(Beginning January 9, and running for the next three consecutive weekends, Peter Buck presents the Todos Santos Music Festival to benefit The Palapa Society of Todos Santos. The Legend, Hotel California once again hosts the music extravaganza.)
by Lisa Green
Founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame band REM, Peter Buck has made Todos Santos his second home. And he wanted to have an impact on his new community. He also wanted to share his Pueblo Mágico (the Pueblos Mágicos are unique towns and villages that the Mexico government has identified as those that offer visitors a ‘magical’ experience in terms of natural beauty, cultural riches, or historical relevance) with some of his talented friends. So he conceived this festival a year ago and, in just nine weeks, put together three weekends of music, culminating with a concert on the town plaza, and ultimately raising over $50,000 for charity.
It was such a huge success that sponsors stepped up. Now, the Second Annual Todos Santos Music Festival is under way. Mexican music television Telehit joined forces with US concert promoter Live Nation and local developer FarmMeetsBeach.com and many local hotels and businesses to advance the festival. Mexican government Boards of Tourism, SECTUR, Turismo Los Cabos and LaPaz Hotels & Tourist Association joined in their support. Baja.com is also supporting the fest.
“Peter Buck has created a a hallmark event for Baja and especially Baja Sur, and we are proud to be part of it,” said Jim Pickell, CEO of Baja.com. “Baja is rich with culture and arts, and the Todos Santos Music Festival sings out that message, loud and clear.”
Musicians like Robyn Hitchcock and The Venus 3, and The Minus 5, both featuring Peter Buck along with Scott McCaughey, John Ramberg, Dave Depper, and Bill Rieflin are all back on board again this year. They were the featured artists for the opening weekend, appearing at Hotel California on Thursday-Saturday, January 10-12.
After the great experience they had last year, The Baseball Project will be returning for performances on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, January 17, 18, and 20 along with The Posies, making their first festival appearance. Saturday night, January 19, these bands will be joined on the Town Plaza by The Twin Tones, Kev’n Kinney, Jon Langford, and The Elected for a special night of music. Peter Buck will sit in with all of the performers.
The final weekend will commence on Thursday and Friday, January 24-25 at the hotel, and feature returning artist, Chuck Prophet and festival first-timers Alejandro Escovedo and Joseph Arthur. They will all perform at the finale concert on the Town Plaza on Saturday, January 26. In addition, they will be joined by The Sensitive Boys, Torreblanca, Mission Express, and a few surprises to bring an impressive finish to another hugely successful music festival.
The Palapa Society is a non-profit organization supporting the local community, families and children with medical services, English language classes, and general educational support, including college scholarships. With the help of the funds raised by the Music Festival, additional programs are available and more students are receiving advanced educational opportunities.
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