The Todos Santos Music Festival, created, founded and still spearheaded by REM guitarist, Peter Buck, takes place this January, 2014 over a two week period; From January 16-18 and the following week, January 22-25. The Todos Santos Music Fest is celebrating its third year with added local charities that will benefit once again from some talented musicians coming together in this once tiny, soft whisper of a village.
In 2006 the Government of Mexico designated Todos Santos as one of the country’s magical cities. Pueblo Magico is a distinction of utmost economic importance and one that has accelerated the town’s growth and recognition. This national honour has only been given to 30 cities in the Republic of Mexico. The Music Fest will once again take place in what is best known as a sub-tropical oasis overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A small city of cobblestone streets, colonial architecture and home to the famous Hotel California, which remains one of the two major hosts of the international mix of music.
The Hotel California is undoubtedly, this coastal oasis’ most famous restaurant and bar, located a short 40 minute drive along the Pacific from Cabo San Lucas. Initially founded as a Mission in 1724, Todos Santos has undergone a radical change from its sugar cane producing origins; becoming a haven for artists, craftsman, travelers, surfers and musicians. The city’s warm climate and friendly hospitality are cause for the much welcomed Music Festival’s charity fundraising efforts that helped The Palapa Society last year with $70,000 US Dollars.
The Palapa Society of Todos Santos was founded in 2003, and is a multi- cultural, non-profit Mexican Civil Association. The Society’s offices are home to the Todos Santos Bi- lingual Library, the Children’s Library and Reading Room; where after-school English programs and adult language classes are held. Other programs include English classes, swimming safety, college scholarships, and medical expense assistance.
Peter Buck’s solo project is the main attraction again this year. Other bands that will perform include The Minus 5, The Dream Syndicate, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Mexico’s rising pop band, Torreblanca, Twin Tones, Sonida Gallo Negro, and Ed Kowalczyk, (Former lead singer of Live).
“One of the things I like about Todos Santos is it’s a place where people like to do things. I just got an amazing vibe about the town. Every street I walk down, I like. I like the people, and being from Seattle, I like the weather. I don’t ever want to be cold again. I come down here to recharge. The beaches are great, I
swim. We love snorkeling. Anything that has to do with being out in the sun is nice. Sometimes it can be just to sit out by the pool and drink a beer,” said Peter Buck when discussing his passion for this once sleepy fishing village, adding that. “One of the things I’m trying to do with the Todos Santos Music Festival, as well as raise money for education, is to kind of bring together young Mexican bands,myfriendswhoaregenerallya little bit older and maybe some young American bands, and try to introduce it so that the whole town can appreciate what’s going on.”
Peter Buck and The Todos Santos Music Festival, have added seven new charities this year to their cause; starting with Hogar del Niño, Escuela Pacifica, Albergue Escolar, DIF Municipal, ProPlayas A.C., Amigos de los Animales de Todos Santos (Friends of the Animals of TS), and the local Todos Santos volunteer fire department. From education to fire rescue, all proceeds from the third annual music festival benefits these vital local charities.
“It’s just a town I really like,’’ added Buck. ‘’Dirt roads, donkeys in the street; there’s one stoplight that I accidentally blow through every single time I hit it. But it’s got a cool art community; it’s got a good little scene. I got involved in the community, which is something I’ve tried to do since a teenager, and I want to play music there. So I kind figured out a way to do both.’’
Admission to the Festival is free except for concerts happening at the Hotel California where tickets are priced at $15-$75 USD. A fee that includes a complimentary buffet, beer and margaritas. The only way to guarantee entrance at the Hotel California is to purchase VIP seats. Additional ticket information about this exciting event is available at: www.TodosSantosMusicFestival.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the Hotel California: (011 52) 612-145-0525.
“I want to keep it kind of loose and spontaneous and fun, not super professional,’’ said Buck. “When we played at the hotel, which is a smaller venue, it’s more like playing a high school dance, which I enjoy. And then there will be two bigger events–one at the town square–which will be a couple thousand people.”