by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, March 09, 2020, 19:19 (85 days ago) @ Ironwood

We, along with hundreds of others, enjoyed last evening's beach concert at GuitarFest.
Given the location, and the fact that attending many of the shows is likely beyond the means of most of the local inhabitants, we can only guess at some of the political issues associated with putting on an event of this scope. That said, a couple of observations:
--Locating the stage at the other end of the beach, from where it was last year, perhaps wasn't the best idea. The GuitarFest audience sat facing La Cancha, with its usual Sunday evening ultraloud music, rather than having it at their backs. The musicians were closer to the La Cancha hubbub than last year. This was a disadvantage for the first guitarist, Marina Tomei, with her quiet, classical style. Fortunately, Eric McFadden, the breath-taking closing act, could play and be heard if there was a freight train crossing the stage.
--those high-powered floodlights shining down on the audience were irritating. It would have felt more intimate if the audience lights were turned 'way down, leaving the musicians in the spotlight.

We hope to attend more beach concerts, and appreciate the organizers holding the ticket price to a reasonable 100 pesos.

That "hubbub" at La Cancha was the competition for the Reina del Carnaval, a rather significant event steeped in tradition. I don't know how the dates are chosen for the Guitarfest, but it behooves the organizers to select dates that don't overlap with Carnaval as has happened on more than one occasion so that visitors can enjoy both events instead of having one interfere with the other.

I've noticed that our newer crop of visitors in the past 10 to 15 years seem to prefer non-local music and events over local music and events. I fully expect Mickey Mouse to start popping up soon as Zihuatanejo slowly converts into Disneyland south. ;-)
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