Check It Out!…A Great Jam To Close Our 2024 Events…Now We’re Working On 2025…More Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Coming January 17-19, 2025 In Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo & Playa Linda & Troncones MEXICO

Here’s the full 5.02-minute Roadhouse Blues, by The Doors, Jam to close our 2024 Events.

What A Great Closing Jam?

MALE-Villa Collaboration From Morelia, MX. ????????Juan Roberto Villaseñor (Trebor Villa on harmonica) Alberto on lead guitar, Zaiiraa’ Guugl on lead vocals, Kristell Rodriguez on bass guitar and America Hernandez on drums.

Preparations for 2025 Events Now Well Underway. More Rock ‘n Blues Explosions & Amazing Nights Mexico Style Coming January 17-19, 2025.

Ready To Go Land Kruisin’ With Great Rock ‘n Blues & Great Performers All Weekend?

You Can Get Your Tickets With Reserved Seating Choices In Order of Purchase At 2024 Prices (Until June 30) Now At https://tinyurl.com/buy2025tickets/

We’re Celebrating The Music Of Women In Rock And Blues In 2025…January 2025 Mexico And Some Other Ideas And What If’s We’re Working On

We’re Celebrating The Music Of Women In Rock And Blues In 2025…January 2025 Mexico When It’s Cold Everywhere Else Plus Some Other Ideas And What Ifs We’re Working On To Share With Our Present and Future Fans.

Tell Us If You Like The Idea Please. Your Feedback is Very Important To Us!

Are You Ready To Celebrate The Music Of The Women In Rock ‘n Blues? Their Music, Their Performances. Not Only Women On Stage Performing, But It’s The Theme We Propose To You Our Fans. It Will Guide Us As We Put Our Talent And Lineup Together For A Great 2025 Fest.

We Invite You To Join Us Again In 2025 As We Build On Our Successful Niche Uptempo and Fun Rock ‘n Blues Events We Hold In Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and Region Annually In late January. Main Rock ‘n Blues Fest January 17-19, 2025. Dates Set. You Can Book Your Trip Now! (Smiley emoticon here)

Possible Second Weekend And Midweek Events. To Be Announced Before or Just After Long Weekend In September.

Ready To Jump On Board Like Many Of Our Fans Have Already…It Gives You First Choice Of Seating In Our Usually Full Rooms…In Order Of Purchase. Tickets for the first weekend now on Sale at 2024 prices. Yes, unfortunately, there will have to be a price increase for the 5-hour plus live music show each night. It’s the economic world we’re all living in. Go here (shortened link to our site) now to purchase at the best prices you will receive for 2025. Buy Tickets At 2024 Prices Before June 30, 2024

And just to give you a little more to get possibly excited about, we’ll share a few What’s If’s that we’re working on hoping we might implement if all the stars and resources align.

#1: A Tie Dye Official Fest Shirt for 2025

#2 A 3 on 3 Basketball Side Event

3 on 3 Basketball Games from Teams That Entered…Different Age Categories…And Mixed …Maybe A Foul Shooting Contest PLUS

LIVE MUSIC FEST EVENTS right there as well, plus maybe some Pickleball, and of course Great Food And Drink on site from selected Local Restaurants and Bar Partners.

#3 A Guitar Lollapalooza Playing Hotel California Setting A Guinness Record

This may be a bit ambitious, but we’ve never set our sights low ever, so here goes. Artist depictions below.

Why Don’t We Invite Everyone Who Can Play Guitar To Join Us In Setting A Guinness World Record…The Largest Group of Performers Together At One Time Playing That Great Iconic Classic Rock Song

HOTEL CALIFORNIA by The Eagles….famous guitar leads by Don Felder and Joe Walsh on this song.

#4 What If We Became The Tequila, Tacos y Cerveza Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest in name (The TTC) or just in actions with no name change, adding a Taco Eating Contest, Taco Sampling Of Course, Plus Always The Coldest Cervezas in Town…and the Kicker…Every Year We Bring In The Tequila Voted Best Brand At The London Spirits Competition To Let You Sample The World’s Best Tequila for Fundraising and For Rewards. The 2024 winner is in the image. Plus of course, continuing with other Tequila and Mezcal sampling as always.

What Won’t Change We Promise is Great Uptempo Music You Can (Almost) Always Dance To, Great Warm Weather, Great Fun And “Amazing Nights Out” For Couples And Singles

Did We Mention We’ve Got Some Single Matchmaking In Mind Too…Think Speed Dating…Rapido Speed Dating At The Event. Working On It With A Smile. Singles Deserve Their Rock And Blues Too And A Chance To Meet Mr. or Ms. Great Night Together Right Now!

2025 Coming Soon!

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.

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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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. 

Welcome Bex Marshall, our first International Performer, the first of many in the future.

Blues-rocker Bex Marshall of London, England, joins us January 19-27, and she’s bringing her special “House of Mercy” hit song, and House of Mercy solace for anyone who has “too much fun” at one of our events. Please check out the House of Mercy, the song. We love it! Know you will too. Plus Bex has a new album called Fortuna, dropping in late October, this year.

Bex Marshall, London, England

Have you seen our previous Performer Welcomes? Telling old fans to join them in the warmth near the great beaches in January, and looking to meet many new fans and friends. More coming soon as we count down the days to live rockin’ and bluesin’ in January in Mexico.

Mariana Gajma, Mexico City

Reggie King Sears, Fort Lauderdale, USA

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.

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/

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.

Introducing Part 1 Of Our Awesome 2024 Performer Lineup for January 18-28, 2024

2023 Was Great As We Successfully Relaunched With Excellent High Energy Music Over 2 Weekends. It Would Be Hard To Improve On The Talent On Display But We Think We Have.

Here’s Our Present Lineup Of Performers For The First Weekend Of Events-January 18-22, 2024. With Performance Videos. Some Of The Same Performers Will Also Be Performing On The January 24-28 Period. We’ll Announce Additional First Weekend Performers And The Full 2nd Weekend Lineup By October 1.

Joanna Connor: Our 2024 Featured Performer

All The Great Performers We’re Announcing In Phase 1

Performance Videos:

Joanna Connor: Make Sure You Get To About 2 Minutes In If You Want To See What We Mean About Guitar Play

Joanna Connor:

Reggie King Sears-Jammin’ with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Reggie King Sears:

Mariana Gajma, now solo performer, and the former lead vocalist of Merian

Trebor Villa: Plays Hendrix, Sings Dylan Too.

Watch For Details About Our January 22, Special Fundraising Dinner & Concert With Festival Performers (Special Headlining Guest(s) For 22 Only) To Be Announced Before October 1.

Our January 2025 Performers Booked To Date: Steve Marriner Canada, Trey Wanvig USA, Ensamble Ardiente, Mexico, Dylan Triplett USA. More Details To Come Of Course By July 2024, But Now You Have A Very Good Idea Of The High Talent Level Set For 2025. That’s What We Mean About Our “Better and Better” Mission and Plan.

Check out Steve Marriner on his recent single release

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:

A Life Without Rock ‘n Blues Music Is Like A Life Without Summers

Mexican Beach Wisdom…our adaptation of that Swedish Proverb from yesterday. ???? It’s very true. Es verdad amigos y amigas.????

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

Announcing January 27 & 28 Live Rock ‘n Blues By International Performers In Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo Mexico…the final Lineup & Schedule

Announcing January 27 & 28 Live Rock ‘n Blues By International Performers In Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo Mexico…the final Lineup & Schedule…well almost. Ticketing info for two more “One Amazing Night” shows by Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fests & Events at the bottom

(There are always some last-minute adjustments and cancellations in this business for all kinds of reasons. We apologize sincerely if you were only coming for one performer or one band, and he or she or they canceled out. We assure you that when we began advertising and communications, we had written commitments from everyone we promoted and advertised.)

Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fests Returns January 27 in Zihuatanejo, Mexico at the Madana Bar and Restaurant Back Rock Room (@madanabar) and January 28 in Ixtapa, Mexico at Villas Paraiso Hotel (and magically transformed to Rock ‘n Blues Bar by Night)

We’ve Got Rock ‘n Blues Performances By:

Charley Sanchez (Charly Blues) from Morelia, Mexico: Harmonica Evening Opener

Isidoro Negrete Reynoso, from Mexico City: Harmonica Evening Opener

Victor Sock, Morelia, Keyboards & Vocals Evening Opener

Joseph Leal, Mexico City, Keyboards & Vocals Evening Opener

Torke Ross, Mexico City, Guitar, and Vocals, Evening Opener

Karen Melendez, Morelia, and her Stairway To Heaven Set doing Led Zeppelin Music. (###Folks please don’t miss Karen. We just discovered her on our January 20 & 21 Shows and we asked her to stay with us for this weekend. Very impressive vocals. We call her our Roberta Plant)

Trebor Villa, Morelia, lead guitarist of The Oralia Band will perform a Jimi Hendrix blues rock medley. We’re getting ready for a full Jimi Hendrix Tribute in 2024. Trebor is the guy that played lead guitar with the pick in his mouth for a minute or two to close Saturday night at Madana. Our mouths were open. What a great up-and-coming all-around blues-rock talent!

Chris Ghidoni of Brandon, Manitoba Canada. Her first time on our stages. Blues-Rock & Classic Rock, Powerful Vocals & Lead Guitar. See Her In Video Performance Here On Our Website. Don’t miss this up-and-coming star. (More Performers Below The Photo Gallery)

Blues and Blues Rock In Homage: The Chris Sanchez Blues Band and added Horns Section from Morelia, Mexico: The Music of BB King, Albert King, and Freddie King, The 3 Kings of Blues. The Thrill (Of Great Live Music) Is Not Gone! Adapting the title of B.B. King’s most famous song: The Thrill is Gone!

Rock & Rockabilly: Charlie Jacobson from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and his Picante Band (ok, we just made that up) Kristel Rodriguez on bass, and America Hernandez on drums with his new show, “Johnny B. Goode”…The Rock and Roll Music of Chuck Berry. Maybe some Early Elvis will be added too?

Beatles Music: Pain Train Band with Joseph Leal (lead vocalist, keyboards of The Folks, a very popular Beatles Tribute band) from Mexico City, with their Beatles versus CCR Challenge Show. Torke Ross on lead guitar and vocals. With Isidoro Negrete Reynoso on harmonica for selected songs.

For All Your Dancing Pleasures: Plus We’ve Also Decided To Hold Over A Proven Group From The First Weekend. The Very Impressive Show Band, Oralia Band from Morelia, Mexico with great uptempo R&B, Soul, Blues & Rock, and powerful vocals. We have asked them to perform their “Blues Brothers Medley” in each set, in honor of our dear departed Brothers in Blues & Rock, Geoff and Chris Dahl, who were only able to be with us on the first weekend. Sweet Home Chicago, Gimme Some Lovin’ Wang Dang Doodle, Think, Boom, Boom and other songs such as that from The Blues Brothers tribute show and the very popular 1980 movie.

Too Much Music For One Night. Too Much Fun, Too Much Dancing? Well Of Course We Know That’s Not Possible. We’ll Make It Work And You’ll Be The Beneficiaries.

Advance Tickets Guarantee You A Seat And Table. Buy Online Here: Festival Tickets Or In Person Wednesday at Noon until 1:00 pm at Villas Paraiso Hotel In Ixtapa, or Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Madana Bar & Restaurant in Zihuatanejo. Put Your Tickets On Hold Now If You Prefer In Person. Send Us A Message. Pick up by Wednesday To Keep Your Seat. Thank You For Your Great Support Over Our First Weekend! Folks Do Want To Rock! We Confirmed That Again. We Are In Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise For Sure!

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.

We Start The Live Rockin’ ‘n A Bluesin’ Tonight…Mexico Style…Tequila Mezcal Style…In Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise 2023…Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo

We Start The Live Rockin’ ‘n A Bluesin’ Tonight…Mexico Style…Tequila Mezcal Style…In Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise 2023…Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo

We’re At Villas Paraiso Hotel In Ixtapa Tonight! Live Music Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fest Style Returns. Our Mission: To Rock You Uptempo All Night With The Music Of Our Lives. 6:00 pm

Tonight Live Rock ‘n Blues Returns

It’s Game Day, It’s Rock Day. Still Good Seats Available For The Return Of Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Events & Fests After Two Long Years…For Those Of Us That Like To Rock…Live Up Close And Personal.

Don’t Miss Our Opening Moments As We Take A Moment To Remember The Pain And Hurt That Most Of us Felt During Covid Times When We Lost Dear Loved Ones Then We All Grab Our Tequila Sampler Glass And Say “Salud”

“We’re Still Standing is our Theme Song for our Return. Then you’ll hear the opening riff from Rock and Roll by Zeppelin or Hotel California by the Eagles or Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple. or Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones, or maybe even “I Love Rock and Roll:…and Blues by Joan Jett.

We’ve At Villas Paraiso Hotel Villas Paraíso and Ricardo’s Restaurante Villas Paraíso Gomez Ricardo in Ixtapa Tonight. Great Fest Style Dinner Buffet Specials and All Inclusive Drinks (beer, wine, tequila) both at 200 pesos each per person. Worth the price of admission for the All Inclusive Drinks package alone, we say.

Get Your Two (4,6,8, 10) Tickets To Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise, It’s Rockin’ in the Free World Time. https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/ Tonight!

We Will Rock You!

Start Us Up And We’ll Never Stop. The Stones Open Every Concert With This Song. Perfect!

Important Please Read…We Told You About The High Level Of Interest In Our First Weekend’s Shows…Our Oversold Problem Creates New Opportunities For Everyone Ready To Rock

We Told You About The High Level Of Interest In Our First Weekend’s Shows…Our Oversold Problem Creates New Opportunities For Everyone Ready To Rock

Yesterday we released information to the News Media telling everyone about the high level of interest in the great Show package we have been able to put together for Weekend 1. And after a frantic weekend of ticket selling, by various sellers here imagine our delighted “horror” at first of realizing we had OVERSOLD the Zihuatanejo Madana Bar and Restaurant Show for Saturday night January 21. Small Room…Big Fun. People Get It. Folks Don’t Want To Miss The Best Show-The Best Entertainment Value To Come To Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo This Year.

After a great noon hour selling tickets to the Ixtapa on January 20 and having a good friend of our Fests, and “He’s Gone Loco For The Fans” Sr. Ricardo Gomez Jr. tell me about his plans (see below) for Food and Drink for his venue, Villas Paraiso Hotel and Restaurant in Ixtapa, we are here today with Egg on Our Face About The Oversold Situation (too many ticket sellers selling tickets and a big interest and ticket buying rush over the weekend-we’ll fix it with better tech for next year) to tell you about our plans to make everyone as happy as possible.

-We are officially encouraging anyone with a paid ticket in hand to inform us they will volunteer to go Ixtapa on January 20 to free up seats in Zihua, and just like airlines we will compensate you who have tickets with Zihua on the back, with a free Fest Souvenir Shirt from 2021, or 2020 or a free Fest Souvenir Tequila Shot Glass 2023 with tequila in it to start, or a Free Fest Souvenir Winter Rock and Blues Paradise Coffee Mug 2023. We will offer the same compensation to anyone with Zihua tickets in hand who volunteers to sit in the front section of Madana’s Restaurant and Bar that night during the show where we will create another dance floor and bring in a speaker from the Show sound just behind you. Plus we’ll make sure that at least The I’m A Soulman Brothers will work their way into your area in the front too and entertain you. They are wanderers always with their wireless microphones. And you get to move into the main Room as soon as seats open up.

-And our genial Sr. Gone Loco, Ricard Gomez Jr at Villas Paraiso is offering a great incentive for everyone to Go Ixtapa! Two 200 peso specials. A great all-you-can-eat Buffet Fest Style food offering pasta, chicken wings, pizza, burgers, hot dogs, and similar food for 200 pesos per person. And it gets better folks! An all-inclusive Drinks package for the evening for 200 pesos per person too. Beer, Wine, Tequila. Wow! Best prices ever we think. Upgrades are available too I’m sure. 2 More Great Reasons To Go Ixtapa. And we know Victor Manjerrez of Madana Bar in Zihua is planning a special Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Fest day Menu and great drink prices. 40 peso beers, his everyday price, won’t hurt your pocketbook in any way.

-Who Wants A Repeat Of The Ixtapa Show on January 20 In Zihua Saturday Afternoon? Now we really need to know how many of you would be ready to rock your Saturday afternoon. We’d really love to do this to get more folks to see the Great Entertainment Package we’ve brought together…we are investigating the possibility of a Second Zihua Show, A Saturday Afternoon Matinee, from 1:00 to 5:30 pm. For New Ticket Buyers And Anyone Who Moves Their Ticket From Evening To Afternoon. At the same great venue Madana Bar and Restaurant. Then 6:00 to 11:00 pm for the planned Zihua Show. Who Wants That Option From Us? We Need To Know Today Before Final Decisions Are Made Tonight. Please Whatsapp Text or Call +52 755 101 5989, Please Message Us from our website at Tequilabluesrock.com Or Please Comment Or Message Us In Facebook

Please Continue To Purchase Your Tickets For Ixtapa and Villas Paraiso Hotel for January 20, Without Any Hesitation, Where We Have A Much Greater Capacity. Festival Tickets Online Our In Person Ticket Seller Will Be Back There Wednesday 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. And Bob Rempel, our chairperson will be at Madana Bar starting at 5:30 pm tonight, Tuesday, to work through any or all of your concerns about our Zihua Situation. A Good One With Solutions. We’re Very Pleased To See The Great Response And It Will Get Fixed We Promise!

Let Yourself Go!…Join Your Friends And Neighbors Who Are Selling Out The Venues For The Return Of Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fests

Folks, yes it is true, your friends and neighbors are getting it. Two Nights Of Great Performance And Different Music Each Night. The Best Two Nights Of Entertainment In Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise You’ll Have For A Long Time. Well, Until January 27 & 28 and 2024!

For Those About To Rock We Salute You: https://youtube.com/clip/UgkxU_GfGzJmOVyg5ebBbVS-ARgrfnj_B_ds (1 minute AC-DC live clip we love)

Ticket sales are brisk, we feel blessed that rock and blues lovers are getting it…the quality of the Shows coming up soon, and we are working on plans to get our Zihua friends over to Ixtapa on January 20 where we have a much larger venue. Plus we are looking at plans on how we can expand capacity in Zihuatanejo. And of course, we’d still love for you to attend both nights, because you’ll have “Double The Pleasure”. We promise!

The Performers

January 20 & 21 Fest Video

Ticket Sales continue today and Monday online at https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/ and Live in Person from the Venues’ Management. As well Fest Organizers will be available for purchases and or questions from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Villas Paraiso Hotel in Ixtapa on Monday, January 16, and at Madana Bar and Restaurant in Zihuatanejo from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.