Coming Very Soon Now….Our Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week is January 20-29, and the Shows and Fest of Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Festival. Are You Ready To Go Mexico-Go Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo-Go Playa-Go Rockin’ ‘n a Bluesin’? All Info You’ll Need Is At Tequilabluesrock.com/ Click Schedule, Lineup, and Festival Tickets Links at the top of the Page. Plus Posters and more are all there.
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“Holy Crap, these guys are good” …says the YouTube commenter. And they really are, friends. We’re excited too. We’ve got him with us in January.
Cyber Monday. Everybody Sells. It’s True. And We’ve Got Fest Passes 2024 Free For Every 2 or 3 Day Fest Pass For 2023 You Purchase. A Big 2 Fests For 1 Deal. 2024 Is Shaping Up So Well Already. Jimi Hendrix and Tina Turner Special Tributes. The Last Show Janis Joplin Gave! Big Headliners. BOGO details here https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/
But First 2023 And We’re Just As Excited About That. The Big Relaunch!
“Holy Crap, these guys are good” was the Youtube Comment for this video. Check out David Gogo here on lead vocals and guitar. Great performance below. We agree and are blessed to have David with us. International star with 17 albums to his name.
He’s here in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo all weekend. Up close and personal. The way live music should be best enjoyed.
Special extended set concert style Saturday night January 28. We’ll find an awesome keyboard player like Julian St. Martin in the video. Wow! Working on it!
David headlines a great lineup of performers Check out the Schedule and get your Fest Passes for both weekends. New music every night. Every night is unique. Our approach at Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fests & Shows. But Fun and Dancin’ and Celebrations Every Night! Always The Same.
Tasting and Sampling And Toasting…It’s All Part of Festing And Celebrations We Say. 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!
Yes, I’m writing this at 3:30 am friends. It’s true. Are you a Blues lover? Or open minded enough to allow yourself to discover the Blues roots of so much of the music you know and love. Part of your discovery will bring you to B.B. King. And we’re very proud to feature B.B. at our 2023 Big Reboot of Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fest. Or Blues ‘n Rock. Whatever order we write it. It doesn’t matter. Blues music is an essential part of our Fest.
You won’t find the music of the Blues Masters, B.B. King, Freddie King, and Albert King together all in one weekend, anywhere else. The 3 Kings Blues Masters Tribute by the Chris Sanchez Blues Band. But you’ll have to Go Mexico, Go Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo January 27-29, 2023. All are part of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week, January 20-29, 2023.
Two examples of songs that where big crossover hits for other artists as well
Little Walter with the Willie Dixon written song, My Babe from the mid ’50’s, and then The Mississippi Sheiks from 1930 with another famous song, “Sitting On Top Of The World”.
We want to do our part, albeit small we know, but it all counts…To Keep The Blues Alive! Are you ready to join us? See you in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, that’s Mexico baby! January 27-29, 2023…all part of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks ‘n Blues Rocks Week January 20-29, 2023.
Our Email Contact List Got This Earlier This Morning. A Special Promo For November 2022 Only. “Rock’nBluesNovember” On Top Of The 2023 & 2024 Buy One Fest Pass 2023-Get A Free Fest Pass For 2024 BOGO. More To Tell Them Soon. Things Keep Getting Better As We Say In The Email Update.
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Here’s The Email News for November 18, 2022
Good morning amigas y amigos. We promised to stay in touch and let you know first about our plans for 2023.
In November so we can increase our small Fundraising Budget and do more at the Fest.
You are truly a “Club Member” Member of the Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise Club Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. A “Big Heart”.
Membership Reward For You. No Cost. Special Limited Edition Mug To Remember The Place We All Call “Paraiso” And A Great Event. 300 Peso Value.
For Those Who “Join The Club In November”. Plus 1 free entry to the fundraising draw for the Large Framed Wall Print with the same image.
We’re very grateful for your help. Thank you!
We want to tell you we’re pleased with how it has come together so far. We’re optimistic about the future and being able to build the event. Already starting to book 2024 Performers who want to join us Great promo on a 2024 Fest Pass…libre as in free, for every 2023 Fest Pass Purchase. First 25.
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We’re Pleased To Tell You More About The 2023 Events For Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week and the Go Mexico Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Festival January 20-29, 2023
Pre-January; Advance Purchases For Fest Passes & RockStar Bingo at Ricardo’s Restaurante & Bar at Villas Paraiso Hotel in Ixtapa. Thursdays Happy Hour 4:00 pm-6:00 pm. Starting December, weekly. How We Play? Great Music We Know And Love First Of All All Happy Hour. Many Playlists So You Always Get New Music. Play It Just like Trivia, You identify a Rock Song After You Hear About 45 seconds to 1 minute of it. If You Can. You Mark Your Cards. First One To Bingo Wins. All Kinds Of Game Variations and Prizes. Some Games For Festival Tickets or Merch. Other Games For Drinks Prizes And More.
Friday, January 20:Ixtapa: Ricardo’s Restaurante and Bar, Villas Paraiso Hotel -The Blues Brothers/Soul Brothers Tribute and The Crooners Part 1, Rock Dance Music Following. 100-seat capacity. 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 21:Zihuatanejo: Madana Cocina International Zihuatanejo Centro-The Blues Brothers/Soul Brothers Tribute and The Crooners Part 2, Rock Dance Music Following. (New Music Each Night) Only 50 seat capacity. Seating In Order Of Purchase. 7:00 pm
Sunday, January 22: Zihuatanejo TBD
Monday, January 23: Up Close And Personal Private Casa/Alberca Fundraising Concert. Ixtapa. Only 40 Tickets To Be Sold. Performer(s) To Be Announced By December 1 Approximately
Tuesday, January 24: Up Close And Personal Private Casa/Alberca Fundraising Concert. Ixtapa. Only 40 Tickets To Be Sold. Performer(s) To Be Announced By December 1 Approximately
Wednesday, January 25: Up Close And Personal Private Casa/Alberca Fundraising Concert. Only 40 Tickets To Be Sold. Performer(s) To Be Announced By December 1 Approximately
Thursday, January 26: FREE Mexico’s Got Talent Showcase Event and Introduction Of Festival Performers Who Have Arrived In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. More Details To Come.
Friday, January 27:Rock ‘n Blues Festival Opening Night. 7:00 pm In Zihuatanejo at Madana.
3 Kings of Blues Show by Chris Sanchez Blues Band
Chris Ghidoni and David Gogo, joined by Charlie Jacobson with Isidoro Negrete Reynoso on harmonica on selected songs
The Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode Show By Charlie Jacobson
Beatles vs Rolling Stones Challenge with Isidoro Negrete Reynoso on harmonica selected songs
Saturday, January 28: In Ixtapa at Ricardo’s at Villas Paraiso. New Music Each Night. Rock ‘n Blues Festival Begins At 6:00 pm. Special David Gogo In Concert Extended Performance. Kiss In Tribute By The Rockets from Mexico City at 10:30 pm.
David Gogo in Concert: Extended Set. With Special Guests
Beatles vs Rolling Stones
3 Kings Of Blues
Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode Show by Charlie Jacobson
Sunday, January 29: In Ixtapa at Ricardo’s. Rock ‘n Blues Festival Begins at 4:00 pm. Sets And All Performers Jams and Collaborations. More Details Announced Saturday of The Fest. Always Our Fan Favorite Day. One Of A Kind Performances And Collaborations.
Meet And Greet Festival Performers: TBD Update Coming
FirstTimers Party aka Tequila Virgin Party: TBD Update Coming
Arts & Crafts Show And Sale: Open To Qualified Local Artists and Crafts People Who Agree To Present At 2 Or More Events. Please No 3rd Party Sellers.
Simply The Best (In I-Z) Tacos Competition: Working On It!
Big Hearts Come Together 2023 Video Documentary Of The Events: Yes, In Our Plans
Rock ‘n Run…Or Cycle, The World Famous Beer Mile, Music-Themed Films And Documentary Festival: Next Year!
Please Note: All 2 Or 3-Day Festival/Show Pass Purchasers Until December 31, 2022, Will Receive An Equivalent Festival Pass for our 2024 Events Free. A Great BOGO. (Note: Tickets Only, For 2024, But Drinks, Dinner and Merch Upgrade Deals Will Be Available)
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The Washington Post recently called Ixtapa “The City of Music” and we’ll make that even more truthful. We’re bringing back an event that started in 2018, that Covid derailed just as it was gaining good momentum.
Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fest & Shows is back on the tracks for 2023 in Mexico, in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, where it was first held.. Organizers are calling it The Big Reboot 2023 and bringing back fan favorites from previous years and some great new performers. Seventeen performers from other parts of Mexico and another 5 from Canada and the USA.
It’s part of the rebranded Go Mexico Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fests. And part of their designated Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week January 20-29, 2023. Part of the City of fMusic so aptly dubbed by the Washington Post Travel Columnist. Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo: “Winter Rock and Blues Paradise!” is their theme for 2023.
Event organizers are encouraging all Bars Restaurants and other Businesses to get in the promotion to make this one great Live Music and Fest Food extended week, in addition to all the shows and events they themselves will be presenting.
Volunteer organizer Bob Rempel said “the purpose when our little take action group of folks from Canada, Mexico, and the USA first began, we call ourselves The Paradise Club, was to create another fun music event for local residents and a destination event for new visitors. There was a hole in the winter Calendar to fill and we saw a need for an event that featured classic and contemporary rock and blues and jazz.”
Organizers openly admit Covid hit them hard just like it did most Mexican businesses and events. “We have to learn to walk again, said Rempel with a smile, “rebuild our customer base, and attract new visitors here at the same time. Then the dancing and rocking can return”
“Who is it for,” we asked Rempel who leads the all-volunteer group of folks from Canada, the USA and Mexico. “It’s for those who love uptempo rock ‘n blues ‘n even jazz rock…love to dance, if you love jams and collaborations…songs you know and love in English and Spanish. An international lineup of performers will be here for the event he said.
“It’s a project of partners, including performers, taking action, without any public sector support or involvement”, he is quoted as saying on their website: Tequilabluesrock.com All Big Hearts, he said.
The events direct all profits, after the successful staging of the Event, and donations from fundraising activities like 60-40 draws at the events, to local and national causes. They continue to actively support local “Street Animal Rescue with an emphasis on neutering and medical treatment, which began in 2020. and will also direct some funds to Children, and local Hunger and Education Projects for Youth and Music Education
Some key highlights of the 2023 And Future Events:
-Events will be held at Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa bar and restaurant partner venues. In Zihuatanejo at Madana Cocina International in Zihua Centro, and in Ixtapa at Ricardo’s Restaurante and Bar at the Villas Paraiso Hotel. Madana is new for 2023. There will also be smaller fundraising House and Pool Concerts during the week.
-Seventeen performers from other parts of Mexico will be at the Events, plus 5 from Canada and the United States. Vegas Style Shows on the first weekend with live rock and blues as well, and the Blues and Rock Festival on the following weekend.
-Headliners include internationally known blues-rocker David Gogo with 17 albums to his credit and recent 2022 appearances at the Calgary Bluesfest and the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas and The Blues Brothers/Soul Brothers Vegas Style Show by Geoff and Chris Dahl who perform it almost year-round in Germany.
-A special For All Ages Kiss in full Tribute concert and party Saturday night at 10:30 pm after a full night of rock and blues Festing. With Mexico City’s The Rockets.
-One local or regional performer or group will be given a chance to appear with the visiting international performers. Mexico’s Got Talent Showcases which will be held between January 20 & 26, prior to the main Festival, have been a part of our events since we started said Rempel.
-Local artists and crafts people will be given opportunities to display and sell their artwork and crafts at the Festival.
-The shirt and merchandise theme for 2023 is “Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Winter Rock and Blues Paradise” Something we know that everyone who comes to visit Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo describes it as: “Paraiso!” ‘We live it, we believe in it, we’re pleased to introduce it for 2023 and we’re sticking with it for future events as well”, said Rempel. (Image below)
-A free admission event for all will be held on Thursday, January 26 to select the local band or performer for the Festival as part of Mexico’s Got Talent Showcase, an event the Fest initiated in 2018 as well, and to introduce some of the weekend’s Fest Performers.
-Organizers have implemented some great Festival Pass all-inclusive purchase incentives for 2023. They have packaged a 2024 Festival Pass with all Festival Passes purchased for 2023. The perfect 2 for 1 or BOGO they call it. Two Fests in One Purchase. Organizers have already booked several great performers for their 2024 Event and this is one way to keep the momentum going and build larger and larger audiences. Plans for 2024 are to add a Film Festival as well.
-Earlier we told you we have added Charlie Jacobson (click link for article) to an excellent lineup of International and Mexican performers. Plus a new in homage Show, The Chuck Berry Tribute. We’ve told you earlier about our Beatles vs The Rolling Stones Challenge…Beatles and Rolling Stones music and other memorable classic rock songs from the Music of our Lives, every day of the Fest. And we are very proud to say we will feature a special 3 Kings Tribute (B.B., Albert, Freddie) that is can’t miss for a blues and blues-rock lover. Unique with us. All of our Concept Tribute Shows in fact.
-In 2023 we will partner with the good folks at Madana Cocina International, a great restaurant and bar, halfway between the basketball court and the Pier, to hold two paid admission events in Zihuatanejo. One with The Blues Brothers Tribute and Marc Lopez on January 21 and one with the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Festival on January 27. The Ixtapa Venue will be Ricardo’s Restaurante and Bar at the Villas Paraiso Hotel where we have had successful events in the past,
-All Events will be with dinner included and an optional drinks package. Buy one ticket…in advance only, and leave your wallet in your pocket is the plan. We’ll try to make it work well. Fest Tickets with Dinner and Drinks pricing and availability will be posted on our Website in a few days.Click Here
-The Zihuatanejo Venue holds only 50 jam-packed, and the Ixtapa venue is 100. All packages must be purchased in advance if you want a table and seating. Small Rooms for 2023…Less Is More…everybody smiling, feeling the vibe, and getting to know each other. Our approach for 2023. We cannot guarantee that there will be any last-minute tickets available at the door. Regulations may prevent any more folks from being squeezed in. Or we’re just sold out.
-We are working on plans to hold 3 Up Close and Personal Fundraising House Concerts. All will be in Ixtapa at a Private Residence near the Golf Course. They will be on January 23, 24, 25. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. A maximum of 40 people all have fun and come together. All-inclusive events or BYOB and Food (corkage and ice fee charged). We’re delaying a final decision on that for a couple more weeks but you’ll know more soon, we promise. About the House Concert Performers and the Food And Drink Options.
-The Kiss Army is alive and well everywhere in Mexico and internationally. Very pleased to tell you that The Rockets, a Kiss Tribute band from Mexico City, will join us on Saturday, January 28, in Ixtapa, at about 10:00 pm for a special party-like concert. Cubetazos (beer buckets) at Beer Fest prices of course, Their show begins only after a full evening of Rock ‘n Blues. Starting time on Saturday will be 6:00 pm. Normal start time for all events is 7:00 pm. Coming To Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Saturday night just got a whole lot better for anyone who loves to Rock.
-Saturday, January 28, is also the date when we plan to have the David Gogo Concert. Within a Fest. Our main headliner. He deserves a longer set and of course, he may invite many other of our Fest performers to join him on stage. You’ll see David at other times of course, but not in a longer concert format on Saturday night.
-All that, and an Arts and Crafts Show and Sale as well.
-Lot more to tell you about as we now move forward after our official launch today. The new Dinner, Drinks, and Festival Ticket Pricing is Coming In A Few Days. (Up Now: At https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets ) Want to be first in line for the Small Rooms Shows in Zihua particularly? Send us a message with your email from the chat app on this site or send an email to “email@example.com” All our contact info is at the top of the Home page here on this site. We’d be very glad to answer all your questions and hear your comments
-We remain a small group of dedicated volunteers, ready to take action, bringing the music we love to Mexico, and creating great destination events for all. We use a social enterprise business model in which any profits after the staging of the events are donated to specific local causes. Our track record since 2018 in donations and community impact is outlined in more detail here on this site. Search “community or “cause”. There are no public funds or support of any kind from governments or the public sector involved in the project. Just want to make that clear. A project of partnerships.
Organizers donate the profits of the event after the costs of staging it. Fundraising in various ways will continue throughout the events, however, fans will have no obligation or pressure. The main one, which we first started supporting in 2020, is Street Animal Rescue. Support for Medical Treatment. In addition, fans will be given an opportunity to vote on additional causes and organizations that they wish us to support
It Just Feels Better When You’re Having So Much Fun, Enjoying The Rock ‘n Blues The Music Of Our Lives, Dancing Like A Fool, Sipping A Tequila Shot Perhaps?
To Be Trying To Make A Difference, To Leave Somethings Behind In The Community And Country Of Our Events. We Continue To Support Street Animal Rescue And Work In Neutering, Medical Treatments, And Feeding Programs Which We Started In 2020. We Operate A Small Shelter Ourselves But We Plan To Contribute Funds To Local Veterinarians Or Other Shelters As Well For The Work We Feel Has The Highest Priority.
As Well We Are Interested In Finding Effective Ways We Can Help So Called Street Kids…Kids At Risk From Reaching Their Full Potential As Humans. Issues Like Hunger, Nutrition, Education, and School Clothes. We Had Made A Earlier Promise To Start or Assist With Equipment and Instruction For A School of Rock Based On the Availability Of A City Owned Venue To Us. That Didn’t Work Out, But We’re Still Interested In Supporting One. We’re Looking For Ways To Help Effectively. The Ukrainian War and Refugee Support Is Also Of High Interest To Us. We’re Warred Out, No Doubt. How Can We Make A Difference?
Let The Love Flow. In All Its Forms. Big Hearts and Love For Those Who Need Our Help And Kindness. Romantic Love Too. Perfect Date Nights Ahead. Perfect First Timers Meet New Friends. A Singles Meet Market Anyone? We Smile. Who Said, Love And Money Make The World Go Round…In Different Ways Of Course. The Power Of Love!
Never Fear By The Way. No Time Share Sales Guys Or Girls Inside Putting Any Pressure On You To Do More Than Have Fun And Enjoy The Music. Do More You’ll Feel It In Your Heart And With Karma…We Believe That. Of Course, The Pretty Lady Sellers Will Come Around With Our 60-40 Tickets For The Causes.
Got Questions or Comments About Causes. Certainly Not The Biggest Folks On The Cause Block. But We Want To Try And Help After We Put On An Excellent Music Fest And Shows. Yes, We Do Things That Support Our Own Concerns And Interests And Those Of Our Volunteers. But Our Minds And Ears Are Open. And We Love To Help Where We Can When We See Passion And Commitment From Others Already. +52 755 101 5989 for phone and Whatsapp or write to me directly at “firstname.lastname@example.org”. Yes, I’m Bob Rempel, and I wrote this post.
-The Blues Brothers/Soul Brothers Tribute-2 Shows (First Weekend)
-The Music Of The Crooners (First Weekend)
-Beatles-Rolling Stones Classic Rock Music Challenge (All Weekend 2nd Weekend)
-3 Kings Of Blues (B.B., Freddie, Albert) Tribute Presented by The Chris Sanchez Blues Band (2nd Weekend)
-The Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode Homage by Charlie “You Can Call Me Chuck” Jacobson (Second Weekend and possibly First Weekend)
And To Add, We’ve Asked All Performers To Please Prepare Their Setlists In Such A Way That It Both Presents Their Music Well, But Also Supports The Shows and Tributes We’re Presenting Here. You’ll Love The Two Weekends Of Great Music Live We Have No Doubts. Live Up Close And Personal. Is There A Better Way To Enjoy Music?
Our Posters (Perfect For Sharing…Bring A Friend…Bring A Group!) Where Do You Want To Be January 21-29, 2023?
Covid Hit Our Fests & Concerts For The Cause Momentum Hard, And Honestly Friends We’re Just Learning To Walk Again. Rebuilding Our Fan Base Is Most Important. Starting Over For 2023. Very Pleased With The Shows and Music We Will Be Presenting, Howerver.
We’re announcing our 2023 lineup and schedule, version 2.0 on Tuesday, November 8. Our official launch day. So we think it’s fitting we take a short look back today to who and what we were and what we wanted to be when we grew up (our vision) when it all began.
It All Started on January 6-8, 2018 In Ixtapa, Mexico With Our One Day Blues & Rock Night. See The Short Highlights Video That Was Assembled Then Below. David Gogo was here then. Why we wanted him back and why it’s fitting he is coming back for The Big Reboot 2023
Then we followed with three other “One Amazing Night” Shows. Chicago-born bluesman Chris Sanchez and his blues-rock band came back to Ixtapa-Zihua. They were with us at the early January show. Fitting that they’re coming back too for 2023 with their special 3 Kings Tribute Show(B.B., Freddie, Albert) The thrill of having them with us is not gone, we say with smiles.
We also had a great night of music in tribute to AC-DC, Led Zeppelin, and Janis Joplin by the Tangerine Band of Mexico with Enrique and Lorena of Mexico City, leading all the tributes, and they have returned many times since, . Then we concluded the winter 2018 season with the event that everyone told us was “Beyond One Amazing Night” A special tribute to The Doors by The Crystal Ship Band of Mexico City. Everyone was very disappointed when the closing notes of L.A. Woman on the encore, signaled the end of the evening.
Enjoy The Fan Videos and Some Photos Of 2018. (Some photos wordmarked as they should be, to Abigail Lovett, our hard-working photographer that year)
The real deal folks. You may not have heard her name but you will remember her when you see her live here in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Mexico, January 21-29, 2023.
When well-known saxman and vocalist Mike Clark of Calgary, had to bow out of coming to Mexico in 2023, we knew we had a big hole to fill…tell you more on November 8…the Chuck Berry Tribute…but he gave us one great thing…a strong recommendation, based on him seeing her live recently, that we bring Chris Ghidoni here to fill the role we mentioned above. And so we are.
We know you’ll love friendly and unassuming Chris, from Brandon, Manitoba Canada with the big guitar chops and strong blues rock voice when we get her live with us in Mexico.
Here’s a couple of her videos and then her bio below. Join Chris and say “Gotta Go” To Mexico!
Chris Ghidoni is a blues rock guitar player and singer from Brandon, Manitoba. She grew up listening to some great bands, including The Rolling Stones and ZZ Top, and found BB King later on her own which led her to discover many other great blues artists. Other influences include Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Freddie King, Albert King, and Colin James.
Chris has been playing blues and rock guitar for years around Western Manitoba and Winnipeg and also in Vancouver. She has opened and shared the stage with Winnipeg’s Big Dave McLean and many other well-known top performers. The Chris Ghidoni Band has played at The River City Blues Festival March, 2019, Women in Blues at the Park Theatre in November 2021, and the Regina Blues Festival in March 2022 and all over western Canada, including the famous Rockin’ The Fields Rock Festival in Minnedosa, Canada.
On September 4th, 2022, Chris released her first original EP called How We Say Goodbye. It’s available to stream or purchase on Bandcamp.com, Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music.
Chris said Yes “Gotta Go”.. To Mexico when we asked. Please join her and all our other great performers in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico January 21-29, 2023 when we present The Big Reboot 2023. Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Festival. Watch for more details about our Lineup and Schedule coming November 8th when we officially launch our 2023 Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week and the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Festival. Now in our 6th year since January 2018 when we first began.
David Gogo of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, world-class blues rocker, is coming back to Mexico, to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo to headline our 2023 Fest and help us reboot Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Festivals & Events. He was with us in 2018 in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo when we first launched our Blues & Rock Events as part of an all-star band. “Not enough of David performing”, we heard a lot. So now he returns to Headline the 2023 Fest and gets us relaunched. We’re thrilled to tell you this, thrilled to have him back. A Big Heart of the finest variety with great support for the Kids and Animal Causes we help.
David Gogo is a six-time Juno Award Nominee and a three-time recipient of ‘Guitarist of The Year” at the Maple Blues Awards. Gogo’s accreditations further extend to accolades such as ‘Musician of The Year’ at the West Coast Music Awards, ‘Blues Recording of the Year’ at the Western Canadian Music Awards; and The Great Canadian Blues award. Now, the veteran Canadian bluesman David Gogo has released his sixteenth full-length album ‘Silver Cup’. This acoustic affair was recorded at Gogo’s home with longtime friend Steve Marriner, who produced and performed on the album. Silver Cup arose during the COVID pandemic and subsequent shutdown of live music as Gogo found time to reflect on his life, heritage, and career.
The album’s thematic ties to Gogo’s lineage are evident within songs such as Silver Cup’s title track, which took inspiration from an antique cup made in the 1800s and passed down to him by his 95-year-old grandmother. The titular silver cup’s history spans back to Gogo’s Great, Great, Great Uncle, James McKay. McKay, who is now renowned as a Métis Builder of Canada, began as a trapper and guide before eventually becoming involved in the negotiations of Treaties 1 through 5. Further, McKay held several positions with the newly formed Province of Manitoba, including dealings with Louis Riel. As this family heirloom led Gogo to better connect and engage with his storied family history, its symbolic nature acts as the perfect focal point for Silver Cup.
Great in jams and collaborations which we love and so do our fans, and quiet and friendly and down-to-earth as a person, we couldn’t have asked for a better Headliner to step up and say “Yes, I want to Go Mexico-Go Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo And Create Some Great Blues & Rock Explosions” Are you ready to join David? Hey it’s cold everywhere else at that time, isn’t it? January 26-29, 2023. Fun in the Sun, The Music of Our Lives For Great Local Causes…Street Animals, Street Kids, More. Details of the David Gogo Fans Excursion Package to be announced very soon.
Yesterday we announced many other great International performers for our weekend Festival. See it Here. The combination of all live on stage is the magic and great memories only created once. Go Mexico-Go Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.
Our previous announcements for Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week January 21-29, 2023. We announced 2 Big Vegas Style Shows each night for the opening weekend January 21 and 22, Day 1 Check It Out Here, We announced our Mexico’s Got Talent Showcase public concert at Zihuatanejo Centro on Thursday, January 26 on Day 2…Check It Out Here. On Day 3…Check It Out Here, We Announced Our Venues For Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week for January 21-29, 2023. On Day 4 We Announced Jazz and Jazz Rock For The Opening Weekend. A Separate Show. Check It Out Here.
We’re Back With Day 3 Announcements. We Tell You More About Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week January 21-29, 2023.
One Of The Changes We Have Made For The Big Reboot In 2023 Is That We Want To Be A Community-Based Festival in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. So That Means We Want To Be In Various Locations Throughout The Two Communities.
We told you about our plans to use the Zihuatanejo Cultural Centre, near the beach, for our Shows on January 21 and January 22. Subject to finalizing discussions with the City of Zihuatanejo. Yesterday we told you about our plans to have a big open-air concert for all at the Zihuatanejo Basketball Court in Centro on Thursday, January 26. It’s a Mexico Talent Showcase from us, along with the Introduction and Short Performances from many of the Fest Performers that are already in Ixtapa-Zihua at that time.
Today we tell you we are also in advanced discussions with the Zihuatanejo Government to have the opening night of the Go Mexico-Go Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Festival at the Zihuatanejo Cultural Centre in Centro Zihua. Friday, January 27. We have made a commitment to the Zihuatanejo City Government that we will provide seed funding in 2023 for a “School of Rock” for young Mexico students to learn rock, blues and jazz skills, at the Cultural Centre. And more in the future, for every year we are using the Facility.
Then for Saturday night January 28, we go back to Villas Paraiso Hotel and Ricardo’s Restaurant, in Ixtapa, longtime friends and supporters of the Fest. We were here for our “Best Fest Ever”, as everyone said to us, in January 2020. And then Covid, the Corona Virus shut down our momentum. That brings us to now 2023, the Big Reboot!
Two of the last songs performed at our 2020 Fest before the Covid Pandemic shut us down for 2 years. As it did everyone else of course, so just sayin’.
And for Sunday afternoon jams and more on January 29, we are planning to take you right to the Ocean. A beachside end of the Fest, starting mid-afternoon, with a couple of short sets and then some can’t miss, always unique, one-of-a-kind, All Performer Jams to close out the 2023 Festival and “Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week. Details on Sunday, January 29 coming very soon. Think Ocean, Waves, and The Sea. But we’ve given you the venue’s conceptual plan.
The Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Week Goes To The Community in 2023.
The Big Reboot: Day 2 News About Go Mexico-Go Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Festing January 21-29, 2023
Did You Miss Our Big Day 1 News From Yesterday? Wow, 4 Great Vegas Style Shows Filled With The Music Of Our Lives To Start The Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Rocks Weeks. Here’s The Link
Today we tell you about our plans for a big public pre-Fest Concert called “Mexico’s Got Great Talent Showcase” or just “Mexico Showcase”. A perfect event for the region which the Washington Post recently described as the “cities of music”, “cities of festivals”. Which we call “Mexico’s Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise”
For young emerging talent and established performers. The best Mexican talent from the region, and we introduce many of the international performers from the upcoming weekend as well.
The incentive for local performers. One act gets selected to join us at the Festival for the following three days January 27-29, 2023.
It’s Thursday January 26 in Zihuatanejo at the Basketball Court in front of Zihuatanejo Bay at Playa Principal. Before the Go Mexico-Go Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Festival opening night on Friday January 27th.
At everyone’s favorite place in Zihuatanejo. Centro Zihua.
Your Vote Counts. See Below. Sharing some great music we love. We’ll continue through September with more posts like this as we talk to possible Headliners for Go Mexico for the Cause in January. Some of the videos and songs are newly recorded, or newly remastered, other videos reflect the highest view counts for videos of that performer or group.
Who do you love? Who would you love to see live on our Stage in Mexico? We have about 25 performers on our not so Short List, and we’d love to hear what you think about each.