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The summer music scene kicks off with two hot rockin’ events in Lakeside

Summer music is here and two great events kicked it off in Lakeside.

The summer music scene is cranking up here in central Mexico.  Soon I will be venturing back in to Guadalajara for the big concerts, but this last week in Lake Chapala, the summer music scene kicked off with two great events.

The first was the San Antonio Tlayacapan festival.  San Antonin Tlayacapan is a small town a couple of miles from where I live that celebrates its patron saint every year with a carnival and music festival.

Every little town (and big city) in  Mexico has a patron saint. The friars that came with the Conquestores  wanted to make sure the natives would forget about their native religious ceremonies (they didn’t, but that is another story) , so created patron saints and celebrations. Today, the celebrations include  not only mass and processions, but carnival rides, cotton candy, churros, and lots of bands.  The bands at the San Antonio festival were all Mexican and all rock.

Twerking in San Antonio Tlayacapan Photo: Sofia Medeles, Semanario Laguna

You should know that here in Lakeside, like in LA or New York or Nashville, there are multiple music communities.  There is a classical community, centered around the Chapala Community Orchestra.  There is the traditional  Mexican music community, which includes the mariachi bands and the banda party bands. There are the Mexican rock bands which perform in English and Spanish and are very good.   The gringo rock music community is largely retired former rockers who are now rejuvenating themselves and their audiences with rock, blues, and big band sounds. And they are very good.  And there is also a big jazz community,  mostly Mexican.

And of course, like in any music town, the communities mix and match with people playing in other genres and bands.

The  San Antonio Festival was all  Mexican rock. Sonidas Santanas, Electrico La Banda, and Las Sopas got the crowd on their feet and then demonstrated than Mexicans can twerk as well as anyone.  The concert itself was branded the San Pola Fest and I hope it continues to grow

“Bloom” Mary’s Island at the Summer Sound Fest

Earlier, I attended the Summer Sound Festival on the Ajijic Malecon – the boardwalk and park that runs along the Lake.  Wicked Events, the  organizers,  had set up a large stage and  sound and video system for an afternoon and night of Mexican rock.  The party started at noon, but I got there  later, just in time to catch many of the local Mexican rock bands.  Around 5:30 the band I  wanted most to see, Mary’s Island, came on, several hours early.  It turns out that the edges of Hurricane Blass, spinning off the coast, were predicted to bring heavy rain to the outdoor event  so they decided to move the main act up.

Fernandra Parra of Mary’s Is;nd

Mary’s Island did not disappoint. The four piece rock band built around the energy and vocals of Fernandra Prara,   includes Alvaro Medeles, Israel Angulo and Kevin Real – all regulars in the Lakeside music scene who pulled together around Fernandra to form a knockout combination that had people yelling and dancing and conga-lining. Their first release, “Bloom”  is now on Spotify – not an easy feat for a young Mexican band just starting out.

It was a great way to start the summer music scene in Mexico , which will include Harry Styles, Carol G.,  Guns N’ Roses, Daddy Yankee, Ramstein and a host of others coming here to Guadalajara. Based on my first two events, it is going to be a great music summer.

Patrick O’Heffernan



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About Patrick O'Heffernan, Music Sin Fronteras (442 Articles)
Patrick O’Heffernan, PhD., is a music journalist based in Mexico, with a global following. He focuses on music in English and Spanish that combines rock and rap, blues and jazz and pop with music from Latin America, especially Mexico like cumbia, banda, son jarocho, and mariachi. He is also edits a local news website and is a subeditor of a local Spanish language newspaper. Check out his weekly column Music Sin Frontera on Sunday nights.

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