Thursday, March 24, 2011

BLUES & ARTS - Saturday is the Day!

5th Annual International Blues & Arts Fiesta, is 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.

This years stellar line up of bands are guaranteed to rock this little town in the Baja! (bands are listed in alphabetical order): Agave Blues, Chet Cannon & the Committee, Deja Blues. Javier Batiz, Libre, MicheleLundeen, Mosk Trio, Becky Sue and Ruta 69. The Artists from the Baja are somewhat hidden "jewels". You won't be disappointed if you are looking to buy art.

We want everyone to have a wonderful experience to share for years to come! We would like to share with you information and guidelines to insure that the fun keeps rockin’ all day long.

  1. Doors will open at 9am with the first band on at 10:00 AM
  2. Folding chairs are allowed, Please bring a chairs find your spot and stay ALL DAY!
  3. Umbrellas or sun shades are permitted in the dedicated area of the Fiesta grounds.
  4. 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.
  5. No glass containers of any kind will be allowed in the Fiesta grounds.
  6. Backpacks and other items may be searched by Fiesta Security.
  7. No weapons of any kind are allowed on the Fiesta grounds.
  8. Smoking is allowed, Please discard your (unlit) cigarette buds in trash containers.
  9. No audio or video recording is allowed.
  10. Dogs will be allowed into the Festival - Please keep your dog on a leash at all times, be responsible for the dog's water, food and picking up poo, Lastly if the animal exhibits any aggressive behavior the animal and the owner will be asked to leave by Fiesta Security.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tavo's Revolution

Tavo's Revolution is a beloved homegrown San Felipe band. This band is ever popular with a loyal following, and performs regularly in several venues in town and on the Ranch.  The talented group is composed of sophisticated musicians and a lady vocalist, who deliver great music in a friendly, funky style.  Tavo, the band's namesake and steady drummer, is a revered local pharmacist, community activist, and always the most affable of men. Come listen to Tavo's Revolution and you will understand why San Felipe loves this band so much!

Blues & Arts Parties!

San Felipe BC Mexico
February 10, 2010
San Felipe Blues & Arts Insider Scoop:  The Parties!
Mark your calendars for Friday night, March 25:  Blues & Arts Fiesta Pre-Party. You are personally invited to "party central" at the El Cortez Hotel in downtown San Felipe, starting at 7pm, to get in the groove the night before the show. This giant bienvenidos party will be hosted by hosted by Chet and The Committee with Special Guest Ms. Beckie Sue! Cover charge is only $5 or 60 pesos at the famous Barefoot Bar, located right in the hotel on the beach. People are still talking about last year's surprise filled pre-party gathering and for good reason.  We'll be cranking it way up Friday night!

And then on Sunday, March 27, our Fiesta post-party is hosted by another great friend of San Felipe, Chet Cannon & the Committee.  Mosey on over to Rumors restaurant, just north of San Felipe. Start time at Noon / 12 pm.  Come enjoy the Blues & Arts afterglow in the perfect patio bar / restaurant venue with cold beer, great food, and more from our musician friends. Cover is also $5 or 60 pesos ~ and worth every centavo.   Ah, a little slice of heaven.  And a little hair of the dog.

The San Felipe Lions Club sponsors the annual San Felipe International Blues & Arts Fiesta 2011, the premier humanitarian fundraiser event in the Baja.  San Felipe is safe, fun, affordable, and the roads are great all the way to our village on the Sea of Cortez.  Accommodations are available too for every budget.  Our community is diverse and open minded and full of energy ~ and we want you to come to San Felipe and have the time of your life.  Buy your tickets now, General $25 & VIP ONLY $50. This will for sure to be legendary weekend of fun, friends and music. For more information:  www.BluesandArts. com.

Author MaryLou Austin works as a writer, editor, and media producer in San Felipe, B.C., Mexico.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Featured Artist:: Marilynn Pardee

Marilynn moved to San Felipe from San Francisco in March of 2009.  She had a clothing line PARDEE in Los Angeles in the 1980’s, which was carried in fashion-forward boutiques and prestigious stores throughout the United States. It was during that time that she began experimenting with layering colors using various spray techniques.  This had to be put on hold with the birth of her daughter.  Now 24 years later, she is picking up where she left off.  San Felipe has perfect combination of space, inspiration and supportive people to prove that you can continue to pursue your passion.  Thank you, thank you people of San Felipe!

Featured Artist:: Liane Barton

Liane Barton has been spending her winters in San Felipe for 15 years. She specializes in top of the line Navajo Jewelry and leather bags. She has sterling silver with various stones in rings, necklaces, earrings
and so much more Liane belongs to numerous Craft and Vendors Shows in the United States. Enjoy your visit in San Felipe. We hope to see you at our booth during the Blues and Arts Fiesta.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

2011 Blues & Arts Fiesta Radio Spot in El Centro CA

5th Annual Blues & Arts Fiesta Radio Spot on
KXO AM & FM in El Centro CA

2011 Blues and Arts Fiesta Radio Spot in Yuma AZ

2011 Blues and Arts Fiesta Radio Spot - Yuma AZ
KTTI 95.1 - KQSR 100.9 - KBLU 560AM

Monday, March 7, 2011

Featured Artist:: Andrena Joyce

Andrena Joyce is one of San Felipe's favorite artist, voted Best Local Artist in San Felipe Living in 2008 and In Mexico Living in 2009.  She is also a veteran of San Felipe's Blues Festival.  Joyce uses acrylics and mixed media and her subject matter can be almost anything. "This area lends itself to creativity. We're surrounded by beauty and the time to appreciate it.  How lucky are we!"  Joyce supports favorite causes with proceeds from her work and says painting is her therapy. 

Laila Naime Handmade Jewelry Designs

Laila Naime Handmade Jewelry Designs

Born in Mexico City then moving to Ensenada Baja California to finish her Oceanography studies at UABC. Since early ages she was attracted to handcrafts and artistic expressions. So at the age of 12 began to play with some copper wire and it was the beginning of an artistic career. She had exposed and sold her jewelry in San Diego, Ensenada and San Felipe. Her designs reflect your inner beauty.
Each piece of jewelry is a piece of art just for you. Materials include sea shells, seeds, crystals, copper, aluminum, abalone shells, and semi-precious stones. You can be certain that every piece is a
unique piece of art.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sea of Cortez Sea Salt and Tequila

All natural sea salt from the Sea of Cortez has no added drying agents instead is dried by the sun, making it pure. This is the brain child of San Felipe's own Bob MacDonald, who wondered if sea salts can come from the Dead Sea, why not the Sea of Cortez? His exploration of this idea has produced a healthy and all natural product into a wonderful souvenir to take home to friends as well as personal use. It is attractively packaged in hand blown blue glass jars with a two stage grinder removable for refilling. The sea salts also come with added dried garlic, peppercorn, chipotle, and chiltepin peppers. Also in the line is margarita salt in it's own ceramic holder and pinch salt to set beside the stove.

What good would Margarita salt be without tequila? Sea of Cortez Salt has a privately produced 100% agave tequila from Tequila in mainland Mexico under the label Nicho Real. This product is aged in Jack Daniels barrels from 9 months to 5 years and offers four flavors for the discriminating connoisseur. Come by the booth and have a sample. You will be pleased!

Jim Moore on KXO Radio AM1230

Jim Moore President of the San Felipe Lions Club will be interviewed by George Gale about the 5th Annual San Felipe Blues and Arts Fiesta on El Centro KXO Radio AM1230 on Wednesday March 9th at 10:15am.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Featured Artist:: Armando Becerril

Armando Becerril, who signs his work as BECRIS was born in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico in 1955. Since the age of thirteen he became interested in drawing and enjoyed public recognition. He started reproducing the old Masters.  At the age of 17 he felt a desire to study color, he went to Mexico City, where he studied art in the National Academy of Arts San Carlos. Now after fine tuning his talent for more than 35 years he celebrates his love and dedication to the Arts by painting Mexico as it is.  Some of his paintings also have been acquired by private collectors in several countries around the world. Among these we can mention multiple-Oscar winning movie directors and producers James Cameron and Mel Gibson.

Featured Artist:: Melody Ashley Art

Melody’s favorite art has always been the creating of a beautiful yard.
After nine years in the landscape business Melody became interested in metal “garden art.”  She sold her company and began to design and have made wonderful forms that decorate homes and businesses from coast to coast in the United States.
When Melody decided to move to San Felipe in 2000, she began to teach herself how to make her own metal and tile art.  Durning this same time, she also built several homes in San Felipe, including the first tire house in town, all of which have been on the SFARP tour of home.
Over the years Melody has become better at her art and has enjoyed many happy customers.Visit Melody’s web site for information on the classes she teaches each spring here in San Felipe.

Melody’s art is also displayed in several galleries on the Oregon Coast.
web site: or just Google: Melody Ashley Art

Featured Artist:: Janine Fentiman and John Alward

Janine Fentiman and her Husband John Alward have been Antique and Tribal Art dealers for 38 years.  They make and design necklaces from ancient and vintage trade beads.  Their work is sold by  Ralph Lauren Vintage Boutiques in Japan,  New York and around the world.