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Friday, June 12, 2009

KOLD Ch 13 News Spot - 'Circus Mexicus'

'Circus Mexicus' benefits orphanage and Rocky Pt. economy
Posted: June 11, 2009 08:13 PM
By Dan Marries - email

Watch - KOLD Ch 13 News Spot

PUERTO PEÑASCO, MEXICO (KOLD) - Mexico has had it rough lately. Tourism is down because of the border violence and recent swine flu scare but I found a glimmer of hope for Tucson's so-called beach getaway.

Thousands of Arizonans converged for a three day concert event in Rocky Point providing much needed economic relief for a tourist town feeling the pinch.

Tempe based band Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (http://www.azpeacemakers.com) rocked the beaches of Rocky Point over the weekend for Circus Mexicus. This bi-annual event has become a pilgrimmage of sorts for the band and their fans.

Circus Mexicus kicks off with a fundraiser called "Hot Dog a Smile." Drummer PH Naffah came up with the idea several years ago, "there's a lot of kids out there that never had what I had so I just like to something for those kids." Those kids live at the Esperanza Para Los Ninos Orphanage on the outskirts of Rocky Point. "100% of the profits go to the kids," explains Naffah, "plus a lot of our fans stop by the orphanage on the way down to bring clothes or they'll call ahead of time to see what they need."

Fans like Becky Enderlee, "I brought clothes, toys, Barbie Dolls, and whatever. My kids are grown up and I can't think of a better place to bring it." 18 year old Shannon Musugades agrees, "it's nice knowing the money goes to a special cause, it's nice knowing ph is doing something and he's helping out Mexico."

But the band is quick to give credit to their loyal fans who raised 11,000 dollars for the orphanage last year alone. At the close of Saturday's concert Roger Clyne told the crowd, "please do not forget you have that impact, it doesn't belong to us and thank you for sharing that." Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers will be performing in Tucson on August 29 at the Rialto Theatre downtown.

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