“We had such a good time on Friday night at Madana- it was great music and good fun. Kevin was hoping to buy a festival t-shirt there but there were no size large. Will we be able to get a size large somehow? Gracias and have a great day.”
Pat and Kevin O’Shea
Got ideas for us about 2024 and how we can make it better for everyone and bring even more people out, please send us an email to “firstname.lastname@example.org” We do read all comments and see how we might incorporate them. Just say Hi, so we have your email address and you can hear about our Events and Promos first. Thank you all for your Big Hearts. Just under 10,000 pesos (9950) raised through 50-50 Draws and Tequila Bottle Raffles will be directly donated to our local causes by the end of March we expect. Fest accounting continues but we’ll tell you more soon.
See You Next Year!
And now enjoy some more music from Saturday. Chris Sanchez Blues Band from Morelia, Mexico with the Horns added, performing The 3 Kings of Blues Tribute Show. And then below, the final Jam, the final Music from Ixtapa Saturday night for our great 4 “One Amazing Night” and “One Amazing Afternoon” Shows of 2023. Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters, with Torke Ross of Mexico City and Chris Sanchez on vocals and guitars, Eduardo Escobar on bass guitar, and The Morelia Horns backing them up.
Charlie Jacobson of Red Deer, Alberta Canada presents the Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry Show Again Tonight In Ixtapa at Villas Paraiso Hotel and Restaurant, Our Rock ‘n Blues Bar At Night. With Many More Performers For 5 Hours Of Live Rock ‘n Blues As Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest Has A Successful Reboot For 2023. It all starts just after 6:00 pm with Trebor Villa of Morelia, Mexico presenting his eerily similar early Bob Dylan set.
Advance Tickets 24/7 at Festival Tickets on this site, or from a Fest. Rep, Wednesday, January 25 Noon to 1:00 pm at Villas Paraiso Hotel Restaurant Ixtapa or Wednesday 5:30 PM to 7:00 pm at Madana Bar and Restaurant in Zihuatanejo. Plus from Owners Ricardo Gomez Jr at Villas Paraiso or Victor Manjerrez at Madana after Wednesday. Advance Price: 375 Pesos, At The Door: 400 Pesos.
Announcing January 27 & 28 Live Rock ‘n Blues By International Performers In Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo Mexico…the final Lineup & Schedule…well almost. Ticketing info for two more “One Amazing Night” shows by Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fests & Events at the bottom
(There are always some last-minute adjustments and cancellations in this business for all kinds of reasons. We apologize sincerely if you were only coming for one performer or one band, and he or she or they canceled out. We assure you that when we began advertising and communications, we had written commitments from everyone we promoted and advertised.)
Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fests Returns January 27 in Zihuatanejo, Mexico at the Madana Bar and Restaurant Back Rock Room (@madanabar) and January 28 in Ixtapa, Mexico at Villas Paraiso Hotel (and magically transformed to Rock ‘n Blues Bar by Night)
We’ve Got Rock ‘n Blues Performances By:
Charley Sanchez (Charly Blues) from Morelia, Mexico: Harmonica Evening Opener
Isidoro Negrete Reynoso, from Mexico City: Harmonica Evening Opener
Victor Sock, Morelia, Keyboards & Vocals Evening Opener
Joseph Leal, Mexico City, Keyboards & Vocals Evening Opener
Torke Ross, Mexico City, Guitar, and Vocals, Evening Opener
Karen Melendez, Morelia, and her Stairway To Heaven Set doing Led Zeppelin Music. (###Folks please don’t miss Karen. We just discovered her on our January 20 & 21 Shows and we asked her to stay with us for this weekend. Very impressive vocals. We call her our Roberta Plant)
Trebor Villa, Morelia, lead guitarist of The Oralia Band will perform a Jimi Hendrix blues rock medley. We’re getting ready for a full Jimi Hendrix Tribute in 2024. Trebor is the guy that played lead guitar with the pick in his mouth for a minute or two to close Saturday night at Madana. Our mouths were open. What a great up-and-coming all-around blues-rock talent!
Chris Ghidoni of Brandon, Manitoba Canada. Her first time on our stages. Blues-Rock & Classic Rock, Powerful Vocals & Lead Guitar. See Her In Video Performance Here On Our Website. Don’t miss this up-and-coming star. (More Performers Below The Photo Gallery)
Blues and Blues Rock In Homage: The Chris Sanchez Blues Band and added Horns Section from Morelia, Mexico: The Music of BB King, Albert King, and Freddie King, The 3 Kings of Blues. The Thrill (Of Great Live Music) Is Not Gone! Adapting the title of B.B. King’s most famous song: The Thrill is Gone!
Rock & Rockabilly: Charlie Jacobson from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and his Picante Band (ok, we just made that up) Kristel Rodriguez on bass, and America Hernandez on drums with his new show, “Johnny B. Goode”…The Rock and Roll Music of Chuck Berry. Maybe some Early Elvis will be added too?
Beatles Music: Pain Train Band with Joseph Leal (lead vocalist, keyboards of The Folks, a very popular Beatles Tribute band) from Mexico City, with their Beatles versus CCR Challenge Show. Torke Ross on lead guitar and vocals. With Isidoro Negrete Reynoso on harmonica for selected songs.
For All Your Dancing Pleasures: Plus We’ve Also Decided To Hold Over A Proven Group From The First Weekend. The Very Impressive Show Band, Oralia Band from Morelia, Mexico with great uptempo R&B, Soul, Blues & Rock, and powerful vocals. We have asked them to perform their “Blues Brothers Medley” in each set, in honor of our dear departed Brothers in Blues & Rock, Geoff and Chris Dahl, who were only able to be with us on the first weekend. Sweet Home Chicago, Gimme Some Lovin’ Wang Dang Doodle, Think, Boom, Boom and other songs such as that from The Blues Brothers tribute show and the very popular 1980 movie.
Too Much Music For One Night. Too Much Fun, Too Much Dancing? Well Of Course We Know That’s Not Possible. We’ll Make It Work And You’ll Be The Beneficiaries.
Advance Tickets Guarantee You A Seat And Table. Buy Online Here: Festival Tickets Or In Person Wednesday at Noon until 1:00 pm at Villas Paraiso Hotel In Ixtapa, or Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Madana Bar & Restaurant in Zihuatanejo. Put Your Tickets On Hold Now If You Prefer In Person. Send Us A Message. Pick up by Wednesday To Keep Your Seat. Thank You For Your Great Support Over Our First Weekend! Folks Do Want To Rock! We Confirmed That Again. We Are In Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise For Sure!
A Sampling Of The Great Music The Packed Room Enjoyed Last Night…We Believe Nothing Beats Live Uptempo Rock ‘n Blues…In Mexico When It’s Cold Everywhere Else…Now We Know Again You Believe It Too. 3 Performance Videos from January 21 Are Below. Tickets For A Great January 27 & January 28 Set Of Shows are Selling Well. Buy Early Online And Get Your Seat and Table Reserved. Festival Tickets Here At This Link.
The ever popular high energy Soul Brothers Show by Geoff and Chris Dahl of London, Ontario, Canada. Video 1, From Saturday Afternoon, January 21 at Madana Bar and Restaurant in Zihuatanejo.
The Oralia Band from Morelia Mexico was very impressive. Some of Mexico’s best talent on display with their mix of r&b, soul, blues and rock songs. A highly polished show band they can hold their own on any stage, anywhere. Video 2, from Saturday afternoon January 21 in Zihua.
And our Soul Brothers return in our Video #3. I Feel Good! “Working at Night But It Feels Like Play” Their Saturday Evening Show In Zihuatanejo January 21.
Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fest returns to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo after a Covid pandemic forced absence. And it was an explosive amazing night to mark our return.
Here’s a fan shot video sample from the fabulous I’m A SoulMan Blues Brothers Tribute Show by Geoff and Chris Dahl of London, Ontario Canada. And below that is another fan shot video sample. Ixtapa, January 20 at Villas Paraiso Rock and Blues Bar (At Night) Restaurant by Day. Here’s Charlie Jacobson from Red Deer Alberta Canada. With Kristel Rodriguez on bass guitar and America Hernandez on drums. Both from Morelia, Mexico.
Don’t Miss Our Opening Moments As We Take A Moment To Remember The Pain And Hurt That Most Of us Felt During Covid Times When We Lost Dear Loved Ones Then We All Grab Our Tequila Sampler Glass And Say “Salud”
“We’re Still Standing is our Theme Song for our Return. Then you’ll hear the opening riff from Rock and Roll by Zeppelin or Hotel California by the Eagles or Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple. or Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones, or maybe even “I Love Rock and Roll:…and Blues by Joan Jett.
We’ve At Villas Paraiso Hotel Villas Paraíso and Ricardo’s Restaurante Villas Paraíso Gomez Ricardo in Ixtapa Tonight. Great Fest Style Dinner Buffet Specials and All Inclusive Drinks (beer, wine, tequila) both at 200 pesos each per person. Worth the price of admission for the All Inclusive Drinks package alone, we say.
The Boys Are Indeed Back In Town. Our Soul Bros, Our Blues Bros Music Boys. It’s On It’s Definitely On. Where Will You Be?
See Their Fabulous Show Friday in Ixtapa at Villas Paraiso Saturday night (sold out-standing room or front section tables to start only) in Zihua at Madana Bar and Now a Special Saturday Afternoon It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Near The Beach Party At Madana 1:00 PM With Your Sunscreen, Sun Hats, Cut Off Shirts, Bikinis If You Want And A Big Dance Floor…And More Tequila-Mezcal Sampling Than Our Other Two Events. Just Because It’s A 5 O’clock Somewhere Party.
Plus Many More Performers From Our Other Shows, Jams and Collaborations, Maybe Even A Surprise Guest or Guests For Open Mike
Tickets Online At Advance Prices at https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets for the Ixtapa January 20 Opening Night Show and For January 21 Afternoon Only. January 21 Afternoon Special Pricing: 300 pesos in advance, 350 at the door.
Or You Can Send Us A Message Now Here Or On Facebook To Hold Your Seat, Or Go To Madana And Leave A Deposit Of 100 Pesos To Hold Your Advance Seat For January 21 Afternoon.
Wow! The Hits Just Keep On Coming As The DJ’s Used To Say.
Sold Out Saturday Night At Madana Creates Big Opportunities For Fun! Ladies Did You Hear Us Say Prizes For Best Sun Hat Sunglasses Combo? Madana Bar in Zihua and Victor the friendly owner-manager have declared Saturday afternoon to be 2 for 1 Margaritaville Day or Coldest Beer in Zihua Day or It’s 5’O Clock Somewhere Day or Best Day (And Night) Ever…That’s January 21, friends! See Oralia with Victoria Ruzzek on lead vocals and see Steely Band with Karen Melendez on lead vocals, both from Morelia, Mexico Saturday afternoon in our Special Just Added Show. Classic Rock, Blues, R&B And Soul Music from some of Mexico’s best stage performers. Plus lets throw in three Canadians for you Eh: Never throw-ins…these are headliners everywhere they go. It’s Double-Double Day. For All You Who Know What A Hoser Is! And Everyone Else! The famous I’m A Soul Man Blues Brother Tribute by Geoff and Chris Dahl…(those of us who have seen them in the past don’t hesitate to call it the best rockin’ entertainment-best value we’ll see in Ixtapa-Zihua this year) and Charlie “Mr Heartbreak Hotel” Jacobson with his Early Elvis Era Music Show and much more of his great rock ‘n blues music. It’s Saturday Afternoon Beach Party at Madana Bar and Restaurant in Zihuatanejo. The It’s 5’OClock Somewhere Event Starts AT 1:00 pm in the Afternoon Sun. Isn’t that what we came here for? Bring Your Sunscreen, Sun Hats, Sun Glasses, Cut off Shirts, hey, bring your Bikinis…why not the ocean is just steps away. Don’t Miss The Big Fun Party Saturday Afternoon. Yes Tequila-Mezcal Sampling of course! More Than The Evening We Promise.😃 Special Saturday Afternoon It’s 5 O Clock Somewhere Price Of 300 pesos for tickets purchased or booked in advance, for a big afternoon of Fun with family and old and new friends. 350p at the door.
Folks, yes it is true, your friends and neighbors are getting it. Two Nights Of Great Performance And Different Music Each Night. The Best Two Nights Of Entertainment In Winter Rock ‘n Blues Paradise You’ll Have For A Long Time. Well, Until January 27 & 28 and 2024!
Ticket sales are brisk, we feel blessed that rock and blues lovers are getting it…the quality of the Shows coming up soon, and we are working on plans to get our Zihua friends over to Ixtapa on January 20 where we have a much larger venue. Plus we are looking at plans on how we can expand capacity in Zihuatanejo. And of course, we’d still love for you to attend both nights, because you’ll have “Double The Pleasure”. We promise!
January 20 & 21 Fest Video
Ticket Sales continue today and Monday online at https://tequilabluesrock.com/festivaltickets/ and Live in Person from the Venues’ Management. As well Fest Organizers will be available for purchases and or questions from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Villas Paraiso Hotel in Ixtapa on Monday, January 16, and at Madana Bar and Restaurant in Zihuatanejo from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
We’ve told you in the past few days about the great vocal talent coming to Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo for January 27 & 28 for the Blues & Rock Festival. We’ve already featured Chris Ghidoni, Joseph Leal, and Torke Ross.
Today we’re very pleased to feature, Isidoro Negrete Reynoso, a man whose lifetime of performances has been dedicated to presenting the Blues. Through vocals, harmonica, and guitar. His Mexico City-based band is called The Blues Machine…La Maquina del Blues. Through his weekly internet radio program presenting the lives and music of great blues performers, past and present.
And very much a Big Heart. His wife Susanna and him operate a small animal rescue shelter and take in many homeless street dogs and street cats in Mexico City and give them the best in medical treatment and food.
And here’s Isidoro with a great-sounding harmonica solo from a Mexico City concert in 2018 that we caught live on video.
Advance Tickets For the January 27 & 28 Weekend With Guaranteed Seating And Tables Are On Sale Online At Our Festival Tickets Page Here On This Site, And In Person At The Venues In Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo.
So if you’re a blues or blues-rock lover, and you want a little sun and beach in your life, and some fun in your evening, how can you allow yourself to miss two great nights of the 3 Kings Of Blues Tribute (B.B King, Albert King and Freddie King) January 27 (Zihuatanejo Madana Bar Victor Manjarrez our host) and January 28 (Ixtapa, Villas Paraiso Hotel Villas Paraíso Gomez Ricardo our host
Presented by the Chris Sanchez Blues Band, Chicago-born Chris, steeped in the blues and influenced greatly by the 3 Kings of Blues, as is everyone else who has ever played the blues, shared their 2-night song list with us recently. Awesome list. We can’t wait, and we hope you feel; the same. Did we say they are bringing an added Horns section for their show? Check out one of their rehearsal songs from the Basement.
Advance Tickets get you a guaranteed seat and table in order of purchase. https://tequilabluesrock.com has all the info about our event. Click Festival Tickets for online advance tickets. Face-to-face ticket sales start Friday January 13 in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. 11:30 am at Villas Paraiso Hotel Ixtapa. or Wednesday, January 11 at 5:30 pm at Madana Bar in Zihuatanejo. By appointment, please. Send us a message to confirm. +52 755 101 5989 (whatsapp) or from our website.
We’ve got great Vocalists we’re proud to tell. All Big Hearts. Not only can they rock a stage professionally, and rock you as fans, but these are also people who care about our Causes too:
Street Animal Rescue in Mexico, Kids and Hunger, and Kids and Musical Education. Just like all the performers of our previous big rockin’ weekend do too.
A great list of powerful vocalists for the rock and blues and r8b & soul music we feature. In random order we assure you.
Vocalists Chris Ghidoni Charlie Jacobson Isidoro Negrete Reynoso Joseph Leal Victoria Ruzzek Torke Ross Chris Sanchez Kristel Rodriguez
Enjoy some Joseph Leal vocals today. Don’t Let The Street Animals or The Kids Down!
And don’t miss Joseph early each night when he presented his original and cover solo performance music. And then he returns as a key member of the Mexico City Supergroup that will present the Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones Challenge with CCR, Creedence watching from ringside, getting in on the Challenge Match Of Great Classic Rock music too.
Up To 5 Hours Of Great Live Music And Fun And Dancin….Oh And Did We Say Tequila and Mezcal Sampling and Big 50-50 Draws And More.
We’ve Got No Fear In Calling The January 20 & 21 Live Rock ‘n Blues ‘n R&B Music In Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo The Best Entertainment Dollar Value You’ll Get All Season…It’s A Lineup Of Performers That Is Strong Top To Bottom…(The Soul Brothers Show and their high energy tribute to the music of The Blues Brothers-Charlie Jacobson and his Early Elvis Music & Much More Rock & Rockabilly, The Steely Band and Karen Melendez, with Great Classic Rock from Queen, to The Doors, to Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and More. Plus Today We Feature The Oralia Band.
The Oralia Band is one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets we think. Too secret. They are good, you just have to check out the video below. Great vocals from Victoria Ruzzek. Very professional musicians. And they bring a different flavor of music to our Stages. A great blend of Soul & R&B & Blues & Funk music from The Music of Our Lives which perfectly complement the classic rock and blues of our other performers.
Advance Tickets Are Available Now With Seating and Tables In Order Of Purchase. Limited Capacity Venues. Please Don’t Be Disappointed.
With Different Sets Of Music Each Night. 2 Great Nights. 2 Different Shows. Tickets Selling Fast. Get Ahead Of The Line For Your Seats and Table With Advance Tickets. Advance Tickets Here. That’s Friday, January 20 In Ixtapa at Villas Paraiso Hotel and Saturday, January 21 in Zihuatanejo at Madana Bar and Restaurant.
She Said It, Our Friend Sharon Who Saw Them 3 Years Ago When They Were Last In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo “The Best Show-The Best Value In Entertainment To Come To Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo This Year”…That’s The “I’m A Soulman” Show With Blues Brothers Music And A Whole Lot More Soul & R&B Music.
Musical Education For Kids And Support For Schools of Rock And Blues Is One Of The Causes The Paraiso Society And Our Big Hearted Performers Want To Support From Our Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Events. We Know We Need To Focus.
Kids Are Important To Us. Childhood Hunger Projects In Schools or Food Bank(s) Is Something We Want To Help Support With Grants From Funds We Raise. Same For Medical Treatment and Neutering Projects for Street Animal Rescue work. Capital costs of expansion of Shelters as well in the future. When we come together again in 2023, you and your support of our fundraisings such as 50-50 raffles and our own donations from profits we hopefully receive from the events will help us make grants to good projects in all these areas.
Plus we try to include up and coming youth or at least youthful performers, with rock and blues skills, from the local or regional area in our events if we can. Like we did with Vicente Contreras, pictured above, in 2020.
All that preamble brings me to a great recent article we read yesterday where Robert Plant, lead singer of Led Zepplin comments on why they allowed the 2003 movie “School of Rock” to use their song Immigrant Song, in the movie after they received a heartfelt video plea from Jack Black himself. They had a history of basically not allowing their music to be used anywhere.
Robert Plant is quoted in this article saying “To Give It To The Kids Is So Important” We couldn’t agree more. Much more good stuff from Robert in the article. We loved the Movie, seen it many times, know the whole world did too. And the Led Zeppelin song was used so well. Check it out.
We need more Led Zeppelin music at our Events. Did we say that The Steely Band of Morelia, Mexico have an excellent selection of Led Zeppelin music they can include in their The Best Of Classic Rock Homage in their shows on January 20 (Ixtapa) & 21 (Zihuatanejo) this year. Of course, we could say the same for their Queen Music, The Doors Music, and on and on. They will provide all that to us.
Special Short Video Reel Style Just Published For January 20 (Ixtapa) and January 21 (Zihuatanejo) when Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fests Return. With a Big Explosion of Live Music, Up Close And Personal.
He arrives on January 19, midday, so do The Blues Brothers Tribute, Geoff and Chris Dahl, so time for a special fun meet and greet at Madana Bar and Restaurant in Zihuatanejo and Villas Paraiso Hotel and Restaurant in Ixtapa. Before January 20 and 21 when we are very pleased to give you Charlie and his excellent local backing band of Kristell Rodriguez and America Hernandez, from Morelia, with full concert flavor. Plus jams and collaborations with all other performers throughout the evening.
Don’t miss Charlie live! He leaves it all on stage! With full-out performances creating new fans everywhere he plays. Buy Now.! Secure Your Seat and Table. Ticket information is below the Posters.
Kristell Rodriguez has some great musical friends coming to Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo on January 20 and 21. No exaggeration! Today we introduce her friends from the Oralia Band of Morelia Mexico. A great mix of rock, r, and b, funk, soul and blues that you will love as much as the folks we show you in their videos below. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/oraliaband/
We have a lineup ready to rock you all night long. Yesterday we told you about The Steely Band with Karen Melendez, from Morelia, Mexico. Classic rock music that will keep you dancing all through their sets. And you know we have fan favorites, truly, Canadian Germany headliners The Blues Brothers Tribute Show by Geoff and Chris Dahl, real brothers. Presenting a non stop high energy Vegas Style show they perform throughout most of the year in Germany.
And we also have another rockin’ fun-loving Canadian headliner, Charlie Jacobson, presenting his new The Early Elvis Era Music Show plus his own blues and rock music and cover songs from 4 albums to date. Charlie always brings a strong performance and is also a big fan favorite in Mexico.
Someone told us about Oralia saying they will thoroughly entertain you. We are believers now after watching the video below. Kristell Rodriguez is a fan favorite here at our events too, and we are very glad she has friends like the Oralia Band. Check them out below and of course turn on the sound. Turn it up too! See them live up close and personal in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and please be ready to have some fun!
Tickets with guaranteed seating and reserved tables are available now. Seating in order of purchase. Limited seating venues. Single tickets only below, but there is a full range of options for tickets for you at our website at tequilabluesrock.com Look for the Festival Tickets link at the top of the page.
Buy tickets for January 20 in Ixtapa at Villas Paraiso Hotel
Buy tickets for January 21 in Zihuatanejo at Madana Bar and Restaurant
The Final Countdown To January 20 & 21 And The Return Of Tequila Rock ‘n Blues Explosions Fests In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico Begins Now…Presenting The Classic Rock Of Steely Band Of Morelia, MX, Featuring Karen Melendez and the music of Queen.
Joining Headliners: The Blues Brothers/Soul Brothers/Real Brothers Vegas Style Tribute Show They Perform Almost Year Round In Germany, with Geoff and Chris Dahl from Canada and Germany, Charlie Jacobson from Canada with the special for our Fest only, “The Early Elvis Era Music Show” plus his own excellent material from 4 albums recorded and Kristell Rodriguez and Friends Project from Morelia, Mexico with Blues-Funk-Jazz Rock And Soul Music featuring members of Oralia Band.
The Steely Band featuring Karen Melendez, has a big song list that won’t disappoint. Dancing shoes mandatory for both nights. Not only the Music of Queen with Karen singing lead vocals but so much more Karen and other members of the band on lead vocals:
Steely Band Presents The Music Of:
Guns & Roses
For Ticketing Buy Seats For January 20 In Ixtapa Now