Bluesman Brandon Isaak is a “national treasure” say Tom and Jack Lavin from the famous Powder Blues Band of Canada and we’re excited he’s joining us in Mexico in January

With three acclaimed albums under his belt, the most recent in 2023, and a musical journey that began at the tender age of four, Brandon Isaak has carved a niche for himself in the blues world. His soulful voice, virtuoso guitar skills, and infectious energy have captivated audiences across the globe. From smoky blues clubs to grand festival stages, Isaak’s performances are a testament to his passion and artistry.

We are very excited about having, both Brandon Isaak and Cliff Stevens joining us for the second weekend of our Events. Today we feature Brandon. Brandon is a unique high-quality performer, a Bluesman, with excellent original material, who is up for 4 Awards in 2023 from the Maples Blues Society, Canada’s foremost awards organization. He can move a crowd, he can thoroughly entertain a crowd, and that’s foremost with us at our Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fests.

Reprinted from Article preceded his sold-out November 17 show.

“More than 12,000 fans saw Brandon Isaak open for the Colin James concert at the White Rock Concerts at The Pier in Summer 2023. This is your chance to see Brandon with his full band, The Saints of Swing, up close in the acoustically perfect Blue Frog Studios.

What separates this Yukon-born Juno Award-nominated artist from the rest of the pack besides his world-class musicianship and songwriting, is his ability to connect and involve the audience in his live shows.

After many nominations by The Maple Blues Awards, (Canada’s national blues awards) this Yukonion guitar slinger finally won his first MBA last year for (Acoustic Act of the Year). The nominations were just released again and Brandon once again has a nomination… (Guitarist of the Year). We’ll have to wait and see what happens. Last year he had nominations for (Song Writer of the Year), (Acoustic Act of the Year) and (Album of the Year) for his latest solo album; Here On Earth.

Brandon is joined (for the November 17 concert) by his all-star band, The Saints Of Swing featuring some of the finest musicians in the country- Mike Kalanj on the piano and keyboards, Pat Darcus on the Upright Bass and Chris “The Wrist” Norquist on the drums. 

With a lineup of songs that span the blues genre, Brandon Isaak is set to stun audiences once again with the release of his new album, One Step Closer. Isaak explores classic iterations of the blues with the occasional modern twist. The record flirts with a vintage, New Orleans sound and incorporates an array of old-time instruments, from fiddle and banjo to washboard and lap steel. Isaak creates a rich, timeless culmination of sounds, styles, and themes with the power to transport the listener to the French Quarter and beyond.

Come on out and help celebrate this great new release from one of Canada’s top blues performers on the scene today. It’s going to be a great evening of heavy-duty roots and blues!

Brandon Isaak is a one-man band playing a foot-operated drum kit, neck rack harmonica, guitar and vocals. His original blues songs ring with authenticity and wit and his singing, guitar and harmonica playing are the living spirit of the best of the blues today! I consider Brandon to be a national treasure!”
Jack Lavin – “Powder Blues”

“The multi-talented Brandon Isaak is like a fresh wind from the Pacific Northwest – bringing exciting new life to older blues forms. Singer, guitarist, songwriter – Brandon evokes a range of emotions from rollicking to plaintive, always providing memorable and enjoyable listening!”
Barbara Sims – Sun Records
Head of Publicity – 1957-1960

Media Interviews:

2023 Edmonton “Saint of Swing, Boss of Blues”


Here On Earth 2013

Rise ‘n Shine 2018

One Step Closer 2023

Our Great Lineup Of Fest Performers For 2024 (06/12/23)

Very pleased to welcome Reggie King Sears to Mexico and our blues rock Fest in 2024…the performer that the legendary bluesman Buddy Guy affectionately called “one badass m.f. (on stage)”


“This young man is one bad motherf***er (on stage)” Buddy Guy

“One of the top guitarists in the world.” G. Love, G. Love and Special Sauce

“Reggie is the future. If my prayers are answered, I will see him be a big star.” Solomon Burke

“Reggie Sears in the real deal. He has been around long before me and is truly the real deal. Check him out he is amazing.” Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

“A great talent.” Roland Orzabal, Tears For Fears

Reggie at Buddy Guy’s Legend Blues Club in Chicago

Reggie Bio (from the official website:

Former child prodigy Soul-Blues guitarist, singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist REGGIE KING SEARS is back in 2023 with a new album aptly titled “Back In The Game” that expands on his signature down-home Blues, Rhythm & Blues and Southern Soul sound with deeper Funk and Neo-Soul grooves that will satisfy his fan-base while reaching a larger and younger crowd.

Sears, now 31, has spent most of his life as a professional musician, became a mainstay on the Blues festival circuit and has received praise and earned respect from legends and contemporaries alike.
Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Blues legend Buddy Guy called him a “bad motherf*cker”; Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee Solomon Burke called him “the future” and dubbed him the new “King of Rock’n’Soul”; Noodles (lead guitarist and founding member of 40x platinum band The Offspring) said Reggie is “one of the best Blues guitarists of his generation”; G. Love (G. Love and Special Sauce) has named Sears “one of the top guitarists in the world”; Roland Orzabal (lead singer of multi-million selling Tears For Fears) called Sears a “great talent”; and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram simply called Sears “the real deal”.

Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Sears is the son of an African American/Native American mother and a Caucasian father and is an example of the melting pot of culture that is South Florida. Raised in a low-income area in Fort Lauderdale’s inner-city has no-doubt informed his tough, soulful Funky Blues sound.

Shortly after playing his first gig on his 12th birthday, Sears met and befriended legendary guitarist Hubert Sumlin who taught and mentored him. Further encouragement from B.B. King who told the young man to “Keep on picking young man and keep this music alive” confirmed that he was on the right track.

Sears paid his dues by touring the South’s so-called Chittlin’ Circuit of ghetto bars, juke joints, and blues festivals Sears became a bona-fide entertainer, capable of dazzling audiences with his guitar skills, exciting them with his soulful vocals, engaging them with his natural stage presence and amazing them with his showmanship.

In 2005 at age 14 he released his debut album Transitions to rave reviews and began his first of many national tours. In 2006 he became an honorary member of The James Brown Band when he was only 15, becoming the youngest to do so.

By age 20 he had released 4 albums, racking up three top-charting #1 radio hits on the Southern Soul and Blues charts, multiple top 20 radio hits, winning multiple music awards, playing with a who’s who of legends and stars and racking up thousands of miles on the road.

Sears has racked up three #1 Southern Soul radio hits with “Dip My Dipper”(2007), “You Betrayed Me”(2009) and Dirty Dancer (2010), won multiple music awards and shared the stage with a who’s who of legends and stars such as Buddy Guy, Solomon Burke, Pinetop Perkins, The Temptations, G. Love and Special Sauce, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and many more.

Sears’ enormous talents and ability to effortless blend multiple styles of Blues, Southern Soul, Funk, Neo-Soul and Hip Hop and weave them into a Rhythm and Blues fusion that ensures that he will continue to grow his fan-base and bring in a new, younger audience while pleasing traditional Blues fans.

Get Tickets To See Reggie and all our other Great Headliners and Performers For Our First Weekend, January 18-22, 2024 Now. Ticket Purchase Link On This Site Here. A Very Special U.K. Headliner That We Have Just Been Able To Confirm Is Still To Be Announced. Some Performers Will Continue With Us Through To January 28, 2024. And New Ones Will Join Us. Great Live Music Always We Promise!

Reggie at Ground Zero Blues Club, New York City

The Kind Of Music We Love At Our Fest…We Promise The Upbeat, The Uptempo, The Dance Music, The Fun…Oh And Tequila & Mezcal Sampling Too!

The Kind Of Music We Love At Our Fest…We Promise The Upbeat, The Uptempo, The Dance Music, The Fun…Oh And Tequila & Mezcal Sampling Too! Just Two Playlists That Feature Many Of The Songs You May Hear When You Come To Mexico, To Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo And Region And Join The Party, Join The Fiesta. All For A Great Cause. Our Big Fundraising Project Detailed Elsewhere On This Site.

Uptempo Blues and Blues Rock

Old Time Rock ‘n Roll ‘n Blues Rock 50’s, 60’s, 70’s & 80’s…Even A Little 90’s & 2000 Decades.

Like The Music, Like To Have Fun When You’re At The Beach Enjoying The Warmth. Tickets And Table Reservations (Selection In Order Of Purchase) On Sale Now Here On This Site: Go To Festival Tickets. (Link) 3 Events On Sale Now. 2nd Weekend And A Big Fundraising Night Show Will Go On Sale By October 1 At The Same Time We Announce Additional Performers. Follow Us On Our Facebook Fan Page Or Here On This Site For All Details

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

We Are All Rockstars…Preparing For 2024 Events

A possible shirt design and marketing message Inspired by something I heard again recently in the truly enjoyable 2014 music-themed movie “Begin Again”.

Rockstars For Street Animals Hungry and Hurting

Rockstars For Disadvantaged Kids With Great Potential

Rockstars For Peace, Love, Understanding, And Kindness

Rockstars For A Better World

Rockstars For Mother Earth

Rockstars For Family, Friends And Lots of Fun Together In The Sun

Rockstars For Tequila, Mezcal And Mexico…Free Beer Too…if we can get it????

2024 News Coming On July 6

They Are Truly “Born To Play”. 2024 & 2025 We’ll Tell You Their Names on July 6 And Kickoff Ticket Sales, Fundraising, and Partnerships.

We Are The January Guitar Festival…And So Much More!

January 18-28, 2024, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and Region.

Details Here And On Our Social Accounts:




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

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

Getting Started For Our 2024 Event And We Want To Present A Great Lineup To You By MidYear

Who Do You Love? Who Do You Want To See Come Back Here?
Like It Says. Call For Big-Hearted Performers Who Can Rock A Crowd. In Mexico, In The Warmth, Near The Ocean, For The Fun, For The Worthy Causes. January 18-21, 2024 For Opening Weekend.

2024 Coming Soon

We Want To Do Some Special Fundraising For 2024-Full Live Recordings Of All 2024 Performances For A Special Live At Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Mexico And Video Footage For A DVD Plus Some Special Stage And Sound Equipment To Save On Future Costs…But First We Want You To Know Some Of The Key Performers You’ll See on Stage in 2024 Before That Starts. Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Events & Fests 2024 Will Be Back Even Better Than Our Great Year In 2023. The Big Relaunch.

So We’re Moving Our Deadlines Ahead. For Putting Our Lineup Of Performers Together.

Before July 1, 2023. We’ll Be Talking With Performers In The Next Few Months And Then You’ll Hear From Us Soon.

Also To Tell You Just To Say We’re Working On Plans To Bring All Or Most Of Our Performers In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo 2024 To A Second Fest Location In Mexico, Most Likely After Ixtapa-Zihua Kicks Off The Mexico Rockin. Something Performers Have Asked For In The Past. We’ll Let You Know. However, Ixtapa-Zihua Fest Dates Are Firm.

It’s Black Friday And We’ve Got The Rockin’ Spirit…Buy Your 2023 Fest Passes And Then You Can Tell Us Who You Want For 2024…Because You Will Be In The Audience…We’ve Got A 2023 & 2024 BOGO Offer For Your Black Friday!

How do you like to Boogie? Do you want your Free 2024 Fest Pass with Rock or Blues on the Side? Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin? Or Both? Can you Boogie 2023 & 2024? Of Course! See below for the info and link.

A famous lyric line from blues-rockers Canned Heat song “Don’t Forget To Boogie” Along with Jimi Hendrix. they were called the stars of Woodstock 1969.

So that leads to a little story.

Who do you want for 2024?

We are going to relaunch with a great lineup in 2023. And then make 2024 even bigger and better. You ask what are we working on for 2024?

Well, how about a Jimi Hendrix Tribute To The Rock God, by Wild T. of Wild T. and Spirit, himself, a Janis Joplin “The Last Show She Ever Gave” Show, a guitar-slinging Chicago blueswoman, the leader of the Blues Mules Trent Schmiedge, and Mr. Electric Violin and one of the best rock vocalists to ever come from Canada Henry Small All folks we’re already working with and getting them set to come here for January 2024.

Woodstock Boogie by Canned Heat 1969

But first 2023. One game, one day at a time! I know! Focus!

You will love David Gogo, a truly good guy, an international star, from British Columbia, Canada, best seen up close and personal with immense vocal and guitar talent and a blues-rock repertoire that comes from 17 albums already produced. Have you seen The Blues Brothers Vegas Style Tribute Show? Seen almost year-round in Germany. It’s our Headline Act for January 20 & 21. New material, new wrinkles. They never disappoint and always leave you asking for more. Your best date night, best fun night out ever? I don’t make this stuff up. Just two of the Performing Acts we have for you in 2023.

So I ask you my fellow live music-lovin’ rock and blues friends. Have you seen our offer for 2023 Fest Passes? And the offer for a Free 2024 Fest Pass. Best BOGO Ever? We think so. Help us get relaunched and then we boogie right to 2024 and further. More details are here.

Purchase online now. Only 25-2024 FEST BOGO offers are available.

How A little Tube Snake Boogie music from ZZ Top live for your Fun Friday morning, Black Friday in the USA. You’ll hear ZZ Top Music too at our Fest. It’s the Music of Our Lives Fest.

Don’t Forget To Boogie! All Your Life!