We’re on the home stretch toward the 2016 edition of the Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival that will take place from March 5 through 13, 2016 in various venues in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
This year, in addition to our own Jose Luis Cobo–local guitarist and balladeer par excellence–the musician’s lineup features newcomers Andrea Perrone from Brazil;, Lipbone Redding out of North Carolina; Manan, who hails from from far-off India; and Shai Sebbag with a repertoire of world music/jazz fusion. Also new this year is a delightful pair of brothers, Roberto and Mehida, from Uruapan, Michoacan, playing guitars fashioned by the luthiers of nearby Paracho. This lineup is rounded off by a number of guitarists who have participated in previous festivals: Axemunkey, The Croweaters, Maneli Jamal, Nick Vigarino, and Mark Wayne Glasmire.
The program starts with a pre-opening evening concert at Las Brisas in Ixtapa on the Friday, March 4, with the gala opening concert set for Saturday, March 5 from 6 to 11 p.m. on the beach at Playa el Palmar, Ixtapa.
Throughout the week there will be daily Gala Dinner Concerts at Viceroy Resort, Coconuts Restaurant, Bistro del Mar, and Loot in Zihuatanejo, as well as nightly concerts at the Casa de la Cultura in Zihuatanejo Each gala dinner concert will feature two acts and each nightly concert will feature three acts.
On Wednesday, March 9, there is a free Children’s Concert at the Casa de la Cultura. The closing concert will be held on Saturday, March 12 at Madera Beach from 7 to 11 p.m. A final free public concert will be held at the Casa de la Cultura on Sunday evening from 8 to 10 p.m.
For more information on the artists and festival activities, and to download a printable program, visit the official festival website at http://www.zihuafest.com