Nov 05 2014

The highly anticipated, second annual Festival Sayulita is quickly approaching. This event will take place from Wednesday, January 14th through Sunday, January 18th 2015, and once again promises to be five delightfully fun days, including an incredible selection of films, a fantastic selection of tequila, mezcal, national wines, local spirits and craft beer, unique world class surf competitions and new this year, a one day music fest, Festival Sayulita’s JUNGLE ¡LIVE! The excitement for the music fest, which will be on Saturday, January 17th, peaked this last Monday at the announcement of the world-class musical lineup. Gabbi Villarrubia, one of the founders of Festival Sayulita, shares more about JUNGLE ¡LIVE! and the amazing lineup of performers.

Why add a one day Music Fest to Festival Sayulita?

We always envisioned Festival Sayulita to include tons of music. For our first outing, we were prudent and leaned on the safe side of accomplishing all our goals for a strong start, which we feel we did. This year, with a great first year under our belts, we are ready to shake the leaves off the palm trees! But for us, this is not only for the joy of the music, but also for Sayulita! The Concert is a huge part of our reaching our goal of creating a “Centro de Transformación” Community Center for Sayulita. This is Festival Sayulita’s number one objective.  Good music and a great reason to contribute. We are beyond excited! 

Where do the bands originate from? 

They come from all over the world, but after January 17th, they will all officially be SAYULEROS!!

Who will be performing and how would you describe the genre of music? 

We always knew we wanted to have a mix of international bands and acts from all over Mexico – we feel we nailed it for year one! The line up for 
JUNGLE ¡LIVE! is a perfect mix of styles and cultures, with a wonderfully heavy dose of the amazingly textured sounds of Mexico. Our headliners, California’s Dirty Heads bring a Hip-Hop influence to their feel-good, reggae-rock vibe that’s a perfect Sayulita soundtrack. Up next our favorites KONGOS - multi-cultural, multi-faceted, multi-instrumentalists brothers, crafting a unique and irresistible sound spawned from shared DNA, creating rock for our modern world. Los Master Plus – born and bred in Guadalajara, rock the stage with their suave Latin-lover antics, contagiously catchy covers, and original amalgamations of cumbiatrónica with norteña. Guadalajara’s San Juan Project bring an eclectic musical style with cosmopolitan grooves to the rhythm of jazz fusion, electronic, and alternative accents splashed with the urban irreverence of hip-hop. Espuma y Terciopelo’s Maricha Elizundia y Memo Andrés call themselves a Mexican Folk Pop duet of the latest model – modern, while always relying on the Mexican music of their grandparents to give their music soul. Seattle Washington’s Tennis Pro is at times punk, at times surf, and always grounded in melody and electricity. They are also the stars of the Film “Big in Japan” showing in Festival Sayulita’s feature film selection. There are also more bands to announce for the show.

How did you pick this lineup?                                           Festival Sayulita founders Storm and Gabbi

Fellow Festival Sayulita founder, Storm Richardson, and I had the awesome pleasure of spending the last few months going through a fairly deep selection of musical acts that would best fit the concert. For the headliners we considered who Mexican fans would be most stoked to see and who were making waves, and really knocked it out with Dirty Heads and KONGOS. We had over 60 acts from all over Mexico submit their bands for consideration via our website, and we feel we ended with a great, well-rounded super-groovin’ show! I’ve become a fan of every band.  

You have yet to announce all of the bands. When will the second announcement be made? 

We only have one more band to announce for the concert, and this will happen soon!  But talking music, you can expect tons more music throughout the Festival Sayulita event! From our Opening Ceremony celebrations, to daily Plaza performances, Pairing Dinner music, DJ events on the beach and at Film screenings, great after-hour music/film events like our second annual at Bar Don Patos, and at our first ever Kids Day! Music will fill the air, as Tequila fills the glasses!

What can people expect when they come out for this Sayulita Music Fest? 

JUNGLE ¡LIVE! Is going to be a Musical event like no other, because of the fact that not only is it in our awesome town of Sayulita, but itrepresents Sayulita and all its delights = food, drink and art in a myriad of ways. Sayulita’s Mercado del Pueblo will be a huge part of the landscape, and the Food and Drink is going to be Sayulita’s best and beyond. The concert is not named JUNGLE ¡LIVE! for no reason! The gorgeous Jungle environment comes courtesy of La Familia Rodriguez/Trujillo – multi-generational Sayuleros best known as the family behind Sayulita favorites Ruben’s Deli, Calypso Fine Dining, Fuente Water and Ice, Cruz’s Tiendita and Naty’s Tacos. They have generously donated their Rancho for the event, will be bringing their skills to the concert, and are big believers in the Centro de Transformation Community Center goal. Big love to them!  We will also have dynamic VIP areas, tons of space for all our guests and an amazing food fair, Sayulita style. Not to mention all the awesome Festival Sayulita and Band swag to take home with you! It’s gonna rock!

Last words: Friends of Festival Sayulita, local and around the world! Please join us this January 14-18th for Festival Sayulita 2015 – A celebration of Mexico, Film, Spirits, Food, Music and Surf, in the Bohemian heart of Mexico! Visit and get your tickets November 1st! Viva Sayulita! Orale.