A few more years of these songwriting festivals, and the calles of Los Cabos will be packed with young cabeños singing about love and loss and pick-up trucks…possibly while strumming along on their Gibson Les Paul guitars.
Three nights of great country music from some of Nashville’s most talented singer-songwriters, a songwriting seminar and guitar raffle were among the many highlights of the second annual Patrick Davis Country in Cabo Songwriters Festival, which took place last weekend–Thursday, April 30, to Sunday, May 3–at Bar Esquina in the boutique Bahia Hotel & Beach Club in Cabo San Lucas.
The second edition followed the same basic script as the first: Patrick Davis and Friends–this year, the stellar cast included Chuck Wicks, Janell Wheeler, Django Walker, Johnny Bulford, JT Hodges, and Matt Warren–performing nightly to packed crowds at Bar Esquina, Bahia Hotel’s hip onsite restaurant and bar, with ancillary events like the well attended open-to-the-public songwriting seminar, and the raffle of a Gibson Les Paul. Tickets for the gorgeous guitar, valued at $1,500 U.S., were given out for every $1,500 pesos rung up on patrons’ tabs.
Given the obvious enthusiasm for Davis and Co. during the two yearly showcases, Country in Cabo now seems entrenched as one of the premier music festivals in Los Cabos…perhaps all of Baja…and yet another successful venture for Bahia Hotel & Beach Club. The boutique Médano Beach-based lodging has – in addition to permanent charms like chic accommodations, the art gallery style lobby, expansive pool area, and of course the perennially popular Bar Esquina–evidenced a remarkable talent for hosting special events and providing one-of-a-kind destination experiences, from stand-up paddleboard races to Land’s End to incredible underwater wedding ceremonies.
Bar Equina is no stranger to live music, or to packed houses for that matter. The stylish restaurant–signature touches include an exhibition kitchen, an elegant 17-seat marble bar, onsite café, and indoor and outdoor dining areas–is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its outstanding food and drinks, and an upscale casual atmosphere frequently augmented by talented local musicians.
But the second annual Country in Cabo was on another level entirely, turning the hip eatery into honkey tonk central, and featuring perhaps the greatest collection of country music talent, from songwriting standouts like Davis to reality stars and chart-topping recording artists, that Cabo has ever seen…at least until next year, that is. Because there seems little doubt that Davis will be back next year, and that he’ll be bringing another collection of hit making friends with him.