Thursday, December 30, 2010

Musician Spotlight ~ Michele Lundeen


Musician Spotlight ~ Michele Lundeen,
"The Queen of Steam" Returns to Blues & Arts Fiesta Stage

Michele Lundeen, aptly dubbed "The Queen of Steam", returns to the ocean cooled, mountain framed stage venue for the 5th Annual San Felipe International Blues & Arts Fiesta scheduled for March 26, 2011.  The premier regional fund-raising event is sponsored by the San Felipe Lions Club and promises that Michele's electrifying performance style will rock the house. The Blues & Arts Fiesta 2011 brings Michele and her incomparable style  back to the best little town in the Baja, to join returning guests, and our new musical acts who guarantee to shake things up.  Michele Lundeen is universally recognized a gifted interpreter of blues oriented songs.  And her high energy performances tell the story of songs in a deeply emotional way that hits listeners right in the gut.  Stirring vocals and her white hot stage presence visibly moves audiences everywhere.  You must experience the earthy, bluesy, robust intensity of her style and evocative voice.  Michele rivets her audiences with an artful blend of classic roadhouse rhythm & blues, jump swing, Memphis groove, sultry jazz, and rocky soul which simmers into a magical blues stew served in gigantic, satisfying portions.  Michele's signature personal connection with the live audiences is palpable too.  Humor, empathy, and that VOICE!  Michele sings from the heart with a soul-revealing intensity rarely matched today, and evokes the very best comparisons with Joplin, Midler, and Raitt.  

And Michele Lundeen's community involvement is in alignment with the reason for the Blues & Arts Fiesta productions.  Her strong belief that music can have a dynamic impact on people's lives complements the show's mission of "Changing Lives Through Music and Art".  Michele is a leader in the "Blues in Schools" workshop programs in San Diego which provide music instruction, music history presentations, and instills appreciation of the art form.  Michele's love for music impacts people all year long, and on this one very special day, March 26, 2011, the exceptional showcase of all the musical talent will be the audience's common denominator to experience the universal binding effect of music and art.  Michele sends you a personal invitation too, to come to safe, affordable, friendly San Felipe.  

Sponsored by the San Felipe Lions Club, the Blues & Arts Fiesta showcases world class musicians and the visual arts in to raise critical funding for local humanitarian work.  Local recipients include schools, medical services, eye exam clinics, the new orphanage, and more.  Funds go directly to those in need.  The energy of the musicians, artists, audience, and all our supporters hits a critical mass that day in which we celebrate the very best in all of us. You just have to experience it once and you'll be hooked.  Look for more weekly updates about the bands and artists.  Make your plans now to come to the show.    It all comes together March 26, 2011 in San Felipe, on the shimmering Sea of Cortez in the beautiful Baja.  We want YOU to be part of the party of this year. 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

5th Annual International Blues & Arts Fiesta Musician Spotlight ~ Libre

Musician Spotlight ~ Libre

5th Annual International Blues & Arts Fiesta is proud to announce that the spectacularly talented "Libre" joins our stage for the first time. For more than 15 years the musicians of "Libre" have been discharging a fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms, Latin Soul with a dash of Jazz, and topped off with Blues and Rock. The magical music mixture is a fusion of flavors which energizes every audience, and at the risk of overstatement, regularly astonishes concert goers . The Libre sound and performance chemistry is a trademark of this band, who must be heard to be believed. And the personalities of the band members just shines in one of the best collaborative efforts going around these days. Libre's powerful sound, haunting rhythms, and sophisticated delivery really must be experienced "live" to be understood. Watch
these postings for more information about "Libre".

Save this date: Saturday, March 26, 2011. On this weekend the 5th Annual International San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta will take the concert and visual arts experience to the next level. The band line up and the visual artists will make for an unforgettable experience here in safe, friendly, and affordable San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. Located right on the Sea of Cortez, at the base of the color saturated mountains, the concert venue is near perfect. The line up of bands is guaranteed to be memorable. And the convergence of visual artists is unprecedented in the Baja. The San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta is sponsored by the local San Felipe Lions Club. This premier fundraising event of the season directly supports our
orphanage, vision services for children, and medical donations. And we want you at the party. Stay tuned for more...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Blues & Arts Fiesta 2011 Musician Spotlight - Javier Batiz

5th International Blues & Arts Fiesta 2011 ~ Musician Spotlight
Look right here for regular news about the show's musicians and artists.  This week Javier Batiz is our featured musical talent.  And showmen don't get any better than our returning friend, the world class Javier Batiz.

Master guitarist, Javier Batiz, and his red hot band, hail from Tijuana, B.C., Mexico where he still lives in the house where he was born.  As his legion of fans know, Javier doesn't play stereotypical Latin music but rather delivers a pulsing and inclusive style which just burns up the stage.   Widely known as the "Godfather of Mexican Rock", Javier has helped many other musicians get their start in the business ~~ all in the Batiz family house in Tijuana.   The legendary Carlos Santana gives credit to Javier, in print and on stage, that Batiz is the reason this Grammy Award Winning guitarist decided to play guitar!  Oozing charisma and charm, Javier Batiz' appearance at the San Felipe 2011 Blues & Arts Fiesta will mark his second appearance ~ and is back by popular demand. Local San Felipe music aficionados know that Javier also headlined a sold out fundraiser concert this past October for the Cruz Roja or local Red Cross.  By all accounts that show was over-the-top entertainment in addition to helping the San Felipe community.  So besides being a great musical entertainer, Javier is truly a man with a big heart to match that mega-watt smile and smokin' guitar. 

Save this date now:  March 26, 2011. And make your plans to attend the 5th Annual San Felipe International Blues & Arts Fiesta.  San Felipe cannot wait to host all of the fabulous musicians, artists, and our visiting guests. Come to friendly San Felipe and we know you'll have the time of your life.  

Watch for more information about all the bands and our visual artists too.
Stay tuned ...  the party is just beginning.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Why does Lions Club of San Felipe produce the Blues & Arts Fiesta?

Why does  Lions Club of San Felipe produce an event like Blues & Arts Fiesta 2011?    The reason is simple.  The regional event raises money for the greater San Felipe community.  This critical funding goes directly to local humanitarian efforts suggested by community members.

This year's Lions leadership is headed by Jimmy Moore, our current president. Our Lions Club was chartered in 2007 and counts over 100 active members who actively build community by service to others.  For example, the SF Lions sponsors the new local orphanage and gives repair funding to local schools.  We distribute donated medical supplies.  We work with the various medical teams who come to San Felipe, like the Flying Samaritans.  Lions sponsored eye clinics provide exams and eyeglasses for children who have no access for corrective vision services.   We don't stop there either.  Lions don't hesitate to step up when needed.   The emergency assistance for victims of the Easter Earthquake happened within hours of the quake.

Our Club embraces cultural diversity and encourages Mexican participation and membership.  By listening to the community the local SF Lions membership truly captures the Lions international spirit because by building local relationships, we all get a better world.

So why Blues & Arts Fiesta 2011?  A great party and it is the right thing to do.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sponsors - 2010 International Blues & Arts Fiesta

Thank you to all the sponsors of the 2010 International Blues & Arts Fiesta. Their participation helps to make this event happen every year. Blues and Arts - Sponsors 2010

Title Sponsor:
Presenting Sponsors: 
   Mexico Living - Baja California
   KYMA News 11

Gold Sponsors: 
   El Cortez Hotel
   Maquinatia de Elevacion
   Fotografia Alvarez
   El Dorado Home Builders
   Sandollar Condotel
   Los Arcos
   San Felipe Disposal
   Baja Home Improvements
   Red Wagon
   ZAPP Animal Center
   El Dorado Ranch
   Baja Diamante - San Felipe Marina
   Tecys Security
   Bullseye Amusement
   Valley Auto Liquidators

Sliver Sponsors: 
   Parra Electric
   Versoleil Landscaping
   Pure & clear C.V.
   Agave Blues Band
   VIP Earth Events
   San Felipe Home Builders
   Casey's Place
   San Felipe Storage
   Jolly Mon

Bronze Sponsors:
   People's Gallery
   Baja Bound Insurance
   Materiales La Competencia
   Del Desierto Comunicaciones
   KiKi's Camping & Motel (next to the Blues event)
   George's Hotel

2010 International Blues & Art Performance Schedule

2010 International Blues & Art Performance Schedule:

Friday - Fiesta Launch Party at JollyMon 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Saturday - 2010 International Blues & Arts Fiesta - Door open at 9:00am 

Band lineup:
10:00am -  Vatos Loco's 
11:15am - 820 Band
12:30pm -  Ruta 69
1:45pm - Chet Cannon and The Committee
3:00pm - Michele Lundeen
4:15pm - Agave Blues
5:30pm - Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies!
7:00pm - Sean Carney band with Phil Berkowitz
8:30pm - Javier Batiz

Sunday - Post party Jam at JollyMon - 2pm

The Artist of the 2010 International Blues & Arts Fiesta

Check out all the artist that will be showcasing their work at the 2010 International Blues & Arts Fiesta. Read and learn about all the artist -

Artists are listed by alphabetical order:
  • Alvaro "Ugi" Morales
  • Andrena Joyce - Acrylic Painter
  • Armando Becris
  • Arturo Esquivias O. – Internationally Acclaimed
  • Arturo Gomez – Paintings, Tiles, Custom Murals
  • Baja Cool'R Wear – Grant Vawter
  • Baja Nueva – Luxury contemporary home d├ęcor
  • Baja Treasures
  • Band It - Hats & Hat Bands
  • Becky's Baja Baubles
  • Charlotte Rock - Natural Dog Cookies
  • Daniel Franco - Oil, Acrylic, Pastel
  • David Silva - Zecatecano artist
  • DeCoursey Wood Sculptures
  • Desert Mothers
  • Digital Designs by Robin
  • Elizabeth Kapa
  • Galeria Unica
  • Jim Mann - Watercolors
  • Jorge Luna – World Renown Master Glass Artisan
  • Jose Hernandez Sanchez - Huichol Art
  • Juan Silva – Huichol Contemporary Yarn Painter
  • Los Naguales Mexican Folk Art
  • Marilyn Pardee
  • Marie-Pierre  - Marpivision
  • Mary Mobley – Ceramic Potter
  • Pai-Pai Potters - Daria Mariscal
  • Peoples Gallery
  • Polo’s Fine Art Gallery
  • Raquel Ferrer – Custom Painted Pillows
  • Rick Clark
  • Ruth Olivar Millan - Chicana multimedia artist
  • Sam Brodersen – Message Therapist
  • Scott O. Kennedy - Marine Artist
  • Sea of Cortez Salt
  • Steve Sherrod - Iron Man Steve
  • Valentina Ragsdale – Oil and Pastel Mediums

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

BUY TICKETS in San Felipe

 - Fat Boys...........until they close on Fri Nite
 - Peoples Gallery..............until Thursday
 - S.F. Book Store.......until Thursday
 - Los Arcos Restaurant........until Thursday
 - Sun Runner Post Office..........until 4pm Friday
 - Jolly Mon Bar...............from 6:30 pm to closing Friday Nite. During the Performance of "Becky Sue & Her Big Rockin Daddies" & "Janm"

Tickets are $20.00 general admission or $50.00 VIP (cover seating & tables with waitress service)
At the door the day of the event $25.00 general admission or $60.00 VIP

All tickets sold online will be available at will-call at the venue. If you have any questions, or would like to order by phone, please call toll-free from the US 877-LUVMEX1 or direct 619-550-2730, from Mexico 686-230-9933

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Blues & Arts on TV & Radio

KYMA News 11 ran a story about the 2010 Blues & Arts Fiesta. KYMA News 11 is a proud sponsor of the Blues & Arts Fiesta.

Blues and Arts on RadioBLUES & ARTS ON THE RADIO
The Blues & Arts is being broadcast across Imperial County California and Yuma Arizona. Please tune in when traveling in the areas.

The Blues & Arts has a growing audience internationally. Get more information about the event directly from the web.  See below...
Blues and Arts TicketsORDER TICKETS

This Week's Featured Artists: Band It & Sea of Cortez Salt

Marianne Clagett owner of Band It has been involved in sewing or crafting most her life. Her primary focus this year is producing many styles of hats from the oversized sun hat to the fun Newsboy style cap. If color is your thing, she has something for you. As she has always loved hats, and embellished them with flowers to give the appearance of a balanced head on a tall frame. A few years ago, she turned her love of adorning hats into a wearable art. Her colorful handmade fabric hat bands and cap bands with a tissue paper flower are removable and interchangeable giving the option to satisfy any mood. You can see a sampling of the many hats and colors at her website. Appointments for private showings are also available. U.S. cell: 530-613-6687 or Mex cell:686-123-5147.


Sea of Cortez Salt
Congratulations! - You have just stumbled onto a fantastic discovery. Not since Columbus have you had such a flavorful reason to jump off that same old salt boat and run to the sandy beaches of Baja. Here you'll find healthy gourmet sea salt, rich with the treasures of flavor and essential trace elements. The Baja method of harvesting Sea of Cortez Sea Salt significantly increases the essential trace elements and produces a lower sodium sea salt. Phone: US Cell: 530-613-6687 - Mex Cell: (044) 686-150-4765

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies! Performing at JollyMon!

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies!
Rockin’ Down the House in San Felipe
by T. Neal Stratman

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies! will be performing in San Felipe on Friday, March 26, at JollyMon at 8pm

Hailing from the South Puget Sound region of Washington state, Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies!, formed in 2003 by guitarist Tom "T-Boy Neal" Boyle, has risen to elite status among not only blues bands in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S., but among all bands in that region. 

With awards ranging from "Best Blues Band" (Washington Blues Society in 2006 and 2007), "Best Regional Band" (Oregon's Cascade Blues Association in 2008) to "#1 Best Band in Western Washington" (Seattle's King 5 TV in 2008 out of 300 bands, and second place in 2009 out of 475 bands), Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! is one tight outfit! In addition, they have numerous individual awards including "Performer of the Year" and "Vocalist of the Year" for Becki Sue, five "Electric Blues Guitarist of the Year" awards for T-Boy, three "Best Bass" awards for Les "WildChild" White, and "Best Sax" and "Best Drummer" awards for Jim King and Jeff Hayes, respectively.

After performing in the 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, one judge commented, "Out of all the bands that I saw at the 2007 International Blues Challenge, Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! was the band that I enjoyed the most." 

Their new CD, Big Rockin’ Boogie, to be released on Underworld Records in June, will show off the group's “under the radar” songwriting skills as well as significant musical growth. 

Friday, March 12, 2010

This Week's Featured Artists: DeCoursey Wood Sculptures & Raquel Ferrer

DeCoursey Wood Sculptures
DeCoursey studied art exclusively for a year while attaining his degree in manufacturing management. Throughout the years he created works of art in acrylics, oils, pencil and pen and ink. However, his career as an engineer and business owner left little time to pursue his love for art. In the mid 1980’s he created his first wood sculpture and found that the unfolding of the form in wood and the delicate touch needed in finishing it into a pleasing art object gave him more satisfaction than any other media in which he had previously worked. DeCoursey spends his days in his studio creating beautiful pieces from select woods. Many local community service organizations have also benefited from his many talents. Phone: 686-215-4497Email: 


Raquel Ferrer – Custom Painted Pillows
Throughout her life Raquel engaged in various arts and crafts.  Some of her favorite projects have involved beading, ceramic painting, crocheting, acrylic painting and oil painting on canvas.  Raquel has always had the talent and desire to create works of art; however, she is now fortunate enough to be able to do it full time.  She is well known in the Rosarito art community for her custom hand painted pillows and accessories.  Her work can also be found in Polo’s Gallery in Rosarito.   E-mail:      Ph. 616-200-0038

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

This Week's Featured Artists: Sam Brodersen & Steve

Sam Brodersen  - Massage Therapy
Sam Brodersen received his certification for massage therapy at the renowned National Holistic institute in Emeryville, California. He utilizes both Eastern and Western modalities and incorporates different techniques to offer a unique full body or targeted area massages. He is located in Campo Ocotillo in San Felipe. He hopes to educate those not familiar with massage on the many benefits associated with hands on therapy. Those who receive regular massages enjoy healthy skin, improved circulation and immune system functioning, and improved energy flow. Visit his booth for an introduction to Scott and a sample of his talents. 686-148-6385 or leave a message at 686-576-0224


Steve Sherrod - Iron Man Steve
Steve Sherrod or of late, Iron Man Steve, is a financial planner by profession. He lives and works full time in San Felipe with clients around the world. He has always loved to work with his hands and create and build things of his own design. His iron work started as a hobby and a wonderful mental break from the financial world. During the last year, he has also taught welding and iron work to participants in Desert Mothers' Work Shops.As with many artist's media, the iron seems to play a part in what the final result is but the original design resides in the mind of the artist or the person he builds the custom work for. Let him create some work that is a reflection of YOU. His work is also displayed locally at Baja Nueva. Phone: 686-576-0034 Email:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

This Week's Featured Band: 820 Band

This Southern California favorite will get ya goin'. Great Players create Great Music! With the release of their new CD, this band will definitely leave a lasting impression. They have many credits and will knock you out!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Blues & Arts VIP Tickets Still Avaliable!

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.
2010 International Blues & Arts Fiesta
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS - $20 ($25 day of event)

($60 day of event)
(VIP tickets give the holder access to covered seating area with tables, chairs and additional services and conveniences)

All tickets sold online will be available at will-call at the venue.
If you have any questions, or would like to order by phone
please call toll-free from the US 877-LUVMEX1 or direct 619-550-2730, from Mexico 686-230-9933

Featured Artists: Ruth Olivar Millan & David Silva

Ruth Olivar Millan Internationally acclaimed , Ruth Olivar Millan is a Chicana multimedia artist that studied at UC Berkeley, Mexico, Europe and Africa. She expresses herself in acrylics, watercolors, wood block prints and ceramic sculpture. She calls her work “Chicana Espressionism”. It has evolved from her own Chicana experiences...Anglo, Native African, Asia-American and Latin American life. “I try to share with the viewer the feelings of pain, love, joy, and freedom that make us unique in our universe.” web address: http:/ Email:


David Silva
Zecatecano artist, David Silva, in his relentless effort to express himself, reunites Zapatas Cristos Villas and Don Quixote at the same table. He uses narrative and literary content, as well as many colorful artistic effects, allowing us to enjoy the originality in his fine works. We see free gestures, dynamic vitality, and Quixotes that emerge from their meditations, not always optimistic about the condition of humanity. His traditional Mexican paintings share his work in a revolutionary, political and social context of the past and present. David resides in Rosarito.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

This Week's Featured Band: Vatos Locos

This local San Felipe band brings a surf music flavor to our event. They play "Surfabilly" blues with a style of their own. This power trio promises to keep you in motion. This will be their 4th appearance.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Featured Artist: Alvaro "Ugi" Morales

“Ugi” is a well known artist in northern Baja. His signature paintings of outsized flowers, particularly roses, are executed with bold strokes and strong colors on canvases large and small. His distinctive style is one that appeals to a wide audience with his work to be found in numerous homes up and down the Pacific coast. "Ugi" "Universal God Incorporated" signifies the fact that God partners with each of us in everything we do. The Ugi Gallery, at km 30 in Rosarito, features works in a variety of styles by a number of talented local artists, including his wife, Janet Young.      Phone: 661-850-1120

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Featured Artists: Scott O. Kennedy & Marie-Pierre

This Week's Featured Artists: Scott O. Kennedy & Marie-Pierre

Scott O. Kennedy - Marine Artist
World wide acclaimed marine artist, Scott Kennedy works out of his studio in Punta Banda where he has now turned his attention to the colors and rhythm of Baja. His paintings on location always seek to capture the essence of the scene he is painting. He also plans on gathering more of Mexico’s nature’s soul and culture and delivering it the way he knows best... on canvas. Scott is also working on a book featuring his works on Newport Beach, CA. For more information about Scott, please visit his website at You can also befriend him on Facebook under ScottKennedyart

Marie-Pierre: Marpivision
Marie-Pierre creates fanciful designs in sewing creations using color and textures of different fabrics (mostly recycle cloth). Her ideas are free form abstract -cutting edge functional urban gypsy wear. Each individual work is an original creation. The ebullience of Marie-Pierre’s personality shows itself in all her handiworks. She was born in Paris but raised in Nigeria. Her extensive exposure to different ethnic background has unquestionably given her an open palette for the texture and design which she now uses. These impressions make what Marpivisions represents today. Roll brim hats, purses, bomber hats, and now unfolding a complete new line of clothing. Images of her creations can be seen on Facebook when befriending SKartisanes.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

This Week's Featured Band: Sean Carney band with Phil Berkowitz

"2007 International Blues Challenge winner and Albert King Award winner as Most Promising Guitar Player" What an honor to have this great band in our "Fiesta". Sean teams up with the legendary Phil Berkowitz the "Master of the Blues Harmonica". Hold on to your seats, this promises to be a show to remember.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

This Weeks Featured Artist: Jose Hernandez

Huichol Art
String & Wax Paintings, Hand Beaded Jewwlery, &Textiles

Huichol Shaman, Jose Hernandez Sanchez brings the art made in his village of Tepic, Nayarit on a 36 hour bus ride to San Felipe. The Huichol culture and their art remain unique in Mexico. When the Spanish arrived in the 16th century, these indigenous tribes relocated to inaccessible areas of the states of Nayarit and Jalisco, which straddle the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range. This allowed the Huichol people to continue their ancient ways in isolation. Peyote is a sacred plant, used in ceremonies, which allows the Huichol Shaman to talk to the spirits to ask for rain, good health and a good harvest of the sacred corn. Jose Lemus is available to further educate visitors on the ways of the Huichols and the meaning of their art.
Phone: 686-577-6186 Email:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

This Week's Featured Band: Ruta 69

“Ensenada’s Best Musicians”. An All-Star cast, promises to be a great show.These guys reflect the popularity of Rock & Blues in Mexico. "West Coast Style", West Coast Baja that is!

The Blues in San Felipe

By Carla White

The 2010 International Blues & Arts Festival is coming up on Saturday, March 27, in San Felipe. Sponsored by Mexico Living, Tecate and the San Felipe Lions Club, the event will be held at the baseball stadium, and, if last year’s concert was any indication, this open-air fiesta will be the hottest ticket in Baja.


Note: This article was based on information and the experience of the author during the 2009 Blues & Arts Fiesta. The Lions Club of San Felipe is no longer hosting the Flying Samaritan's medical trips, however the Lions Club still support the Flying Samaritans by their use of the Lion's Club slit eye lamp, bedding and distributing of eye glasses donated to the Lions club. 

Visit the Blues & Arts website for more information.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This Week's Featured Artist

Valentina 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:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

This Week's Featured Band: Michele Lundeen

"The Queen of Steam" herself! Michele has been nominated for “Best Blues” 2009 by the "San Diego Music Awards", her 7th nomination for Best Blues. This will be her 4th appearance at our "Fiesta". Needless to say, she is a real crowd pleaser. High energy with a great voice. A blues treasure for sure!

Band Website:

Saturday, February 6, 2010

San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta History

The Lions Club of San Felipe has been the promoter of this event for the past three years. Their goal has been to make the Fiesta a first class occasion for our communities’ pleasure and also to attract tourists to our town.

It was the desire of the Club to raise significant amounts of money for local charities, especially The Sonshine Hacienda. At present this project is nearing completion and will soon be home to children who need shelter because of family circumstances.

Because of the success of the Blues and Arts Fiesta in the past, the Lions Club of San Felipe has chosen to be further committed to make this an annual event and to showcase music and art talent in a beautiful venue by the sea. With a steadfast advertising campaign, the Lions Club of San Felipe anticipates robust crowds every year forward.

Historically the Fiesta has been host to world famous Blues bands and quality artists that provide entertainment at a reasonable price. Artists have successful sold their works and participants have enjoyed a taste of the local culinary fare.

The Lions Club of San Felipe has been very successful at providing a safe and comfortable atmosphere for the Fiesta. The outdoor stadium is the place where one can relax in their chairs and listen to Blues Music long into the night. Most guests spend the entire day. For convenience, there are a number of portable, clean bathrooms and hardly any waiting time to get to them.

The Fiesta is a colossal financial undertaking and could not be possible without sponsorship from individuals and businesses and the many volunteers that help; before, during and after the event.

The Lions Club of San Felipe has donated thousands of dollars to charities from the revenue that the Fiesta generates.

This Week's Featured Artists

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.

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.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Sonshine Hacienda – San Felipe’s Children Center

The Sonshine Hacienda is well on its way to completion with the efforts and donations of 2009 Blues and Art Fiesta, many businesses, organizations, churches and individuals - thank you. Under the direction of Gary and Karen Lewis, this dream for our community and its children will soon be a reality. This facility will provide a safe, positive, nurturing environment for children at risk because of neglect, abuse, abandonment or who have been orphaned. For more information on volunteering and assisting in the efforts of making this Sonshine Hacienda a safe haven for children, please stop by our booth during the Fiesta.
More info or 011-52-686-577-0795

Thursday, January 28, 2010

This Week's Featured Band: Javier Batiz

Legendary Guitar Player! He is the “Godfather of Mexican Rock”. This remarkable talent has been creating great music for many years with more than 30 albums to his credit. This will be his first appearance in San Felipe and promises to rock the house. Rumor has it that Javier taught Carlos Santana to play rock (not just a rumor).

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

This Week's Featured Artists

Marilyn Pardee

Marilynn moved to San Felipe in March of 2009 from San Francisco. She is returning to the textile arts after a 20-year hiatus to raise her daughter. Marilynn designed and manufactured under the label ‘PARDEE’ during the 1980’s in Los Angeles. Her line was carried in fashion-forward boutiques and prestigious stores throughout the United States. Her pieces currently can be purchased through her website:

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.”

Monday, January 25, 2010

2010 International Blues & Arts - Order Your Tickets Today!

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!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Easy Newsletter Signup

Now it's even easier to keep track of the Blues & Arts Fiesta. To simplify the signup process we have create a simple webform that you can forward to friends and other blues fans and art aficionados. Please help us spread the word about Baja's Biggest Blues & Arts charity event and help us "Change Lives through Music and Art."

This Week's Featured Artists

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. Robin Waters Call: 686-115-0526. Email:, and
Elizabeth Kapa

Each of Elizabeth Kapa’s paintings is an adventure, exploring each subject and how the light affects the form, whether it’s fleeting, spilling over, striking or glowing. Her brush creates an environment that draws you in, passionately kisses your eyes, and inspires delight for “stopping to see the amazing colors”. The spontaneous qualities of watercolor appeal to Elizabeth’s thirst for joyful, colorful, creative expression, and she is quite adamant that art is not a luxury but a necessity. “Art is the product of feelings captured from a fleeting moment in time, and should be shared with all”. Original paintings and limited edition gifts available at Her work is also available locally at Baja Nueva.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

This Week's Featured Band: Chet Cannon and The Committee

San Diego’s Premier “Down and Dirty” Blues Band. These guys knocked us out last year and we are delighted to have them back again this year. They always bring their "A" game and will "groove on" with their smooth "roots blues" style. Look for their new CD that will be available at the event!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

This Week's Featured Artists

Baja Treasures - Carving

Vickie Rama and Vickie Silva are both transplanted full time residents of San Felipe. Ms. Rama has been designing and carving for 25 years in a variety of mediums from porcelain to bone. She is currently designing her newest line of bone pendants using whale, camel and moose bones. She creates lovely pieces of wearable art. Contact number 686-122-2668 Ms. Silva has been designing unique clothing and accessories for 20 years. She currently sells her jean bags and purses in numerous boutiques in Palm Springs, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix. Bring her your favorite jean jacket and she will turn it into a beaded master piece for you to wear for years to come. Contact number 686-175-5420 Email: &

Desert Mothers - Creative Energy

Desert Mothers is an organization building bridges between Mexican Women and foreign communities. The goal of Desert Mothers is to build self esteem using creative energy as a tool. Mosaics, masks, paintings and sculptured pieces are displayed and sold in various venues. Desert Mothers takes a very small percent of the sale to pay for more art materials. If you wish to participate in any of our Art Play Shops, sponsor this organization or have any art materials or equipment to donate please contact Donna Roberts at The booth is being sponsored by Gary Dilley, president of the local Lions Club. Email:

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This Week's Featured Band: Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies!

Winners of “Best Band” Western Washington State. This high energy blues band will get you up and dancing. They bring a great show with great music. We hope to have their new CD available at the event. Don't miss them this March at the 2010 Blues & Arts Fiesta!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010 Blues & Arts Tickets on Sale Now!

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!