SAIL-FEST CONCERT

Last night was the Sail-fest Concert and a great concert it was.  We’re told that four of the best musicians playing locally are asked to participate and to  bring along friends.  So not only did we here from the lady who plays at La Puerta, Patricia, Jose Luis Cabo, Zihua Juanito, and Steve & Allan,who expanded to a full size band with 2 more guitars, drums and a sax and from Mexico City Dos Hermanos with a lovely lady.  Then to top it all off a charming group of school children dancers.  My sincere apologies to any one whose name I have wrong, or left out, or misspelled no slight intended but with out a program I’m just relying on my ageing memory.

The Senor and I with our Canadian friends from our apartment building
The Senor and I with our Canadian friends from our apartment building

Our group of friends has learned to arrive early to get a good seat and get food ordered before the festivities begin and the waiters at El Pueblito get swamped.  It was a good crowd.  The evening got off to a great start with Patricia who has a beautiful soulful voice performing songs in both Spanish and English. Between performers raffle tickets were drawn and I was lucky again and won a great t-shirt and a Canadian ball cap, which amused everyone at our table as the Senor and I were the only non Canadians.  I don’t normally wear a ball cap, but I will proudly be sporting my new red hat at the Chilli fest today.

Raffel winnings
Raffel winnings

The children’s performance was the one of the highlights of the evening. I got a quick picture of the boys mugging for the camera prior to going on stage, but once on stage it was all

Boys mugging for the camera
Boys mugging for the camera

business while they performed several indigenous dances, One spectacular dance with possibly an Aztec theme, involved 10-year-old dancers, a lighted torch and long peacock feathers head dresses waving wildly as they danced.  Very beautiful but  something that wouldn’t be seen back home.

Aztec themed dance
Aztec themed dance

Following the children’s performance they wandered

Children dancing
Children dancing

through the crowd arms loaded with beaded bracelets they made to earn funds for their craft programs.  I bought one for my youngest granddaughter and one for her cousin. 20 pesos well spent!Zihua Juanito is a handsome and charming performer who brought a long his cousin on drums and got people up to dance. Senor Cabo brought up one of what I understand to be one of the employes of El Pueblito to sing with him. Great voices. The group from Mexico City was lively and more people danced.

 

The Steve/Allan Show expanded
The Steve/Allan Show expanded

The evening concluded with the Steve Allan show with Nelson on Sax, Ralph on guitar and singing as was Leo and I believe it was Don on the drums. and everybody danced. Great end to a great evening.  It was such a nice night we walked back to our apartment. Signing off KO

The Concert & More Sailfest

The concert was fantastic! The Senor at first didn’t want to attend as he going to be fishing all that day and thought he would be too tired, since no fish was caught that day he changed his mind so I didn’t have to go solo. A mere 100 pesos each we had our tickets to a concert that was featuring 5 local performers  It was held in the large open , with court yard restaurant of El Publito with vines and open lattice-work over head.

Mexican singeer, can't remember name

We arrived about 30 minutes before starting, partially so we could find it and also we wanted decent seating.  We ordered our dinner, barbecued pork ribs for the Senor and chile relleno for me, and drinks.  The concert started on “Mexican time”, late with the first performer being a  well-known Mexican female singer who normally sings and plays her guitar, but had a sprained wrist and couldn’t play her guitar so had to cut her session short.  The organizers of the event were concerned about how to fill the time that they asked the other performer to bring some of their musician friends to help fill out the time.  As was the concert started a little before 7 and ended after midnight. The lady sang beautiful traditional mexican music, she was very good.

Kitsap/north Mason musicians Steve Calert, Alan Aldo and Bud Lilly

Next came Steve and Allen, the local Bremerton and Belfair boys, but they added Roberto and great mexican guitarist and a drummer, I mean a full set of drums which is almost unheard of in Mexico. Instead of the usual classic rock and roll we are used to hearing them play, they played “Mona Lisa & I left my heart in San Francisco a lot of light jazz, it was fantastic and then we learned the drummer, Bud Lilly was from Lake Tahuya.  I never knew there were so many really good musicians from our area. Next was Zima Juanito, I knew he played around the local area, but I had never seen  him before.  But I definitely will again,  of some of his Mexican musician friends, not only is he very handsome he is very charismatic on stage.  He alone would have been great, but he brought a whole slew of his Mexican musician friends to help fill the playbill.

Latin percussion with Zihua Juanito

One group of very young fellows had 8 or 10 different types of drums/percussion instruments and played very up beat latin music. accompanied by a small 8-year-old playing a very tiny , but hot trumpet! Along with Juanito they played and sang and when they did “Pretty Woman” almost every woman in the joint came up front to dance.  He also sang and played with the “Los Juans,” 2 fantastic local Mexican Guitarist, with beautiful harmonies. The played so long and with such enthusiasm  that the MC almost had to drag them off stage so the next act, a good mexican troubadour could perform.  We left during his performance as the Senor was tired and sadly we missed the last act a Michelle Lavalle who I have been wanting to hear.  She tends to play in the high-end dinner houses which is not where we tend to dine at nightly. It was after 11 when we left and since the night beautiful we opted to walk the 6 blocks back to our apartment.

about an 8 year old with a hot tiny trumpet

The next days Sailfest activities consisted of a Chile Cook Off, street fair and a silent auction.  During the week I had won 3 different raffles and now had two dinners out and a trip to the wild life Refuge and didn’t see anything much in the silent auction that interested me, but I did buy a cute purse from one of the Mexican/Indian vendors.  Sampled some of the chile and every year I manage to pick one of the hottest, and then had to get a margarita to cool it down.  Visited with lots of people and generally had a great afternoon followed by a movie in Ixtapa that evening.  Following the movie we had planned to have pazole, as it was Thursday night which is Pazole night everywhere, but after popcorn at the movies I knew I couldn’t do justice to Pazole so settled for mango ice cream served in a mango shell and we headed home as a few drops of rain fell.  Back at our apartment the wind really picked up and blue quite strong through the night..  In the morning the streets were damp, but no real rain of any significance.  I think we will head out to the Wild Life Refuge today, it will be a bit cooler but also a bit sultry as the skies are cloudy.  Signing off KO