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Interview with The Continental Blues Band

The Continental Blues Band300

By John Wharton

Tom Driscoll and Dave Bingham have been rocking San Miguel de Allende since 2014. In 2017 they teamed up with The Chuy Sanchez Trio to form The Continental Blues Band. These blues brothers will rock the rafters of Shelter Theater Friday, January 18 at 7pm. Tickets for all shows available at Tesoros, the Biblioteca gift shop, and online at

We recently interviewed Tom Driscoll about their upcoming concert:

Shelter: How did you guys meet?

Tom: I met Dave Bingham while I was performing at the Little House of Blues with the harmonica player George McConkey. When Dave moved to San Miguel full time, he began sitting in with Chuy’s band, which led to our current collaboration. Both Dave and Chuy have long performance histories—Dave in Canada with many bands and Chuy here in Mexico.

Shelter: What is your motivation for bringing this show to San Miguel audiences?

Tom: Motivation is an interesting concept, and I suppose we each have our own motivations, but what we all share is a love of music and a desire to create new music and perform that music for a live audience. I’ve always thought that live music, in addition to being a creative expression for the performers, serves a social purpose in bringing people together.

Shelter: What is the most important thing about your music?

Tom: I would have to say that the most important thing about our music is personal creativity. Chuy, Dave, and I are all songwriters, and that is the most satisfying aspect of what we do. Of course, we enjoy performing covers too, and there are so many great songs to choose from, but there is a special pleasure in working on a song idea and shaping it into its final form and then presenting it to an appreciative audience.


Wednesday, January 16 at 7pm: Almitri Tzigane Gypsy Jazz. Join us for a live concert with renowned San Miguel guitarist Almitri Tzigane. The concert will be a multimedia show featuring gypsy jazz and images from gypsy cultures, including figures and icons like Django Reinhardt. The concert will feature the music of Reinhardt, who revolutionized the Roma musical tradition” with his unconventional guitar technique. Tickets for all shows available at Tesoros, the Biblioteca gift shop, and online at

Shelter Theater is an easy 10-minute walk down from the Jardín! See our calendar at for dates and online tickets. Find our logo on the Que Pasa map in the northwest corner. Write for details. Please respect our artists: no-show tickets may be released at showtime without refund. We are not on “Mexican time!”


Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Jan 15, 7pm

70 pesos (Inc. drink)


Live Concert

Almitri Tzigane Gypsy Jazz

Wed, Jan16, 7pm

200 pesos


Live Concert

The Continental Blues Band

Fri, Jan 18, 7pm

200 pesos


All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4



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