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Casita Linda Music Fest 2012, a musical extravaganza

By Saul Whynman

Casita Linda invites everyone to attend its inaugural Music Fest 2012, an event set on a spectacular country property. Grab your camera, turn off your electronic devices, enjoy some great BBQ and get ready for some good folk, blues and American Roots music.

Music Festival. Fri, Mar 23, 4pm, Gate opens at 1pm. Rancho Cascabel, Near Atotonilco. 300 pesos. Bus transportation from Fábrica La Aurora 2, 2:30 & 3pm, 50 pesos. For more information 415 119 8420 or

On March 23, the Casita Linda Music Fest offers an afternoon of music that for so many of us will stir fond memories of the great outdoor concerts of our youth. Set in the architecturally inspiring setting of Rancho Cascabel near Atotonilco, a talented lineup of musicians will perform a benefit concert to support the work Casita Linda does in our community to provide safe and comfortable casitas for families in extreme need.

The festival venue, sometimes referred to as “Timlandia,” (in reference to its owner/designer, Tim Sullivan) has been written about in major newspapers and books on architecture. “Tim has opened up his property to Casita Linda because it perfectly fits his original vision for the property, in that it should to be used to support organizations making a difference in the community,” said Michael Hager, who is a key member of the team running the concert.

As stunning as the venue is, the musical lineup is just as impressive. It features recording artist and award-winning songwriter Mike Sanders. Mike was a staff writer and artist for MTM Records, a major Nashville label. Many of you will remember Mike from his previously sold out concerts in San Miguel in 2008 for Casita Linda, which left everyone pleading for more.

Joining Mike will be an all-star lineup of local talent, including Peter Ross who is a Shakuhachi flute performer, teacher, and recording artist. Strongly influenced by jazz, he brings his unique, innovative style to the Shakuhachi, playing with great feeling and creativity.

The concert line-up also includes Billie Rose, who has spent the last 30 years touring as a solo performer and singing with blues, R&B, and jazz bands in the southeastern US, with detours through New York and San Miguel de Allende. Those who have heard Billie perform locally know she puts her heart and soul into every song.

Tom Driscoll has played in a variety of styles over the years including rock, folk/acoustic and jazz standards. Along with some of his old favorites from his extended repertoire, Tom will be sharing some of his new compositions.

John Nunnally, who was born in Austin, Texas, has spent the last 12 years living and traveling across Kansas, Alaska and Mexico. Throughout his travels the influences on his work have ranged from his Texas roots in rock and blues, to mid-western folk and bluegrass. John brings depth and knowledge to his music from folk to blues to Latin rhythms.

A writer and teacher born in the Mississippi Delta, William Henderson has focused first on the song itself. She takes his risks on acoustic guitar and mountain dulcimer, often surprising audiences with sharp-edged rock and bottleneck blues.

This eclectic list of talented musicians promises an outstanding musical event in a beautiful setting. Add to this good down-home cooking by Keith of Longhorn Steakhouse who will also have wine, beer and soft drinks.

Tickets for this musical extravaganza can be purchased at the following locations: La Conexión (Aldama & Libramiento), Art Print Express (Correo 46), Longhorn Steakhouse (Salida a Celaya across from Real de Minas Hotel).

The gates to the Rancho Cascabel will open at 2pm to give guests an opportunity to tour the property and enjoy food and beverages. The concert begins at 4pm. Gates open at 1pm at Rancho Cascabel if you want to enjoy the country and tour the ranch. Bus shuttle service will be available to and from the festival for an additional 50 pesos. You must purchase a ticket for the bus from one of the ticket locations. Shuttle buses depart from Fábrica la Aurora starting at 2pm then at 2:30pm and 3pm. Buses will start returning to Aurora immediately after the concert is over at 6:20pm.

Please join us for a wonderful afternoon and support Casita Linda at the same time. This year Casita Linda will complete its 50th house and you can be part of achieving this milestone. For more information please contact Casita Linda at

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