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San Felipe, Baja California will be the backdrop of the highly prestigious Blues and Arts Fiesta. This is the event where music and art become one; and to make it even more appealing the concert will be on the beach by the Sea of Cortez, the most prominent symbol of the Baja Peninsula. San Felipe is a slow paced fishing town, today on Saturday, March 24, 2012, this is undoubtedly going to change. The San Felipe Lions Club is proud to announce the 6th Annual International Blues & Arts Fiesta! The fiesta was created in the same spirit as the Woodstock and Monterey Pop Festivals, and the artists who will perform are comparable to the most celebrated blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and rock singers of the history. Apart from excellent music, the event features the best of Mexico’s craftsmen who will display the finest of their works on the 30 booths available for this occasion. The mission of Blues and Arts Fiesta is “Changing Lives Through Music and Art”. As a result, the event will be a reason of joy not only for participants, but also for the deprived members of the community. All proceeds will be donated to local charities that rely on private donations to carry out their activity. Visit the official website of the event The location of the shows is El Cortez Hotel, and the organizers are San Felipe BC Lions Club ( and Baja Good Life Club ( About 150 volunteers will put a lot of effort into bringing this incredible event to the public. San Felipe BC Lions Club operates with the sole purpose of assisting the humanitarian needs of local organizations. Their members are totally dedicated to encouraging cooperation among citizens and unconditional compassion towards the less privileged. The Baja Good Life Club provides a platform of interaction for those who want to turn Baja into their home. Members have access to products, services, and resources which turn every day into an opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest.

Bayou Brothers with Charles Burton San Diego’s favorite Zydeco band, with a sound straight out of Louisiana’s dance clubs, bayou festivals and backyard crawfish boils, the BAYOU BROTHERS will rock you right on into “Fat Tuesday” with their extensive experience and endless enthusiasm to deliver a rousing, rollicking, heart thumpin’, foot stompin’ musical gumbo y’all won’t soon forget!!!

Billy Watson Billy is an entertainer extraordinaire, capable of throwing down a blues show that can be infectiously hilarious and convincingly nasty. His energy as a frontman is relentless, his vocals inspiring, and his harp work musically outstanding. Billy’s repertoire ranges from creepy grooves, grinding shuffles, to fast boogies and swings. Yet audiences do not flock to his shows simply for his mastery of the harmonica... they are drawn by his magnetic stage personality and the idea of never knowing what antic may be next!

Nathan James Band Currently Nathan’s three piece band is forging a cumulative sound that combines elements of 1920’s acoustic blues, amplified juke joint hill country, and 1950’s uptown blues mixed with 1960’s soulful R&B! Influences range from Tampa Red, to B.B. King, to James Brown and the Famous Flames. This is not your average blues power trio that leans towards the much abused “blues rock” formula. Instead each member in the band knows all the nuances of the different feels and tones. Knowing how to get people’s attention, Nathan will often go out solo from the bandstand and burst into a frenzied ragtime breakdown that can lead to a washboard solo on his custom LED lit ‘Washtar Gitboard’!

Band Performance Schedule 11:30













Inspired & the Sleep


Inspired and the Sleep is an Blues-Motown-R&B band from North County San Diego. This three piece, composed of beach lifeguard coworkers, plays shows all around San Diego, LA and everything in between. Hayden Stewart (drummer), Max Greenhalgh (bassist/ vocal), and Bryce Outcault (guitarist) have been playing the SoCal scene for the past 2 years. The group’s inspiration comes from artists such as Al Green, Otis Redding, and even The Backwater Blues Band. Tom Stewart, drummer and head of The Backwater Blues Band, and Hayden Stewart’s father, has provided a noticeable amount input and advice to Inspired and the Sleep set. They have even sat in on BWBB gigs.





Mercedes Moore Band Nothing can describe the Mercedes Moore Band better than the laudatory remark of the San Diego Reader: “This is one hot singer! Blues Diva Mercedes Moore is burning down the blues clubs is Southern California!” Indeed, the popularity of the band made up of Scot Smart (guitar) John Simons (bass) Kurt Kalker (drums) and Mercedes Moore (vocals) will easily cross the border from San Diego to Baja California. The music of the Mercedes Moore Band is reminiscent of the 50s and the 60s, and it is based on a harmonious combination of soul, blues and R ‘n’ B. A large share of the band’s popularity can be put down to the sultry and strong voice of the lead singer. The music of the Mercedes Moore Band is like a breath of air for the true music lover.

Backwater Blues Band All Stars The Backwater Blues Band is one of San Diego’s premiere Blues Bands in the styles of Swing, Funk, R&B, “Jazz-Blues”, and even plays their own original music. The Backwater Blues Band was founded in 1995 by Tom Stewart as an outlet to play music that is revered among the many friends and family that would come to Tom’s house parties. Over time the band “broke out” of the garage and started playing San Diego’s finest establishments. Come hear for yourself the great Blues tones that Backwater Blues Band creates!

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Chet Cannon & the Committee Chet & the Committee front man Chet Cannon is a self-described “terminal blues fan” who once attended 26 blues concerts in 29 days. “We pour our heart into every performance. Our main objective is to make sure it’s a good time.” The band’s Don’t Get Me Started! CD was SDMA-nominated in 2006 for Best Blues Album. Source: San Diego Reader online. Contact

Coyote Mike and the Wetbacks The Wetbacks are a group of international musicians that got together in Ensenada in the spring of 2010 with most of the members having had previous experience with different groups over the years with varying degrees of success. We came together to create a blend of sounds ranging from blues and rock to funk, jazz and reggae. We do original material as well as covers always with that ¨Wetback twist . The musicians range in age from 17 to 61 years old and having this wide age range allows us to accept the new and see the old with fresh eyes and ears. We look forward to performing for all of you. MX 686-561-8324 or US (760) 690-1333 and 690-1334

. Juan Silva Juan Silva was born in Tapic, Nyarit, north of Gadalajara Mxico. He learned the art of Tablas Votivas from his mother´s people the Hichol Indians. His abilities to depict the traditional tribal themes were soon recognized. In 1976 he moved to Baja California were his traditional works soon came into demand. The enhancement of the ancient art form of the Huichol Indian portraying new objects has caught the eyes of many art admirers. Juan Silva lives and works in Rosarito Beach. silvasarteycolor1@hotmail. com & BAJA BEAUTY BAJA BEAUTY are two women laughing, lounging and living in Beautiful San Felipe Baja Mexico. Janet & Jeanene create an all natural youthful skin care cream; design fun t-shirts silk screened locally; and design and create beautiful one-ofa-kind jackets, coats and vests with colorful Mexican blankets. We can be found at the weekly El Dorado Ranch Swap Meet or call Jeanene @ 686-186-0038 or email nenaone@ Janet @ 686-105-7019 or email

intense colors and feelings they find here in San Felipe. Adding together their years living here in San Felipe, it comes to half a century of watching this town change, renewing their impressions and their work.

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Scott O. Kennedy World wide acclaimed marine artist, Scott Kennedy works out of his studio in Punta Banda where he has now turned his attention to the colors and rhythm of Baja. His paintings on location always seek to capture the essence of the scene he is painting. He also plans on gathering more of Mexico’s nature’s soul and culture and delivering it the way he knows best... on canvas. Scott is also working on a book featuring his works on Newport Beach, CA. For more information about Scott, please visit his website at You can also befriend him on Facebook under ScottKennedyart

Vickie Silva Baja Glitz, Unique Wearable Art, is featuring one of a kind handcrafted works of art you can wear, including clothing, handbags, sunglasses, hats all for the ladies who like to sparkle. Designed, crafted and hand-signed by artist Vickie Silva, Jose Rascon these one-of-a-kind works incorporate Jose Rascon vintage and contemporary pieces of has become a fabrics, jewelry, Swarovski crystals, craftsman in making sterling silver findings, glass beads, mosaic tables and wood beads, sea shells and more. Vickie Silva pictures. His quality of work is out standing because of Vickie Rama the pride he take in each piece he works on. Jose offers a wide choice of Vickie Rama is a design, colors, and custom work. See self taught crafterhis works on Face book--Mosaics by -I find it hard to call Jose. To contact Jose please call his myself an “Artist”. cell 044 686 228 2194, home 686 576 To me that word has 0310 or email always meant Years of being taught (by another person Suzie & Marylou ) to do something special with their Suzie and Marylou hands and tools. I owned a Ceramic are using cloth, Shop in Michigan for 5 years at the paper and paint young age of 25. then a Porcelain to create an Doll Shop for 25 years..I have done so assortment of many crafts over the years that I was Eclectic Art using the shocked to discover that I could be a carver also..And I do love doing it.

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Nancy Murphy Nancy Murphy is an artist who draws with fire. She uses gourds and leather as her canvas. She draws her original art directly on the gourd and uses a wood burner to make the drawing permanent. For pyrography on leather, Nancy draws her sketch on paper. After making a few guidelines on the leather she free hands the drawing with her wood burner using her sketch as a guide for shading.

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Baja Chocolate Lovers Baja Chocolate Lovers of San Felipe has literally made grown folks weep when they have run out of its delectable treats. Endless testimonials tell tales of souls willing to give everything they have to taste one more piece of cake, chocolate gelato, orange truffle, or strawberry chocolate bar. These chocolateirs Steve Sherrod Steve Sherrod aka have made this business a must Iron Man Steve, is see stop in San Felipe. They entice a financial advisor customers with an endless list of by profession. He treats that simply can’t be found lives and works full anywhere else in Baja. They are time in San Felipe masters at what they do and lovingly with clients around spread the sweetness around. They the world. He has are located on Hwy #5 to San Felipe 180. bajachocolatelovers@ always loved to work with his hands KM and create and build things of his, 928-785-2823 U.S.or 686-167-0716. own design. His iron work started as a hobby and a wonderful mental break Judi Anderson from the financial world. During the last year, he has also taught welding Judi Anderson has been taking outdoor pictures for and iron work to participants in 30 years. She says, Desert Mothers’ Work Shops.As with “There are so many many artist’s media, the iron seems different ecosystems to play a part in what the final result is within 40 miles but the original design resides in the of SF. It’s amazing mind of the artist or the person he how versatile it isbuilds the custom work for. Let him waterfalls, creeks, create some work that is a reflection of YOU; phone: 686-576-0034 or mountains, beaches, and desert animals right in our backyards. “You email: just have to get out and go!” She packages her pictures with colorful Marianne mats that enhance every photo. The Clagett Band It - Marianne pictures are 8 x 10 and when matted Clagett lives year fit into 11 x14 frames. Judi’s business is called “Life’s Treasures.” round in San Felipe since moving here R.P. Kidd from Auburn, CA. She resides in El R.P. Kidd professional carrer of nearly 40 years has Dorado Ranch brought national where she works on her sewing and recognition awards crafting, a lifelong passion. On the and collectors, prompting of two friends in Baja, “The reward of art Bandits themselves, she began “Band is not just sales but It”, a unique approach to hat bands to communication, adorn straw and oversized hats. This it’s success is success prompted her to expand her creativity to lightweight reversible in the viewers reaction”. In Rust sun hats...and as they say, “the rest Never Sleeps R.P. Kidd has found is history!” Looking for one of a kind, a touchstone that reaches a large hand made accessories? “Band It” and appreciative audience, his work products now include fully custom evokes shared memories of people, reversible vests, hats, reversible places and eras. RUST NEVER SLEEPS adjustable sun/golf visors and

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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. Marilynn Pardee Marilynn Pardee 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. 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!

and animated multidimensional creations. Since his first years of life, he showed special interest in art. A vast audience, including sophisticated art collectors from different Parts of the world make Luis Cogley’s work a part of their homes, businesses and estates. The inspiration for great art, it is said comes from the heart. For Luis Cogley the inspiration comes from the soul. Melody Ashley Melody Ashley’s interest in Art has been life long. Her favorite art is the creating of a beautiful yard. After nine years in the landscape business she became interested in metal “garden art.” She sold her company and began to design and have made wonderful forms that decorate gardens all over the United States. Melody’s art is also displayed in several galleries on the Oregon Coast. You can google: Melody Ashley Art to see some of her recent creations.

Arturo Gomez Arturo Gomez has been painting for 35 years. He is a second generation artist. He uses many mediums such as water colors, Merkel acrylic, oil. Although you can find his McLendon Merkel McLendon art on canvas, his work can also be doesn’t remember a found on clay tiles, ceramics, wood time when he didn’t and mirrors. Arturo is also well known feel driven to create for his beautiful wall murals that art. He expressed decorate many homes in San Felipe. himself through ceramics, oil painting Trained by his father, Master Artist Juan Gomez. and now found objects. As he finds his way in the world now, the items Desert Mothers he stumbles upon become inspiring Desert Mothers puzzle pieces spread across a builds bridges congested table waiting to be placed between the together, to be a part of something. Mexican women His oil paintings are a reflection of and the foreign his childhood days, where the simple communities. We surroundings were miles of tailing provide a Art facility where everyone fields and low flat mesas. This vastness of space made a great background for can develop and learn artistic skills. Desert Mothers provides a means for his surrealistic paintings. women to build self esteem, respect, and help their children know they Luis Cogley Life and art join too can become successful and to in a dynamic encourage them to become involved partnership as Luis with in their own community. Please Cogley portrays his don’t hesitate to contact Donna Roberts at continual Marvel of Life in joyful

2012 Blues & Arts Sponsors

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San Felipe B.C. Lions Club Carretera Mexicali – San Felipe km 187 La Curva, San Felipe B.C.

San Felipe B.C., March 13th, 2012. I would like to thank all the sponsors, artists and bands that truly make this event possible but especially to the fans. The Blues and Arts Fiesta has become a big event for San Felipe and with the help of all the people that it takes to make this possible we are able to donate a substantial amount of money for charities in the San Felipe community. Such as Red Cross, DIF, Sonshine Hacienda, Casa de Fe, food and toys for some of the lees fortunately at Christmas time, also sport uniforms for schools. Again, the San Felipe B.C. Lions Club we want to thank you because without the fans, without all the voluntaries this event would not be possible.

Gary Dilley President San Felipe B.C. Lions Club

The original concept of the International Blues & Arts Fiesta started in 2005 by the San Felipe Blues and Arts Society, consisting of Diane Grubb, Rick Rudd and Heather Penrod; and although it’s not the same event today, the foundation created by these three was solid. Diane had organized art shows and festivals in the States, Rick was an artist as well as musician, and Heather promoted music in Reno at a roadhouse bar and was on the board of the Reno Blues Society.

The day of the show, the sound man failed to show up. Arturo and Tavo of 3rd Generation came to their rescue. Of course, there were others who helped—things pulled together and the event raised money for Shriners and the local community.

In 2008, The Lions Club of San Felipe took over the reigns of the event and asked John and Rachel Pack of Baja Good Life Club to help. John and Rachel had a long history of promoting and marketing large events, and after seeing the great accomplishments of Gary Dilley and In 2005 they produced their first art show at the the young Lions Club—at the time, less than a San Felipe Storage Facility owned by the Grubbs. year old—John and Rachel joined the Lions Club Rick thought a little music would be nice while themselves; and together, they began producing people were looking at the art. No problem—he what is now called the the International Blues & had friends that could play. Arts Fiesta. For the next two years this group would 2008 was an incredible year for the Blues, it produce their art show. In 2007, they decided went from a bar to the baseball field, reached to do a two-day event, and billed it as the First out across all of Baja, Sonora, and both Southern Annual Blues and Arts Festival. It was held at California and Arizona to attract international the Beachcomber Courtyard. The artists had artists, and featured world-class bands from the exhibits on the street along the malecon, and same regions. The event raised enough money inside the bar the bands would play. The bands to provide eye care, surgeries, and various other featured were 3rd Generation, Vatos Locos, medical services and equipment for the San Michele Lundeen and Blues Streak, and Full Felipe Community. Moon Blues Band.

In 2009, under new Lions President, Hal “Paco” Clark, the Lions Club, Baja Good Life Club and an army of professionals, volunteers and supporters, the Fiesta was the best year to date. They raised enough money to not only provide the medical support to the community but also help to build an orphanage for displaced and abused children.

professionals, volunteers and supporters helped to organize the 5th year of the Fiesta. The 5th Annual San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta featured the regions best bands, which included for the first time, some classic rock from Ensenada, along with the most creative artists in the area.

This year the 6th Annual San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta is upgrading the event again, and bringing In 2010, Gary Dilley has once again taken the it back to the beach and the blues. In 2012, reigns of the Lions Club and now—along with current president Gary Dilley, John and Rachel new Lion’s vice president Jim Moore, John Pack of Baja Good Life Club, the San Felipe and Rachel Pack of Baja Good Life Club, and Lions Club, and friends of the Lions volunteers nearly 200 other professionals, volunteers and and supporters are ready to promote this years supporters—presents the Fiesta you see today. Blues & Arts event at a whole new venue, with The 2010 International Blues & Arts Fiesta is a a stellar blues lineup that includes a couple of showcase for some of the finest artists and best B&A veterans, and six new bands performing blues bands in this part of the world. this year at the Blues & Arts for the first time. In 2011 president Jim Moore, Gary Dilley, John The 6th Annual San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta is and Rachel Pack of Baja Good Life Club, the going to be hosted by the San Felipe landmark San Felipe Lions Club and hundreds of other hotel, the El Cortez; ideal for blues and art on the Beach!

To all the VOLUNTEERS, Exhibitors and Food Vendors that made the Blues and Arts Fiesta such a success!

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