Wednesday, December 23, 2009

This Week's Featured Artist

Andrena Joyce - Acrylic PainterAndrena Joyce, a popular local artist, lives full time in San Felipe. She took up painting and now finds rarely a day goes by without picking up a brush. She says her style varies but definitely enjoys whimsy in her art. Joyce considers painting her form of therapy and supports organizations with profits. SFAR's (San Felipe Animal Rescue) ZAPP program (spay and neutering San Felipes street dogs) and Women to Women International are current recipients. "Having a purpose to paint makes it just more meaningful to me", says Joyce.Email:

Arturo Gomez – Paintings, Tiles, Custom MuralsArturo Gomez has been producing art in San Felipe for many years. His art reflects the flavor of Baja in a variety of mediums but his true love is painting. Paintings of downtown San Felipe and the Sea of Cortez allow our Baja visitors to take a piece of their travel experience home with them. On most Saturdays, Arturo and his work can be found at the Cachinilla Swap Meet. His work can be found in many of the shops downtown and he paints custom designed murals in homes.

This Week's Featured Band

Agave Blues - A talented group of players with a mix of originals and favorites, delivered with polish and style.They have won numerous awards and headlined the 2009 "Ensenada Blues & Rock Fiesta". Always "In the Zone" this promises to be another great show.This band is a product of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. Enjoy!

Band Website:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Current Artist Line-up for San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta 2010

Baja Nueva
Baja Nueva specializes in luxury contemporary home décor, accessories and furniture. Sharon and Jerry Lankin take enormous pride in designing a unique setting for the discriminating buyer who wishes to create a beautiful living environment. You can select from an array of domestic and imported gifts, home accessories, fine art, and artisan made collectables, art glass, metal sculptures, ceramics, and imported contemporary furniture. Many of their items are custom made and one of a kind.
Shop on-line at

Andrena Joyce - Acrylic Painter
Andrena Joyce, a popular local artist, lives full time in San Felipe. She took up painting and now finds rarely a day goes by without picking up a brush. She says her style varies but definitely enjoys whimsy in her art. Joyce considers painting her form of therapy and supports organizations with profits. SFAR's (San Felipe Animal Rescue) ZAPP program (spay and neutering San Felipes street dogs) and Women to Women International are current recipents. "Having a purpose to paint makes it just more meaningful to me", says Joyce.

Arturo Gomez – Paintings, Tiles, Custom Murals
Arturo Gomez has been producing art in San Felipe for many years. His art reflects the flavor of Baja in a variety of mediums but his true love is painting. Paintings of downtown San Felipe and the Sea of Cortez allow our Baja visitors to take a piece of their travel experience home with them. On most Saturdays, Arturo and his work can be found at the Cachinilla Swap Meet. His work can be found in many of the shops downtown and he paints custom designed murals in homes.

Mary Mobley – Ceramic Potter
Mary Mobley found the art medium of clay in 1992....or rather it found her. She began experimenting by taking ceramic classes and joining The Creative Play Studio in Alexandria Virginia. Her works have been seen in many art shows around the country. As a mostly self-taught clay builder and potter she has learned that, “The piece of clay will tell you what it wants.” She might start out with a bowl in mind and it will end up being a plate. This kind of synergism is very much reflected in her free form works and hand built fish of which much detail is apparent. Her clay ideas are pressed, pulled, scored, rolled, dug out and attached with attention to the forms of nature as her inspiration. “Pottery has been around since time began, and I hope my pieces will be appreciated long after I am gone.”
Phone: 576-0530 or Email:

Pai-Pai Potters - Daria Mariscal
The Indigenous peoples of California have been pit firing clay pottery ollas in the Southern California and northern Mexico area for THOUSANDS of years using the pit-fire method. Daria Mariscal, makes traditional pit fired pottery. She quarries her own clay. Darria also weaves baskets with juncus, palm and pinon pine needles,and teaches pottery making classes. She has taught on the Viejas Indian Reservation and Barona Indian Reservation in San Diego County. Daria lives in the PaiPai community of Santa Catarina, Baja California, Mexico.

Digital Designs by Robin
Robin Waters has always had a passion for art, and when she found a media that could transcend traditional painting, she became a digital artist. As a little girl a new box of crayons was always her favorite gift. She continued her education, studying oil, water color, acrylics and various mediums at the Oregon School of Arts, specializing in fiber/fabric and designing hand painted wearable art. Now making her home in Baja, she has turned to another technique, that of photography and digital painting. Portraits are her favorites, creating timeless heirloom art from your photograph.
Phone: Home/Studio 577-0773 Cell 686-115-0526 - Email:

Valentina Ragsdale – Oil and Pastel Mediums
Valentina was born and raised in Chelyanbinsk, Russia. She was studied at the Chelyabinsk Art College (1975-1978) and at the Art-Graphic faculty of the Nizhniy Tagil Pedagogical University (1978-1983). As an artist she works in different creative and production groups. She has produced work ranging from paintings to interior design. Her preference is oil and pastel. Her favorite genres: portrait, still-life and landscape. She works in style of Russian realistic school. Her works are located in private collections in Mexico, Russia, America, Germany, Israel and other countries. Many custom homes in Baja are proud to display her art. Website:

Peoples Gallery
Opened since 1992, the People's Gallery offers an assortment of hand-crafted items by local Mexican and American artists. Unique paintings, jewelery, stone and wood sculptures, wood carvings, funiture, wall hangings, cards and crafts are available. B-Dazzled by Debbie jewlery will be featured. The gallery is also home to the ever popular and widely read San Felipe Newsletter. The People's Gallery 381-5 Mar de Cortez south near the Net.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tickets on Sale Now!

The 2010 International Blues & Arts Fiesta tickets are now onsale. General addmission tickets are $20 and $25 the day of the event. your ticket provides you with open access to the event throughout the day.
This is going to be the biggest event to date, don't miss out on a celebration of art and music. This is a fund raising event for the San Felipe Baja California Lions Club.
Order Your Tickets Today

Saturday, December 12, 2009

2010 International Blues and Arts Fiesta - Update!

2010 International Blues and Arts Fiesta is an adventure not to miss in Mexico. Saturday March 27th, in San Felipe, Baja California. Our local San Felipe Businesses have enthusiastically agreed to support the Blues and Art Fiesta as primary sponsors: The Peoples’ Gallery, El Cortez Hotel, Tecys Security, Copy Central, El Dorado Home Builders, and Versoleil Landscaping. The Lions Club of San Felipe is grateful for their early sponsorship and recognizes their contributions as businesses that provide quality services to our community.

Your business in Baja can gain a lot of visibility and press through our sponsorship packages. The Blues and Arts Fiesta will be celebrating its fourth successful year and promises to deliver a day of music and art that you and your family can enjoy.

Sponsorship packages range in price from $250 dollars to $900 and if you are interested contact We will be happy to assist you in choosing the right package for your advertising needs. Immediate contact is necessary to insure that your business is included in our advertising campaign.

The San Felipe Lions Club is again the primary sponsor for this event. Last year the Club was able to donate $10,000 to the Sonshine Home for Children which is being built in San Felipe. Look for more information on this project in future articles.

Right now our committees are working diligently to provide an amazing day where you can listen to the Blues, eat great food, and add to your art collection. The bands will be performing on a large stage in our town outdoor stadium. Professionals have been contracted for lighting and sound and we have a great line-up of performers to give you the best of the Blues. Acts like legendary guitar player Javier Batiz, Alice Stuart, Sean Carney with Phil Berkowitz, Michele Lundeen, Chet Cannon, Gregg Wright, Becki Sue and her Big Rockin Daddies, Route “69”, 820 Band, and our local band Agave Blues.

Spend the week-end of March 27th 2010 in San Felipe & see why we think that our town is a remarkable place to live. Enjoy the views of the ocean from your hotel room. Make it a family event or invite your club members for a week-end trip that you’ll remember. General addmission tickets are $20 and provide open access to the event throughout the day. This is going to be the biggest event to date, don't miss out on a celebration of art and music. Order Your Tickets Today

Friday, December 11, 2009

BAND LINEUP: San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta 2010

Since the beginning of music, bands have joined together to celebrate a specific type of music or music from a specific region. Two very memorable and well known festivals were Woodstock in 1969 and the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Both changed lives and music forever. The Blues and Arts Fiesta on Saturday March 27th 2010 in San Felipe Baja, California is once again hopes to change lives through music and art. Join us and be a part of Baja's biggest charity fund raising event and help us, help others.

2010 Band Line-Up:

Agave Blues
A talented group of players with a mix of original and favorites, delivered with polish and style. San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.

Michele Lundeen
"The Queen of Steam" herself! Dynamic, Hign Energy, nominated for “Best Blues” 2006

Chet Cannon and The Committee
San Diego’s Premier “Down and Dirty” Blues Band

Javier Batiz
Legendary Guitar Player! Known as the “Godfather of Mexican Rock”.

Gregg Wright
Played with Michael Jackson on the “Victory” Tour & album. His solo career is stellar!

Alice Stuart
Blues Hall of Fame Inductee. Her career includes years with Frank Zappa. What a treasure!

Sean Carney with Phil Berkowitz
Winner “Best Band” & “Guitar” 2007 IBF Awards

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies
Winners of “Best Band” Western Washington State

Vatos Locos
This is a rockabilly blues trio from Baja that delivers a tight blues sound. Voted Best Band in 2008

Route 69
“Ensenada’s Best Musicians”. And All-Star cast promises to be a great show.

820 Band
This Southern California favorite will get ya goin'. Great Players=Great Music!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tickets on Sale now for B&A 2010

The 2010 International Blues & Arts Fiesta tickets are now onsale. General addmission tickets are $20 and provide open access to the event throughout the day.

This is going to be the biggest event to date, don't miss out on a celebration of art and music. This is a fund raising event for the San Felipe Baja California Lions Club.

BUSINESS OWNERS: Be a part of something special

The upcoming Blues and Arts Fiesta in San Felipe has been changing lives through Music and Art for three years now and it's been possible because of the great support of the community and through the sponsorship support from local and regional businesses. This year, the Blues and Arts Committee has put together prestigious sponsorship packages for those businesses or individuals that wish to support our charities or gain more advertising for their company products or services.

These packages range in price from $250 dollars to $900 which includes additional advertising exposure, Blues T-Shirts, and VIP Reserved Box Seats. The larger amount packages will include promo banner listing, inclusion in the handout, listing on the website directory, email and website link, banners with your company logo, promotional posters and large adds in the handout the day of the Fiesta.

If you are interested in any of these packages and what they will provide, please contact It is important that you contact us immediately as we have an ongoing advertising campaign for this event. Early deadlines must be enforced for all our print copy.

The Blues and Arts Fiesta will be Saturday March 27th 2010. This event contributes to the needs of the San Felipe community and has been successful and growing for the past three years. It is a day where you can enjoy top-notch blues performers, and walk the art displays at your leisure. Our food vendors will be presenting the local food temptations. Our ocean, the Sea of Cortez, banks the stadium that the Fiesta will be held in. We will even help you load your art purchases in your car. Don't miss this opportunity to advertise your business. Plan on attending! Spend the weekend with us!

SAVE TO DATE: 2010 International Blues and Arts Fiesta

Save the Date!

2010 International Blues and Arts Fiesta is an adventure not to miss in Mexico.On Saturday March 27th, in San Felipe, Baja California, the Lions Club will again host a rip roarin' day of blues and arts! Mark it on your calendar. Start making plans because this fourth annual event will be the best yet. You can expect stellar bands and fabulous artists showin' their stuff. Check this weekly for more information and book yourself into a San Felipe Motel soon.

Did I mention the names of the performers? How about Alice Stuart who played with Frank Zappa and is now a member of the Blues Hall of Fame......or Becki Sue and her Big Rockin' Daddies? Becki Sue's band has been awarded the Best Band in Western Washington State! There's a line up of great performers like Javier Batiz, Sean Carney, Gregg Wright, Michele Lundeen, Chet Cannon, Agave Blues, the 820 Band and Route"69".

Last year the artists who participated in this event were rewarded with sales that made their trip worthwhile. Artists from the Baja are somewhat hidden "jewels". You won't be disappointed if you are looking to buy art. If you are an artist and wish to exhibit, contact our Artist Liaison - "Frenchy" Vanice French at and request application information or phone her on Mexican cell number is 686-116-1530. Calling from the U.S. makes that number 011-52-1-686-116-1530.

Stay in touch. We will be detailing this event weekly talking about the history of the Blues and Arts Fiesta, the Lions Club, the organizations that benefit from this fund raiser, the sponors, the bands, the artists and last but not least the food that will be featured.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dan Ackroyd "Crystal Head Vodka" with Back Water Blues Band

Dan Ackroyd "Crystal Head Vodka" with Back Water Blues Band

Friday, May 22, 2009
Tom Stewarts, BACKWATER BLUES BAND will be playing at the Holiday Wine Cellar from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. The store is promoting Dan Ackroyd’s AKA Elwood “Crystal Head Vodka” and BackWater Blues Band will be performing, rumor has it Dan Ackroyd will sit in & blow his harp. sing and announce promote his Vodka The All Star line up is Johnny Veiu, John Hunt, Val La Rue Doc Holiday, & Tom Stewart.

HOLIDAY WINE CELLAR on the corner of Mission Avenue & Escondido Blvd

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Blues and Arts Fiesta Raises over $65,000

Blues and Arts Fiesta Raises over $65,000
The community of San Felipe and Sonshine Hacienda Children’s Home Benifit
by Robin Waters

On a sun-washed day, the last Saturday in March, on the shores of the Sea of Cortez, lay a small Mexican fishing village, San Felipe, Baja, Mexico. But that day was extraordinary; because the Lions Club of San Felipe and Mexico Living put on the largest event the community had ever seen, the 3rd Annual Blues and Arts Fiesta.

The stage was a behemoth of technology, soaring into the azure skies with a breathtaking mountain backdrop that looks like a picture postcard. About 2,000 people came from all over Mexico and the U.S. to hear great bands and cool music. As you entered San Felipe’s Baseball Field, a wonderful aroma from food vendors was wafting around the incoming crowd of spectators. Tortillas, enchiladas, empanadas, hamburgers, pizza, Bar-B-Que, fish tacos and fresh shrimp made your mouth water. Artisan booths went on and on around the perimeter with a dazzling array of paintings, sculpture, pottery, metal crafts and jewelry, including handcrafts from the indigenous Pai-Pai and Huichol Indians of Mexico.

The bands were introduced by MC Denny “Moondog” Flannigan and Co-Promoter John Pack. The bands included many award-winning groups starting with Chet and the Committee, San Diego Music Awards Best Blues Band nominee, 2007 and 2008. Second in line was Vatos Locos, 2008 Mexico Living Readers Poll winner for San Felipe Best Entertainment. Mofo Party Band kept the party going with Chicago Blues and West Coast Jump. Then the Backwater Blues Band came on strong and never stopped.

Next was Lisa Cee—and what a performance! Then as the sun was fading, Agave Blues took stage and performed one of their best ever—incredible! Shelle entertained the audience with her upbeat and sultry rhythm and blues sounds, and the audience ate it up! Back for the third year, Michele Lundeen & Blue Streak, once again, “laid it down” with their hot rockin’ roadhouse blues, classic R&B and funky soul. As the show was winding down to a close, Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys sent the die-hards home with their raw soul and groove that doesn’t quit.

The Grand Marshal for this year was none other than Sal Fish, CEO of SCORE International. For over 40 years the Score Baja 1000, 500 and 250 off-road races have attracted professional racers, movie stars and celebrities that are legendary in the Baja, and Sal Fish is the legend maker. It was a natural fit of sand, sea, music, food, arts and a caring community.

The reason for all this community effort is to help fund the health and medical projects of the San Felipe B.C. Lions Club, which includes a special Lions project, Sonshine Hacienda, a home for abused or abandoned children. Currently children, whose parents are in crisis, are bussed 125 miles away to Mexicali, where there is little room for them, and a frightening experience to be so far from their homes. The new two-story facility will house 50 children and will hopefully be completed by year end.

None of it would have been possible without the 150 volunteers from the Lions Club, Mexico Living and the San Felipe community.

If you missed it, don’t let it happen again!
Find the Blues and Arts Fiesta 2010 information at
San Felipe BC Lions Club can be reached at

For more information on Sonshine Hacienda, call (686) 577-0795 or email

See the Fun for yourself - Click Here!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Blues & Arts 2009 Recorded Live

On March 28th, 2009, San Felipe Lions Club and Mexico Living presented the Blues & Arts Fiesta 2009 in San Felipe Baja California. 

The event featured 9 award winning blues bands. The event was recorded live directly off the board and we are going to broadcast it in it's entirety over the next several weeks.  

The first installment is CHET & THE COMMITTEE and will broadcast every night at 8:00 PM on Mexico Living Radio.  

You can pick up the broadcast from any of the following websites:  

  • Mexico Living: 
  • Blues & Arts: 
  • Station Page:  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Blues Fiesta Like Old Home Week in San Felipe

Blues Fiesta Like Old Home Week in San Felipe
By Carla White
STAFF WRITER for Baja Times
Article from Baja Times Volume XXXI, Number 103 April 16-30, 2009

The Third Annual San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta put on by the Mexico Living Guide and the San Felipe Lions Club took place on Saturday, March 28, at the San Felipe baseball stadium. Interestingly, in addition to people from the San Felipe area and those coming south from the United States just for this open air concert, the charity event proved to be a magnet for many from Rosarito and Ensenada. Given the quality of the festival, it seems a sure bet that even more West-coasters will be there in 2010.

According to John Pack, publisher and editor of Mexico Living, and erstwhile Master of Ceremonies for the event, “More than $66,000 was raised for the Lions Club, and the attendance was approximately 1750 for the day!”

His enthusiasm was echoed by Rosarito’s own Polo Valencia, Polo’s Gallery, whose extensive art exhibition was one of the highlights of the festival. “We love this event,” said Polo, adding, “It gets a positive crowd that is happy to be here and people who are happy to support the arts—music, painting, everything!”

The Ensenada contingent in attendance seemed to agree. “The weather was perfect, the line-up was great and the bands were excellent -- especially Lisa Cee. We’ll be back!” noted Richard George, a first-time San Felipe visitor. Other performers included Agave Blues, MoFo Party Band, Vatos Locos, Michele Lundeen and Blues Streak, Johnny Mastro and Mama’s Boys, The Backwater Blues Band, Shelle Blue and Chet and The Committee.

Event proceeds will benefit The Sonshine Hacienda and The Flying Samaritans Medical Clinics. Sonshine Hacienda`s goal is to aid the social services of San Felipe in being able to place abused and/or abandoned children in a safe place, while they and their family situation can be evaluated more in depth. Flying Samaritans is a volunteer organization that operates free medical clinics in Baja California. Doctors, dentists, nurses, translators, pilots and support personnel drive or fly to clinics in private aircraft. The Flying Samaritans has four basic missions: primary care, specialty care, education and emergency care.

According to Pack, Mexico Living is proud to work with Lions Club International, which has a stated goal of creating and fostering a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international particpation. There is no doubt that the San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta is achieving that. For more information about the event, visit

Friday, April 10, 2009

Backwater Blues Easter Party at The Coyote

Back Water Blues Band will performing at the Coyote Bar & Grill
Saturday the 11th of April from 6.00 To 10.00. We love this place so
come down and dance, eat & drink. Happy Easter  Tom BWBB

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Chet returns from Blues & Arts 2009

Just in case anyone was wondering we're back from the 3rd annual San Felipe Blues and Arts Festival. The promoters, the audience, the vendors, even the Fedrales enjoyed our show and asked us to return.
They treated us like we are big stars putting us up in these lovely Townhomes on the 16th hole of a local golf course and only moments from a private beach on the shores of the Sea Of Cortez. It was Great!
Everyone in the band had a very fun relaxing time, and only a few of us are hungover this morning. . . We'll let you guess which ones.  ;0-}>  Want to thank all of you folks again for your help and support!
Please join us tomorrow (Tuesday 3/31) at The Harp - 4935 Newport Ave. in Ocean Beach 7-11 pm. where we are basically planning to have ourselves another blowout of a good time. . . Come on down!
be sure to also mark April 6th on your Calendar for the big Swingin' Jumpin' and Wailin' fundraiser for Spring Harp Fest Concert featuring Charles Burton with Harmonica John, Chet and The Committee, Billy Watson's International Silver String Submarine Band and our Special Guest Mr. James Harman!
-Humphrey's Lounge - 2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego. Monday April 6, from 7:00 - 11:00 pm. Great Dance Floor, Fine Food, Cold Beer, Cocktails, Friendly Service, Live Blues Music only $12.00.
thanks again,

Blues & Arts Fiesta Reviews

Hear and See what they are all saying...

Mexico Living: SUCCESS! SUCCESS! Lots of Pictures on the way!

Channel 11 KYMA-TV from Yuma was in San Felipe filming the Blues and Arts Fiesta and interviewing people.
Watch Blues & Art Fiesta

Blue Roadrunner: "The Lions Club and Mexico Living Guide, with financial help from a vast roster of sponsors, did a great job of organizing and promoting the event, which drew seven Blues groups from the San Diego area as well as our own Agave Blues and Vatos Locos bands. The music was superb and the groups who are habitual émigrés to the festival keep improving their sound. Shelle Blue and Michele Lundeen were particularly galvanizing and inspired repeated ovations from the crowd...."

Kat's Korner:
The 3rd Annual Blues and Arts Fiesta was a great success and I personally had a blast. I had to leave for an hour to change my clothes and feed my dogs, but other than that, I stayed until it was over with. A big "thank you" to the Lions Club and the Packs of Mexico Living, Denny and Sandi Flannigan and everyone else involved (and there were many volunteers who ran their butts off). Possibly next year, we need a two day festival!

Casey Hamlin:
A great time for everyone and a super turnout if you missed this one we will have a bigger event next year please come an support us the San Felipe Lions Club, and have fun at the same time...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

PRE-PARTY at "The Lighthouse Lounge/Restaurant"

PRE-PARTY at "The Lighthouse Lounge/Restaurant"
This promises to be the best jam ever! Meet and Greet all of the stars of
Blues and Arts Fiesta 2009! Food and drinks will be served all night as
we get a taste of Saturday show. A meal with for a only $50 pesos and lot of drink and fun!. All the band members, their crew, artist, and all VIP will be attending; don't miss it!
Cover charge of $5.00 US.
More info

Friday, March 20, 2009

3rd Annual Blues & Arts Fiesta Rules and guidelines:

3rd Annual Blues & Arts Fiesta Rules and guidelines:
  • The Blues & Arts Fiesta is presented wind, shine, or rain...Ha! Ha!.
  • Folding chairs are allowed, Please bring a chairs find your spot and stay ALL DAY!
  • Umbrellas or sun shades are permitted in the dedicated area of the Fiesta grounds.
  • A variety of food and beverage (water, beer, wine, & alcohol) will be available for purchase. No coolers, outside food, beverages of any kind are allowed.
  • No glass containers of any kind will be allowed in the Fiesta grounds.
  • Backpacks and other items may be searched by Fiesta Security.
  • No weapons of any kind are allowed on the Fiesta grounds.
  • Smoking is allowed, Please discard your (unlit) cigarette buds in trash containers.
  • No audio or video recording is allowed.
  • Dogs will be allowed into the Festival - see the guidelines
We want everyone to have a wonderful experience to share for years to come!
If you haven any more question call local 686-230-9933 or US 1-800-576-0919 Ex 5 or email

Dogs at The 3rd Blues & Arts Fiesta

Dogs will be allowed into the Festival under the following conditions:

1) All dogs must be on a leash at all times.
2) The Owner is responsible for the dog's water, food and picking up after it.
3) If the animal exhibits any aggressive behavior the animal and the owner will be asked to leave by Security and there will be no refunds of admission.

This is a festival and we want everyone to enjoy themselves but not prevent others from doing so as well.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Seaside town in Mexico hosts popular fiesta

March 8, 2009 - 5:58PM

 Yuma Sun - Yumans are invited to head south of the border later this month for a day of music and art in San Felipe, Baja Calif.

  The seaside town will host its third annual Blues and Arts Fiesta on March 28.

  Eleven bands and 60 artists hailing from both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border will be showcased in the popular event.

  San Felipe is located along the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of Mexicali, Baja Calif.

  The Blues and Arts Fiesta is a major fundraiser for the San Felipe Lions Club. The nonprofit group uses proceeds from the event to support a home for abused and abandoned children in San Felipe, according to Kathy Preppernau, a spokeswoman for the club.

  Preppernau said the event offers "amazing talent all encapsulated in cool sea breezes and majestic mountains."

  The outdoor concert and art show will take place at the San Felipe Baseball Field. The fun will begin at 10 a.m. and the bands will play until 11 p.m.

  Tickets are $20, but VIP packages are available, too. For tickets and information on border crossing and accommodations, go to on the Web.

  Many of the bands slated to perform have earned numerous honors in Mexico, and U.S. performer Gino Matteo, for example, was named Best Blues Guitarist at the Guitar Center Hollywood during the King of the Blues competition in 2006. Matteo has opened for B.B. King.

  The band Vatos Locos was the 2008 winner of the Mexico Readers Poll, while Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys are past winners of LA Music Awards' Best Blues Band, and Michele Lundeen & Blues Streak has been nominated numerous times for San Diego Music Awards.

  To see the full lineup of bands, go to the event's Web site.

  Art forms on display - and available for sale - will include Mexico's famous string and wax paintings by the Huichol Indians and pottery made by the local Pai Pai Indians. There will also be numerous painters, joined by photographers and jewelry makers.

  "This event provides a unique opportunity to help people and a community, while listening to amazing music and seeing spectacular art," Preppernau said. "We get a large influx of people from the U.S., especially those that live within driving distance, but many who fly to San Diego and drive from there." 

Darin Fenger can be reached at or 539-6860.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

SCORE-International Off-Road Racing CEO, Sal Fish named Fiesta Grand Marshall as SCORE joins forces with the “Blues & Arts Fiesta”

For all you off-road racing fans who are also into Blues Music and Art, the San Felipe BC Lions Club and Mexico Living have just announced that SCORE-International, with CEO Sal Fish, is now a Gold Sponsor of the Blues & Arts Fiesta in San Felipe BC on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 10 am until 11 pm.    

Sal Fish will be Grand Marshal for this event.  The Blues & Arts Fiesta will feature ten (10) award winning Blues Bands from the US and 2 from Mexico along with 60 talented artist from the US, Mexico and Sonora for a Blues and Arts event like no other.  An outdoor concert on the beautiful Sea of Cortez with awesome Blues music resounding off the majestic mountains and a variety of Art on display and for sale from paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry and more.  You may even see some of your favorite off-road racing celebrities as well.  General admission tickets are just $20 for the all day event, bands playing from 10 am until 11 pm.  Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this awesome concert while also enjoying a variety of food and ice cold beverages.   

If the VIP treatment is your pleasure you can relax and enjoy the concert under the umbrellas of the VIP Section and have drinks and food delivered right to you.  Tickets for the event are available online at  You will also find all of the information you need for planning your trip to the fishing village of San Felipe on the Beautiful Sea of Cortez.   

All proceeds from this fund raising event will go to benefit the Sonshine Hacienda Children’s Home  being built in San Felipe to care for 50 abused, neglected and abandoned children.    

You won’t want to miss the action in San Felipe, Baja California that weekend. Purchase your tickets online today at

Thursday, February 19, 2009

El Dorado Ranch Charity Events

Letter from Pat & Doreen Butler, owners of El Dorado Ranch, La Ventana del Mar and Las Caras de Mexico Championship Golf Course to their owners.

Dear El Dorado Ranch Owner

Just a quick note to let you know about the Third International Blues and Arts Fiesta to be held as the San Felipe Baseball Stadium on Saturday, March 28th. Check out to see all the event has to offer and to buy your tickets. The Lions Club is a worthwhile organization and very important part of San Felipe and El Dorado Ranch has supported this organization since its inception.

In conjunction with this Fiesta, Universal Golf Foundation will be hosting a golf tournament Mar 26-29, 2009 to benefit Sonshine Hacienda, A Children's Center for San Felipe. The tournament will be at Las Caras de Mexico Championship Golf Course. March 26-VIP Pairing Party, March 27-Celebrity Challenge, March 29-Charity Golf Classic Shot Gun Start Scramble Format. For more information contact D'Andre White at

Be a part of what is happening in at El Dorado Ranch and San Felipe. If we can assist in planning this weekend get away please contact us at 800-404-2599.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Blues & Arts 2009: KKJZ Fundraising Drive Promotional

KKJZ 88.1 FM which is America's #1 most listened- to Jazz and blues radio station in the country servicing Southern California as well as worldwide through the internet.

KKJZ is member-supported radio station and is funded primarily by membership and corporate contributions. Our main source of acquiring new members and renewals is during our pledge drives. Their Spring Drive is coming, Feb. 18-March 1, 2009. They are on-air for 11 straight days, promoting Jazz music and with their DJS talking about the importance of membership.


Beginning on Saturday Feb. 21, 2009, The station is going to be giving away VIP and General Admission tickets. Here is the radio script for the DJs, as provided by the station:

"If you pledge $40 or more any time today from 2:01pm until 6:59 p.m. Pacific Time during Nothin' But the Blues you'll automatically be entered to win the daily sweepstakes

- A Pair of tickets to The 3rd Annual Blues and Arts Fiesta on Saturday March 28th, 2009 in San Felipe Baja California. The Blues concert and Art Fiesta is held at the base of the mountains and along the Sea of Cortez.

Some of the artists performing are Johnny Mastro & Mama's Boys, The Backwater Blues Band, Michele Lundeen & Blues Streak, Vatos Locos and many more. The Live Blues and Art Event is presented by the San Felipe BC Lion's Club & Mexico Living Guide to support community of San Felipe.

The prize includes 2 VIP Reserved Box seats, accommodations and event merchandise etc. More information on the 3rd Annual Blues & Arts Fiesta is available at The odds of winning the Nothin' But the Blues Sweepstakes depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Official sweepstakes rules are available at"



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Posted By John & Rachel Pack, Mexico Living to Mexico Living Guide at 2/13/2009 02:55:00 PM

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys on KKJZ 88.1 Long Beach

When you hear Johnny Mastro & Mama's Boys it's easy to understand why these guys have been past winners of LA Music Awards 'Best Blues Band'; they are hard-hitting blues the way it's meant to be played.

On Saturday February 21st, Johnny Mastro & Mama's Boys will be in the studio at KKJZ 88.1 FM in Long Beach ( index.aspx) to help promote their performance at 2009 Blues & Arts Fiesta.

They will be on the air
Sat. 2/21 between 4-5pm on Nothin’ But the Blues.

Friday, January 30, 2009

SCORE to Attend B&A

Sal Fish, President and CEO of SCORE-International ( has agreed to serve with World Champion boxer Oscar De la Hoya as the co-Grand Marshall for the Blues and Arts Festival weekend.