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First Bahia World Music Festival in Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta will host its first Bahía World Music Festival on December 7 and 8 at Oscar's Restaurant on La Isla Rio Cuale.

The two-day event will feature performances by bands of international renown bringing to our city the sounds of South America, Europe, the Middle East and other regions of the world, along with a talent competition focusing on local underage musicians.

The Bahía World Music Festival is the brainchild of Jair Cabrera, who along with brother Caleb and cousin Gibran, conform the group Media Luna. Formerly based in San Miguel de Allende, and recently moved to Puerto Vallarta, Media Luna combines gypsy rumba, flamenco, rock and huapango to create their own unique sound. They are highly regarded throughout the country and have even opened for the acclaimed Lila Downs. "It was just a dream, more than anything else," explains Jair, who conceived of the festival as a way to perform the music they so much love, exposing it to a broader audience.

Media Luna is one of several local bands presently being promoted by Christie Seeley, a local anglophone music lover and protégé who started attending performances by groups such as Tatehuari, Media Luna and Moruno, and eventually created Vallarta Sounds, a website dedicated to promoting their music to new audiences.

In terms of the actual bands that will perform during the first Bahía World Music Festival, visit their website, where you'll find detailed information about each one of the guest performers, along with ticket information.

Source: Banderas News