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.

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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

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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!

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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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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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download The English Version

Download The Spanish Version

Full English Text Version Here

Release Date: October 11, 2023  Our Contact Info (Social Media At End)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lineup:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-More Benefits.  It’s A Bennies Day!?

New Partnerships:  

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

The Events:

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

Events & Dates & Features:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Stage: 

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

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

The 2025 Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival:  

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

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

Appendix:

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

For Part 2 Please Follow This Link:

View The 2024 Performers Performance Highlights Video

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

The January 22 Big Fun Big Fundraising Day

Poster For Weeks 1 and 2 Below

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.

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

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

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

Here’s The Latest Name That Tune:

We Believe We’ve Got Two Of The Best Blues & Rock Guitarists That Have Ever Performed In Mexico Coming To Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo in 2024 To Our January Festival

You know we don’t exaggerate (much). We truly believe this. We’ve got another great New Headliner to announce for the second weekend. 2 Weekends Equally As Good, Equally As Full Of Talent. Just Like “2 Mints In One”. One Fest…Two Of The Best Guitarists In The World In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo In January.

Watch For More Details When We Make More Public Announcements on September 13. Ticket Sales for the first weekend, which provide you with a special bonus of Table Reservation Privileges will end just prior to our announcements. Rush seating for the remaining seats takes over. Ticket Sales will continue of course and Reservation Privileges will be available for the second weekend until October 1. Get Your Seats and Tables For The First Weekend Now at https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets

Please come and see for yourself. We’re excited about the music potential for our fans and we’re excited about an idea for a new Fun Event. We’re already working on our Guitarists’ Challenge Fun Event…It’s those Priceless Moments where your son or daughter, or you as a developing or accomplished guitarist trade licks with our Pro Guitarists-Festival Headliners. For lasting video memories that should go immediately straight to your social media. All to benefit our Causes with a Donation towards our fundraising.

Joanna Connor, Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now Check Out Joanna On Stage.

Joanna Connor-Shake Your Money Maker

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

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.

Go Bigger Go Better Was The Feedback We Got After A Successful 2023 Relaunch…We Agreed So We’ve Got A 3-Year “Better and Better” Vision Statement and Action Plan For You.

A light bulb clicked somewhere this off-season, and we said Why Are We Doing All This If Not To Leave An Strong Lasting Legacy In Every Way?

So “Better and Better”, the 2024-2026 Mission and Action Statement Was Born. See It In Detail Here.

The Powerpoint Slide Version.

The Powerpoint Slide Version Espanol

A Video Version English Language You Can Stop And Start As You Wish

In It You Will Read About Turning Our Dream Project Into Reality Over The Next Years. A Target Of 2026 For Construction To Start:

A Street Animal Rescue And Treatment Centre For Senior Aged Animals…the Most Vulnerable, The Most Unwanted….With A “School Of Rock and Blues” Style Music Education Centre For All Interested Kids, Plus Financial Support For Disadvantaged Kids With Talent….And…Of Course, We Need A Performance Stage And Equipment For Our “School Of Rock and Blues Events” And Our Own Tequila Rock ‘n Blues and “Generations Unite” Events. Yes, We Are Big Dreamers, We Know…Plead Guilty…But Why Try For Less Why Accept Less, Both From Community Resources And Music.

It’s A Living Document. Version 1.0. We’d Love Your Feedback As We Move Toward Versions 2.0 and 3.0 Final Before January 2024.

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

The Best Ever Guitarist In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo? That’s What We Believe And We Challenge You To Check Her Out.

The Best Ever Guitarist In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo? That’s What We Believe And We Challenge You To Check Her Out. And Her Co-Headliner Is No Slouch On The Guitar Either. Held His Own With Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, the current blues rock guitar sensation around the world. We’ll post the video.

The full text of our Social Media Post is below:

See For Yourself What We Saw And Heard.

We Tell You And Show You More July 6

And We’ve Got A Guy Who Held His Own

With Christone “Kingfish” Ingram On Stage

In A Recent Jam In Florida. We’ve Got That Video Too.

Guitar and Vocals Both!

Wonderful Performers With Big Hearts

Magnetic Appeal For Fans and Other Performers.

https://tequilabluesrock.com (this website)

That’s July 6 for Breaking News from Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Events & Fests (Facebook Fan Page Link) for January 18-28, 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Is New

So Are These:

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

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

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