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The Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Festival announces 20 acts

The inaugural Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Festival will be held from December 12 - 14 in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Both destinations will welcome 20 acts that will appear at the festival, including Americana rockers the BoDeans, blues favorites Fabulous Thunderbirds, rock-a-billy specialists Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, country rockers Poco, Pure Prairie League and Firefall, and iconic classic rock bands Jefferson Starship, Kansas, Cheap Trick, Foghat and Spencer Davis Group.

Get ready to jam with legendary performances with an unbelievable stage set against the backdrop of Riviera Nayarit’s beautiful beach coastline, overlooking the Banderas Bay. Classic rock fans will also enjoy the feel good Mexican vibe with featured gourmet tacos and tequilas, along with other traditional culinary offerings of the region served up by local restaurants. Discounted room rates and event exclusive packages are also being offered by the event’s local hotel partners, including the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, the Villla Group, Bel Air Collection Resort and Spa and Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort. 

“As the world’s first and only festival celebrating classic rock, our mission is to treat fans to three days of performances by some of the greatest musicians from the era while collecting toys for local children and raising money for DIF.  Whether you love roots rock, blues, soft or hard rock, you won’t be disappointed!” said festival creator, John Zaring. 

Supported by both the Puerto Vallarta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, the weekend-long event will also include a celebrity golf outing to benefit DIF - a local children’s charity, a special exhibit of famous album cover art and concert photography and dedicated events in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. 

“We’re honored to host such great icons of rock on our beach in what is sure to be a spectacular show!  Riviera Nayarit hosts a variety of large events and world-class shows throughout the year so we are certainly excited to welcome our first rock festival,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.  

"We are delighted to host the Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Festival. This event is sure to bring lots of media attention to the region and showcase the best the destinations have to offer,” said Luis Cantu, Executive President of Adeprotour.

In addition to the headliners, several solo artists and singers will have their sets backed by the festival’s all-star ‘house band’, including Dave Mason (Traffic), Gary Wright (best known for his smash hit “Dreamweaver”), Craig Fuller (lead singer of both Little Feat and Little River Band), former Journey lead singer Steve Augeri, former Grand Funk Railroad lead singer Mark Farner, Monkees frontman Micky Dolenz and blues legend Sam Moore (Sam and Dave).    The house band includes musicians from several stellar rock acts, including former Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan lead guitarist Jeffrey ‘Skunk’ Baxter, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Billy Burnette, The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton, bassists Kenny Lee Lewis of Steve Miller Band and Kenny Gradney of Little Feat, drummers Curly Smith (Boston) and Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty, John Mellencamp), and keyboardist Teddy ‘Zig Zag’ Andreadis (many artists including Carole King, Guns ‘n Roses). In addition the backing soloists, the house band will play songs from their own catalogs as well.  

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