We survived our first Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival, and what a fun, memorable, and exhausting time it was! As newbies we bought the full e-ticket – all of the evening jam sessions and entry to the amphitheater for both days last weekend. And although more than a week has gone by, we’re still basking in the glow of all of the great music and the good times we had with so many close friends – really, our Boquete family.
For its 10th anniversary, the festival seemed heavy on the blues and light on the jazz. Not that we’re complaining – the musicians assembled for this little festival were jaw-droppingly talented, and we were turned on to some powerful artists we’d never heard before. In a decade, the festival has gained an international reputation due to the caliber of the musicians and, of course, the draw of Panama and sweet Boquete town. Of the crowd in attendance, we estimated that only about half were locals such as ourselves; the rest came from the U.S., Canada, and many other countries just for this event. The musical lineup and organization were truly impressive, especially considering this is an all-volunteer effort.
Mind-blowing performances . . . fun in the sun with our besties . . . a cold brew or two . . seriously, does it get any better?
OFFICIAL HIGHLIGHT REEL – you might see some familiar faces in the crowd: