Your Vote Counts. See Below. Sharing some great music we love. We’ll continue through to early September with more posts like this as we talk to possible Headliners for Go Mexico for the Cause in January. Some videos are for newly recorded, or newly remastered music, others are some of the highest view counts for the performer. Who do you love? Who would you love to see live on our Stages in Mexico? We have about 25 performers on our not so Short List, and we’d love to hear what you think about each.
Did You Miss Volumes 1 and 2 Of Our New Music/Great Performers Fan Survey From Previous Weeks? Check It Out Here (Link To Volume 1) and Here (Link To Volume 2). And Continue To Vote For All Your Favorites. From the two previous posts, and this week’s post.
In This Week’s Segment 3:
In Random Order:
Janiva Magness USA
Blues Mules Canada
Jack Semple Canada
Mike Clark Band Canada
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram USA
Tab Benoit USA
Deanna Bogart and Tommy Castro USA
Please Vote For Your Favorites Now!
Watch For More Who Do You Love? In The Days Ahead. And Please Vote For Your Favorites From Part 1 and Part 2 of Who Do You Love? Who Would You Truly Love To See Live?
Big Hearts-Big Stars Rock ‘n Blues Returns May 16, 6:00 pm CDT. We will bring great new performers, we’ll bring you great performers returning from our April 18 show. We lead into another online show June 13, again 6:00 pm CDT when we also get Big Hearts-Big Stars Mayan Riviera The First Annual launched.
All Big Hearts-Big Stars supporting our Street Animal Rescue Neutering & Awareness fundraising in Mexico and Worldwide! Free To Watch But Please Support The Homeless And Abandoned Street Animals If You Can. Our Donation Link Here. Special Rewards & Privileges For All Donors At Our Upcoming Live Fests Including Cancun. Our Way Of Thanking You.
Updating You About Our Support Of Mexico Causes & People. March 2020 to September 2020. Our Report To The Community And Particularly Our Loyal Fans And Donors About Our Support Of the Community.
We Are Fully Committed To Our Brand Tag Lines: Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Festival & Events: Always For Great Causes, Always For Fun, Always For Great Live Music In The Warmth Near The Beach.
We Want To Do More, We Know We Can Do More. With Your Support And Assistance.
Why We Continue To Plan For 2021 & 2022 And Continue To Build Our Live International Rock ‘n Blues Music Festival And Associated Events In Mexico So We Can Increase Our Support For Local Causes and Benefit Local Businesses And Their Employees.
Our Current Total Of Contributions To The Community From January 1998 To Today After Funding All Costs Of Staging The Festival Through Cash Flow Is 170,390 pesos.
An Additional Donation of 5, 000 pesos Was Made In Early April To The Claudio Bigotes Memorial Animal Rescue Shelter In Toluca/Mexico City For Special Veterinary Treatment Needed.
From Funds Raised During The 2020 January To March Events As Reported In Our March 2020 Report To The Community, (See Below) We Contributed 12,200 pesos to Amigos de Animales of Barra Potosi, $10,730 pesos to the Claudio Bigotes Memorial Animal Rescue Shelter, and 3,000 pesos to Vicente Contreras, our 14-year-old guitar prodigy, for continued training in guitar from our Realizing Potentials Fund. There is a further pledge to Vicente of another 3,000 pesos following the successful completion of phase 1 of his new training.
And then Covid-19 struck. Many performer friends of our Festival, suddenly were unable to perform live in public for payment or tips. We made an “executive decision” in late April to reallocate 9, 000 pesos from our Realizing Potentials Fund to help, in a small, but meaningful way still we felt, and provide support three Mexican rock ‘n blues groups who have always given our Cause Fests their time and performance without demands for payment.
Now we are looking forward to January 2021 and 2022. In addition to continuing to support our 2020 Street Animal Rescue organizations and the Realizing Potentials Fund, we also wish to support Local Businesses and their Employees who were devastated by Covid 19 and help kickstart Mexico Tourism Recovery.
You will see some interesting announcements soon on our new plans to support both Local Business and their Employees and Mexico Tourism Recovery overall while continuing support for our ongoing Causes.
As always, we sincerely welcome the Feedback and Suggestions of our Fans And Past Donors.
We’ve Only Just Begun!…Stealing A Song Title There.
Let Us “Come Together” In 2021 & 2021 For Great Live Music By Big Hearted International Performers Who Love Mexico And The People. For Fun In The Warmth With Family & Friends Old And New. Always For Great Causes.
Brent Parkin from southern Manitoba near Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
Angel Marquez, from Mexico City, Mexico
Juan Carlos Cortes, from Morelia, Mexico
The Rebel Heart Band from Courtney, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
All exceptional proven performers, all with their own recordings, who have been on many big stages. We are so glad to have heard them say to us: “Yes, we’d love to come and help support your Causes”.
Our Tequila Blues & Rock Fest News Media Release Today Tells The Story Of Year III in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. Plus The History Of The Fest. In English and Spanish.
Please Share This Public Information With Your Media Contacts, And Family and Friends. We Thank You Sincerely. For The Great Live Music…Classic Popular Films, For The Community, For The Deserving Kids And Street Animal Rescue Causes, For The Fun-Fun-Fun! We Come Together in Ixtapa-Zihua, 2020
Mauricio Kings, A Young Rising Star In Mexico’s Blues-Rock World, from Mexico City, Is Coming To Ixtapa-Zihua January 17-19, For Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion Fest Int. III. Joining Evelyn Rubio, from Houston Texas just announced recently as well. The full performer lineup gets announced on December 1. And it’s a great one!
Evelyn Rubio is coming to Ixtapa-Zihua, MX for Tequila Blues & Rock Fest Int. III To Support Our Causes And Bringing Great Blues & Jazz Classics & Originals With Her. See Evelyn January 17-19, at Orient Bay in Zihuatanejo. Are you coming too? We’re just days away now.
Coming To Playa La Ropa Zihuatanejo January 17 & 18-The Blues & Rock Explosion Festival Zihua 2020 At Orient Bay. The Views Alone Are Worth The Price of Admission…But We’re Going To Add Great International Live Rock ‘n Blues.
We’re Excited To Tell You About The Possibilities For Tequila Blues Explosion Fest III in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo January 2020. News Releases for download in English and Spanish below. Looking forward to seeing you on January 10 in Ixtapa-Zihua or even earlier at some of our other Tequila Blues & Rock Explosion events. Like our FB page to always get the latest news or follow us here. English News Release text below as well.
Tequila Blues Explosion Fests Ready To Return To Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo
Blues and Blues-Rock Explosion Weekend #3 Will Be Held In Mexico on January 10-12, 2020. Advance Tickets At Best Possible Value Ever On Sale Now-Price Increase June 1, 2019
Possible Second Weekend of Live Blues & Blues-Rock Music For January 17-19
We’re very pleased to announce the plans for the 3rd Tequila Blues Explosion Fest Event for the weekend of January 10-12, 2020 in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, stated festival organizer Bob Rempel.
Based on anticipated successful fundraising, new sponsorships and advance ticket sales over the next six months, we have an excellent roster of performers we are ready to present, he said. All have already agreed to perform. Many more are possible. Well known names, and newcomers, who are rising stars.
The great live music continues with appearances by Fest favorites Geoff and Chris Dahl, who will present their high energy truly amazing, The Blues Brothers show and a new one for 2020, their The ZZ Top show,
Tangerine from Mexico City, with the great blues-rock voice of Lorena Cabrera Bernal fronting, plus a keyboardist added to the four-piece band now, will feature tributes to Janis Joplin, and Led Zeppelin their specialties, but also Queen, AC-DC, Deep Purple, and others
Charlie Jacobson, highly versatile blues-rock and rockabilly frontman-vocalist, guitarist and showman will come from Canada. He impressed when he was last here
Isidoro Negrete Reynoso,one of Mexico’s finest blues-rock harmonica players, a legend in his country in fact, from Mexico City, will add that great harp feel to bring out the best in the blues songs
New for 2020 we have guitarist and vocalist Joe Brett from Ontario, Canada who is bringing his special Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV) tribute show to Ixtapa.
Also joining the all star ensemble to make sure the special collaborations that Tequila Blues is becoming known for, truly amaze, is rock, blues and soul music Saxophonist Max Octava Maravilla of Mexico City, Mexico.
Returning to Ixtapa as well is vocalist and harmonica player Robert George now of Nelson, BC, but with his roots in the San Francisco music scene, so he is bringing his pal from the days of youth, multi instrumentalist Mike Billo with him. Mike has performed with and backed up blues greats such as John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed, and many others from San Francisco and all over the world. He plays the harmonica, bass and slide guitars, banjo, ukulele and dobro.
Rempel said Tequila Blues continues in discussions with a lengthy list of performers who have all expressed a serious interest in appearing at the Tequila Blues Fest and supporting our causes, and of course enjoying the great Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo weather and beaches in January as well. As do all our new and old visitors from away attending Tequila Blues Explosion events. “Come for the music stay for the beaches” is the long time slogan Tequila Blues slogan.
People such as blues and jazz vocalist and saxophonist Evelyn Rubio from Houston, originally from Mexico City, Kal David and Lauri Bono from Palm Springs, USA, Brent Parkin, Winnipeg, Canada, Zeppia a 3 piece power rock trio of two sisters and a brother from Mexico City, that features music from Black Sabbath, Grand Funk and much more, Bourbon Blues Ensemble from Leon, MX Fonzeca-Caja de Pandora Project, Monterey, MX, Andrew Parkhouse from Canada, Jimmy D. Lane, from Vancouver, B.C and originally Detroit, Austin Cane from Cleveland, USA and Rafael Tranquilino from Seattle, USA and originally from Mexico City.
Many are ideal candidates for our additional second weekend of great music if we attract the ticket sales and sponsorship we require for our first weekend, according to Rempel.
“We’ve tried to tell everyone connected and interested in growth for Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo these past three years, Tequila Blues Explosion Fest originator, Bob Rempel said, that these kind of events are tourism magnets that many tourism focused communities in Mexico are hoping to develop or acquire to give them an edge to attract visitors. The kind of visitors with higher levels of spending that will really benefit a community in the highly competitive and somewhat stagnant tourism environment that currently exists in Mexico.”
Support from all sectors of the community, governments, and the fans, our ticket buying public will help create an ongoing music festival with a difference, for Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo that will continue to grow every year. We hope that the next 6 months will show us everyone wants this for Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and not let it go elsewhere, Rempel added.
Tequila Blues events are also fundraisers for the community. In the first two years over 120,000 pesos has been donated to a children’s orphanage near Zihuatanejo. In 2020 Tequila Blues Events, and our venue partners, with the support of the fans, will raise funds for children and schools in low income areas near Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, primarily assisting with technology shortfalls, and Animal Rescue work both in Ixtapa-Zihua and other parts of Mexico.
What’s new for 2020?
-New music venue partners who have agreed to help support fundraising and performer’s expenses: Smoke Shack Ixtapa plus adjacent businesses, and Villas Paraiso Hotel & Bar & Grill Ixtapa
-A Zihuatanejo event venue is being sought, and will be announced in the near future
-All Tequila Blues events will be Membership Only events. Membership will be a nominal amount and included in ticket prices in 2020. It signifies the way we wish to treat and deal with our fans in 2020 and in the future. Have them return every year as valued Tequila Blues members. And yes, “membership will have its privileges”.
-Musicians Geoff and Chris Dahl from Canada and Enrique Torres and Lorena Cabrera Bernal from Mexico (Tangerine) have agreed to serve both as music directors and technical advisors, assisting festival directors, to ensure we have the highest standard of performance and sound quality this year and in future years, at all venues, for the fans..
-All events will be sold by Advance Purchase only. Tickets must be in hand before the event. This will make ease of entry much more efficient for everyone and supports our membership only approach. Fans of live music Tequila Blues style performed in warm January weather in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo close to the near perfect beaches here, will have this marked in red on their calendar many months in advance we know, organizers said.
-Group purchases and group travel to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo for either the January 10-12 weekend, the January 17-19 weekend, or both, will be fully supported by Tequila Blues fest, the organizers announced. Put a group of 10 or more together from Canada, USA or Mexico and we will bend over backward to make your trip to Tequila Blues Explosion Fest a memorable one with great value. We are truly all about our slogan: “Come for the Music-Stay For The Beach”
-A free show by all the visiting musicians and performers for the evening of Thursday January 9, for all local residents of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and region, at a Central location, is under consideration. The support of a major sponsor, private or government, to help defray the costs of staging the event, will be essential however.
-Fest organizers will make their best efforts to incorporate additional events they organize into the Tequila Blues Explosion Fest as soon as possible, with growth every year. Events such as beach volleyball or ultimate frisbee (disc sports) tournaments, motorcycle and car club rallies, art and crafts show and sale, pet shows, and a pets in motion fun run/walk/bike event along the ciclopista with the family pet or your rescue dog or cat.
We are all about the great music here at Tequila Blues Explosion Festival and Concerts For A Cause. So with that we ask you what is the best rock or blues music in 30 seconds for you. You recognize it immediately, you sing along, you drum along…it gives you rock ‘n roll goose bumps.