Our Headliner Bex Marshall Releases Great New Single From Her Forthcoming Album “Fortuna” In Advance Of Her Mexico Fest Appearance

Bex Marshall. BexMarshall.com Our first United Kingdom/European headliner for the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival. We’re very pleased to feature her and we know she’ll be making many new fans in Canada, USA and Mexico through her appearance at our melting pot of Fans from all over enjoying fun in the sun. From her hit single “House of Mercy” (view the video HERE) to her special Tina Turner Tribute on January 21 Oceanside at Playa Linda’s Coco Ixtapa Beach Klub, to material from her new album Fortuna, she will bring us great music at every event, January 19-27.

The Link To Today’s Announcement

https://www.noblepr.co.uk/press-releases/bex-marshall/fortuna.htm

The Full Text Of The Announcement With Images & Video:

PRESS RELEASE

NEW ALBUM “FORTUNA”
RELEASED 1 MARCH 2024

PRE-ORDER CD | PRE-SAVE DIGITAL

NEW SINGLE – “5AM” RELEASED 5 JANUARY 2024

STREAM THE SINGLE | WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO

“Bex Marshall is a heart-wrenching singer, a dazzling guitarist,
and a charismatic stage presence.” – Charles Shaar Murray

“Bex Marshall commands recognition with her spit and sawdust
vocals and fluid resonator guitar licks.” – Classic Rock Magazine

Fortuna is the brand-new album from blues roots rock guitarist Bex Marshall. The album is released on CD and digital by Dixiefrog Records on Friday 1 March 2024. Pre-order the CD HERE. Pre-save digital HERE.

The first single “5am” is released on Friday 5 January 2024 and is available to stream and buy HERE

Watch the official “5am” music video HERE

5am” has a melancholy feel, a bluesy ballad starting with soft electric spreads. Bex’s vocal is late-night and resigned. The track is full of charismatic regret and her guitar playing is prominent, poignant, and emotive throughout. The song tells the story of a drunken late-night fight with a lover, culminating in a drunken white flag of emotional guitar peaks. It’s slightly influenced by Gary Moore hat doffing, to finish, no rock n roll endings akin to a melodic 5am pass-out. It makes for addictive listening.”

Bex Marshall has a superabundance of smarts and edgy spirit to go along with her surety of purpose. She conjures a vocal melting pot of old black woman’s heartache and powerful gritty soul and unique guitar skills which have been labeled by other guitarists as “the goal.”

The long-awaited studio album Fortuna is a ten-track blues tapestry that bulges to the edges with addictive hooks and storylines. Bex is a writer of notability, she pushes the boundaries of blues and weaves the genre in and out of blues, funk, rock, and Americana.

Bex steps forward with this record as a leading female guitarist, producing her powerful, self-penned album with soaring lead lines, technical ragtime, and ballsy slide-playing.

It’s been ten years since Bex Marshall’s last release. During this time, Bex has experienced a busy touring schedule, independently breaking into several international markets. Fortuna is an intense culmination of focus and personal release over the last few years.

Bex was able to stand still for a moment and draw in local London talented friends including Richie Stevens on drums (Tina Turner, Simply Red, George Clinton), Toby Baker on keyboards (BB King, Eric Clapton, Alexander O’Neil, Sinead O Connor), B.J Cole on Dobro (Elton John, Coldplay, Sting, Shania Twain, Robbie Williams), New York’s  Robert Eugene Daniels on bass (RIP “Red Bass”) Aurora Mannola on bass, London’s gospel Queen Shola Adegoroye, and legendary Danny Bryan on percussion (Taj Mahal).

After a week-long intense recording session at Snakepit Studios in North London, Fortuna was created. It’s an album of soulful rock blues, with funky undertones with touches of gospel and roots. The album was engineered, co-produced and mastered by Nick Hunt (Dave Stewart, Boy George, Placebo, George Clinton) who Bex has worked with on her previous album House of Mercy.

“I have been influenced by multiple artists,” says Bex. “For me it never stops. Songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists – you name it!

“I grew up listening to Tina Turner. Vocally, she was my heroine. Her tone, soul, and vocal range was so versatile. Other influences include Eric Clapton’s cool guitar style, John Lee Hooker’s back porch flavour, Freddie King’s sting, Hose Feliciano’s flair, Janis Joplin’s ragtime, and Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s songwriting. I was lucky as my uncle had a stunning vinyl collection, and I was able to absorb all these relevant box ticking blues rock greats.”

“She’s mastered the art of making new material sound like it’s been found in long forgotten vaults,” says Net Rhythms. Bex holds a songwriting retreat twice a year in Cyprus and believes that “bad songwriting is affecting the quality of our suffering.”


Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham

The album’s lyrical content touches on the all too familiar addictions of life, from love to liquor, changes in society and bitter regret. The album features nine original tracks, one being an instrumental and one cover.

“The album is where I am today musically and philosophically and reflective of the performer I am now,” says Bex. “I wanted to take the hard lumps out of life, and present them back in a different light, sometimes with humor, sarcasm, or resilience but always with a shed load of tenacity. I wanted to make a record with iconic guitar sounds, heavenly funky keyboards, roots infected vocal lines with the funk in the trunk. The album is the most upbeat offering from me to date and I want to produce a show of high energy blues rock euphoria to reignite people’s mojos.”

During lockdown Bex’s good friend and bass player “Red Bass” (aka Robert Eugene Daniels) was living in London with us and after a few months sadly passed away. She was lucky enough to capture some of his bass lines in Snakepit Studios. Bex recorded demos for the album and finally used them in five of the 10 album tracks. “Red was a unique musician,” reflects Bex. “I was honoured to play music with him for over 20 years.  We even shared the same birthday.”

The final track of the record is called “When It’s Gone” it’s a poignant song although written several years earlier, BJ Cole (Tiny Dancer, Coldplay) plays dobro on this track as a tribute to “Red.”


Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham

Fortuna – Track Listing

1. Preaching to the Choir (3.40)
2. 
Dirty Water (5.26)
3. I Can’t Look You In The Eye (3.21)

4. 5am (4.26)
5.Jungle (3.25)
6.Table for One (4.53)
7.Fortuna (3.08)
8.Lay Down and Die (3.53)
9. Scrapyard Dog (4.45)

10. When Its Gone (4.00)

Production Credits

Bex Marshall – Lead and Backing Vocals, Rhythm, Acoustic, Slide and Lead guitar
Toby Baker – Keyboards, Hammond, Rhodes, Wurlitzer
Bass Guitar – Robert Eugene Daniels (Tracks – I Can’t Look You In The Eye, Table for One, Fortuna,
When Its Gone, and Aurora Mannola

Drums – Richie Stevens
Dobro – BJ Cole
Shola Adegoroye – Gospel BVs
Danny Bryan – Congas, Darbuka, Percussion
Produced and arranged by Bex Marshall and Nick Hunt
Engineered – Nick Hunt
Mastering Engineer – Nick Hunt
Second recording engineer – Mike Haslam
Photography and Album artwork – Barry Warren
Recorded and Engineered at House Of Mercy Studios London
Catering Johnathon Lolley
Scott Coopwood – Guitarist – I Can’t Look You In The Eye
Barry Bays – Rhythm Guitar – I Can’t Look You In The Eye
Mike Capperelli – Engineer – I Can’t Look You In The Eye

Photography and album artwork – Barry Warren
Video production – Andrew Radford and Ben Radford

Supported by HELP MUSICIANS
Distributed by Dixie Frog Records
Sponsored by Teye Guitars, Ozark Resonators, Blackstar Amps, DR Strings

In Memory to my father Coleridge William Marshall 1948-2023
RIP Robert Eugene Daniels (aka “Red Bass”)
Copyright Bex Marshall. All rights reserved 2023

All tracks written by Bex Marshall except
track 2. Dirty Water (Buddy and Julie Miller BUG MUSIC INC)
track 3.  I Can’t Look You In The Eye – Bex Marshall /Scott Coopwood


Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham

ALBUM TRACK BY TRACK

PREACHING TO THE CHOIR – This is a no-nonsense guitar track and firmly sets the pace of the album. It’s a blues rock ignition to the album engine and the third single to be released March 1st. Anthemic, skyscraper guitar licks kickstart the track and launch into driving funk groove train. This song gets straight to the nitty gritty, with lofty gospel vocals from Shola Adegoroye. Bex’s drawl shoots the accusation to the guilty party… preaching to the choir. Political? Personal? Judge for yourself.

DIRTY WATER – This is the second track from the album, and it’s originally penned by Buddy and Julie Miller. It’s the only cover on the album. “I’ve been playing the song for a few years, but my interpretation is a lot grittier,” says Bex. “The original was so laid back, and a great song, but I wanted to ramp it up and make it howl with pain.” The track starts with an acapella vocal reminiscent of a back porch lament, gathering momentum into a tribal hambone, all heading towards a danceable rocker and crescendo of guitar licks and promises of abstaining once again.

I CAN’T LOOK YOU IN THE EYE – This track features powerhouse slide guitar performed by Bex. The track was co-written by Scott Coopwood (Clarksdale, Mississippi) who’s guitar playing features as the solo (playing a custom Les Paul). Other musicians featured include Barry Barnes and recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi. This four-to-the-floor number bombards the blues crossroads with harmonious heavy blues guitars and lyrically temps fate, while coyly celebrating the human consciousness of lust.

5AM – The change of tempo is stark and the pining and longing of the electric guitar spreads that repeat through the song, hypnotizing and encapsulating the regret which continually wheels around her head. Toby Baker’s Rhodes playing behind the guitar reflects the gentle madness of her frustrating inability to make it all better and harness the mood of the song to late night. Bex’s guitar solo transformers into a dramatic longing of emotion until conceding to the hour of 5am

JUNGLE – Slide guitar comes in like a kid skidding over a shiny polished floor with a big smile on its face and sets the scene for a rockabilly inspired chicken pickin’ slide guitar solo. It’s a jungle out there! Imagine all the people you know are animals or insects, a humorous toe tapper, honky-tonk piano bar room frolics!

TABLE FOR ONE = Mid-tempo bass led groover, with Hammond and piano dominant throughout. The tale-telling vocals depict a lonely meal. The song features funky rhythmic stabs echo a Bo Diddley feel and keep the roots firmly while the jazzy lead break encourages a sarcastic look at the stigma attached to woman who like to eat alone, culminating in lead guitar outro.  

FORTUNA = Boom and we’re off! The title track of the album, shooting out of the stalls in a Steve McQueen Bullet-style car chase. The resonator dominates with heavy funk driving drums from Richie Stevens and sensational bass harmonizing bass playing from RED BASS smothered in piano drama. This is the kind of energetic lunacy to let your imagination run wild.

LAY DOWN AND DIE – As you fly off the edge of the cliff of Fortuna at 100 miles an hour, the intro riff catches you and takes you on a ZZ Top reminiscent chugger, a good old-fashioned blues riffs but with quirks, slightly different Texas inspired blues rock. Lay Down and Die – “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.”

SCRAPYARD DOG – The intro conjures up images of a slightly limp character walking slowly up to no good. The clavinet gives a vintage circus-feel to this track and Richie’s drums throw in a loose roots-reggae feel every now and again, playing late in the beat while the walking bass plows on, Bex plays her Ozark resonator back porch ragtime rock solo.

WHEN IT’S GONE –The “Maggie Mae” vibe of this song mixes into the sweeping chorus of BJ Cole’s guest Dobro playing, banks of layered harmonies reminding us that “When its gone, it’s gone.” Bex’s acoustic ‘63 Gibson hummingbird guitar harmonizes with BJ. The sweet harmonies of strings take over this end of the album track. The song embodies reflective sentiments, educational and a warning to all.


Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham
TOUR DATES 2024

Tickets: www.bexmarshall.com/tour-dates

January 19-27-Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Mon 26 Feb – Midnight Special Blues Club, Camberley UK BAND
Sat 9 March – St Marys Sessions, Dorking UK BAND
Wed 13 March – Clutha, Glasgow BAND
Friday 15 March – Howlin Wolf, Glasgow BAND
Mon 18 March – Plaquemine Lock SOLO
Tues 19 March – The Wrotham Arms, Broadstairs Kent UK BAND
Sat 23 March – Tenne Oederan, Germany BAND
Sun 24 March – Bílina, Czech, SOLO
Mon 25 March – Černošice, Czech SOLO
Tue 26 March – Bruntál, Czech   SOLO
Wed 27 March – Rožnov, Czech SOLO
Thu 28 March – Brno-SP, Czech SOLO
Wed 17 April – Hotel La Campagnola – DUO CH
Fri 18 April – Nidaba Theatre Milan Italy DUO
Sat 19 April – Hollywood Bar Lugano CH DUO
Sun 20 April – Strampalato Brescia – Italy DUO
Thurs 5 Sept – Spirit of 66, Belgium BAND
Sun 8 Sept – Darlington R n B Festival BAND
Sat 13 Sept – Blues at the Bay Stockton on Tees UK BAND
Fri 25 Oct – Blues Route Helmond Netherlands BAND

Links & Downloads


Biography & Official Links

High Res Images

Press Release

Further Information


Peter Noble at Noble PR
+44 207 272 7772, +44 794 908 9762peter@noblepr.co.uk

The 2024 Fest Keeps Getting Better and Better For Our Fans…Announcing Famed Canadian Bluesman Brent Parkin Today…He Rode With The King Too…BB That Is!

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Text Version English Only Below

January 3, 2024 

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/

Weekend 1 Just Days Away Now!  Opening Night January 19.

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 Continue To Make Major Positive Changes, For Our Fans, To Our Performer Lineup And Our Schedule…As We Continue To Work To Be “Better and Better 2024-2026” Our Guiding Mission.

View Our January 3/24 Promo Video For The First Weekend January 19-22, 2024 Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest For An Overview of Performers and Special Shows And Tributes:  https://youtu.be/X8dVed8zLxw

Weekend 1. More About Weekend 2 On our Website: https://tequilabluesrock.com

Brent Parkin Joins The 2024 Festival January 19-22.  A Legendary Famed Blues Guitarist and Vocalist From Canada, Equally At Home With Rock & Rockabilly, Country & Jazz, He Joins Us To Be The First Recipient Of Our New Annual Tequila Big Heart Lifetime Achievement Honor From Our Mexico Based Fest…And Performing For Us Daily.  For Years Up to 2023. 

His Prairie Roots in Manitoba in Canada, His Connection With Mexico rock and blues and Mexican performers for many years from his winter home in Playa del Carmen and large collection of fans from all over Canada, USA and Mexico make him the perfect first recipient of our award, said Bob Rempel, Fest Director.

There are 0 Degrees Of Separation from Brent and the acknowledged Blues King of all time, Mr. B.B. King.  Brent opened for BB on a Western Canadian Tour and toured with him in the mid-80s.  Truly “Riding With The King”.  We’re sure he’ll give us his take on BB when we all get up close and personal with Brent later this month.  There’s more…

In the early 70s he co-founded several popular blues bands including the popular band Houndog in 1976. In the last 50 years he has been part of the backup bands for such legends as Bo Diddley, Gatemouth Brown, Otis Rush, Billy Boy Arnold, Johnnie Johnson and Jimmy T99 Nelson and many more. As well as opening shows for such greats as James Cotton, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, John Prine just to name a few.  We’re in for some great stories fans and just recently Brent said to us, “Don’t worry Bob, just because folks like the Toronto Blues Society and now your Fest want to give me a Lifetime Achievement Honor….I Can Still Rock That Stage”

See Brent In Performance:  The Blues Classic “Caledonia” at the Winnipeg Art Gallery:  https://youtu.be/Sn1RaIY_Aaw?si=MMaRe_mpXP1SY0Sg

-Kristel Rodriguez, bass guitar, and America Hernandez, drums, of Morelia Mexico have already been announced as 2024 performers,  but we are pleased to tell you today that they are bringing their other Blues-Rock group “MALE”  members with them. Zaira and Alberto.  With a wide-ranging song list, (see future F.B Page posts) and great vocals from lead singer, Zaira, they will have everyone clappin’ along and dancing.

Watch For Our Final Announcement At Our Next Public Information Release on January 12.  We continue to explore the option of holding a Special Creedence/John Fogerty Themed Music Event and Fundraiser on January 24 in Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo, afternoon or evening, with the main promotional incentive that everyone who attends our January 21 Special Oceanside Margaritaville Sunday Afternoon With Paid Ticket(s) And Donates At Least 100 Pesos per person to our Special Fundraising.  

The 3 For The Show Group Who Will Open The Show on January 21 Have Challenged Us To Achieve 10,000 Pesos In Fundraising On That Afternoon So They Can Present Their Specialty…Creedence and John Fogerty Music.  Their in tribute band Mystic Highway plays on big stages across Canada and the USA to a strong fan base. The best advice we can offer…Get Your Tickets Now For January 21…You Get The Possible Free Ticket With the Donation And the Entertainment Value will be top shelf all afternoon guaranteed. 

Charles Sanchez aka Charly Blues, harmonica master and drummer of Morelia, Mexico will also be a part of the Festival in a multi-purpose, multi-tasking way, similar to how Charlie Jacobson of Red Deer Alberta Canada is involved.  Charlie is the Music Director co-ordinating all backing musicians, plus performing as well. Charly will work closely with the Fest Director in a Performer Liaison role for their on-stage and off-stage needs and will perform at both at the Festival and at our Pre-Event Community Stages for Fest and local performers and free to the public. Musicians taking on a bigger role with us to build the Fest long term.  “We love it, said Fest Director Rempel.  Charly also said, “I may have a surprise blues rock vocalist joining me”. 

“We love surprise guests”, we said.

We want to issue a thumbs-up shout-out to local musician Rene Escobosa of TA Rock Bar and pianist/vocalist who has graciously offered to help us with backing music and support for our Special Guest for Weekend 2:  Brandon Isaak, 4 Time Canadian Blues Award Nominee for 2023.  We note also that our pre Event Community Stage is open to all local and regional musicians as well, in particular, emerging youth groups.

Ticket Sales With Cash Payment Go On Sale At Venues on January 6.  Advance Online Ticket Purchase with credit or debit card at https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/ continues until the end of the Festival. A 3rd Option…take your chances on seats being available at the last minute…Text +52 755 101 5989 (SMS Text or Whatsapp) and tell us how many tickets to put on Door Hold for you and for what date(s).

-Watch For Special Packages Or Incentives To Encourage Donations For Our Special Fundraising Project 2024-2026. For example, one Package For $100 USD Will Get You 1 or 2 Tickets To 2025 Events, Or Merch, Your Choice, Plus Special One of A Kind Photos With Performers Plus A $50 Donation To The Fundraising Goal That Get’s You Recognized On the Wall Of Honor At The Future Facility.  “We Did Our Part” public recognition for your support. Casino Style Games & Special Spin The Wheel To Win Tequila or Wine (Mexican of course) Also Planned For.  

-We’re Set To Go With Our Beatles At Shea Stadium 1965 Set with the Vudu Chile Band with Norbert Aguilar from Morelia on lead vocals. Starting opening night through to January 22 at least.  A Beatles reel with a clip promo re the Set for our 2024 Fest went viral on the Internet over the Christmas season. Nearly 20,000 views to date.  There is Beatles Love Still In Mexico, Everywhere In The World! 

-Next Public Update Coming January 12.  Are You Ready To Rock? Blues Rock?

View Our Previous News Releases And Announcements Since July, 2023 On Our Website At These Shortened Links: 

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Announcing the 2024-2026 Vision And Action Plan (May, 2023)

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For 2023 And Prior:  Brent Parkin, Canada/Mexico To Be Honored At Our January 2024 Event

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Meet Our Performers Playlist: Bex Marshall, Mariana Gajma, Charlie Jacobson, Brandon Isaak, Cliff Stevens, Trebor Villa, Norbert Aguilar & Vudu Chile, Kristel Rodriguez, America Hernandez and 1 More Name With Legendary Status To Be Announced January 3

Playlist below plays the selections in sequence.

To see the entire playlist and play selections click on the Youtube button below.

To Help You Share With Friends and Family Here Are Our Key Image and Video Assets For Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festing & Rocking January 2024 In Zihuatanejo & Ixtapa & Playa Linda & Troncones…MEXICO!

59 Second Shorty

Our General Poster with date and location of events

Week 1 Schedule

Week 2 Schedule

These are current as of December 6, 2023. But the good news fans and friends of good fun times for great Causes in January in Mexico is that we are still adding performers and side events to make the 2024 Fest Better and Better.

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 BlueFrogStudios.ca 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”

Albums:

Here On Earth 2013

Rise ‘n Shine 2018

One Step Closer 2023


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

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. 

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

Five More Performers For 2024 To Truly Make Our Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest in Mexico Better and Better…Our Mission…Where Will You Be?

Pick One Only: Winter January Blues…Freezing, Snow, No End In Sight, No Great Live Music Anywhere…Or This….Rock ‘n Blues Explosions In Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and Region, Mexico…The Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise In Mexico In The Warmth, Many Great Unspoiled Beaches, Tequila, Cold Drink and Fun in Abundance. You Decide Friends!

We’re very pleased today to tell you more about the 5 new performers, new 2024 Big Hearts, we’ve added to our 2024 Festival, plus a New Regional Event, and unique Concept Shows that will rock.

The Full Text Version Below (English)

September 13, 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. 

We Just Got “Better and Better”, Our Key Words For 2024-2026.  

Announcing 5 Additional Performers, In Addition To Our July 6 Announcement Of Performers 

Today We Are Very Pleased To Tell You That Our Second, World-Class, World Renowned Blues and Rock Guitarist Chris Duarte, of Austin, Texas, USA, Will Join Us To Headline Our Second Weekend Of Events. He will join us starting January 22. 

Now Two World-Class Quality Blues-Rock Guitarists And Vocalists. Joanna Connor (joannaconnorwreckingcrew.com) who joins us starting January 19, and Chris Duarte (duarterocks.com.  Professional musicians with large fan bases. Both 15 albums to their credit including recent ones this year.  We say, “They are the best guitarists you’ll see in 2024 in Mexico, or any year for that matter…The Perfect 2 in 1 Package for Rock and Blues Explosions! 

Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and Region Tourists, Visitors, and Local Folks That Want To Put Some Or A Lot Of Rockin’ and Bluesin Into Their Magical Experiences In Paraiso, Will Benefit Even More.  Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise…Much More Than Words We Say

Today We Also Announce For 2024, A Full Creedence/CCR/John Fogerty Concert By The Lead Vocalist of Canada’s Most Successful CCR Tribute Band, Gil Gaidola, and our First International Blues-Rock Recording Artist Performer, Bex Marshall of London, England, Who Starts Her USA Tour To Promote Her New Album Being Released In Late 2023, In Mexico With Us.  Plus We’re Adding One Of Mexico’s Best Young Pop and Rock and Blues Voices, Steffie Beltt, from Mexico City and Norbert Aguilar of Morelia, MX, an outstanding classic rock voice with concept sets involving AC-DC music and The Beatles at Shea Stadium 1965..

Earlier we had announced that Reggie King Sears (Fort Lauderdale, USA), Marianna Gajma (Mexico City), Trebor Villa (Morelia, MX), Kristell Rodriguez (Morelia, MX) and America Hernandez (Morelia, MX) in addition to Joanna Connor.

All our very talented 2024 performers have agreed to take time out of their busy regular gig and tour schedules to be a Big Heart Performer leader in helping us launch our “Better and Better” 3-year plan and major new fundraising campaign for music training for talented disadvantaged youth, and street animal rescue with a focus on senior animals, Multi-Purpose Facility. 

“We are forever grateful to these Big Hearts Big Talents who will join with us to help us build Better and Better Fests so that we make more positive contributions to the community and the causes we are passionate about, said Bob Rempel, chairperson of the all-volunteer ad hoc Paraiso Society organizing group. “They, and all major donors and partners, will all have feature spots on our Big Heart Wall of Honour we will create when our Project is complete and in operation.”

More On Our New Performers:  

For Chris Duarte Please Follow This Link To Our Part 1 News Relase Today For More Detailed Information:  Chris is a high-energy world-class blues, and rock guitarist, with jazz expressions also in his play from time to time. Fifteen albums to date including one released earlier this year.  He agreed to come earlier and join us on January 22, just so we could present a collaboration or two for our special Fundraising Dinner of two of the world’s best together of stage.  Priceless moments but only at the Fundraising Dinner.  When we asked if he could help us with that he quickly responded “I’m Your Guy”.  We don’t make this up folks.  A real breath of fresh air in the industry.  A good guy.  He will be with us until the end of the Fest on the 27, so many up close and personal opportunities, to get to know Chris both as a world class musical talent and as a quality person. 

Gil Gaidola: (mystichighwayband.com) Gil is the lead vocalist and guitarist of Canada’s very popular Mystic Highway Band, based out of Hamilton, Ontario Canada. The band performs extensively in Canada and the USA to audiences thrilled with the quality of the performance and the likeness. 

Gil is also a very popular solo acoustic performer, with a large song list, and the Fest has asked him to present songs by two legendary folk-rock icons, who have recently passed: Gordon Lightfoot and Jimmy Buffet.  As well as songs like “Eve of Destruction” and “What So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding” to tie into our Generations Unite…For Peace, Love, Understanding and Mother Earth theme throughout the events of the second week of the Festival. 

Gil has a Big Heart that knows no bounds it seems, so when we told him we needed a fun but highly professional act for a concert-style show for our big fundraising dinner he said “I’m your guy”. 

(We said, we heard exactly the same thing from another performer…Chris Duarte).  There’s a theme here we remarked. “Big Hearts are Big Hearts naturally. That’s who they are in life and we love them for that. Maybe we need to get that “I’m Your Guy” shirt ready for the Fest ????) 

Gil will perform first with a full 1 hour 15 minute plus show at a special fundraising dinner and concert Monday, January 22 and then stay around through the week and participate in the events. We also feature a “Gil Unplugged” a 2 hour Happy Hour show (why not make the happy hour longer in Mexico, we say) presentation on January 24. We’ve also extended Gil’s time on stage for January 26.

Here’s Gil and Band with an under the radar but infectious CCR song that everyone loves. Green River.

Gil, in middle.

Bex Marshall  (bexmarshall.com) From London, England, Bex Marshall is the first of many future performers from England or Europe to perform at the festival. The festival organizers are committed to showcasing the best talent from all over the world, and we are very excited to have Marshall kick off this new chapter in the festival’s history.  Bex is known for her powerful vocals and bluesy guitar playing, Marshall is a four-time British Blues Award winner and has released six albums over the course of her career. A new album, labelled “Fortuna” is to be released before the end of 2023 and signals the start of extensive “Bex is Back” touring for her.  Her previous album, “House of Mercy,” was released in 2020 and was met with critical acclaim. The title song became a popular hit in England.  The album features a mix of blues, rock, and soul, and showcases Marshall’s raw talent and emotional vocals. Bex joins us for the first weekend starting January 19 and will be with us until January 27. Guitar Clinics, Writers Workshops Including Songwriting and Of Course Great Music With Her Original And A Large Song List.

Here’s Bex with I Can’t Look You In The Eye from 2019 

Steffie Beltt  We feel honored to have her with us.  Talk about a future shining star worldwide. A powerful stage presence she is best heard and seen live.  Steffie is a young Mexico City vocalist of Mexican and Cuban backgrounds, who has already performed on stage with the likes of Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Billy Branch and Bobby McFerrin. She fuses blues with genres such as soul , jazz , rock . , pop , R&B , funk for a unique sound that appeals to all ages.  We are very pleased to have Steffie with us to Headline our Generations Unite theme for the Fest’s second week.  Her concept show, Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress” which she has agreed to present for our fans will feature the music of all Generations from the 50’s to Current Day and is a one of a kind show that is being put together for the Festival.

More on Steffie at this link (Wikipedia)

Steffie sings the blues for you: Te Dedico Este Blues

She is truly a Big Heart as well and works actively to support street animals in Mexico.  See her wearing the Shirt proudly, below.:

Norbert Aguilar  (@norbertbones) Norbert is a well liked and respected very knowledgeable radio broadcaster, (we used to call them d.j’s), podcaster and blogger in Morelia Mexico by day and by night he unleashes his great rock voice for classic rock music of all kinds. Plays bass guitar as well. We saw an impromptu performance of AC-DC and Zeppelin music in 2023 at a Zihua event of ours, and the Fan reaction was “We want more of this, more of Norbert”.  We agreed because we likex it equally as much. So we’ve made this a set part of our Fest for the second weekend.  Norbert will do two concept sets, the Highway to Rock Heaven The AC-DC Inspired Party Rock Set and the Beatles 1965 First Stadium Show In the USA, in it’s entirety.

Here’s some very raw fan shot video from 2023.  In celebration of being back rockin’ and rollin’ in 2023 after a 2 year absence. https://www.facebook.com/1192853910/videos/726033789185507/

Event Dates And Tickets

Event Dates Are Now Set As Well. January 19, 20, 21 and January 25, 26, 27 plus free Meet and Greets January 19 in the afternoon and January 24 (Happy Hour) with live music as well. View Them Here.

We’re very pleased to announce our First Regional Event.  We’ll be at La Mexican Restaurant and Bar in Troncones on January 25 for a Full Fest Show. 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/LaMexicanaTroncones)  La Mexicana Website

Tickets With Table Reservation Privileges for the January 22 to 27 Dates Are Now On Sale. Details Here.  The Details Of The Special La Grande Fundraising Dinner And Special Concert With Unique Collaborations (Connor and Duarte for example)  plus the mid Afternoon “We’re Going Sunsettin’  Experience With Fest Performers, Will Be Published On October 1.

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

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

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2024 Posters Week 1 and Week 2

Announcing 2024 Part 2…More Great Performers…More Great Events…Our News Release To All Media And Fans Everywhere…It’s Go Mexico…Go Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo For Rock ‘n Blues Explosion Time Once Again

We Get Better And Better For 2024!

Please Note The English Full Text Version Follows The PDF Downloads Below. Spanish version available below.

English Version y Espanol September 13, 2023 Release-Communica de Prensa For Download

Media Release

September 13, 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/ 

Summary Overview (And Yes We Do Bury The Lead???? A Mortal Sin)

The Paraiso Society Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo & Region presents the Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival and our new Generations Unite theme in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa and region on January 19-28, 2024. 

We Just Got “Better and Better”, Our Key Words For 2024.  

Announcing 5 Additional Performers, In Addition To Our July 6 Announcement Of Performers And The First Weekend Dates And Locations. (See Poster Image For First Weekend At End)

Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Tourists, Visitors and Local Folks Who Want To Put Some Or A Lot Of Rockin’ and Bluesin Into Their Magical Experiences In Paraiso, Will Benefit Even More.  

Today We Announce:

A Full Creedence/CCR/John Fogerty Concert And Full Fest Participation By The Lead Vocalist of Canada’s Most Successful CCR Tribute Band, Gil Gaidola,  (mystichighwayband.com) and 

Our First (of many more in the future) International Blues-Rock Recording Artist Performer, Bex Marshall of London, England, Starts Her “Bex Is Back” USA Tour In Mexico With Us, To Promote Her New Album, Which Will Be Released In Late 2023 (bexmarshall.com), 

We’re Also Adding One Of Mexico’s Best Young Pop Rock and Blues Voices, Steffie Beltt, from Mexico City with four albums to her credit already, (steffiebeltt.com or F.B. @steffiebelttoficial) plus  

Norbert Aguilar of Morelia, Mexico, an outstanding classic rock voice that we first briefly heard in 2023, returns with concept sets involving AC-DC music and The Beatles at Shea Stadium 1965.

That’s Just The Icing On The “Better and Better” Fest Cake.  Drum Roll Now Please!  

Today We Are Very Pleased To Announce That Our Second, World-Class, World Renowned Blues and Rock Guitarist Chris Duarte, of Austin, Texas, USA, Will Join Us To Headline Our Second Weekend Of Events. He will join us starting January 22. (duarterocks.com) Similarly to Joanna Connor, he brings his great talent on the guitar and vocals, and his Big Heart to support our Fundraising Causes and have fun in the sun with old and new fans.  

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Austin-based guitarist, songwriter, and singer Chris Duarte has often been compared with the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. It’s heady stuff for the musician, who plays a rhythmic style of Texas blues-rock that is at times reminiscent of Vaughan’s sound, and at other times reminiscent of Johnny Winter. The truth is, Duarte has his own sound that draws on elements of jazz, blues, and rock & roll. Duarte is a six-time Blues Music Award nominee and has released 15 albums over the course of his career. His latest album, “Ain’t Giving Up,” was released in April 2023 and has been met with critical acclaim. The album features a mix of blues, rock, and soul, and showcases Duarte’s virtuosic  guitar playing and expressive vocals.

Here’s “Nobody But You” official music video from his latest album.  Great rockabilly sound showing the versatility that we will see on stage.  From Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray to Eddie Van Halen to uniquely Chris, it’s all there in one package.

Here’s “Big Legged Woman” one of Chris’s most popular original songs, at the Dallas International Guitar Festival earlier this year.  https://youtu.be/mH_-23DyWlE?si=YWSWPP88Kocqdlm5

Our Other World Renowned Blues and Rock Guitarist and Vocalist Joanna Connor Is Coming To Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo to be with us from opening night January 19 through the 22nd. She also has 15 recorded albums to her credit, the most recent being “Best of Me” from earlier in 2023

She has earlier agreed with us to take time out of her busy regular gig schedule to be a Big Heart Performer leader in helping us launch our “Better and Better” 3-year plan and major new fundraising campaign for a Multi-Purpose Facility for the communities and region that would house a street animal rescue facility with a focus on senior animals, a music training for talented disadvantaged youth plus a performance stage and films theatre. (See below) for artist renditions of the new Facility for Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and region that we hope to have all necessary funds in place after our 2026 Events.)

An Artist’s Rendition Of A Possible Future Facility With Offices, Film Theatre, And Shelter In Front, Performance Venue In Back.

All our other great talented performers for 2024 are also coming with equal intensity to support our 2024-2026 campaign and help us build Better and Better Fests that can help make more positive contributions to the community.  

Big Heart Performers, Great Talent you can only see once or a few times, and Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions in sunny Mexico near the beaches in cold January everywhere else…a perfect combination we feel.

Our Full List Of Big Talent, Big-Hearted Performers For 2024:

Announced Today:

Chris Duarte, Austin, Texas   (https://duarterocks.com)  Bex Marshall, London, England  (https://bexmarshall.com), Steffie Beltt, Mexico City, Mx (https://www.facebook.com/SteffieBelttOficial/)  Gil Gaidola, Hamilton, Canada    (https://mystichighwayband.com), Norbert Aguilar, Morelia, Mexico (https://www.facebook.com/NorbertBones)

Gallery and videos and additional linkages below and on our website.

Previously announced on July 6 were:

Joanna Connor, Chicago, USA, (https://joannaconnorwreckingcrew.com)  Reggie King Sears, Fort Lauderdale, USA (https://www.reggiekingsears.com/)  Marianna Gajma, Mexico City (https://marianagajma.com/), Trebor Villa (https://www.instagram.com/treborvilla/), America Hernandez (https://www.facebook.com/america.hernandez.96780), and Kristel Rodriguez (https://www.instagram.com/kristellrodriguezbajista/) all of Morelia, Mexico.

Event Dates Are Now Set As Well.  Tickets With Table Reservation Privileges (selection of table seating in order of purchase) for the January 22 to 27 Dates Are Now On Sale.  https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/

More announcements and final details on all events are planned for October 11, four weeks from today.

January 22, La Grande Fundraising Dinner/Cena and Concert (see also full website post…we’ll find a better name soon, we promise) at Madana Bar and Restaurant in Zihuatanejo.  Black and White Themed Dress Up Suggested But Not Required.  Special 1.5 Concert Style show by Gil Gaidola presenting the music of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival.  Special one-night-only collaborations by Joanna Connor and Chris Duarte. Only on the 22 when Chris joins us. Other collaborations with Bex Marshall and Reggie King Sears and many others.  

Plus A Magic Bus ride in the afternoon to go “Happy Hour Sunsettin” at La Mexicana in Troncones with Live Music by Fest Performers, then return for the private Evening Dinner and Concert.  Price Includes Bus, Full Chef Jonathon supervised special dinner with wine-2 main course options, fest merch swag bag, tequila mezcal samplers in abundance, and great fun music starting from the moment the Bus hits the highway until the end of the night   Bring your drinks of choice for the bus trip.  

Note: All Fundraising Dinner Purchasers (VIP or Reserved Packages) Will Be Recognized With Permanent Legacy Signage At The New Facility We Are Raising Funds For, Special Front Rows Seating, And Event Recognition, As Our Guests For The Opening Ceremonies’ And First Event At The New Facility)

January 24, Meet and Greet Festival Performers Week 2, and Happy Hour Live Music Acoustic…featuring Gil Gaidola, Canada, with the music of Gordon Lightfoot, Jimmy Buffett in loving memory, plus many others, as well as other Fest. Performers  (Free with donations and tips requested please. Food and drink purchases required if seated at a venue table)  Venue To Be Announced Shortly.

January 25,  Troncones, La Mexicana venue. Our new regional Venue partner.  Second weekend opening night. A special Bob Dylan music opening set by Trebor Villa of Morelia only in Troncones. Plus much more. Approximately 4.5-5 hours of live music. All Festival Performers.  Chris Duarte and Trebor Villa will also present a special set of Jimi Hendrix music among other highlights.   Hear Chris on Jimi Hendrix’s Hey Joe:  https://fb.watch/m_IbtkeXzE/  A Special Fund Will Be Created From Ticket Sales (100 pesos per ticket sold) And 50-50 Draws or Auctions Of Donated Prizes That Will Stay In The Community To Support Local Causes Including Animal Rescue Work And More.

January 26, Zihuatanejo, Madana Bar and Restaurant, Zihua Centro, All second-weekend performers. Featuring Gil Gaidola twice. An opening live electro-acoustic plus another set of full CCR/John Fogerty music from their full catalogue. An extended set.  Plus Many Special Collaborations.

January 27, Ixtapa, Ricardo’s Restaurant at Villas Paraiso Hotel.  Features Bex Marshall’s “Songs Of My Life”…Music That Inspired Me In London, England” Set plus Steffie Beltt, with her “Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress” set with the music of the 50s through to Today’s Hits, as part of our Generations Unite theme.

Other Events Are In The Planning Stage With Details To Be Announced on October 11: 

Guitar Clinic for Youth and New Guitarists lead by Joanna Connor and Bex Marshall and others, and Guitar Clinic by Chris Duarte and Bex Marshall, Twice.

Writers Workshop and Rockin’ Your Kitchen and up close and personal Bex Marshall unplugged accompanied by Jonathon Ramsay, presenting material from their successful workshops in England.  (See also the website:  https://bexmarshall.com)

The Moments with Chris Duarte or Joanna Connor Experience.  For a single donation of $100 USD or Peso Equivalent,  (which includes 1 VIP front section ticket for the show) guitarists of all ages and experience can get up on stage at one of our nightly or afternoon shows and get 10 minutes on stage going back and forth with guitar licks and jams.  The video recordings for family and friends and online sharing will be priceless.

Chef Jonathon: Professional London, England Chef Supervised Fundraising Dinner plus all venues will benefit from his oversight and assistance to the excellent local staff to ensure the Festival food is the best it can be for our fan members. 

Run Through The Jungle…Run, Walk, Bike, Just Do It! Not The CCR Song But Related.  To Playa Linda and Back…Or Just A Small Part Of It.  Without Or Without Your Pets.

3 On 3 Basketball and Foul Shot Shooting…Preview Our New 2025 Events

Show Us What You’ve Got Stage Setting Up The Front Of House Stage At Madana Bar and Restaurant Zihuatanejo.  For Local Groups To Perform For The Public.  Developing Youth Groups or Performers From Our Region Given Priority.

For The Other September 13-15 News Releases With More Details And Videos On Our Other New Performers, And More Information On Our January 22 Special Fundraising Dinner and Concert And “Magic We’re Going Sunsettin’ Bus” Experience Please Visit Our Website: https://tequilabluesrock.com 

For The July 6 News Release Announcing Our First Weekend Please Follow This Link: https://tequilabluesrock.com/announcing-2024-the-performers-the-better-better-fests-plan-the-news-release-to-all-media-and-fans-everywhere-its-go-mexico-go-ixtapa-zihuatanejo-time-once-again-soon/  

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Images:

Events Logo

Additional Performance Video Links:

Joanna Connor:   “Shake Your Money Maker” – Joanna Connor and The Wrecking Crew – Live from The Fallout Shelter Reggie King Sears: Reggie King Sears- All The Kings Horses Marianna Gajma: Mariana Gajma – Warm (CDMX, Gato Fest 2022 – May 15, 2022) Trebor Villa: Trebor Villa Of Morelia, Mexico With The Music Of The Early Bob Dylan Bex Marshall: Bex Marshall – The House of Mercy Steffie Beltt: Steffie Beltt – La Raíz (Mi Generación) Steffie Beltt – Te Dedico Este Blues  Gil Gaidola/Mystic Highway Band: https://youtu.be/Q8bScW9CtrY?si=fd_R1Jzvy4nAQX4V

The CCR-Fogerty Song List (Which Ones Will You Be Requesting?)

Backgrounder:

The Vision and Action Plan  (download on the website) also outlines other changes and improvements that are scheduled to be made in 2025 and 2026.

Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Festival presents classic rock ‘n blues ‘n rockabilly ‘n boogie woogie music from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s primarily, the  Music of our Lives we call it, on the last two weekends of January, for visitors to Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Mexico from everywhere.  The first Fest was held in 2018 and has been held every year in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo since, except for Covid caused shutdowns in 2021 and 2022.  All events have been fundraising events organized by volunteers.  All events have operated with cash flow only from ticket sales and the help of local partners.  No other subsidies or support said Rempel.  “It’s the true test of events like this…Do they want it, If you build it will they come”  For the community impact of events to date, search “community”  on our website https://tequilabluesrock.com. “We were not satisfied that we have done enough for the community, so with “Better and Better Vision and Plan” you see our commitment to creating a new significant impact on this community in the next 3 years and beyond,” stated Rempel.

The new Generations Unite Festival…The Festival for Peace, Love, Understanding, Kindness and Mother Earth (short name: Generations Unite Fest) will offer a wider selection of music that will appeal to a wide variety of folks, including folk-rock, country rock, country, reggae, jazz-rock, pop and more, but always with a fun atmosphere that visitors and locals love for a night or afternoon out.

The Paraiso Society is a small ad hoc group of volunteers from Canada, the USA, and Mexico who love the still-too-hidden paradise of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and the region whose mission is to create fun, destination-worthy events with entertainment and entertainers from Mexico, Canada, USA and the U.K., that are unique to the area, while supporting local causes such as street animal rescue, youth development, and creating a lasting legacy. The Society has also organized other events in Mexico City in the past, and will continue to be open to establishing similar events in other tourism-focused communities where the right partnerships are available.

For Online Tickets To All Events and Reserved Tables (up to 7:30 pm or by special arrangement) Selection In Order Of Purchase please go to our Festival Tickets page on our Website.  https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/ (Please Note First Weekend Reservation Privileges Ends September 12 at Midnight, Second Week Events Reservation Privileges End October 10 Midnight)

For media or partnership inquiries, please contact Bob Rempel, Organizing Committee Chairperson, with contact details on top.

Social Media:  Facebook, (Fan Page) Twitter    Youtube Channel   Spotify 2024 Music Coming Soon.

What Fans Say:

2024 It’s Winter Rock and Blues Paradise Again

Artistic Representation of Future Facility 1

Artistic Representation of Future Facility 2

Additional Performer Photos:

Gil Gaidola: 

Bex Marshall:

Steffie Beltt:

Norbert Aguilar:

Chris Duarte