In Baja California Sur with Headliners The New Mastersounds and John Medeski, DJ Logic & Friends & More.
BY Chuckles Beachgroove
Bajaja Music Fest has announced its inaugural three-day event from November 30th to December 2nd on the Pacific beach side of Baja California Sur. It will 8+ hours of music every day and one-of-a-kind collaborations that won’t be found at any other festival this year.
This boutique festival will feature headliners The New Mastersounds, performing their first North American gig since the pandemic and their only North American date of 2023, and John Medeski, DJ Logic & Friends featuring Eddie Roberts, Reed Mathis, Datrian Johnson + Special Guests. Bass and guitar virtuoso Reed Mathis, Norwegian-born, Americana singer-songwriter Rainy Eyes, and longstanding San Francisco-based stalwarts of rock Big Light will support alongside local favorites Los Daturas and Los Hijos Del Trópico with more bands to be announced. Each night will feature a unique collaboration of all-star musicians playing together fostering a community of musical collaborations intersecting with an intimate audience of festival goers in a bespoke experience unlike any other.
In anticipation of The New Mastersounds’ first North American performance in over three years, bandleader & guitarist Eddie Roberts says, “What’s better than your favorite bands, on a beach in Mexico, with a small audience of like-minded people? That’s what’s going on in Baja this winter! After 2 years separated by an ocean, the NMS will play their first shows on the American continent since January 2020 and we hope to see friends and fans new and old there!”
Just as exciting as the lineup is the epic location, the beachfront venue Amaya. The picturesque setting sets the scene to gather with friends new and old on a magical, pristine beach, Playa San Pedrito, with views of the mountains and a palm grove where the sun sets into the ocean. Amaya is close to Los Cabos; the world-renowned surf hub Todos Santos, offering some of the best waves in North America; the bustling oasis of La Paz; and the bohemian beach community of El Pescadero.
The festival’s organizers believe the future is in authentic, intimate events and invite music lovers to come to Bajaja for a different kind of experience with fewer boundaries between attendees and artists. “Everyone invited to the Bajaja is a VIP!” said JamBase co-founder Ted Kartzman. “We will cap tickets in the low hundreds, and our vision is everyone will feel like family by the end of the weekend.” In addition to Kartzman, the festival is also being produced by fellow reapandsow veterans Aaron Kayce and Chris Joseph in conjunction with the superb team at Amaya in BCS, Mexico.
Bajaja is designed to be safe, easy to get to, and fun for solo travelers, couples, groups of friends, and families alike. To ensure flexibility, the festival is not all-inclusive so attendees can curate their own lodging and transportation experiences that can accommodate groups of all sizes and provide a truly choose-your-own-adventure event. You can find a comprehensive list of suggested accommodation options that include boutique hotels, private rental homes alongside a step-by-step guide to plan your trip, and more at bajajamusicfest.com.
In tandem with top-tier talent and one-of-a-kind collaborations, Bajaja Music Fest aims to stand out in the destination festival world by surrounding itself with a multitude of options for daytime activities and recreation that aren’t confined to a singular resort. Located in the heart of one of the most world-renowned beaches, options are abundant to surf, boogie board with kids, fish, or sip an ice-cold cerveza in the sun. For those looking to venture out on excursions, there are accessible options for horseback riding trips in the sand, snorkeling in crystal blue waters, ripping dune buggies in the desert, or soaking in the sights of the 1700s-style Spanish colonial towns and exploring local communities. This event transcends your typical resort experience in Cabo and immerses you in music, scenery, and all that Baja has to offer.
JamBase’s inaugural editor-in-chief and industry veteran Aaron Kayce says, “I’ve been dreaming of getting artists we love booked into unique, tropical locations for years. I truly believe this is the future of destination events, where you can immerse yourself in the culture of the places we all want to visit and see our favorite bands at night. For me this is a dream come true, and I know from talking with the artists we are booking that it’s a dream come true for them as well. These are the experiences we long to create—not just a concert, not just a vacation, the best of both worlds. And I believe anyone who is lucky enough to be at Bajaja will agree that this really is a dream come true. See y’all on the beach!”
Tickets to the Bajaja Music Fest are currently priced at $289 until June 12th when the next tier of tickets will jump up to $349 until August 16. The final tier will be $389 and will remain until the festival sells out.
For more information and to stay posted on additional artist announcements, visit: bajajamusicfest.com