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San Diego’s “Queen of Steam” and Ensenada’s Wetbacks Get Ready to Turn up the Heat at Baja Blues Fest in Rosarito
text by connie ellig; photos by david hopps  
After recently meeting Baja Blues Fest organizers Jackie & Marty Alameda, San Diego vocalist/songwriter Michele Lundeen affirmed her enthusiasm about performing at the 8-hour music festival to be held on August 25, 2012 at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Known as “The Queen of Steam,” Michele is internationally acclaimed for her own special blend of high energy blues, funk, soul and R&B, and her electrifying onstage presence.
 
“My band and I have played successful concerts in Ensenada and San Felipe, and we have been thrilled by the warm reception from audiences and the friendliness of the Baja people,” the vivacious entertainer declared. “I have read and heard many positive things about Playas de Rosarito. The Baja Blues Fest will mark my first visit to Rosarito and I look forward to an exciting encounter with its legendary hospitality and remarkable attractions.”

Singer Michele Lundeen (center) with Baja Blues Fest organizers Jackie & Marty Alameda
lundeen (center) with organizers 
The Ensenada group, Coyote Mike & the Wetbacks, is equally enthusiastic about the upcoming Rosarito event. Comprised of musicians from the U.S., Mexico and Canada who offer an international potpourri of sounds ranging from blues and rock to funk, jazz and reggae, the Wetbacks perform covers as well as original music. Like Michele, the Wetbacks have played concerts in Ensenada and San Felipe, but the Baja Blues Fest will be their first musical appearance in Rosarito.
 
According to lead singer Coyote Mike, “The Wetbacks would like to express how happy we are to be participating in and performing at the first annual Baja Blues Fest in the great town of Rosarito Beach, Baja California. We feel that it is a wonderful opportunity not only for the groups that are going to play but also for the southern California and Baja California communities to celebrate the interconnectedness of the entire region. We hope that everyone attending the show will enjoy it as much as we will. Music and peace!”

Ensenada’s Coyote Mike & the Wetbacks
Coyote Mike & Wetbacks

In addition to Michele Lundeen and Coyote Mike & the Wetbacks, the concert lineup will feature Stoney B Blues Band, Backwater Blues Band, Chet Cannon & the Committee, Lisa Cee, and the 145th Street Blues Band. The event will benefit six local children’s charities including BECA Scholarship, Friends of the Library, La Misión Children’s Fund, Baja Scholarship Fund, Los Angelitos Orphanage, and the Boys and Girls Club of Rosarito.
 
baja blues fest logoThere also will be artist and artisan booths, food vendors, Corona beer, L.A. Cetto wines, and other surprises. Gates open at 9:30am, music starts at 11am. General admission to the Saturday concert is $20dlls. in advance, $25dlls. at the gate. VIP admission (sold in advance ONLY) is $50dlls. and includes concert, commemorative t-shirt, entry to Friday night Meet and Greet Pre-Party, and Sunday afternoon Jam Session. Info & tickets are available online at www.bajabluesfest.com or contact Jackie Alameda from 8am-5pm Mon.-Sat. at Baja’s Click-on.com Internet Cafe & Business Center near Puerto Nuevo, tel. (661)614-0513; e-mail

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