Jam out with some of the best Bands on the West Coast and Baja California
The original concept of the
International Blues & Arts Fiesta
began in 2005 by the San Felipe
Blues and Arts Society, consisting
of Diane Grubb, Rick Rudd and
Heather Penrod. The inaugural event
has grown and flourished over the years.
2005: It began in 2005 when they
produced their first art show
at the San Felipe Storage Facility
owned by the Grubbs. Rick thought
a little music would be nice while
people were looking at the art.
2008: In 2008 the San Felipe BC
Lions Club took over the reins of the
event, led by its founder, Gary Dilley
of San Felipe Disposal. It was an
incredible year for the Blues. It went
from a bar to the baseball field,
reached out across all of Baja,
Sonora, and both Southern
California and Arizona to attract
international artists. The event raised
enough money to provide eye care,
surgeries, and various other
medical services and equipment
for the San Felipe Community.
2009: In 2009, under new Lions President,
Hal “Paco” Clark and Chairman of the
Blues, Gary Dilley the Lions Club and an
army of professionals, volunteers and
supporters, they raised enough money to not
only provide the medical support to the
community but also help to build an
orphanage for displaced and abused
2010: in 2010, Lions President and Blues
Chairman Gary Dilley & vice President
Jim Moore and nearly 200 other supporters
presented a great Fiesta.
2011: The 2011 International Blues and Arts
Fiesta became a showcase for some of the
finest artists and best blues bands in this
part of the world. In 2011 president Jim
Moore, Blues Chairman Gary Dilley the
San Felipe Lions Club and hundreds of
others helped to organize the 5th year of
the Fiesta. The 5th Annual San Felipe
Blues and Arts Fiesta featured the region’s
best bands, which included for the first time,
some classic rock from Ensenada, along
with the most creative artists in the area.
2012: In 2012, the 6th Annual San Felipe
Blues and Arts Fiesta once again upgraded the
event, and brought the event back to the beach.
President & Blues Chairman Gary Dilley, Lions
Members, Friends of Lions, volunteers
promoted a Blues and Arts event at a
new venue, with a stellar blues lineup that
includes a couple of B&A veterans, and six new
2013: You once again see the Blues & Arts
Fiesta raise the bar, not only for themselves, but
for Baja and blues events throughout the region.
Again the event has moved, this time to La
Ventana del Mar Resort, at El Dorado Ranchan
amazingly beautiful location surrounded by
majestic mountains and the Sea of Cortez as a
2014: In 2014 the San Felipe BC Lions Club,
President Wayne Shafer, Blues Chairman
Gary Dilley, Friends of Lions and hundreds of
volunteers put on a spectacular Fiesta. The fiesta
was an incredible celebration of blues music and
art. We danced on the grass, took in the talents
of local artisans and enjoyed the Baja sunshine!
2015: The 2015 show was the best year ever
for fundraising and exceeded all expectations.
In addition, the performers were a smash hit
with some new bands and and a couple of our
returning musicians. The show’s format was tweaked
to finish right as the sun went down, so a
spetacular sunset was the perfect backdrop
for the end of another successful year.
2016 was another excellent year. Sponsorship increased
and the Lions Club of San Felipe was able to provide assistance to several new community projects..
Great music and local art overlooking
the blue Sea of Cortez makes for a wonderful day.
2017 the International Blues and Arts Festival
was held on a warm day in March.
The Lions Club's new president, William Duclos,
along with Lions Club Blues and Arts
long time coordinator, Gary Dilley,
put together a season that provided
much needed support for our new hospital run by Dr. Israel.
2018 the Lion's Club joined forces with El Dorado Ranch in
organizing and executing the San Felipe Blues and Arts
Festival. Friday night kicked off the fun with great
music and food at the Pavilion. The festival continued on Saturday with more great music, art, dancing and food. The International Blues Festival continues to be
a large charitable event and the money earned
at the Festival is donated to local community organizations
whose sole purpose is to assist the community.