of Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fests Begins Now…Presenting The Classic Rock Of Steely Band Of Morelia, MX, Featuring Karen Melendez and the music of Queen.

    The Final Countdown To January 20 & 21 And The Return Of Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fests In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico Begins Now…Presenting The Classic Rock Of Steely Band Of Morelia, MX, Featuring Karen Melendez and the music of Queen.

    Joining Headliners: The Blues Brothers/Soul Brothers/Real Brothers Vegas Style Tribute Show They Perform Almost Year Round In Germany, with Geoff and Chris Dahl from Canada and Germany, Charlie Jacobson from Canada with the special for our Fest only, “The Early Elvis Era Music Show” plus his own excellent material from 4 albums recorded and Kristell Rodriguez and Friends Project from Morelia, Mexico with Blues-Funk-Jazz Rock And Soul Music featuring members of Oralia Band.

    The Steely Band featuring Karen Melendez, has a big song list that won’t disappoint. Dancing shoes mandatory for both nights. Not only the Music of Queen with Karen singing lead vocals but so much more Karen and other members of the band on lead vocals:

    Steely Band Presents The Music Of:

    Janis Joplin

    Led Zeppelin

    The Doors

    Queen

    AC-DC

    ZZ Top

    CCR

    Guns & Roses

    Eagles

    The Police

    Toto

    Alannah Myles

    Blondie

    Much More

    For Ticketing Buy Seats For January 20 In Ixtapa Now

    Gold Single Ticket For The Show Or Fest Night Of Your Choice. Buy As Many As You Require For Your Group. Equivalent of 20 USD375.00 MXNTicket Only For Best Available Front Section Seating. Pass Holders Receive Priority. Not A Package. 2 Drink Minimum Or Food Order Required However. 400p on day of event
    Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

    Buy Tickets For January 21 in Zihuatanejo Now

    Gold Single Ticket For The Show Or Fest Night Of Your Choice. Buy As Many As You Require For Your Group. Equivalent of 20 USD375.00 MXNTicket Only For Best Available Front Section Seating. Pass Holders Receive Priority. Not A Package. 2 Drink Minimum Or Food Order Required However. 400p on day of event
    Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

    All Online Ticketing Options With Guaranteed Seating In Order Of Purchase At https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets

  • Our First Weekend Keeps Getting Better…Just Updated Our Schedule…Today We Announce Steely Band w Karen Melendez Coming To Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo January 19-21 Joining The Other Great International Performers

    Our First Weekend Keeps Getting Better...Just Updated Our Schedule This Morning…Have You Checked Our Posts Over The Past Few Days For The Details…Today We Announce Steely Band w Karen Melendez Coming To Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo January 19-21 Joining The Other Great International Performers…We’re dialing it down for a great Navidad ahead, but we wanted to get this on your Christmas plate before we kick it back into high gear after Christmas.

    Very Pleased To Announce That Morelia’s Steely Band w. Karen Melendez joins us for January 20 & 21 with great music of The Doors, CCR, AC-DC, Queen, and Much More. And Our Bonus Is That They Will Host Our Mexico’s Got Talent Showcase Open Mike Night On Thursday, January 19, 2023, With A Special Concert Style Performance When We Search For A Talented Local Performer Or Group To Join Us At The Two Weekend Festival. Plus We Introduce Our Headlining Acts From Canada That Night And Who Knows We May Be Able To Encourage Them To Give Us A Weekend Music Sample or Two?

    Great Song From Steely Band here below with a Jim Morrison & The Doors cover. Love Me Two Times! And It’s Our Navidad Theme For 2022 & 2023.

    The Power Of Love!

    More Love, Big Love, Big Hearts…Fun In The Sun With International Bands And Performers With All Our Big Hearts Wide Open For The Causes We Support.

    Feliz Navidad y Prospero Anno Everyone! Soon We Rock Again!

  • Christmas and New Years Celebrations Mean We’re Just Days Away From Live Rock ‘n Blues As Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fests & Shows Take Over Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico January 19-29, 2023.

    We Wish You All A Very Sincere Merry Christmas-Happy New Year. Feliz Navidad Prospero Anno 2022.

    And We Have A Gift For You. A Special Christmas Only Promotion That Is Good Until Year’s End. Click The Link To Purchase. Buy 2 Get 3 Christmas Gift For Live Rock ‘n Blues Lovers. Plus We Have Extended Of our 2023-2024 Festival Pass Package BOGO until mid-January.

    Feliz Navidad 2022 Everyone!

    Here’s Some Great Christmas Music For You From Elvis Presley. Only fitting as the Early Elvis Era and Memphis Music is a key show on our January 19-22 Weekend. Click The Link For More Details On That Great Show And The Show Concept. More Than Just Elvis Music. Please Check It Out. Perfect Companion We Think To The Blues Brothers/Soul Brothers/Real Brothers Vegas Style Show That Weekend. The Show They Perform Almost Year Round In The Big Theatres Of Germany.

  • The January 20 & 21 Weekend’s Shows Just Got A Whole Lot Better…Showcasing Excellent Mexico Talent With Kristel Rodriguez & Friends

    Very pleased to announce that the very talented Kristel Rodriguez and her musical friends will be joining us on January 20 & 21 in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Mexico as we kick off Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week January 20-29, 2023 and the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Events & Fests 2023 Festival

    Mexico Musical Talent At Its Finest. Mexico’s Got Talent Showcased! Strong Blues-Rock & Rock Roots.

    The Kristel Rodriguez Project with Kristel and her musical friends from Morelia, Mexico will help make our first weekend of rockin’ very special. Kristel Rodriguez’s social media link: https://www.facebook.com/kristellrodriguezbajista

    Joining The Blues Brothers/Soul Brothers/Real Brothers, Geoffrey Dahl and Chris Dahl, and their blues, rock and &b music tribute, and Charlie Jacobson and his original music from 4 albums and his presentation of the Early Elvis and Memphis Music show.

    There will be new music each night. The House(s) Will Be A Rockin’!

    Where will you be live music lovers?

    Advance tickets with guaranteed seating and tables now available at https://tequilabluesfests.com/festivaltickets/

    Buy Tickets For January 20 In Ixtapa

    Gold Single Ticket For The Show Or Fest Night Of Your Choice. Buy As Many As You Require For Your Group. Equivalent of 20 USD375.00 MXNTicket Only For Best Available Front Section Seating. Pass Holders Receive Priority. Not A Package. 2 Drink Minimum Or Food Order Required However. 400p on day of event
    Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

    Buy Tickets For January 21 In Zihuatanejo

    Gold Single Ticket For The Show Or Fest Night Of Your Choice. Buy As Many As You Require For Your Group. Equivalent of 20 USD375.00 MXNTicket Only For Best Available Front Section Seating. Pass Holders Receive Priority. Not A Package. 2 Drink Minimum Or Food Order Required However. 400p on day of event
    Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.
  • It’s Soul Man Soul Woman Weekend On January 20 & 21 In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo When The Soul Brothers-Real Brothers-Blues Brothers Come To Paradise All The Way From Germany

    It’s Soul Man Soul Woman Weekend on Friday, January 20 & Saturday, January 21 In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo When The Soul Brothers-Real Brothers-Blues Brothers Come To Paradise, Mexico All The Way From Germany. Via Toronto, Canada. And Performing Of Course The Famous 1967 Song “I’m A Soul Man” by Sam & Dave, and covered by the original Blues Brothers in 1979 which was their first hit. (Direct Links To Advance Ticket Page Below)

    It 50 Minutes Of Non-Stop High Energy Music and Comedy Entertainment That Leaves You Cryin For More, Says Everyone Who Has Ever Seen Their Show. Sharon Ristau of Kelowna, B.C, who saw them last time in Ixtapa-Zihua in 2019 says, “Best date night, best two dates nights in a row ever”. They do this show almost year-round in big theatres in Germany, she said, and they are real pros. And it’s great fun” Different Music Each Night. Two Distinct Shows. As Sharon said, “I think folks will want to go to both for maximum fun.”

    Advance Tickets Guarantee You A Seat. And Table For Your Group In The Location Of Your Choice

    Buy Tickets For Friday, January 20 Show In Ixtapa, 7:00 pm start. Blues Brothers/Soul Brothers Show At 8:15 pm approximately. All Ticket options here: https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/

    Gold Single Ticket For The Show Or Fest Night Of Your Choice. Buy As Many As You Require For Your Group. Equivalent of 20 USD375.00 MXNTicket Only For Best Available Front Section Seating. Pass Holders Receive Priority. Not A Package. 2 Drink Minimum Or Food Order Required However. 400p on day of event
    Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

    Buy Tickets For Saturday, January 21 Show In Zihuatenejo, 7:00 pm start. Blues Brothers/Soul Brothers Show At 8:15 pm approximately. Completely New Music From The Previous Night. All Ticket options here: https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/

    Gold Single Ticket For The Show Or Fest Night Of Your Choice. Buy As Many As You Require For Your Group. Equivalent of 20 USD375.00 MXNTicket Only For Best Available Front Section Seating. Pass Holders Receive Priority. Not A Package. 2 Drink Minimum Or Food Order Required However. 400p on day of event
    Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.
    The original Blues Brothers 1980 Movie
    Mission from God Mission To Help The Kids & Street Animals In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

  • You Asked For More Ticket Purchase Choices And You Asked For Another Online Ticket Sale Venue…We’ve Got Both For You Now

    We’ve added two more ticket purchase options for you. Check it out by clicking the link.

    Now you can purchase Tickets only for the Events…with the proviso that Package Purchasers always get priority seating and tables in the front and front middle sections of the Venue, A 2-drink purchase or minimum food order purchase per ticket holder is still required, however, so we can support our venue partners and their businesses who are supporting us.

    Are You Ready To Rock & Blues Rock? Guarantee Yourself A Seat And Table. Or If You’re So Inclined Guarantee Yourself Your Standing Room. Buy ASAP. As We’ve Told You Before Small Venues Make For More Fun With A Great Vibe, But They Don’t Reward Procrastination. It May Sell Out Early.

    And we’ve added another Online Ticket Venue. AllEvents is based in the USA. One more to come. Boletopolis based out of Mexico City. All lead to the same great music and fun each night.

    Check out the New Ticket Purchase Site

  • Each Night Is New Music At Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fest & Shows…It’s How We Program Our Event…And We Guarantee It!

    Many questions about the Schedule and which night will be the Best. I’d say January 28 is can’t miss if you put a “gun to my head” as the saying goes, but really the message has to be “Each Night Is New Music” And our Guarantee Is, “If You Hear Two Songs The Same By The Same Performer or Group On Two Different Nights, We’ll Buy You A Beer Or The Drink Of Your Choice” Jams and Collaborations excepted of course. That’s our time for “Best Of The Fest” music.

    Just tellin’ it like it is. Some misunderstanding about how this all works. See you any night for maximum fun and enjoyment.

  • We’re Going Back To A Great Ixtapa Venue That Has Owners Who Care About Community And Causes And Love To Rock And Blues Rock

    We Announced Our Zihuatanejo Venue, Madana, two days ago here. Today To Tell You We’re Going Back To A Great Ixtapa Venue That Has Owners Who Care About Community And Causes And Love To Rock And Blues Rock. Big Hearts Just Like Our Performers.

    The Poolside Stage option at Ricardo’s Restaurante. We also have a Restaurant/Bar Stage Option.

    Ricardo’s Restaurant and Bar in the Villas Paraiso Hotel. Our Gracious Hosts. Ricardo Gomez Jr and his Life & Business Partner, Judd Perez, and Ricardo Gomez Sr. (Link Here To Earlier Post With Map…The Event Entrance Is Across from the Oxxo beside Emilios in Ixtapa, And Beside Ixtapa Palace)

    Our Co-Chairs Were Out And About. Ken Ristau is out on a fishing trip, he’s quite the expert by now on fishing here, but he promised to come back with a Great Fishing Trip deal with his recommended Captain and Boat for anyone who buys a Ticket or Passes to one of our 2023 Events. Watch for it! Aury Palacios is out visiting her 97-year-old father past Lazaro and doing some of her own Viva la Vida stuff…the longevity of many Mexicans amazes me. The Tequila and Mezcal maybe?

    Wanted to keep moving forward. So off I (Bob Rempel) went to Ricardo’s Friday morning during his busy breakfast period. Got the Banners over there, got them up, and got some great photos of the banners and the venue for you. See the Gallery Below.

    Feeling the urgency to get the word out to all the tourists now that will be visiting during our January or are thinking about it. Beach, Warm Weather, Cold Drinks. Rockin’ Blues & Rock. In January When It’s Cold Everywhere Else. What’s Not To Like?

    Counting down the days quickly now until our first show Friday, January 20 at Ricardo’s place at Villas Paraiso before we head over to Madana Restaurant and Bar for a big Saturday night in Zihua on January 21. New music each night. No show is repeated. Unique events Can’t say that enough. View The Schedule Of Events,, When And Where Here.

    Festival Tickets and Festival Passes In Full Package Format Are Online At This Link. Buy Festival Tickets and Passes Now. Seating Choices And Tables Are First Come First Served. Smaller Venues. We’ve Told You That Before. Get You and Your Group Near The Dance Floor And Near The Stage By Acting Now.

  • Charlie Jacobson is a fan favorite and he’s coming back to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo with a special Chuck Berry homage and his own music.

    Charlie creates fans and friends wherever he plays. On stage, he is the consummate showman with his lead guitar playing. He already has the Chuck Berry duckwalk down pat. His guitar and music skills are top of the line. Also a sought after lead guitar session musician, and a multi-instrumentalist, he came from a music-performing family. Learned to play and perform at an early age. It shows on stage.

    He’ll be here for the Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fest, our 2023 Big Reboot, for the Fest Weekend January 27-29, 2023. Don’t miss his Chuck Berry, Johnny B. Goode Show, and much of his own music too. Charlie and 50-60’s Rock and Rockabilly Music are a natural combination. And Blues too. His version of Muddy Water Blues is excellent.

    We’re hoping his schedule might allow us to add him as well to the Shows Weekend, one week previously. Let him collaborate with Geoff and Chris Dahl, The Blues Brothers, excellent musicians in their own right, and with Marc Lopez, our Crooners performer. We’ll let you know soon.

    Here’s Charlie on stage in Ixtapa 3 years ago. With Evelyn Rubio, Geoff and Chris Dahl, and Gil Gaidola. All great friends of the Fest, Big Hearts…we love them all. The Magical Nights are coming back friends!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Only 3 Months Away Now And We’re In Countdown Mode…Just Added More Great Performers & Concept Shows Plus Social Media Poster & Banners Now Available

    News Release and Public Announcements We Are Making Today October 11.

    Download The English Version

    Download The Spanish Version

    Full English Text Version Here

    Release Date: October 11, 2023  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: tequilabluesfest@gmail.com & bobrempel@gmail.com  

    Website: https://tequilabluesrock.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/tequilabluesfests/ 

    The Paraiso Society presents the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival and our new Generations Unite theme in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa and region on January 19-27, 2024. 

    More Coming Your Way…We Continue To Get “Better and Better”, Our Key Words For 2024-2026.  

    Announcing More Classic Rock Acoustic Style, In Addition To Our Previous Announcement Of Our 2024 Performers (see below)

    and

    “The Best Lobster Dinner in Mexico Ever” is what we are pretty certain everyone will be saying on Monday, January 22.   January 22 will be a special Big Fun Big Fundraising Day, with a 3 Course Lobster Dinner with Wine at La Mexicana in Troncones, a one-time special 3-hour Concert at Madana Bar in Zihua, and a Magic Bus Fun Experience in the Afternoon heading to Troncones with Fest Performers providing Live Music throughout, including at La Mexicana. 

    Images are Below and Our Brochure/Ticket Purchase Page On Our Website Is Here. 

    Announcing More Classic Rock Acoustic Style, In Addition To Our Previous Announcement Of Performers 

    Today We Are Very Pleased To Tell You That We’ve Got Acoustic Classic Rock Soft Rock, Yacht Rock, Feel Good Rock covered with the group, “3 For The Show” from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.   Larry Melo, on keyboards, cajon and vocals and Paul Ferreira on bass, join Gil Gaidola on guitar and vocals for a completely different take on Rockin’ Your Night Away.  

    Easy listening rock that you will sing along to.  Songs we all love, originally by performers like The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Ricky Nelson, Elvis, Del Shannon, Jim Croce, Michael Pagliaro and many more.  

    Check out Gil Gaidola solo on Youtube with the Bee Gees “Gotta Get A Message To You”.

    The three are also part of the very popular Creedence Clearwater Revival group/John Fogerty solo in tribute Band, Mystic Highway, which plays throughout Canada and the USA.

    Gil, Larry and Paul join us on January 20 and they’ll be a bonus part of our 20th and 21st shows with walkons, in addition to all our First Weekend Headliners, as we build them up to their full Headline status on our special Big Fun Big Fundraising Dinner & Concert Monday, January 22.  

    Presenting a 1.5 hour approximately concert style set that features all the great music from Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty, not just the standard few hits that cover bands perform. Plus of course, the very special one-time-only collaborations by Joanna Connor and Chris Duarte, and with other Fest Performers.

    The Lineup:

    The strongest Top Through Bottom lineup ever from one through nine, baseball coaches like to talk about, and we feel the same way about our 2024 Performers’ Lineup. No weak spots. Until 2025 that is. ? Performers from Canada, USA, Mexico and the U.K. 

    World-class performers, big stage experience all over the world, with many albums produced.  In fact we have five performers with new albums just in 2023:  Mariana Gajma, Mexico City, Steffie Beltt, Mexico City, Joanna Connor, USA, Chris Duarte, USA and Bex Marshall, UK.

    The Big Fun Big Fundraising Day & Night January 22, will be a special day for all those who love Animals and want them to have a good life in their senior years too, just like we want for our own parents, and who want to see kids with talent from the local region learn to play rock and blues and jazz and to perform on stage like the pros so they can be future stars on our stages and any stage, and want a community center that can host future Film Festivals and future big or small Events such as our Fest.

    Tickets Buyers will see $50.00 USD or $75.00 USD of their ticket, depending on which option they choose, automatically go into our Multipurpose Building Fund until 2026.  Following that year’s fest we are planning to begin renovations or construction.  

    The Fund will remain untouched until fundraising is complete and not be a part of the general Fest revenues and spending. Full disclosure on the Fundraising progress through our website and other means of course.

    All Ticket Buyers/Donors in 2024 also automatically go to the head of the line in our public Wall of Honor, recognizing all Donors to the Centre For Senior Animals, Kid & Rockin’ Good Times in the yearly order they are received. 

    All the details are at the Fundraising Day 2024 Page on our website, including our January 22 Brochure, perfect for sharing.  A long list of benefits for all Donors/Ticket Purchasers/Animal & Kids Heroes listed there. They include:

    -Get To The Head of the Line:  First In Public Recognition on the Wall of Honor

    -All Fest New For 2024 Merch 1 Of Each:  Shirt, Koozie,  plus Mug and Shot Glass 

    -One Ticket To Any Regular Fest Live Music Event Of Their Choice In 2024, 2025 or 2026.  Automatic Upgrades to Best Available Seating At Any Event in 2024-2026.  VIP Status From Now Until 2026. 

    -Complimentary 2024 Festival Audio and Video Recordings That We Are Planning To Prepare And Release After The Fest.

    -Your Own 3 Minutes Of Fame If You Want It:  Sing A Song or Play A Song (Guitar, Sax, Harmonica, etc.) In Collaboration With Fest Performers. Priceless Video Memory Opportunity For Family *.  Limited To The First 10 That Request And Subject To Our Scheduling.

    -More Benefits.  It’s A Bennies Day!?

    New Partnerships:  

    We have created new partnerships starting in 2024 with strong community-minded businesses with big hearts: Luana Suites of Playa la Ropa Zihuatanejo, La Mexicana Restaurant in Troncones and Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub at Playa Linda and continue for our second year with Victor Manjerrez and Madana Bar and Restaurant in Zihuatanejo, and Ricardo Gomez Jr. and Ricardo’s Restaurant at Villas Paraiso in Ixtapa whom we’ve worked with since we began in 2018.  More To Come:

    The Events:

    In addition, we are pleased to announce that we will have a record number of Events for us in 2024, with 9 events, starting January 19 in the afternoon. We are right at the Beach for the first time on Sunday, January 21, at Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub at Playa Linda with a special Tribute To The Spanish Rock and Blues Music Legacy. 1:00 pm start.  We are also holding our first Regional Event (outside Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo) with a Full Fest Show on January 25 at a great new venue for us La Mexicana in Troncones.  5:

    Events & Dates & Features:

    January 19:  Meet And Greet and Live Music, Luanna Suites Playa la Ropa Zihuatanejo 2:00 pm

    January 19:  Opening Night 6:00 pm, Madonna Restaurant and Bar, Zihuatanejo  (Just a few tickets currently remain…Purchase soon)

    January 20:  It’s Saturday Night Live In Ixtapa At Ricardo’s At Villas Paraiso 6:00 pm 

    January 21:  Toes In The Sand Sunday at the Beach at Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub at Playa Linda, 1:00 pm

    January 22:   Big Fun, Big Fundraising Day with The Magic Bus Experience-Fest Performers On Board and Evening Concert. At La Mexican Troncones and Madana Bar and Restaurant Zihuatanejo  Bus Departs 2:30 pm.  Happy Hour Live Music at La Mexicana.  Evening Concert in Zihua at 8:00 p.m.

    January 24:  Meet and Greet The New Second Week Performers, Chat With Some From The First Weekend, and Hear Live Music at Madana Bar, Zihuatanejo.  Live ElectroAcoustic Music.

    January 25:  It’s Troncones Thursday Night, with a Full Fest Show. at La Mexicana Restaurant.  5:00 pm start  With a special early Bob Dylan set by Trebor Villa and a special in tribute Jimi Hendrix music set by Chris Duarte supported by Fest Performers plus much more for about 4.5 to 5 hours of live music.   (https://www.facebook.com/LaMexicanaTronconesWebsite

    January 26:  Friday Fun Night in Zihuatanejo at Madana Restaurant with our Fest Show starting at 6:00 pm. Special Concept Show By Steffie Beltt, One of Mexico’s Most Popular Rock, Blues & Pop Singers..”Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress, and a lot more. All Fest Performers.

    January 27.  Final Night for 2024 in Ixtapa, As All Performers Come Together For Rousing Collaborations To End The Evening After A Full Fest Show. Ricardo’s Restaurant at Villas Paraiso Hotel

    Community Stage: 

    We will have a Community Stage in 2024 for the first time.  It will be open to local groups and individual performers, in particular talented up-and-coming youth, perhaps future Fest participants. the Community Stage, which we affectionately call the “Show Us What You Got” Stage or “Acoustic Stage” will be located at the front of Madana Bar and Restaurant in Zihuatanejo and open from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm or 11-12 pm on January 19 and 26.  Also at Ricardo’s Restaurant in Ixtapa from 4:00 to 5:30 pm on January 20 and 27.   Performance Times will be on an advance booking basis. They will receive priority for the stage.  Other walk-ins of course if space is available. No cost to perform or enjoy the Community Stage performances, but the evening events that follow soon after will still require ticket purchases.

    Rockin’ and Rollin’ Sports Events:  More details to come by November 15.   For 2024, we will be working on including a special “Dos Equis Tequila Sunrise Beer Mile”,  plus a Foul Shot and 3 Point Shooting Contest to help introduce our 3 on-3 Basketball for 2025.    Registrations for our Run Through The Jungle Event  (Run-Walk-Bike to Playa Linda and back if you do the full course) will begin in mid-November as well.   A Pickleball Exhibition Event and Disc Golf exhibitions will be the precursor to possible inclusion in 2025 and the future. 

    The 2025 Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival:  

    We are very pleased to tell you that we continue to get early commitments for Festival Performers.  Today we announce that our current plan is to have a boogie woogie piano rock ‘n blues concept show within a Fest with Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne headlining, plus two more boogie woogie piano players.  Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard and much more similar music.  

    As well we have early commitments from vocalist and guitarist Steve Marriner of Canada, vocalist Niecie (Blues) of the USA and vocalist and guitarist Brandon Isaak of Canada. Others as well.  Details to come, but we are committed to continuing to implement the “Better and Better” Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fests plan.  We will continue to work on ways to develop our Generations Unite sub-theme for our second week and expand the range of music genres offered. 

    Appendix:

    For The Full September 13 News Release Part 1 Please Follow This Link

    For Part 2 Please Follow This Link:

    View The 2024 Performers Performance Highlights Video

    For The July 6 News Release Announcing Our First Weekend Performers Please Follow This Link

    The January 22 Big Fun Big Fundraising Day

    Poster For Weeks 1 and 2 Below

  • We Ready To Go For January 10 At Villas Paraiso For Tequila Blues & Rock Fest III

    See You At Villas Paraiso Hotel, Ixtapa, Friday, January 10. Tickets Online here at this site at https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/ or see us at Hotel Villas Paraiso from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm January 9 or come by from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Soundcheck & Setup time at Villas to view the venue and get your Tickets. Soundcheck free with a donation, or food and drink purchase. Friday Jan.10 hours at Villas Paraiso: 11:00 am-5:00 pm for Advance Tickets. Film Festival starts at 4:00 pm and Live Music starts at 6:50 pm.

  • Are You Ready For Your Breakthrough Moment?

    Alvin Lee and Ten Years After Were: Mindsets in Motion For Your Life Your Business, Your Family Coming Soon!

  • News About Tequila Blues Rock Explosion Fest. III January 2020

  • Announcing Plans For Tequila Blues-Rock Explosion III

    We’re Excited To Tell You About The Possibilities For Tequila Blues Explosion Fest III in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo January 2020. News Releases for download in English and Spanish below. Looking forward to seeing you on January 10 in Ixtapa-Zihua or even earlier at some of our other Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion events. Like our FB page to always get the latest news or follow us here. English News Release text below as well.

    English News Release

    Espanol Version.

    May 23, 2019-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Bob Rempel, Managing Co-Chairperson. Address: Winnipeg/Ixtapa, Mexico  Phone/W.A:+52 755 101 5989 Co-chair & Mexico Liaison: Natalia Ruiz Gomez, Mexico City +52 552 9420701 (Phone/W.A.)

    Emails: tequilabluesfest@gmail.com & bobrempel@gmail.com  

    Web: https://tequilabluesrock.com/

    FB: https://www.facebook.com/tequilabluesfests/

    Tequila Blues Explosion Fests Ready To Return To Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo

    Blues and Blues-Rock Explosion Weekend #3 Will Be Held In Mexico on January 10-12, 2020.  Advance Tickets At Best Possible Value Ever On Sale Now-Price Increase June 1, 2019

    Possible Second Weekend of Live Blues & Blues-Rock Music For January 17-19

    We’re very pleased to announce the plans for the 3rd Tequila Blues Explosion Fest Event for the weekend of January 10-12, 2020 in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, stated festival organizer Bob Rempel.   

    Based on anticipated successful fundraising, new sponsorships and advance ticket sales over the next six months, we have an excellent roster of performers we are ready to present, he said.  All have already agreed to perform. Many more are possible. Well known names, and newcomers, who are rising stars.

    The great live music continues with appearances by Fest favorites Geoff and  Chris Dahl, who will present their high energy  truly amazing, The Blues Brothers show and a new one for 2020, their The ZZ Top show,

    Tangerine from Mexico City, with the great blues-rock voice of Lorena Cabrera Bernal fronting, plus a keyboardist added to the four-piece band now, will feature tributes to Janis Joplin, and Led Zeppelin their specialties, but also Queen, AC-DC, Deep Purple, and others

    Charlie Jacobson, highly versatile blues-rock and rockabilly frontman-vocalist, guitarist and showman will come from Canada. He impressed when he was last here

    Isidoro Negrete Reynoso,one of Mexico’s finest blues-rock harmonica players, a  legend in his country in fact, from Mexico City, will add that great harp feel to bring out the best in the blues songs

    New for 2020 we have guitarist and vocalist Joe Brett from Ontario, Canada who is bringing his special Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV) tribute show to Ixtapa.

    Also joining the all star ensemble to make sure the special collaborations that Tequila Blues is becoming known for, truly amaze, is rock, blues and soul music Saxophonist  Max Octava Maravilla of Mexico City, Mexico.

    Returning to Ixtapa as well is vocalist and harmonica player Robert George now of Nelson, BC, but with his roots in the San Francisco music scene, so he is bringing his pal from the days of youth, multi instrumentalist Mike Billo with him.  Mike has performed with and backed up blues greats such as John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed, and many others from San Francisco and all over the world.  He plays the harmonica, bass and slide guitars, banjo, ukulele and dobro.

    Rempel said Tequila Blues continues in discussions with a lengthy list of performers who have all expressed a serious interest in appearing at the Tequila Blues Fest and supporting our causes, and of course enjoying the great Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo weather and beaches in January as well.  As do all our new and old visitors from away attending Tequila Blues Explosion events. “Come for the music stay for the beaches” is the long time slogan Tequila Blues slogan.

    People such as blues and jazz vocalist and saxophonist Evelyn Rubio from Houston, originally from Mexico City,  Kal David and Lauri Bono from Palm Springs, USA, Brent Parkin, Winnipeg, Canada, Zeppia a 3 piece power rock trio of two sisters and a brother from Mexico City, that features music from Black Sabbath, Grand Funk and much more,  Bourbon Blues Ensemble from Leon, MX Fonzeca-Caja de Pandora Project, Monterey, MX, Andrew Parkhouse from Canada, Jimmy D. Lane, from Vancouver, B.C and originally Detroit, Austin Cane from Cleveland, USA and Rafael Tranquilino from Seattle, USA and originally from Mexico City.

    Many are ideal candidates for our additional second weekend of great music if we attract the ticket sales and sponsorship we require for our first weekend, according to Rempel.

    “We’ve tried to tell everyone connected and interested in growth for Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo these past three years, Tequila Blues Explosion Fest originator, Bob Rempel said, that these kind of events are tourism magnets that many tourism focused communities in Mexico are hoping to develop or acquire to give them an edge to attract visitors.  The kind of visitors with higher levels of spending that will really benefit a community in the highly competitive and somewhat stagnant tourism environment that currently exists in Mexico.”

    Support from all sectors of the community, governments, and the fans, our ticket buying public will help create an ongoing music festival with a difference, for Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo that will continue to grow every year.  We hope that the next 6 months will show us everyone wants this for Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and not let it go elsewhere, Rempel added.

    Tequila Blues events are also fundraisers for the community. In the first two years over 120,000 pesos has been donated to a children’s orphanage near Zihuatanejo.  In 2020 Tequila Blues Events, and our venue partners, with the support of the fans, will raise funds for children and schools in low income areas near Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, primarily assisting with technology shortfalls, and Animal Rescue work both in Ixtapa-Zihua and other parts of Mexico.

    What’s new for 2020?

    -New music venue partners who have agreed to help support fundraising and performer’s expenses: Smoke Shack Ixtapa plus adjacent businesses, and Villas Paraiso Hotel & Bar & Grill Ixtapa

    -A Zihuatanejo event venue is being sought, and will be announced in the near future

    -All Tequila Blues events will be Membership Only events.  Membership will be a nominal amount and included in ticket prices in 2020. It signifies the way we wish to treat and deal with our fans in 2020 and in the future. Have them return every year as valued Tequila Blues members. And yes, “membership will have its privileges”.

    -Musicians Geoff and Chris Dahl from Canada and Enrique Torres and Lorena Cabrera Bernal from Mexico (Tangerine) have agreed to serve both as music directors and technical advisors, assisting festival directors, to ensure we have the highest standard of performance and sound quality this year and in future years, at all venues, for the fans..

    -All events will be sold by Advance Purchase only. Tickets must be in hand before the event. This will make ease of entry much more efficient for everyone and  supports our membership only approach. Fans of live music Tequila Blues style performed in warm January weather in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo close to the near perfect beaches here, will have this marked in red on their calendar many months in advance we know, organizers said.

    -Group purchases and group travel to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo for either the January 10-12 weekend, the January 17-19 weekend, or both, will be fully supported by Tequila Blues fest, the organizers announced.  Put a group of 10 or more together from Canada, USA or Mexico and we will bend over backward to make your trip to Tequila Blues Explosion Fest a memorable one with great value.  We are truly all about our slogan: “Come for the Music-Stay For The Beach”

    -A free show by all the visiting musicians and performers for the evening of Thursday January 9, for all local residents of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and region, at a Central location, is under consideration. The support of a major sponsor, private or government, to help defray the costs of staging the event, will be essential however.

    -Fest organizers will make their best efforts to incorporate additional events they organize into the Tequila Blues Explosion Fest as soon as possible, with growth every year. Events such as beach volleyball or ultimate frisbee (disc sports) tournaments, motorcycle and car club rallies, art and crafts show and sale, pet shows, and a pets in motion fun run/walk/bike event along the ciclopista with the family pet or your rescue dog or cat.

    -Fundraising for January 2020 Starts Now! Please visit  https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets to purchase Tequila Blues Explosion 3.0 advance tickets and memberships. For groups, sponsorships/partnerships or other communication and proposals please send us a message from Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/tequilabluesfests/  Messaging also available from website or use our email address or phone/whatsapp.

    Useful Links:

    2020:

    Online Advance Ticket Purchase:  https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/

    2020 Festival Performers Playlist:

    Youtube:  (Coming Soon)  follow channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChtj8gGbHYwIv_lOTK2jmHQ/playlists

    Spotify:  (Coming Soon and published at Tequila Blues Facebook and Website)

    2019:

    2019 Festival Wrap Up

    English:https://tequilabluesrock.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/English-News-Release_Media-Advisory-Tequila-Blues-Explosion-Festival-II-January-19-2019.pdf

    Spanish: https://tequilabluesrock.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Spanish-Version-News-Release_Media-Advisory-Tequila-Blues-Explosion-Festival-II-January-19-2019.pdf

    2019 Fest Performance Videos: https://www.facebook.com/tequilabluesfests/  and click on videos from the left hand column.  

    Also go to Tequila Blues YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChtj8gGbHYwIv_lOTK2jmHQ/videos

  • Read What We Told The Media Today About Tequila Blue Explosion Festival International II

    December 18, 2019 English News Release

    December 18, 2019 Spanish News Release

    Did we say that we hope have the largest crowd ever at a live music event in Ixtapa on January 10, 2019.  With many, many dressed in Blues Brother Costume. When people who know their two hour show say to us “This will be the best night of entertainment to come to Ixtapa this season and many more…It’s a can’t miss night”, we can’t help but agree with them.

    ¿Dijimos que esperamos tener la mayor cantidad de público en un evento de música en vivo en Ixtapa el 10 de enero de 2019.? Cuando las personas que conocen su programa de dos horas nos dicen: “Esta será la mejor noche de entretenimiento para venir a Ixtapa esta temporada y muchas más … Es una noche que no puede perderse”, no podemos dejar de estar de acuerdo con ellos.

  • The Best 30 Seconds of Rock and Blues Music For You Is?

    We are all about the great music here at Tequila Blues Explosion Festival and Concerts For A Cause.   So with that we ask you what is the best rock or blues music in 30 seconds for you.  You recognize it immediately, you sing along, you drum along…it gives you rock ‘n roll goose bumps.

    We’d love to get your comments too.

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