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Friday, January 28, 2011

SAN FELIPE - Musician Spotlight ~ 2011 Band Line Up!

Spotlight on 5th Annual San Felipe International Blues and Arts Fiesta Fiesta Music!
Mark your calendar for March 26, 2011! The 5th Annual San Felipe International Blues & Arts Fiesta proudly presents a stellar line up of bands guaranteed to rock the best little town in the Baja.
Agave Blues again graces the B&A stage with that down home blues & rock groove and musical ensemble magic which defines class and style. A multi-talented group hailing from San Felipe, this band has won numerous awards and headlined the “Ensenada Blues & Rock Fiesta”. Audiences always howl for more because the guitar solos soar, the beat never lets up, and the keyboard riffs kick ass. Also Agave Blues is the host band for the Blues & Arts Fiesta and the guys work hard to put out the welcome mat.
Javier Batiz, world renowned master guitarist and his hot band, hail from Tijuana, Mexico. Batiz’ 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. Known as the “Godfather of Mexican Rock”, the legendary Carlos Santana credits Batiz as the reason he decided to play guitar! Oozing charisma and charm, Javier Batiz marks his second appearance at Blues & Arts 2011 ~ and is back by popular demand.
Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies also return to our stage in San Felipe. Our friends from Seattle bring their Texas/Chicago style to deliver high energy Blues like nobody else. Becki Sue & the Daddies guarantee a GREAT stage show. Count on blazing guitar talent, smokin' sax and blues harp riffs, and powerful & sexy Becki Sue vocals. She sizzles along with two male vocalists & upright bass. The Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies band are steeped in a rich blues tradition, laced with plenty of startling originality.
Chet Cannon & the Committee happily return for a third appearance as musical artists Chet gets it done on stage showing a lifetime dedication to the blues scene, rich in tradition and new tunes too. Audiences know Chet's good time blues and swing rockin' boogie connects with appreciative audiences. Unforgettable shows every time. Also known for consistent humanitarian work, Chet & the Committee musical contribution is the gift that keeps on giving.
Deja Blues, newcomers to the B&A Fiesta brings a strong blues & rock style to our show. Based in Ensenada Deja Blues inspires a dedicated fan base who know this is one of the great bands in the Baja. The diversity of style and outstanding stage energy is nothing short of amazing. This fabulous band was “discovered” by our producers at the Ensenada Festival last June. We invited them immediately to perform in San Felipe for this year’s Blues & Arts Fiesta.
Libre joins the B&A stage for the first time this year. For more than 15 years the musicians of Libre have discharged a fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms, Latin Soul with a dash of Jazz, topped off with Blues and Rock. The music mixture is a fusion of flavors which energizes audiences and astonishes concert goers . The Libre sound and performance chemistry is a trademark of this band. Libre's haunting rhythms and sophisticated delivery must be experienced "live" to be understood.
Michele Lundeen, dubbed "The Queen of Steam", returns for her 5th appearance in San Felipe. Michele is universally recognized as gifted interpreter of blues oriented songs. And her high energy performances tell the story of songs in a deeply emotional way, hitting listeners right in the gut. Stirring vocals and her hot stage presence visibly moves audiences everywhere. 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.
Mosk Trio is a power trio with a totally unique style and unparalleled stage charisma. This band hails from Mexicali and perform in every major music event in that city’s vibrant music community. Mosk Trio brought down the house last June in Ensenada with power interpretations of well known songs, but never heard like this. The Mosk Trio band is a grand trio and a can’t miss new addition to this year’s line up.
Ruta 69 returns by popular demand for their second appearance. Ruta 69 also hails from Ensenada. They deliver one hit after another and this richly layered musical ensemble takes rock entertainment to another level. A multi-layered band with strong vocals, pleasing percussion, and soaring guitars, Ruta 69 must be enjoyed in person. The technical expertise of this band makes seasoned concert goers’ heads spin with joy because these guys are that good. Come on Bros! We love you.

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