Program for Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival

The main events of the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival, which starts tomorrow Thursday, will take place in the Valle Escondido amphitheater. The local Boquete band The Push will give a free concert in Boquete's central square on March 1 at 2:00 p.m. Starting at 4:00 p.m., American harpist Bob Corritore will provide free classes to students from local schools. On Saturday, March 2, from noon until 6:00 p.m., the concerts will be held outdoors in the Valle Escondido amphitheater for festival-goers to be able to also commune with nature.

Slated for that day are the Boquete Blues Band B3 with Andy Egert (Switzerland), Carlos Ubarte and his quintet (Panama), Ron Hacker & The Hacksaws (U.S.) and María Rivas and Libertango (Venezuela). On Saturday there will also be a jam session at the restaurant Amigos with the American trombonist Randy Oxford.

The following day, also beginning at noon, the festival returns to the Valle Escondido amphitheater with a musical cocktail that includes Spicy Latin Jazzband (Panama), Bob Corritore and Taildragger (U.S.), the Boquete Blues Band B3 and the Grand Band of Rigoberto Coba (Chiriquí). Also, the Randy Oxford blues band will be coming to the event for the first time from Seattle, in the U.S., bringing all of “Randy's wild extravagance and his trombone playing backed up by a congo percussion section,” as described in the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival Foundation's newsletter. Taildragger will also share for the first time “his lascivious voice in the Howling Wolf style” with the audience in Boquete, as will Bob Corritore, “one of the best blues harmonica player in the business.”

This show will be supported by the Boquete Blues Band, B3. The grand lady of Venezuela jazz, María Rivas, and her band have prepared a special program for the festival in Boquete.