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A Journey Into Paradise

2013 Strings & Sol Bluegrass Festival Comes to Riviera Maya,Mexico

11 December, 2013

This year,the Strings & Sol American bluegrass festival comes to Puerto Morelos December 11-15,bringing together some of today’s best progressive bluegrass bands in one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. The event will be held at the Now Sapphire all-inclusive resort in Puerto Morelos,which lies in the heart of Mexico’s stunning Riviera Maya,just 25 minutes from the Cancun International Airport.

The festival will include live performances by Yonder Mountain String Band,Railroad Earth and Leftover Salmon,as well as Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCourys and Greensky Bluegrass. The all-star lineup promises to bring plenty of energy,along with opportunities for guests to meet their favorite artists during a variety of events,including a special autograph signing.

Now Sapphire is a luxurious all-inclusive resort,with large suites,an on-site spa,gourmet restaurants,a pristine beachfront and gorgeous ocean views. More than 1,000 bluegrass music fans are expected to attend the event,which will provide the opportunity to hear great music while lounging on the beach.

Once just a small fishing village in Mexico’s Riviera Maya,today Puerto Morelos is home to every imaginable modern amenity,including upscale private residences,condos,hotels and resorts. In addition,the town’s main square is home to a variety of fabulous local restaurants that offer up fresh seafood and dishes prepared with local ingredients. In recent years,Puerto Morelos has also been an important part of the region’s sea turtle conservation efforts,with area resorts working closely with city councils and the department of ecology to protect this magical species.

A variety of other activities involving the artists will also be available for attendees to enjoy,including poolside bingo hosted by Keller Williams and Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon,as well as a guacamole contest judged by Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band and a late night picking party with several of the scheduled performers. Other events include a banjo,mandolin and fiddle contest open to anyone that will be judged by the performers,as well as an instrument workshop with Andy Goessling of Railroad Earth and a mandolin clinic with John Skehan of Railroad Earth and Ronnie McCoury of Travelin’ McCourys.

In addition,Adam Aijala of Yonder Mountain String Band,Mike Devol of Greensky Bluegrass and several members of the Travelin’ McCourys will host a deep sea fishing excursion,while Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass and Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth will host a snorkeling adventure. Finally,several performers will host a special excursion to the nearby town of Tulum,which is home to a stunning ancient Mayan pyramid overlooking the sea. Now Sapphire also offers beachside yoga classes,golf,tennis and water sports,along with a variety of opportunities for guests to sample and prepare local cuisine.

For more information,visit www.stringsandsol.com.

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