The show will go on!
If you couldn't make it this year make plans to come to the highlands of Chiriqui in Panama next year....you won't regret it!
Don't lose it: February 13 - 16 are the dates of the 2014 festival! Drive, run, crawl, swim, fly, walk...whatever and however...you got to be here! Please keep checking our website and this newsletter for further news about BJBF2014....
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Maria Rivas performing in front of a full house...
Taildragger getting the crowd up on their feet...
Bob Corritore teaching local school children...
The Randy Oxford band brought the house down....
The 2013 Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival is history.....
....but the memories remain. By many accounts this one was the best festival in Boquete ever! Starting with our very own New Orleans-style street parade the festival kept rolling for four days filled with excitement, great music, packed jam sessions every night, a free concert in the park, dancing and just having the best fun ever!
Just take a look at the photos, videos and slide shows on the festival website...it was kind of magic again! First class entertainers of Jazz and Blues, a beautiful venue, good weather and lots of music and fun-loving people!
This tiny little town of Boquete is truly a unique, magic place....where incredible things can happen....
Our Music for Schools program.....supporting musical education in Boquete
Last year the Boquete Jazz&Blues Festival Foundation donated $800 to a local school to support the forming of a school orchestra. That donation was increased by an additional $350 which were donated for the same purpose by friends of the festival.
We are very happy that the financial success of this year's festival made it possible to significantly increase our support. We were able to give a total of $4,500 to two local schools to enable the purchase of more musical instruments for their students.
What higher goal can there be for a Jazz&Blues festival than to help children get a musical instrument and learn to make music?
From left to right: Melissa Vallarino, Carla Rigau (Academia Internacional de Boquete), Anayansi Menedez, Hans Lebuser, Leslie Landreth (Boquete Jazz&Blues Festival Foundation), Abdialy Moreno, Edwin Montenegro (Escuela Buen Pastor).
Passing the torch....
There's a change a-coming....A new crew is already working hard to make next year's festival even bigger and better. Yes, a new crew! After two years of very hard work, after having successfully taken the festival to a much higher level than ever before the time has come for me to pass the torch to a group of younger guys and to finally enjoy my retirement (:-)). The show will go on, and I'm confident that with a new enthusiastic and energetic leadership the Boquete Jazz&Blues Festival will continue to grow and prosper.
I've thoroughly enjoyed having been able to help enrich the cultural scene of this wonderful town of Boquete, and my gratitude goes out to our audience as well as to all the volunteers, sponsors and musicians without whom this success would never have been possible. I hope all of you will continue to lend your support to the new BJBF crew!
We'll be glad to hear from you and to help you as much as we can. Just send a mail via the contact form on our website by clicking here!
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Bye bye for now...this is my last BJBF newsletter. Hope to see all y'all at the festival in February 2014!
Don't ask what the festival can do for you - ask what you can do for the festival!
Please patronize the sponsors of the 2013 festival. Without them the festival couldn't have happened. Click on the images to learn more about their business....