Hear, here! The Mazatlan Bandstand was created to record live music in front of a live audience. The bands are recorded with the latest digital recording equipment to give you the most authentic experience – it’s almost like being there. Almost. Please listen with your headphones/earbuds, not on your phone or tablet/laptop speakers. The Bandstand will also give you the opportunity to select if you are in the mood for jazz, blues, ballads, reggae, rock ‘n roll or a good old fashioned cabaret show. The Bandstand library of music will grow during ‘the season’, as does our online THE FAIRLY ACCURATE DAILY MUSIC SCHEDULE. The music beat of Mazatlan is impressive, perhaps the largest music community on Mexico’s pacific coast. All the music you’ll hear on the Bandstand is live and “almost free” Hear, here!
( A new section has been added below the live recordings – Provided Music Tracks – these have been recorded by the artist, and it will offer you a chance to hear the type of music they play. Please scroll down.)
Adiccion recorded live at El Roots Cafe on Thursday May 21, 2015
“We are all about rock and roll.” And so they are as the group performed songs by The Doors, Dire Straits and Credence Clearwater. Richie Gaspar, guitar; Alexis Romero, vocal and bass; Kiki Dominguez, guitar; Beto Cruz, percussion. [updated June 2016: Roots has closed but you’ll easily find Adiccion at other venues.]
Alexis Félix recorded live at Water’s Edge on Saturday May 30, 2015
[Update: Alexis returned to Canada in December 2016 – but he could return for musical visits!]UpdYou’ll find Alexis (and his acoustic guitar) all around Mazatlan. He’s popular – for both his singing and guitar playing. If you would like to read a profile of Alexis please click here.
Chadoma Ensamble recorded at Angelina’s Kitchen Friday June 3, 2016
Lovely “dinner music”. Leonor Arreola, voice; Celsa Bertoldi, flute; Fernanda Bertoldi, violin; Martin Buendia, guitar.
Dani Borrego’s Group recorded live at La Candela on Sunday December 6, 2015[Updated February 2017: Dani Borrego has left Mazatlan for Mexico City, but he could return for holidays and musical visits!] updated Jan. 6, 2016 – Dani is no longer at La Candela, but you’ll find him playing around town, just go to the music schedule] Dani Borrego is the music director for La Candela and is responsible for assembling different talented musicians to play at various gigs. Above are: Samuel Chiquete, bass; Mariana Sofia Garcia, vocals; Dani Borrego, percussions [cowbell, bongos, cajon, symbols – he also sings!]; Miguel Perez, jarana [also sings and does a stomp dance]. The music celebrates Mexico, Cuba and South America with trovas, rumbas and classical songs. The shows are never the same; Dani is the anchor but he draws from a pool of local musicians.
Jazz Jam recorded live at La Bohemia on Tuesday February 4, 2014
Rob Lamonica’s Jazz Jam members vary and can include: Scotty Auble, flute/sax; Chris Henderson, bass; Dario Avila, guitar; Sergio Mendoza, drums; Eric Meyer aka Bamboo, percussion; Ron Fantz, harmonica; Richard Eager, guitar/vocals, Jason Leos, piano and the main piano man is, of course, Rob Lamonica. Jazz Jam plays every Tuesday at La Bohemia at 7:30 p.m. but you can find these musicians playing around town on different nights too. Be sure to check The Fairly Accurate Daily Music Schedule.
Kamaleón recorded at GusGus GZ on Friday June 17, 2016
Kannon recorded live in Puerto Viejo on Friday April 11, 2014
Kannon has gigs almost every night and are popular hires for private events. Many fans consider them the best band in Mazatlan. You decide. Hiram Alcuraz, vocals acoustic guitar; Luis Estrada, drums; Angel Barrón, electric guitar; Sergio Martinez, bass guitar; Mario J. Hernandez, keyboard. Find them on the music schedule.
Kraken recorded live at Hotel Las Flores on Friday June 17, 2016
Leslie Lopez and her boy band have been playing in Mazatlan for years. Rock, soft rock, ballads, they do it all and boy can she belt it out! Leslie Lopez, vocals; Carlos Santos, guitar; Felo Romero, bass; Ramon Noriega percussion. Available for private gigs, give Leslie a call, 669 994 5815.
Lori Davidson Quartet specializes in pop, blues, and ballads in English and Spanish. Lori sings a wonderful, gravelly version of “Bobby McGee; and then she can switch gears to the sexiest Spanish song of “Te Amo.” She’s the consummate professional; she’s happy playing and singing in front of 18,000 people at The Hollywood Bowl, or just 80 people at Pedro & Lola. With this quartet you’re guaranteed of a really great musical night. Lori Davidson, guitar/vocals; Chris Henderson, bass; Rob Lamonica, keyboard; Dario Avila, guitar and a drop-in bongo player.
Los Cryps recorded at live La Bohemia on Saturday February 1, 2014
Los Cryps is a talented group of students who come together on the weekends to play 50s,60s,and 70s rock ‘n’ roll. Carlos Vázquez – vocals and guitar; Pablo Becerra – drums; Ricardo Vázquez – bass; Hugo Quevedo – guitar. They are generous, gracious and filled with energy that only twenty year olds can have! They play around, just check The Fairly Accurate Music Schedule.
Mazatlan Summer Concert Series recorded live at Cerritos on Sunday June 21, 2015
The music goes on all summer – different groups, different jams, different venues. To find your summer concert please click here. Jamming on the 21st was Fairly Honest Jon and The Truth, Kevin Lysaght and Cheryl Gaudet. Each concert offers new surprises,
Melissa Burridge recorded live at Los Zarapes, Monday December 1, 2014
Singer Melissa Burridge performs all your favourite show songs in her Cabaret Show. Complete with costume changes you’ll be reminded of a cross betweenEthel Merman and Bette Midler. This track, The Impossible Dream really showcases the range of Melissa’s voice. You can also catch her around town singing in Rock Creek’s band.
Rock Creek recorded live at La Palapa del Mar on Thursday December 11, 2014
The name says it all: it’s rock and the ‘creek’ is country coming out, along with classics. They just rock, and people love to dance to Rock Creek. Chris Buzon, guitar and vocals; Sean Hennessy, bass; Phil Cangelosi, banjo, congo, percussion and vocals; Josh Schryver, piano; Javier Murillo, drums; Melissa Burridge, vocals and percussion.
Rootsterford Reggae Band recorded live at Surf’s Up Cafe
on Saturday January 24, 2015
This reggae band plays every Saturday at Surf’s Up at 1 p.m. during high season. They also play around town under different names (Los Brownies) depending on who in the group is playing. Julio Montero, vocals, guitar; Fabian Bustos, bass; Paul Diaz, drums; Mike Diaz, lead guitar; Gerardo Velarde, keyboards, Victor Osuna, piano, Abraham Vega, percussion and vocals; and Luis Morales, sax.
Suncai Gitano recorded live at Pedro & Lola on Saturday May 16, 2015
Suncai Gitano (gypsy thoughts) perform traditional and new ballads with Mexican fire. Dario Avila, guitar; Manuel Rosete, guitar; Ana Elena Morales, vocals; Johann Abitia, percussion.
Tanya Carrum recorded live at Macaws on Saturday July 2, 2016
Tanya has been performing in Mazatlan for many years and prior to Mazatlan she was singing in Cancun. Welcome to Tanya’s cabaret show!
Tecomate Jazz Trio recorded live at Pedro & Lola on Thursday June 23, 2016
The Troubadours recorded live at Pedro & Lola on Sunday November 16, 2014
Dave Oakey, guitar and vocals, Rob Lamonica, piano. This duo have a new cd, The Troubadours, Live at the Wigwam. $150 pesos at their gigs.They’ve played together for years and it shows in the ease and energy of their tunes.
The Walrus, recorded live at Copa de Leche on July 13, 2016
Wingin’ It recorded live at Macaws on Friday April 11, 2014
Often this group begins as Sway (Rob Lamonica and Chris Henderson) then the lovely Lori Davidson joins in and the band morphs into Wingin’ It. It’s a band with many names and great talent. Wingin’ It sells out every Thursday night at Social. Lori Davidson, vocals and guitar; Rob Lamonica, keyboard; Chris Henderson, bass guitar; Ron Fantz, harmonica. To read interviews with Rob and Lori please click here.
ZAZ 2.0 recorded live at Twisted Mama’s on Tuesday, May 26 2015
ZaZ 2.0. has regrouped and refreshed their rock ‘n roll performance. Same great drummer, same great guitar and vocals with Santana, but now there’s a new voice in town – Lucero. She’s the 2.0 in ZaZ! Javier, percussion; Diego, guitar; Lucero, vocals; Santana, bass guitar and vocals.
Provided Music Tracks
The following music tracks have been recorded and provided by the featured artist.
Cats ‘n’ Jammers
The Brenster and Carrum
The Lady is a Tramp
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door