Mazatlan Bandstand


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 bands and musicians may come and go, but the bandstand can give you a sense of the kind of music Mazatlan offers. Even if a particular band may have split up or stopped playing.

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 music “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: October 2021, Alexis has returned, from Canada, for our “winter” season]  If you would like to read a profile of Alexis please click here.


Cousin Alice recorded live at Bohemia on Tuesday April 2, 2019


La Cura recorded live in Gaia on Wednesday February 16, 2022

La Cura, Pedro Sarabia, sax and vocals, Karen Elena Zazueta, vocals. Gaia Bistrot, Wednesday February 16, 2022


Daline & Diego recorded live in Bohemia Tuesday March 26, 2019

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.bandstandline1

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.


Jay Burns recorded live at Life en Español in Centro Friday February 8, 2019


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. You’ll find their gigs under the music schedule.

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.


Malavista S.C. recorded live at Pedro & Lola on Thursday November 7, 2019

Malavista S.C. specializes in Cuban and Latino sounds. They are a unique quartet offering a unique sound. Steven Silvestre, percussion; Madai Leiva, guitar and vocals [what a voice!]; Luis O., vocals and guitar, Jesus Garcia, bass. You’ll find them in Centro at various restaurants.


Mazazul recorded live at Patio Escobedo on Tuesday February 1, 2022

Phil Nevile, [keyboard and vocals]; Omar Rios, drums and Ignacio Chavez, guitar.


RIO recorded live at La Bohemia on Wednesday November 8, 2017

Rob Lamonica, Ignacio Chavez (Nacho), Omar Rios


Rootsterford Reggae Band recorded live at Surf’s Up Cafe
on Saturday January 24, 2015

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This reggae band 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. You’ll find their gigs under the music schedule.

Suncai Gitano recorded live at Pedro & Lola on Saturday May 16, 2015

Suncai Gitano

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. You’ll find their gigs under the music schedule.


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 and you’ll find her gigs under the music schedule.


Tecomate Jazz Trio recorded live at Pedro & Lola on Thursday June 23, 2016

Tecomate Jazz Trio

The Tecomate [named after a tree native to Mexico] Jazz Trio have been playing at Pedro & Lola for years. You often see Omar joining Rob Lamonica’s jazz jam. Felipe Gonzalez, keyboard; Samuel Antonio, guitar; Omar Rios, percussion.


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. You’ll find more of their gigs under the music schedule.


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 always has several gigs a week. They mix it up with different musical guests. 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 recorded live at Twisted Mama’s on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ZaZ “refreshed”. Javier Ortega, drums; Diego Enciso, guitar; Fredy Lizárraga, vocals; Santana , bass and vocals; Ivan Perez, guitar. You’ll find all the gigs under the music schedule.

To be fair all the bands are listed in alphabetical order.


Provided Music Tracks

The following music tracks have been recorded and provided by the featured artist. You’ll find most of the groups in the music schedule.

Beggars Banquet, BBE

Paloma, vocals; Juan, guitar and vocals; Santana, bass and vocals, Diego, lead guitar, Tyler, drums.

Cats ‘n’ Jammers
Rhythm King

Cheryl Gaudet

Moccasin Blues

Mundo Sánchez

Rafael Rodriquez

Hotel California

Rock Creek
Howard Anderson: sax, keyboards and vocals, Chris Buzan: guitar and vocals, Gerry Perkin: guitar and vocals, Javier Murillo: drums, Sean Hennessey: bass. “Rock Creek plays popular music from the 60s through the 90s with an emphasis on rock and roll.”

Sergio Avila

The Brenster

A part of my heart.

The Troubadours

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door