San Pancho Music Festival 2012
February 19, 2012

Werther Ellerbrock - 2011 Music Fest

It's now official… the 2012 San Pancho Music Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, February 24 through February 26, 2012, in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico.

San Pancho will host the Festival at the community park, located on Avenida Tercer Mundo at the intersection with Calle Asia.

Please note that unlike in recent years, the event will NOT be hosted in Plaza del Sol due to ongoing construction on the surrounding streets and the remodeling of the Plaza.

Shows will begin at 5:00 pm each day, with performances up until 11:00 pm each night (although it isn't uncommon for artists to continue playing to an enthusiastic crowd).

Following is the schedule of performing artists and show times as of today:

Friday, February 24

5:00 pm – Nuiwarika (Grupo de Danza – Folklore Dancing)
6:00 pm – Olivia de La Cruz  (folk, contemporary, soulful ballads)
7:00 pm - Frida's Eyebrow (blues, folksy ballads)
8:00 pm – No Walls (progressive jazz)
9:00 pm – Steve O'Connor (jazz, guitar)
10:00 pm – Jeff Oster (smooth jazz, trumpet & flugelhorn)

Saturday, February 25

5:00 pm - To be announced
6:00 pm – La Turquesa
7:00 pm - The Coolerators (rock-n-roll, pop, ballads)
8:00 pm – Werther Ellerbrock (jazz, pop, guitar)
9:00 pm - Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars (smooth jazz)
10:00 pm -Jam Session including: Jeff Oster, trumpet; Chas Eller, keyboards; Bryan Savage, alto sax; Steve Goldberg, flugelhorn; Werther Ellerbrock, guitar; Dov Schiller, percussion; Tom Lillienthal, bass; Lazaro Poey, drums; and others to be announced.

Sunday, February 26

5:30 pm – Los Compas (Musica nortena)
6:00 pm - Awacero (trova Mexicana)
7:00 pm - Sons of the Beach featuring Jodi Moran (swing jazz, blues)
8:00 pm - Latcho and Andrea (gypsy flamenco)
9:00 pm – Tatewari (flamenco, fusion)
9:45 pm – Jazz Tubo w/ Beto and Carlos Gonzalez (jazz)
10:30 pm - Atrakadero (Mexican banda)

The Music Festival is celebrating its 12th year in San Pancho. It features performing artists from the region of Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, as well as musicians from the United States and Latin America.  The Festival has progressively grown from the original concept of a backyard venue of a local resident in 2001.

Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars

San Pancho's Music Festival began in 2001 by local residents John & Patricia Alexander when they invited 12 musicians to stop by and join their informal jam sessions on their back porch. It was a festive gathering and enjoyed by all.

The following year some of the key players suggesting to John that they gather again, and invite a few others known to have musical talents. As time passed, word spread through the village and others began to participate.

By 2006, 116 performers were entertaining over the course of 3 days in the Alexander's backyard. In 5 short years the event had evolved into the beginnings of a festival and was firmly rooted into the cultural conscience of San Pancho.

As the general public discovered the event, it grew progressively until the festival outgrew the intimate surroundings of the Alexander home. It was time for a new and larger venue.

John and Patricia moved on and turned the organization of the festival over to Craig Schumacher, an internationally acclaimed music producer and professional musician. The festival was moved to the Plaza del Sol. That was 3 years ago.

Today, the San Pancho Music Festival has grown to accommodate some of the most colorful musicians and dancers from around the world. There is still very much a local flavor, featuring the traditional music of local musicians. But the music has expanded, attracting international acts from Europe, the U.S., Chile, Guatemala, France and Germany.

The festival maintains a come-one-come-all, everybody-is-welcome persona, while embracing the talents of some top-notch world class musicians. In short, it's a nice balance of amateurs and professionals getting together for 3 days to share an unforgettable music experience. The philosophy is simple. It's about sharing.

None of the performers are paid. They come because they want to be here. This year the festival has expanded to include some wonderful, exciting, innovative dance performances.

This year the Festival Committee is expanding media coverage of the event while searching for a more diverse array of performing artists. They expect to broaden the public's recognition of the cultural diversity in San Pancho and the village's unique character as a vacation destination.

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