The date has just been released: This Feb. 26–28, 2016 will see the 10th annual Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival in this mountain town—one of Panama’s most popular expat havens.
Take your love of music to new heights, at the elevation of nearly 1190 meters (3,900 feet) in the open-air amphitheater of the luxurious Valle Escondido resort. Organizers promise that this 10th edition will be the best yet.
To build on past successes, festival producer John Wolff enlisted two of the peak performers from 2015 as associate producers. Shakura S’Aida is an international jazz and blues diva, and Deanna Bogart is a widely acclaimed pianist, saxophonist, singer, and songwriter.
These two veterans of the festival will be joined by the renowned Danish harmonica performer and manufacturer Lee Oskar to form an all-star band. Past success also warranted a 2016 encore for two acts from the Panamanian music scene. The 18-piece Rigoberto Coba Big Brass Band and John Carney’s smooth Latin jazz band Gato Maximo featuring percussionist Charlie Marre.
The impressive lineup also features six first-time acts. Representing the jazz genre will be Spyro Grya, bassist Scott Ambush, saxophone virtuoso Marshall Keys, and stellar trumpeter Alexander Brown. Three outstanding bluesmen will round out the billboard: Curtis Salgado, a singer and harmonica player who won the Blues Foundation’s B.B. King Entertainer of the Year for 2013; guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Tommy Castro, recipient of the same award for 2010; and Ronnie Baker Brooks, a first-rate example of the Chicago blues-guitar sound.
A portion of the profits are donated to promote musical education in local schools.