By Brooke Gazer
This year’s “Blues on the Beach” concerts set new attendance records with 610 attendees in January and 630 the following month. In January, the energy level set by Enrico Crivellaro and Brian Templeton was a hard act to follow. However, with Jack DeKeyzer, Cheryl Lescom, Jerome Godboo and Chuckee Zehr all sharing the same stage, the bar was raised yet another notch. I can’t wait until 2017 to see how they plan to top this.
The tentative dates set for next year’s beach parties are January 9 and February, 12 so start planning your 2017 winter season in Huatulco early. For photos, a sample of this year’s music, and updates on next year’s concerts, you can follow Blues on the Beach on Facebook: www.facebook.com/huatulcobluesonthebeach/
The “Blues on the Beach” concerts support Un Nuevo Amanecer (UNA, A New Dawn), a Huatulco nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with a wide spectrum of disabilities. These children come from 23 small communities around Huatulco and last year 106 children benefited from UNA services; 88% were under 10 years of age. For more information about UNA, go to: www.freewebs.com/nuevo_amanecer/index.htm
Based on UNA’s operating expenses from last year, the income from this year’s two shows will allow them to run the institute for at least seven months in 2016. They receive very little government assistance, relying primarily on these kind of events and private donations, so this goes a long way to keeping their doors open. Thank you, Huatulco!!
Brooke Gazer operates a B&B in Huatulco www.bbaguaazul.com