Blues and Arts Festival Press Party

San Felipe, Baja, Mexico

March 26th, 2010

The excitement is building up for the Annual Blues and Arts Festival tomorrow. Over 1000 tickets have been sold and if the sales at the door are anything like last year's, the attendence should edge over the 3000 mark.

Nine bands are on the roster, including our own Agave Blues and Vatos Locos. Joining them are Chet Cannon and the Committee from San Diego, Javier Batiz the grandfather of Mexican rock (said to have taught Carlos Santana to play rock), Beckie Sue and Her Big Rockin' Daddies, the ever populat Michele Lundeen (the Queen of Steam), Ruta 66 from Ensenada, Sean Carney Band with Phil Berkowitz, 2007 winner of the International Blues Challenge, and 820 Band from southern California.

There will be an impressive assortment of art mediums line up fpr the fesitval. Andrenna Joyce will be there with her acrylic paintings, Arturo Gomez with display his paintings, tiles and custom murals. Baja Nueva will present some of their innovative interior decor options. Elizabeth Kapa, Valentina Ragsdale and Ruth Olivar Millan will be on hand with representational art works. Baja Treasure will be displaying their intricate carvings in a variety of mediums. Huichol Shaman Jose Hernandez Sanchez bring his Tepic village art with him. Robin Waters will be there with her Digital Designs art. Desert Mothers will also be there along with the Peoples' Gallery. Marilyn Pardee will present her current boutique line. Marpivisions' original sewing creations are available as well as the pottery talents of Mary Mobley and Daria Mariscal.

An added feature this year is the raffling of a genuine Fender Guitar, signed by all the members of the musical talent involved in this year's event.

The evening was also a pre-festival get together for some of the organizers and officials, as well as an opportunity to pass out Press Passes to visiting and local writers and photographers who will cover the Blues and Arts Ferstival.

Below are photos of the celebration, collecting together many of the people whose hard work made this year's Blues and Arts Festival possible. It is going to be a great event, and promises to continue its status as a high quality, large-drawing entertainment spectacle, looked forward to each year by the residents of San Felipe.

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