This past year was quite the ride. Lots of changes and transitions so I want to celebrate the coming of a new year the best way I can imagine… Playing music and sharing great times with friends, family and fans. My friend Travis will be hosting the night at his place Brik on York and offering Spanish Tapas and wine pairing.
On stage my friend and colleague Natalia Perez del Villar will be dancing and Roger Harmon will be playing bass. After the show we expect a jam session on stage. So if you are a musician please bring your instrument and be ready to make some music.
Im really excited for this year in my life. A New album is on its way and big plans for the future. I hope to see y’all there.
What originally started as a pleasure trip, to visit family and friends, became a jammed packed month of adventures, riding the currents, from moment to moment.
It all began on a Thursday morning. 3:30 am was the meet up time to head out to the airport. I took a power nap so I didn’t interrupt an amazing sleep. The image was this: 4 big suitcases full of equipment, clothes and my daughter’s toys, guitar case, computer case and of course a happy face pillow and the infamous Sarah Boo, the build a bear companion.
Traveling went smooth. We arrived to Mexico City and hung out with family. That night we met our “prima” visiting from Denver, and I must say I love meeting friends from one place in another! I guess it corroborates that you exist in other places. There is such a beautiful detachment from your place of residence when you are traveling. It really allows you to experience the little moments more fully.
The next morning, showtime! We had to leave to San Miguel (four hour commute) to play a show that night. Jordi left in the morning while I checked in on details for the big show coming up in CDMX.
Next it was off to the airport with La Prima to pick up Sunny. The three of us took the subway, walked, and cabbed to the other side of the city where we met Monica. Then the four of us waited for David. I call this Urban Hiking. An interactive exercise routine that includes: stair climbing, people dodging, tree root avoiding, topped with a full array of smells to unite all the senses.
Finally the five of us took off for San Miguel. Once on the road David planned a route to avoid a construction on the highway, leading us on a drive through the deep of Mexico. hahaha
At least it felt like that to me. Cactus everywhere, not just any type of cactus. But the iconic sort. Like at any moment I could see an eagle with a serpent in its mouth while perched on one, just like you see on the Mexican flag.
We also encountered rough flooded broken roads, cows, fields of fruits, packs of wild dogs, beautiful clouds and a fresh breeze that you just don’t get in the city.
At that point Jordi had been waiting at the venue in San Miguel (Santos Crudoteca) with all the equipment ready to go. When we finally arrived we were over 20 mins late but at that point, after 4+ hours of driving, that arrival time got irrelevant. Because in the end we made it! I didn’t even have time to change. So I was still wearing the same smelly and sweaty t-shirt from the whole day of Urban Hiking. But, as soon as I plugged in we just played everything away.
It was really nice to reunite with Jordi and play with him after a month or more of not playing together. And the amazing crowd made it that much better; my family was there, old friends, new friends and a big group of locals.
I’d just like to add here that no matter how tired or stressed I might feel, the very moment I get on stage and strum that first chord or pick a single note all that was a weight, crumbles down and I can breathe. I can be. Just music.
To be continued…
Yesterday we had an incredible gig in San Miguel de Allende!!! The location was at the main building of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Institute of Fine Arts). It is a historic building that use to function as a convent.
We had a great turnout, a couple hundred people showed up and they all loved it. It was magical to hear our music reverberate through the whole building, surrounding all.
Now is time to go back to Mexico City to start rehearsals with the band and prepare the show in july.
It is almost time to go down to México. Time to hit the road, way overdue…
The first show we are playing is in the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allende. It is the city where the Mexican independence from Spain was declared. Now a center of culture and art.
We are ready to share our music there. A few more dates in San Miguel are on the works. Part of the Tour.
I just wanted to share an article that was published about El Javi. And here is a link to read it in English .
There are still two more shows in Colorado before leaving. Friday June 3rd at the Muddy Buck in Evergreen (6:30pm) and Saturday June 4th at the Morrison Holiday Bar in Morrison (8pm).
So the summer is here!! (northern hemisphere). Getting ready to play my summer’s first festival at The Big Wonderful in Littleton, CO.
I think this is the first year in this location, usually they have a spot in Downtown Denver but this year they are doing a “Tour” in different cities.
Check it out here
Im performing on Saturday May 28th at 3pm. Two other bands will be sharing the stage with me: Wake up and Live and Zen Mustache. Click here
Seems like the weather is going to cooperate so it should be a fun day.
Happy Memorial Weekend.
I was going through my pictures and I found a 5 year old one. At first I had the usual thought of how quick time passes by but then I was just enchanted with memories of that time.
It was a time of self realization as an artist. I was discovering new ways to make songs and I wanted to use elements of the music that has influenced me.
I had 5 songs that I composed using the guitar, a drum machine and an electric bass. Spent hours in solitude experimenting, probably each song had dozens of versions. Then I pushed my comfort zone to finish this project. In my search for a gig I stumble on an opening spot for Eric Gales (Awesome Blues Guitarist) at the Key Club in the Sunset Strip. Awesome venue!! I booked it not having a band and unfinished songs.
My next step was finding musicians to do this.
I called my friend Mike first, he played percussions for me before during the Gypsy Muse times. He couldnt do it but recommended Alastair Wilson, a local drummer. I called Alastair and explained to him the situation. We had like 5 weeks to finish 7 songs and play a gig. He was up for it.
It was great, we rehearsed a ton and with the help of having him to work with, the songs really matured. We had the setlist ready but no bass player yet. I was ready to take on the gig as a duo but Alastair had other projects with local bands and he mentioned this bass player he knew from one of them, Mario Gonzalez.
Mario came to jam one night and was up for the challenge, I think we had 3 weeks before the gig at that point. He rehearsed with us and I sat with him a few nights to help writing the bass parts.
I believe this picture was taken a night before the big show. We stopped by at an Open Mic and brought all our equipment. It was the “practice” gig.
The next night at the Key Club was an incredible experience. We took the audience by surprise. A trio of flamenco progressive rock, out of the desert of California, where just a drip of water helps beautiful things to bloom.
I learned it just takes action in life if you want things to happen. And to enjoy the ride… it is definitely the best part.
This is a picture of the gig at the Key Club. Hollywood, CA.