Casita Linda 2013 Folk ‘N Blues Fest
By Michael Hager
Casita Linda invites you to attend their 2013 Folk ‘N Blues Fest, an event set on a spectacular country property like no other in the world. Grab your camera, enjoy some tasty food and get ready for good folk, blues and American roots music. On March 2 at noon, Casita Linda is putting together a musical event that harkens back to some of those fond memories so many of us have from the great outdoor concerts of our youth.
Casita Linda 2013 Folk ‘N Blues Fest
Sat, Mar 2, noon-6:30pm
The festival venue, Ranchito Cascabel, sometimes referred to as “Timlandia,” (in reference to its owner/designer, Tim Sullivan) has been written about in several major newspapers, architectural books and most recently featured in the Los Angeles Times as one of the most provocative homes in North America.
As stunning as the venue is, the musical lineup is just as impressive. It features an eclectic group of accomplished singer/songwriters from the Canada and the United States.
Bill Bourne, a multiple Canadian Juno Award winner (Canada’s Grammy) has received international acclaim for his recordings and live performances. “A veteran of the international blues and roots scene with powerful rhythms and soulful songs.” Globe & Mail. His new CD, Songs from a Gypsy Caravan, was number one on the charts in 2012.
Marcus Eaton, a virtuoso guitarist, has just completed an album with David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash. “Marcus is one of the most brilliant young singer/songwriters I’ve ever heard.” David Crosby, 2012. Marcus has opened for the likes of Bob Dylan, Jewel, Train and Dave Matthews.
Stephanie Urbina Jones, Former #1 on Texas music charts and Latina Award-winner. Her writing is fiery yet vulnerable, intelligent yet simple. Stephanie will be accompanied by Barrett Patterson, a noted guitarist from Texas.
Eaton and Sanders are highly respected veterans of folk/pop music. Steve Eaton has won numerous awards for their songwriting including both gold and platinum records. Mike Sanders, a former staff writer for MTM Records. “Mike Sanders’ vocal talents are rare in the music industry. He brings a warmth and depth to songs through his very personal interpretations that the audience really connects to,” said Keith Urban, Grammy Award-winning artist.
Randy Singer, renowned harmonica player and vocalist. Randy’s unique ability to cross all genres of music has placed him onstage with some of the greatest legends in the music industry from Jimmy Buffet to Paquito D’Rivera. Randy is always a favorite at the International Jazz & Blues Festival.
Shon Sanders’ soulful voice crosses over several genres from folk to R & B. Shon has just completed his third CD and is highly respected for his thoughtful and engaging songs.
Tom Driscoll is an alumnus of last year’s festival and is bringing several new original songs to this year’s event.
Peter Ross, who opened last year’s festival, is returning to perform with his unique and beautiful style of Shakuhashi flute. Peter has several CDs to his writing credits. As they say in the music festival industry “that’s one hell of lineup!”
It’s only natural with this talent and venue that you have to have great food and beverages. Patsy’s, Hierbabuena Cocina, and Longhorn Smokehouse have teamed up with Casita Linda to provide some good ole down home cooking. You will also be able to purchase beer, wine and non-alcoholics beverages at the event. No outside food or beverages allowed. Tickets for this all-day event are 400 pesos and can be purchased at the following locations: La Conexión (Aldama & Libramiento), Solutions (Recreo) and Longhorn Steakhouse. Keep in mind we expect this event to sell out so get your tickets early. The gates to the Ranchito Cascabel will open at 11:30am in advance of the concert to give guests an opportunity to tour the property. Parking for the first 100 cars is available at the venue for free with additional parking offsite, but your best bet is to take advantage of the bus shuttle service to and from the festival. Shuttle service is being provided for an additional 50 pesos (round trip). The first shuttle to Ranchito Cascabel leaves at 11:15am from Fábrica La Aurora and continues at 12:15 and 1:15pm. Return shuttle service to Aurora is at 4, 5, and 6:30pm. Tickets for the shuttle can be purchased at ticket locations.
Please join us in supporting Casita Linda as they head towards attaining a major milestone of completing construction of their 60th home. You can also look for more information about the Casita Linda 2013 Folk ‘N Blues Fest in upcoming ads and articles in the Atención and at www.casitalinda.org. Looking forward to seeing you there!