Savor y Musik Festival in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Fun on the Riviera Nayarit
with Cat Morgan

Savor Y Musik Festival in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
The Semilla Negra Production Company produced the first annual Savor Y Musik Festival that started on Monday, December 9th.  It all began at the glorieta, (where the cross of Huanacaxtle is located in the center of the round-about) with the group Kankaba playing drums, and leading the procession to the first venue.
Well known bands such as Expirale, Tatewari,  Duvalin Band,  De Perlas,  Mellow Mule, Viento Estelar, Thrilloblues,  Bohemia, Los Lost Cruzers, Son Dos,  Son Huasteca,  Pichacus,  Geronimo Y Los Infieles,  Pulpo Fusion, Enlase Musical, Kankaba, Traveling Band, Philo and the Mexican Shuffle Band, are performing at various participating restaurants around La Cruz. To view the entire schedule and participating restaurant map please go to and scroll down.

To highlight a bit of what is going on for Friday and through the weekend, there will be two bands playing at the participating restaurants, one at 7pm, and again at 8pm, offering you musical variety, and the venues will be serving food specials.

Octopus’s Garden will have Pulpo Fusin (jazz), 7pm and the Duvlin Band (rock cover / English y Espanol) 8pm
Oso’s Oyster Bar located on the La Cruz Marina, The Travelling Band will be playing at 7:30 with their country blues and classic rock.
Gecko Rojo 7pm Thrillobules blues band and at 8pm the bluegrass band Los Lost Cruzers
Frasciti Traditional Veracruz music with Son Dos performing at 7pm, and the Mellow Mule who plays alternative pop acoustic at 8pm.
Philo’s  will be Philo and the Mexican Shuffle Band, and will be playing at 8pm,
Friday and Saturday.

Octopus’s Garden
at 7pm De Perlas (alternative pop rock) , and at 8pm Thrilloblues playing blues music.
Masala Bar and Grill, 7pm is Geronimo y los Infieles (playing jazz and funk), and at 8pm
Pichacus  playing Latin music.
Oso’s Oyster Bar Bob Tansen and Friends Calypso at 8pm
Sandzibar   Son Huastco (traditional Mexican) 7pm and Bohemia (Bolero / Latin) at 8pm

The Big Finale on Sunday
Sunday, December 15th will be the big finale for all of the bands to play at the La Cruz main square. To find the plaza, take the 200 road to the La Cruz exit. Come into La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, and go left at the only light. Drive down and you will see the town square on the right.

It’s going to be quite the show, with the music starting at 2pm, and running past 11pm.
There will be photos and video from the week’s events on a large screen for all to see, bands playing all day and into the evening, and also vendors selling foods and their wares. There will be T-shirts and CD’s for sale from all of the participating bands. This event helps boost the local economy.  All of the musicians have donated their time and energy for this festival. The proceeds from the t-shirts will help to pay for the expenses of the bands, and the festival itself.  The first music festival of its kind involving the community on this level, the Savor Y Musik Festival will hopefully become an annual event for La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. So, come on over to La Cruz for some terrific food and music this weekend and have some fun. See you at the Savor Y Musik Festival !

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  1. Surf fishing was my favorite form of fishing in my teens and twenties , when the striped bass left the San Francisco Bay and delta, to migrate down the San Francisco Pacific Ocean beaches, with their cold water and strong undertow.

    With a 10 to 14 foot long surf rod, and a conventional spool casting reel, I would in my bathing suit, wade out into the breakers and cast my heavy pyramid led sinker with two hooks baited with a sardine section, and wait. Wait for the grinding feel of the striped bass teeth against the metal hook.

    When I was sure that it was not a pesty crab stealing my bait, I would wait until the rasping felling subsided, and then jerk the tip of the fiberglass rod back to set the hook. What followed was fighting a 30-40 pound four foot long striped bass against the large breakers. When it was in close enough, I would wade into the surf and slide my hand under its gill, and haul the flopping striped bass up on the beach.

    For a young teenager, I was delighted to see the many adult fishermen all up and down the beach look with distain on how far a young boy could cast the sinker and baited hooks out beyond the breakers. Not many would venture into and beyond the breakers to cast that far out. Track, soccer, wrestling and unloading the big trailers of 100 pound sacks at the produce market, had made my body very strong.

    In the early days, my grandfather would drive us out to the Ocean Beach in sight of the famous Cliff House and lands end. I would have to cast his line out for him, because of his age. After I got married I would take my wife out to see the action. By ten I not longer wore a bathing suit and waded into the water, because the cold Pacific Ocean water , and the stiff ocean breeze seemed to be so much colder, and I wore a sweater and a heavy jacket. Loretta would mostly sit in the car, for the best time to fish was as the sun would hit the water.

    OH, there is no substitute for youth. I am so glad that I did not hold back when I was a youth. For today, most of the fish and striped bas have long gone, and few surfers are seen fishing anymore.

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