So if you’re a blues or blues-rock lover, and you want a little sun and beach in your life, and some fun in your evening, how can you allow yourself to miss two great nights of the 3 Kings Of Blues Tribute (B.B King, Albert King and Freddie King) January 27 (Zihuatanejo Madana Bar Victor Manjarrez our host) and January 28 (Ixtapa, Villas Paraiso Hotel Villas Paraíso Gomez Ricardo our host
Presented by the Chris Sanchez Blues Band, Chicago-born Chris, steeped in the blues and influenced greatly by the 3 Kings of Blues, as is everyone else who has ever played the blues, shared their 2-night song list with us recently. Awesome list. We can’t wait, and we hope you feel; the same. Did we say they are bringing an added Horns section for their show? Check out one of their rehearsal songs from the Basement.
Advance Tickets get you a guaranteed seat and table in order of purchase. https://tequilabluesrock.com has all the info about our event. Click Festival Tickets for online advance tickets. Face-to-face ticket sales start Friday January 13 in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. 11:30 am at Villas Paraiso Hotel Ixtapa. or Wednesday, January 11 at 5:30 pm at Madana Bar in Zihuatanejo. By appointment, please. Send us a message to confirm. +52 755 101 5989 (whatsapp) or from our website.
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.
Tequila Blues Explosion Festival is truly, “The Festival That Love Built”. Live music events for a cause and for the community is the Tequila Blues mission.
Over 400 visitors from Canada, USA and many other parts of Mexico attended the three-day event at the Ixtapa Event Centre in Ixtapa showing a strong base level of interest for a blues, blues-rock, jazz and reggae music festival by the beach. There were 34 performers from Mexico, with 6 from Canada and USA.
Festival organizer, Bob Rempel said, “we are pleased that In spite of greatly increased costs, and some unexpected expenses as we transitioned to full Festival status with a three-day event, we were still able to significantly help the Talita Cumi orphanage. Of course, we would have liked to have done more with more support. The kids were a treat to have at the Festival every night with their songs, and their final night’s full participation with The Blues Brothers show was a Festival highlight and a priceless memory.”
We thank our performers, sponsors, and fans for helping us to continue to support the excellent work of Talita Cumi orphanage. We’ve requested Talita Cumi develop a music program, with guitar and piano lessons for the children, which we would help continue to grow. As well we support the continued development of the Orphanage facility and other programs to serve more children in need in this community.
On a less positive note, Rempel noted the challenges ahead for the Festival. “The performers provided great music and great shows, and vibe in the audience each night was very positive, however, we still feel we have much work to do to get music fans, governments, sponsors and the local community to fully embrace us, fill the venue and guarantee that the Festival remains here in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo as a permanent fixture with high-quality well-known performers every year.”
Rempel added that from those who attended Year II of Tequila Blues, feedback has been very positive for a continuation of the Festival, however, organizers have said they wish to see the response to the upcoming Tequila Blues Concerts For A Cause series for Talita Cumi. Current plans are for three more events, possibly five, in 2019.
The first one is January 26 with a full 3 hour plus Beatles Tribute show at the Ixtapa Event Centre beside Frank’s Restaurant in Ixtapa. For more information on The Beatles show: https://www.facebook.com/events/167454297383097 Additional dates are February 9 (performer announcement on January 26) and February 23 for The Doors Experience Show.
Tequila Blues Explosion Festival International receives no government funding of any kind and operates with limited sponsorship support and small unpaid volunteer staff. All dollars contributed to the children of Talita Cumi and orphanage development come directly from the pockets of fans of the Festival, and the Festival organizers and sponsors.
Key Sponsors & Supporters for the 2019 Festival included Frank’s Restaurant, Ixtapa (Frank Aiello), Villas Paraiso, Ixtapa (Ricardo Gomez Sr & Jr.), Big Boy Tequila, Troncones, Hotel El Tradicional VV, Zihuatanejo (Eloisa Rodriguez) and RMAD Properties (Rosy Aguilar Duran) Key Volunteers were: Natalia Ruiz, Deb Maxwell, Julia Rempel, Jackie Avila Sanchez, Chris Sanchez, Enrique Tritton and Arturo Rocha. There were many donations directly to the orphanage at the event, but we particularly acknowledge the donations of Susy Hensel, Robin Sanford and Frank Aiello.
We sincerely thank all our big-hearted, very talented 2019 Performers who came to support our fundraising for Talita Cumi orphanage and the growth of the festival. Our Tequila Blues Explosion 2019 performer playlist which features their music is here: https://goo.gl/oRcjbR
The performers were: Canada: Geoff & Chris Dahl-The Blues Brothers Show, Jenie Thai Nolan, Charlie Jacobson, Andrew Scott USA: Robert George
Mexico: Isidoro Negrete, Raices del Blues (4), Lorena Cabrera Bernal y Tangerine Blues-Rock (3), The Broken Brothers Blues Band (3) (all Mexico City) Juan Carlos Cortes, Charley Blues, Chris Sanchez Blues Band (3) (all Morelia), Sweet Swing (5) (Tuxtla Gutierrez), Zihuatlan Vibration (4) and SANTE (9) (Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo)
Afternoon Pool Parties at Villas Paraiso will be hot with cold beverages aplenty. Nights will be On Fire at the Ixtapa Event Centre with 4.5 to 5 hours of live music and concert format shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday night January 10-12. Plus we have big plans for a BluesKruise4Kids and more after Fest Pool Parties on the 13th. It’s in Ixtapa, Mexico, Mexico’s warm weather hidden paradise with amazing beaches everywhere. A community event, in its second year, raising funds for the children of the Talita Cumi orphanage near Zihuatanejo so they can reach their full potential in life.
The links are below. Enjoy a good sampling of the Live Music you will hear in person and have a chance to see the performers up close and personal. Skip the lines and get your seats reserved with Advance Tickets Online HERE, or visit Frank’s Restaurant in Ixtapa or Hotel El Tradicional VV in Zihuatanejo. Discounts for groups of 10 or more. Seating upgrade offer in effect until end of day January 1, 2019.
We’re Getting Ready For The Big Crowd Coming For The First Night Of Tequila Blues Explosion Festival January 10 in Ixtapa. Tequila Blues Explosion Fest International is a community event for the children of Talita Cumi orphanage near Zihuatanejo. January 10, opening night, it’s the awesome Blues Brothers Full Show and preview performances from all our Performers. Then full concerts January 11 & 12 with different music each night. Afternoons at Villas Paraiso for pre Fest Concert: Pool Parties, Fun, Jam and other Live Music, and then evening Concerts at the Ixtapa Event Centre.
Tequila Blues Explosion Festival II in Ixtapa, Mexico is just 37 Days Away And We’re Going To Get You Ready For A Great Festival.
We’ve Updated Our Performers Playlist today and they’re many great performers already.
But We’re Here To Tell You That There Are Still More Announcements To Come Including Local Performers For Our Pool Parties And Evening Concerts. Everything happens at Villas Paraiso our Host Hotel in Ixtapa, for great afternoon fun with live music, and the Ixtapa Event Centre for the evening 4- 5-hour full concert shows.
It’s a community event to provide great live music here and raise funds for the Talita Cumi orphanage and other causes.
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It’s Simple. Just Go Over To Our Secure Payment Festival Tickets Page, scroll to the bottom of the page and make a 100 peso contribution to Talita Cumi. All 100 peso contributions receive One free entry for a draw to two Free 3 Day Fest Passes. So making a 500 peso contribution is an even better idea for you we suggest.
The Music Is For The Cause-It’s All About The Children.
With your help, we raised over 80,000 pesos from 3 events in 2018. We tested the idea of great live music through Festivals and Concerts to create more events for everyone in this community and most importantly to help support worthy causes such as the Talita Cumi orphanage. The tests were very successful and we are ready to greatly expand the number of events.
Can You Please Make A Public or Private Pledge Now And Support The Children?
Perhaps you also saw recently we at Tequila Blues Fest were raising additional funds for a Digital Stage Piano, or even better a donation of a quality one, that the Talita Cumi children will use for their music programs going forward. You can contact us directly as well. Just go over Text or whatsapp +52 755 101 5989 or go over to Tequila Blues Explosion Fest on Facebook and send us a direct message. Your donations and support go directly to helping Talita Cumi.
Please take a moment and enjoy the Talita Cumi children singing for us at a March concert last year. Let’s all spread the Love together!
Chris Sanchez Blues Band, Charly Blues and Jani all in one last night at the Ixtapa Event Centre. Enjoy! Another amazing blues and blues-rock night! We’re back here for Tequila Blues Explosion Fest 2 January 10-12, 2019 and we want everyone on stage last night to be here as well.
The final touch to a successful launch for a new music event in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Our goal was to bring great new music to our favorite part of Mexico and make an impact on the community we live in and love. Onwards to Tequila Blues 2. Plan For Your Trip And Travel Now. Dates and Earlybird Tickets Available Very Soon. Tell Us Who You Want To Hear And See Via Our Tequila Blues Facebook Page or At This Site.
At least 50-100 new visitors to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo are here for the first annual Tequila Blues Explosion Fest Fundraising Concert and they will be at the Concert Saturday January 6, all in the front row and nearby. These are true fans. Fans of the blues and blues-rock, fans of the performers. The mix of world-class entertainment here and our great weather and many beaches is the perfect combination to bring many more visitors to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and region, including Troncones and all the other beach resorts nearby. Our data on advance ticket purchases tells us that already.
Here’s More Reasons To Come To The Tequila Blues Explosion Fest Concert And Events On January 5 & 6. We Countdown To The Weekend.