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: Alexis returned to Canada in December 2016 – but he could return for musical visits!] If you would like to read a profile of Alexis please click here.
Cousin Alice recorded live at Bohemia on Tuesday April 2, 2019
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 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
RIO recorded live at La Bohemia on Wednesday November 8, 2017
Rootsterford Reggae Band recorded live at Surf’s Up Cafe
on Saturday January 24, 2015
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 (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
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.
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
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.”
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door