Published On: Mon, Mar 31st, 2014

2014 Mérida Music Festival a Rocking Success

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MERIDA, YUCATAN.  Under partly cloudy skies, on an afternoon as warm and sultry as only Yucatán can be in March, the Mérida Music Festival 2014 took place on Saturday March 30th, at Hacienda Dzibikak.

(Photo credit - Jesus Herrera)

(Photo: Jesus Herrera)

Over 600 attendees representing both the expatriate and local communities enjoyed the sounds of five local bands; Los Lásgori, Golden Years, Flus Boox (with well-known lead singer Mauricio Zoreda, who performs in English in a number of locations in the city), Eduardo Rodríguez, and CopyPaste featuring Maydel.

Save the Children team (photo credit - Save the Children)

Save the Children team (photo credit – Save the Children)

Between bands, there were performances by Batucada do Fogo, and saxophonist David Dzib. Food and beverages from a number of local vendors provided much needed refreshment (perhaps not surprisingly, well chilled beers were selling very well), while the hacienda itself offered a spectacular backdrop in its beautiful gardens.

Batucada do Fogo (photo credit - Jesus Herrera)

Batucada do Fogo (photo credit – Jesus Herrera)

A large dance floor in front of the stage was sparsely used initially, however as the sun set, and dancing without the risk of heat exhaustion became possible, a crowd gathered, and danced through the evening until the final performers concluded.

(Photo credit Raul Ponce de Leon Curmina)

(Photo credit Raul Ponce de Leon Curmina)

Large covered seating areas, with waiters from the various food and beverage vendors in attendance provided shade in which to relax and enjoy the music and song, while the benefits of the hacienda infrastructure (real toilets!) were much appreciated by all.

(Photo credit Raul Ponce de Leon Curmina)

(Photo credit Raul Ponce de Leon Curmina)

Save the Children was the beneficiary of this year’s event, and their staff were on hand to provide information about their local activities and volunteer opportunities.

(Photo credit Raul Ponce de Leon Curmina)

(Photo credit Raul Ponce de Leon Curmina)

As the organizers stated previously, the festival is styled on the European / North American concept of an all-day music festival (rather than a concert), offering a pleasant location to enjoy with friends, good food, and drink, while also appreciating the various different styles of music performed.

 (Photo credit Raul Ponce de Leon Curmina)

(Photo credit Raul Ponce de Leon Curmina)

Richard Nichols, co-owner of the hacienda as well as one of the organizers of the event told me that the organizers are very confident that the event product is right for Mérida, and they were delighted to see increased attendance at this year’s event.

(Photo credit - Jesus Herrera)

(Photo credit – Jesus Herrera)

A big attraction of the event is its family friendly atmosphere; while Rock & Roll was on the menu, sex and drugs were definitely not, and from the youngest to the oldest attendee, all found a welcoming and inclusive ambiance.

(Photo credit - Jesus Herrera)

(Photo credit – Jesus Herrera)

Flus Boox lead singer Mauricio Zoreda (photo credit - Jesus Herrera)

Flus Boox lead singer Mauricio Zoreda (photo credit – Jesus Herrera)

Golden Years performing (photo credit - Jesus Herrera)

Golden Years performing (photo credit – Jesus Herrera)

It’s never too soon to start planning for next year, and in fact the organizing committee will be meeting next week to start advance planning for the 2015 festival.

(Photo credit - Jesus Herrera)

(Photo credit – Jesus Herrera)

 (Photo credit - Jesus Herrera)

(Photo credit – Jesus Herrera)

(Photo credit - Jesus Herrera)

(Photo credit – Jesus Herrera)

Following the success of the invited foreign singers at the St Patrick’s Day weekend at Hennessy’s recently, the committee is definitely considering the benefits of including foreign bands at next year’s event, which would add an extra attraction for many potential attendees.

DSCF5023 (photo credit - Jesus Herrera)

(Photo credit – Jesus Herrera)

DSCF5021 (photo credit - Jesus Herrera)

(Photo credit – Jesus Herrera)

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By Stewart Mandy

Questions or comments? Let us hear from you below, or send an email to stewart@theyucatantimes.com

Stewart Mandy

Stewart Mandy

Born in Europe, raised in the Middle East, and a long-time resident in the Americas, Stewart has been based in Mérida, Yucatan since 2010, and has lived and worked worldwide in the media, travel, tourism and transportation industries for well over 20 years. His local contacts and global knowledge provide him with unmatched access to the stories ‘behind the stories’ and he likes to take you to the places that others don’t or won’t go. From the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego, from Moscow to Melbourne, from Bergen to Buenos Aires, Stewart has been there. Chances are, wherever you are heading, he knows the score.

In addition to The Yucatan Times, Stewart contributes (or has contributed) to “The Examiner” (www.examiner.com), “Business Briefings”, “Cruise & Ferry Magazine” and “The Apollo Magazine”. He is a former editor of “rolling pin CRUISE” magazine.

He can be contacted by email at stewart@theyucatantimes.com or smandy@gmail.com

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