Cabaret with Chris Montez press release

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 11, 2013 San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico  

60s Rock Icon CHRIS MONTEZ returns to San Carlos for Cabaret en El Mar March 15th and 16th!  

 

“Why don’t you start the Mexican Motown? Not just record artists, nurture their confidence and stage presence too. You can call it Mexmo!” Those words were prophetically uttered by longtime music buddy Chris Montez on my front porch as he contemplated his dream of retiring to Mexico and working with kids. That was over five years ago and Mexmo http://www.mexmosancarlos.com is going strong!   The BIG news is Chris Montez is returning to San Carlos  Friday March 15th and Saturday March 16th  to participate in the Cabaret en El Mar! http://www.gatorlegs.com/cabaret  Cabaret en El Mar is a multi media Las Vegas style show utilizing video, sketch comedy, theater and live music. "The El Mar Restaurant and Sports Bar at La Posada Beach has a lovely back room that is perfect for a classic supper club atmosphere. With a climate controlled and intimate environment we're able to create a showroom theater experience unique in San Carlos. The costumes alone are worth the price of admission!." Produced by Mexmo San Carlos, the multi-national cast of 10 features many of San Carlos’ favorite individual performers including Peter Pope Jones, Bobby & Leslie Sahlen, Neil Duvall, Bliss Cochran, Rand Gahart, Rich McDaniel, with choreography by Michelle Duvall. The show’s appeal is to both English and Spanish speaking audiences.   Chris is still on the road delighting audiences worldwide with his many hits. There’s even a documentary of his life in production now, El Viaje Musical de Ezekial Montanez, The Chris Montez Story. Be sure and watch for it, he’s a musical treasure.    Chris Montez was born in Los Angeles California and grew up in the town of Hawthorne. He was influenced by his Hispanic culture and the rock 'n roll success of Richie Valens. Music was an integral part of his family life and Chris began singing rancheras with his older brothers when he was a kid. They taught him to play the guitar and he sang the high parts. As he gained confidence and his voice matured, he began singing leads. His early days at Hawthorne High were spent emulating the tough "low rider" Latino image, but in his junior year, ignited by the spark of musical ambition, Chris changed his style because he had "goals to make." He formed a band and recorded his own original songs that gained the interest of Monogram Records. "All You Had To Do Was Tell Me" became a local hit. In 1962, Chris' single, "Let's Dance" hit the top 10 and he was on his way. He toured with Clyde McPhatter, Sam Cooke, The Platters and Smokey Robinson. In 1963, while in Liverpool with Tommy Roe, his opening act was a new English group, The Beatles. With 3 years on the road behind him, Chris came home in 1965 to complete his education and join a new label, A & M. Herb Alpert dropped in on one of Chris' first sessions and suggested that he try a soft ballad sound. It was a more conservative style than Chris would have preferred but Alpert's instincts were good and the hits "The More I See You," "There Will Never Be Another You," "Call Me" and "Time After Time" followed in quick succession. While the British and psychedelic rock were invading the U.S., Chris left A & M, signed with CBS International and amassed a string of hits outside the U.S. that has firmly established him as an international recording star. He has recorded songs in English and in Spanish that have become hits in Austria, Germany and Holland. Long before The Doors and The Beach Boys, there was a musical phenomenon occurring in Los Angeles' large Hispanic population that would take 30 years to be recognized. In the early 50's, rhythm and blues performed solely by black musicians took hold with Los Angeles' Chicano (Americans born of Mexican descent) residents years before it gained popularity with the teens who would credit Elvis Presley with their introduction to rock 'n roll. In the barrios of East Los Angeles, The Drifters, Clyde McPhatter, Crows and Big Jay McNeely were the music of choice in the 50's. Those solid musical roots, intermingled with traditional Mexican rancheras gained a new and fresh popularity with groups such as Los Lobos. The success of the film "La Bamba" identified those roots. Chris Montez' well-known hits and his heritage are part of the Richie Valens legacy. "I am very conscious of my culture," says Chris, who performed as Chris Montez and La Raza on tours to Japan, South America and Europe. Judging by record sales and well attended appearances in many European cities, so are they. Today, Chris Montez is just hitting his stride. Born into a bi-cultural city with a rich heritage, he emerges trim and fit, an energetic performer with a history and cultural relevance that is unique.   Mexmo became a corporation in Mexico and currently working on our 21st CD. Our goals have always included creating events for local charity groups, and encouraging amateur and professional musicians and singers. Mexmo! Mexmo is located in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. Commonly referred to as a “drinking village with a fishing problem,” it’s a little slice of paradise where the desert meets the Sea of Cortez about 250 miles south of Tucson. It’s also home/2nd home/Wanna home to a friendly and internationally diverse community of talented artists. Not just music, but visual and technical artists. There’s a lot of love in this little community, and a generous love of art for art’s sake.   It's been a really busy year at our little studio in San Carlos, Mexmo. We collaborated with producers in Brazil, Massachusetts and Nashville as well as completed our latest Mexmo CD, Twisted Americana Vol. 1, available now at Itunes, CDBaby and Broadjam. Twisted Americana Vol. 1 features many local artists including Peter Pope Jones, Bliss Cochran, Hans Guttmann, and Sam Rainwater performing pre-1928 standards and complimentary original compositions with a tongue in cheek peek at social issues. This summer many of the songs have received encouraging critical acclaim, 5 of the the current Broadjam independent music chart Top 10 for Mexico are Mexmo!
Our collaborations with Nery Bauer in Brazil and Jay Carney in Massachusetts have resulted in some fun stuff. Rapazzi has been described as "Johnny Cash gangsta raps Primus and jazz." The writer was in USA, the musicians and producer in Brazil, and all the vocals done here in Mexico. The project also featured local female vocalists Elba Santiago, Bliss Cochran and Leslie Sahlen. Way different than anything any of us has ever done. The first video out of Brazil, "Got No Soul" from Rapazzi is on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19pZnix17t0

Speaking of video, one of our new original songs "Trapped" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVEjJQnvahY&feature=share&list=UUwKh54VpfOmnemhSaz4jEYQ  won Broadjam's Song of The Month for August 2012, and is currently being covered and made into a video by popular Brazilian cabaret artist, Santolin The Dancing Queen." http://youtu.be/qBH3qgB0y84  The song is currently charted on the Broadjam Top 10 Unique worldwide in two versions mine and Santolin's! Google him. Very talented young man. He doesn't speak English so he learned the song phonetically. Now I know how Cher feels when she hears herself impersonated!

Over the years with our live shows the players and band names have changed, it got confusing. Some musicians are only here part of the year, many go on tour. The commonality was always my guitar picking songwriter husband Bobby, me (Leslie Sahlen), and shows/records produced by Mexmo. So it makes more sense our shows will be as the artist Mexmo! Our fans know that “band” includes a wonderful assortment of featured artists who might include Bliss Cochran, Rachel Souza, Peter Pope Jones, Neil Duvall, The Twins, Manuelito, Hans Gundman, steel drum diva Susan King and even Trop Rock award winner, Sam Rainwater, pulls out his uke when he can. Bruce Munson and his Trailer Trash Royalty have been known to grace the stage.   What you get is MexiBlues, Baja Bluegrass, Mariachi Fusion, Coconut Country and Twisted Americana.   You can catch Mexmo live in San Carlos, and “live” concert broadcasts on www.StageIt.com   All the Mexmo recorded products under a variety of artist names can be found at   www.cdbaby.com/all/mexmo   http://www.youtube.com/tomatah1   Info email: tomatah1@aol.com Leslie Sahlen

 

Song Of The Day

Mexmo!

 
Mexmo Bio “Why don’t you start the Mexican Motown? Not just record artists, nurture their confidence and stage presence too. You can call it Mexmo!” Those words were prophetically uttered by my longtime music buddy Chris Montez on my front porch as he contemplated his dream of retiring to Mexico and working with kids. That was over four years ago. Chris is still on the road delighting audiences worldwide with his many hits. There’s even a documentary of his life in production now, Chris Montez, A Man and His Music. Be sure and watch for it, he’s a musical treasure. Mexmo became a corporation in Mexico and currently working on our 21st CD. Our goals have always included creating events for local charity groups, and encouraging amateur and professional musicians and singers. Mexmo! Mexmo is located in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. Commonly referred to as a “drinking village with a fishing problem,” it’s a little slice of paradise where the desert meets the Sea of Cortez about 250 miles south of Tucson. It’s also home/2nd home/Want to home to a friendly and internationally diverse community of talented artists. Not just music, but visual and technical artists. There’s a lot of love in this little community, and a generous love of art for art’s sake. Over the years with our live shows the players and band names have changed, it got confusing. Some musicians are only here part of the year, many go on tour. The commonality was always my guitar picking songwriter husband Bobby, me (Leslie Sahlen), and shows/records produced by Mexmo. So it makes more sense our shows will be as the artist Mexmo! Our fans know that “band” includes a wonderful assortment of featured artists who might include Bliss Cochran, Rachel Souza, Peter Pope Jones, Neil Duvall, The Twins, Manuelito, Hans Gundman, and even Trop Rock award winner, Sam Rainwater, pulls out his uke when he can. Bruce Munson and his Trailer Trash Royalty have been known to grace the stage. What you get is MexiBlues, Baja Bluegrass, Mariachi Fusion, Coconut Country and Twisted Americana. You can catch Mexmo live in San Carlos, and “live” concert broadcasts on www.StageIt.com All the Mexmo recorded products under a variety of artist names can be found at www.cdbaby.com/all/mexmo www.youtube.com/tomatah1
 

January 12th concert

 
The December show as a big success! The 2nd Wednesday Concert for January is the 12th. Tickets now available ONLINE! Click on the BUY link on the navigation bar above. Or, Click http://ats.gatorlegs.com/products.html
 

2nd Wednesday Concert Series

 
Tickets now available ONLINE! Click on the BUY link on the navigation bar above. Or, Click http://ats.gatorlegs.com/products.html 2nd Wednesdays is a monthly concert series produced by Mexmo San Carlos S. de R.L. de CV, to benefit the Empalme Orphanage in Sonora, Mexico. Hosted by the beautiful Hotel Fiesta Real on the beach in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. Concert goers will enjoy beautiful sunsets over the Sea of Cortez. Tickets entitle holders not only to the show, but one "2 for 1" Beverage Special and could win one of several door prizes! The monthly concerts feature a festival style show starring the SAN CARLOS ALLSTARS. The varied lineup of ALLSTARS feature local and international artists with expert sound in english and spanish! Tickets now available ONLINE! Click on the BUY link on the navigation bar above. Or, Click http://www.gatorlegs.com/products.html
 

Bobby and Leslie 2009

 
Check out the new photo! Fans have been asking for a new promo photo of The Sahlens with Leslie's new haircut. 12 inches went to Locks of Love and she looks much younger!
 

Mexmo FREE Music Mondays!

 
Mexmo is featuring a different artist for a week starting on Mondays. you can download songs for FREE at www.broadjam.com/mexmo THIS WEEK'S FEATURED ARTIST is MARC MCCLURE! McClure's record company affiliations have been:Warner Bros. "Levitt & McClure" 1969 Capital Records Artist "Joyous Noise", "Joyous Noise Wandering man Suite" & "Marc McClure Songs for Old Ladys and Babys" '70 to'72 Bullalo Gap Artist "Gas, Food & Lodging" '72 to'75 CBS (Epic) Artist "Spanky & Our Gang" 1975 to 1980 Independant Prod. Jim Mason: "Kashmire" 1984 Marc has played with and recorded with and toured with: Pat Boone Delany Bramlett Don Ellis Orchestra Bonny Raitt Joy of Cooking James Lee Stanley Dick Stabile Orchestra Peter Tork Little Feat Leo Kottke Accomplice (Mark Keller & Wendy Webb) Willy Nelson Wendy Waldman He has happily served as a vocalist, guitar, Bass, keyoard, or Steel Guitar player in genre's from Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, Rock to Gospel. Attached Images:
 

Bobby and Leslie Added to Mulligan's IslandFest!

 
Make plans to join me, one of my favorite songwriters in the world, Southern California's Rob Mehl.... Texas Academy of Music "Album of the Year" Award winner Kelly McGuire....and, JUST added to the event, one of the top artists in the "trop-rock" circuit, Gulf Shores Alabama singer songwriter Brent Burns for our 5th edition of IslandFest, to be held in San Carlos Sonora Mexico at Paradiso Resort on Nov.14-16th, 2008. Unbelievable event, gorgeous setting, awesome times with good friends and incredibly affordable too! Three nights, three concerts, all overlooking the water on one of the most gorgeous beaches in all of northern Mexico. GREAT all inclusive packages are now available (3 and 5 night), with free upgrades to ocean view rooms before Aug. 30, 2008. See below for rates! But first, here's what we'll be up to: SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FRIDAY, NOV. 14TH IslandFest starts tonight at 5:30PM with an all you can eat Mexican buffet dinner show, featuring entertainment from Kelly McGuire, Rob Mehl, Brent Burns, and Mark Mulligan....with San Carlos duo Bobby and Leslie Sahlen opening the show! For all you San Carlos locals, individual tickets are now on sale at Casa De Amigos Seaside Realty. Great prices too! Only $20 USD presale, $25 day of event, and the price includes both the show and the buffet dinner. And better yet....only $50 gets you an IslandFest Pass that lets you enjoy all three shows and all you can eat meals at each! SATURDAY, NOV.15TH IslandFest continues with tonight's show featuring ALL of the above artists PLUS an all you can eat international buffet! All starts at 5:30PM. See above for ticket info. SUNDAY, NOV. 16TH The fun starts at noon ON THE BEACH with an all you can eat barbecue, and of course entertainment from all of the featured IslandFest artists! And we'll follow up the concert with a sunset get together on the beach, where you can meet the artists, get CDs signed, and visit with them over a cold one. (Or two!) TICKETS ON SALE NOW IN SAN CARLOS! Drop by Casa De Amigos Seaside Realty, where you can save $5 per ticket by purchasing in advance! ($20 presale, $25 at the door, includes show plus all you can eat buffet dinner) ISLANDFEST PASSES are also available for only $50, which let you enjoy all three concerts and buffet dinners! Pick yours up today at Casa De Amigos Seaside Realty! Coming down from the States? Check out how to order tickets, plus some GREAT all inclusive packages (lodging, meals, shows, taxes, water activities, and more) below! PACKAGE 1: 3 nights stay at Paradiso Resort · Welcome Margarita drink (those under 18 years of age will received a non alcoholic beverage) · 3 Breakfast Buffets · 3 Lunch Buffets · 3 Dinner Buffets · 3 Concert tickets · 1 Concert T-shirt per guest 1 hour of kayak per day(per room) PLUS discounts on horseback riding, spas, sailboats, etc. Free wifi in the Sahuaro Lounge All 3 nights and all of the above, for a TOTAL of only $ 314.00 USD double occupancy per person ($ 218.00 USD per person extra, $ 123.00 USD per child of 12 years or younger OR, make the most of your trip to Mexico and enjoy the five day package. It includes the following: 5 nights stay · 1 additional free night stay in European plan( to be added to this trip or your next, no meals included) · Welcome Margarita drink (those under 18 years of age will received a non alcoholic beverage) · 5 Breakfast Buffets · 5 Lunch Buffets · 5 Dinner Buffets · 3 Concert tickets · 1 Concert t-shirt per guest. 1 hr. of kayak per day (per room)PLUS discounts on horseback riding, spa,etc The entire FIVE night package is only $470.00 USD double occupancy per person ($324.00 USD per person extra, $ 165.00 USD per child of 12 years or younger, $650.00 USD single occupancy) RESERVATIONS FROM THE U.S. Easy! For the special IslandFest packages or just for individual show tickets, email Roberto at ventas@grupoparadiso.com and include your contact info. He'll get in touch with you at the hour of your choice to take your reservation by credit card! Want to learn more about our special guest artists? The lineup we have for this year's event is really incredible. Take a second and check out their websites! http://brentburns.com http://markmulligan.net http://robmehl.com http://redfishisland.com and http://gatorlegs.com "Mulligan's IslandFest 2008" is brought to you by: Casa De Amigos Seaside Realty and Sonoran Sports Center. Please visit their links at http://seaside-realty.net and http://sailsancarlos.com As for IslandFest 2007, we had a blast! From the Thursday night "pre-party" where nearly 300 of you kicked off our fourth IslandFest, to Friday night's opening waterfront show under the stars, to Saturday's packed house to Sunday's gorgeous sunset show on the beach, it was a weekend that I'll never forget. Thanks to all of you who took your vacation time and chose to spend it with us in Mexico! To all the San Carlos locals who showed up in full force to support this event. And to the artists who shared the stage with me: Kelly McGuire, Rob Mehl, and Gary Seiler. Folks were here from all over the place. Washington, California, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, hell Florida! It was like a big family reunion, with friends from previous IslandFests reuniting and new friends getting together for the very first time. That's probably my favorite part of IslandFest. Watching the crowd and the fun you're having.... Just to show you what kind of folks show up for this event, this year's crowd raised over $6000 for the Castaway Kids project! And many took the time to visit the local soup kitchen and barrio where we focus our volunteer efforts. I could go on and on about what an awesome time we had. But the pictures tell the story. Check 'em out. And make plans to join us Nov 14-16th 2008 for our next, and biggest, edition of IslandFest!
 

Chris Montez Bio Pic!

 
FROZEN PICTURES TO FOLLOW ACCLAIMED NEIL INNES BIOPIC WITH NONFICTION FILM ON THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF CHRIS MONTEZ HOLLYWOOD, July 2 (JONAS PR) - Hot on the heels of the world premiere of its Neil Innes biopic, The Seventh Python, Frozen Pictures announced today that its next nonfiction musical feature film will focus on the life and career of rock and pop star Chris Montez.

 Montez, best known for 1962 rocker, Let's Dance and Swingin' Sixties hits like Call Me and The More I See You, has seen international success whose versatility has moved him beyond the Oldies circuit.

 “Chris Montez is an incredibly influential musician whose life and music have touched on every major thread in rock ‘n' roll, from Latino rock to R&B, Sixties pop to lounge, surf to punk,” says Burt Kearns, who writes, produces or directs all of Frozen's projects with Brett Hudson. 

 "His story is epic. He grew up in Hawthorne, California and went to school and jammed with Brian Wilson and his brothers. He met his hero Ritchie Valens, months before his death. He toured the Deep South at with Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson. The Beatles were his opening act on their breakthrough British tour. He was washed up at 19. And then he met Herb Alpert and began a very unlikely second act.”

 “This film will rewrite rock ‘n' roll history,” adds Hudson, who wrote part of that history with The Hudson Brothers in the Sixties and Seventies. “There's a legendary story about Chris getting into a barroom brawl with John Lennon. There are questions about where those Beatle suits came from. And there's lots more."

 International Production

 Plans call for filming in Los Angeles, Branson, Europe and Mexico, including an all-star jam session that will feature Montez' greatest hits in a casual setting. “What Bono did for Roy Orbison, what Rick Rubin did for Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond, we'll do for Chris Montez,” says Hudson. “He's a very special talent who really communicates with his music." The greenlighting of the Montez project comes less than a week after Frozen Pictures' latest film, The Seventh Python, had its world premiere at the American Cinematheque's Mods & Rockers Film Festival in Hollywood. 
Reviews have been uniformly impressive, with The Los Angeles Times calling the film “charming and illuminating,” and LAist praising it as “inspired and hilarious.'”
 Hudson says the Montez story, besides "reflecting the journey and assimilation of the Mexican American from the 1950s to the first years of the 21st Century," fits in well with the Frozen Pictures' other entertaining, innovative and surprising nonfiction projects that that include the Bravo miniseries, All The Presidents' Movies with Martin Sheen and the television special, The Secret History of Rock ‘n' Roll with Gene Simmons.

 “I want to be an example”
 Montez, who recently starred at the Dick Clark ‘s American Bandstand Theatre in Branson, Missouri, is eager to bring his story to a new generation “and influence as many people as I can.

 "For me, it's always been about overcoming obstacles,” he says. “I'd like to say I grew up in a bilingual home, but my parents never spoke English. I grew up with four brothers and four sisters, and none of them finished school. I've seen discrimination against them and I've experienced it myself. But though I know the struggles of being a Mexican American, I also had tremendous opportunities. I ended up working with the Beatles-- and having the Beatles open for me! 

 "A lot of Mexican Americans know about me, and I have a lot of older fans, but I want to be an example to young people. An example that everything's possible. I've had lot of Mexican people say to me, 'You're a legend'-- I don't know what that means. I've always been an underdog. And whether you're worth ten million dollars or ten bucks, you're the same person as long as you keep that focus.”

 Lensing is set for late summer.
 

Life's Much Better In Mexico

 
Coconut Country, MexiBlues and Mariachi Fusion are found on the latest Gatlorleg/Mexmo release, Life's Much Better In Mexico, availbale now on CDBaby.com. Bobby and Leslie Sahlen have just released a new CD with songs about love and life in the beautiful beach town of San Carlos. Tubas, guitars, violins and the unque vocals of The Sahlen make for a fun listen that will have you feeling sun on your face and sand between your toes.
 

Co-Publishing Contracts!

 
Gatorlegs is delighted to have co-publishing contracts with HDMusic Now for 24 different tracks from our catalogue for use in Film and TV! These include 8 tracks from The Sahlens new CD, Life's Much Better In Mexico, 2 from Spanky McFarlance, 2 from Chris Montez, 6 from Manuelito and of course, none of us could have done these without the Twins who add 6 more to the Film and TV universe! Yeah Team!
 

Community Enrichment Series

 
Gatorlegs Music of Tucson, Arizona and the BioResMed Medical Arts Center in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico have joined forces to create the SOUNDS OF SAN CARLOS Community Enrichment Series. Music is the universal language that has proven healing abilities. To increase awareness of their soon to open treatment facility, BioResMed is sponsoring native and resident artists of San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico who otherwise would not have access to recording and sharing their talents.
 

New Releases!

 
NEW RELEASES Available now from http://wwwCDBaby.com and http://www.Bathtubmusic.com The Sahlens Killer Tomatahs Produce With An Attitude The Sahlens Radio Wedding Bobby Sahlen Abuelos Favorites Christie Forester Heartsong For Christmas
 

The Twins and Ostioneros

 
The Twins, the Giacoman boys, have recorded the theme song for the new professional Baseball Team in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico. The team's first game is tonight. Go Ostioneros!
 

Spanky Box Set Released

 
Released for sale today on Universal Spanky and Our Gang 20th CenturyMasters The Millineum Series For info http://www.spankymcfarlane.com
 

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