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A Born Musician

Gabe Hizer

By David Johanssen

At the age of six, he was already playing the accordion, the ukulele by the time he was eight, and the guitar by age nine. Gabriel Hizer is known for his amazing guitar skills and his ability to incorporate blues, jazz, soul, and pop into his original songs. Gabe has come a long way from being “that kid with his ukulele.” The Nashville veteran will soon be making his musical debut in San Miguel!

Film and Discussion
The Missing 43: Mexico’s Disappeared Students
Sat, Jul 11, 5pm
50 pesos
Film and Discussion
Blood and Flowers: In Search of the Aztecs
Tue, Jul 14, 5pm
50 pesos (in English)
Live Music
Open Mic
Tue, Jul 14, 7:30pm
30 pesos (includes drink)
Live Concert
Gabriel Hizer
Thu, Jul 16, 7pm
150 pesos
Live Concert
“Confessions of a Mexpatriate”
Fri, Jul 17, 7:30pm 120 pesos

Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

Gabe began his serious music training while in high school in the mid-1960s when he studied with famed country blues guitar master Stefan Grossman and with Long Island jazz guitar guru Howard Morgen. At the age of 16, Gabe won a Downbeat magazine scholarship for summer study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, from which he later graduated.

In Nashville in 2002, Gabe formed the Gabe Hizer Blues Band, which included a 17-year veteran of B.B.King’s band, Michael Doster. Later, Gabe put together another version of the Blues Band, which served as the house blues band at the upscale dinner club Nissi’s.

He visited a small historic town in central Mexico, San Miguel de Allende, in 2008. With only his cats, some rudimentary recording equipment, a guitar, bass, keyboard, and his laptop, Gabe spent his four months in Mexico rediscovering his intense passion for music. As it did to so many of us, San Miguel got its hooks into him and he has recently become a permanent resident.

For years, the music inside of him was begging to be written and played. A prolific songwriter since his high school days, Gabe has finally dedicated himself fully to his passion for music here in San Miguel. His CD, Persistence of Memory, which contains several songs he wrote while in Mexico, was released April 5, 2010.

Join us Thursday, July 16, at 7pm for a live concert with Gabriel Hizer. Special guests will include Susan Varcoe and Doug Robinson. If you like James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, good old blues, and country harmonies, then you’ll love this concert. 150 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardín. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming films and events. Taxi concierge service available to/from “Teatro Shelter.”


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