Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Musician Spotlight: Agave Blues
The 5th Annual International Blues & Arts Fiesta 2011 proudly showcases our exceptional local headliners, Agave Blues. As recent reader poll winners as the Best Band 2010 for Baja California Magazine, if you ever rock with these guys you will know why Agave Blues is repeatedly the people's choice in the Baja. Derek Wille on keyboards & vocals, Jim Moore on drums & lead vocals, and Arturo Esquivias on lead guitar & vocals are also the gentlemen hosts of the Blues & Arts Fiesta. Agave Blues commands a wide following of loyal fans--and the shows are nothing but a good time. Most Friday nights Agave Blues performs before packed crowds at the Jolly Mon Club just north of San Felipe across from the Rockadile sign. This tight and talented band does a little of everything, and very,very well. A multi-genre Blues, Rock, and Jazz experience resonates with audiences because the vibe is so good and the material is strong. The band's motto: "Take life with a pinch of salt...and a wedge of lime...and a shot of tequila" is part whimsy yet also captures the connection of philosophy, performance excellence, and good old fashioned fun. With Agave Blues ripping it up on stage, audiences always cut loose with happy dancing, and every performance is a party. We love these guys!
Agave Blues plays so well because of a strong foundation of talent and exceptional personalities. Jim Moore is the executive producer of B&A 2011 and a tireless ambassador for San Felipe. As this year's Lions Club president, Jim has personally spearheaded many local humanitarian and fundraising efforts--always with aplomb and a smile. Jim's leadership style brings community spirit and our friends from all around the Baja together in ways that make a better place for all of us. Thanks Jimmy! And Derek Wille on keyboards and vocals gives every performance a panache and sophistication that is part of the Agave Blues experience. And the incomparable Arturo Esquivias on soaring lead guitar! Audiences are regularly mesmerized with his virtuoso guitar leads which sometimes are nearly dreamlike and take audiences up that stairway to heaven. Tight, pulsing, great delivery. You can feel it, baby. Agave Blues hits the stage on March 26 as part of the stellar line up of musical talent for this year's Blues & Arts Fiesta 2011.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 12, 2011 San Felipe Baja California Mexico
5th Annual International Blues Arts Fiesta is gearing up to rock the Baja on March 26, 2011. The international humanitarian concert is set in funky & fun San Felipe ~ just 120 miles south of Mexicali. The fine newly repaired smooth roads will take you safely to Mexican blue bird skies and gin green seas, which frame the stage in San Felipe, Mexico. And we heartily welcome Chet Cannon & the Committee back to our friendly blues venue as returning musical artists Chet and the gang are real friends of our Baja Norte event ~ not only because of the wow energy during performance, but also because of the deep humanitarian spirit that is Chet & the Committee. Chet gets it done on stage AND quietly behind the scenes to benefit many who need a real community's help to make things better. Can you think of a better place to be for a spring fling, than safe, affordable, and close San Felipe on the mesmerizing Sea of Cortez? Get tickets now while they last, cuz buzz grows at press time. So mark your calendars for March 26, 2011 because the premier concert and regional fund-raising event is coming up fast. San Felipe's 5th Annual International Blues & Arts Fiesta is an all day outdoor concert and art extravaganza, and Chet & the Committee's ripping style is guaranteed to rock your socks off. Audiences know Chet's good time blues and swing rockin' boogie and outrageous connections with the appreciative audiences, will be unforgettable.
More FYI: Chet Cannon is a self described terminal blues fan. Chet once attended 26 blues shows in 29 days and has been diggin' the blues since the 1970's. Young Chet developed his voice from a young age in church, and then singing along with Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley on the radio. Chet & the Committee's performances all around Southern California are the stuff of legend, and the band is a mainstay favorite in the San Diego area. Chet & the Committee have been nominated for prestigious blues awards and their latest blues record aptly is nicely titled, "I'll be down in San Felipe! ~ The Official Bootleg" was nominated for best blues album of 2010. Chet pours his heart and soul into every live show and audiences respond with over the top good vibe, cheers, and dancin' in the aisles, or in San Felipe's case, the warm sand.
The 5th Annual International Blues & Arts Fiesta is the coolest of the west coast blues scene menu. We want you in safe, affordable San Felipe for this party. Not only Chet & the Committee ~ we have a line up that is stellar. Jaw dropping talent! Mexican / American blues rock and roll, Afro-Cuban rhythm, melodic power fusion, and the best and brightest.... all converge at the base of saturated pastel mountains watching the shimmering Sea of Cortez. The San Felipe Lions Club produces this annual event which raises critical funding for local humanitarian work. Local recipients include schools, medical services, eye exam clinics, the new orphanages, and more. Funds go directly to those in need. The energy of the musicians, visual artists, audience, and all our supporters hits a critical mass that day and we celebrate the best in all of us. "Changing Lives Through Music and Art" is the mission of the event and it all happens at the 5th Annual International Blues & Arts Fiesta in San Felipe!
Check out our website at www.BluesandArts.com for more information about tickets and accommodations. The 5th Annual International Blues & Arts Fiesta promises an unforgettably fine event, with headliner bands in all day performance, great variety of food and beverages, stunning visual artists, and good times. We'll see you there!
The San Felipe Lions Club is proud to announce the date for the 5th Annual International Blues & Arts Fiesta, now scheduled for Saturday, March 26, 2011. The all day outdoor concert and art extravaganza is the premier community fund-raising event in Baja California. People converge from everywhere to this magical place on the Sea of Cortez for an unforgettable day of music and art. We celebrate the very best in all people and the steadfast mission of the annual event remains: Changing Lives Through Music and Art.
For the 5th year, the Lions Club acts as ringmaster to bring the entire community of safe and friendly San Felipe together to showcase world class musicians and phenomenal local artisans. The ocean cooled venue is located on the exquisite Sea of Cortez right at the base of harbor mountains. In this enchanted venue, the star studded line up of musicians and artists captures the humanitarian spirit, natural beauty, and generous community of the Baja. Come enjoy a day of fun and affordable entertainment ~ the Blues & Arts Fiesta wants YOU to be part of the experience.
Our returning musical guests are crowd pleaser favorites, like guitar legend Javier Batiz, blues roots gurus Chet & The Committee, the towering talent of Becki Sue and Her Big Rockin' Daddies, the always fabulous Queen of Steam, Michele Lundeen, and the vastly entertaining Ruta 69 of Ensenada. New musical acts include the charismatic Afro-Cuban fusion group Libre, popular power band Mosk Trio, great eclectic blues rockers Deja Blues, and of course our inimitable local musical hosts, the super talented Agave Blues. Word has it at press time that a mega-star may make an appearance too, so stay tuned.
Mark your calendars now for March 26! And plan to experience the best of the blues scene, Mexican / American rock and roll, Afro-Cuban rhythm, melodic power fusion, and the promise of as much dancing to the groove as the audio gods will allow.
Look for weekly updates about the bands, artists, developing surprises, and general scoop on the 2011 party event of the year. San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta is about changing lives with music and art. And we want you to be part of the party!!