june 9-12, 2016
tickets on sale now
june 9-12, 2016
tickets on sale now
It began in 2000 when the recently formed Peacemakers simply visited Rocky Point looking for a place to play. The Baja Cantina granted them electricity for amps, a bar tab and the 40 or so in attendance witnessed show number 1. Fast forward 17 years, numerous venues, countless discussions with border guards, monsoons, swine flus, sunburns and hangovers later, Circus Mexicus continues it's annual fiesta each June. Peacemakers from 32 States and 7 countries called it home last year. Some call it RCPM’s “annual convention” others call it their “summer vacation kick off.” Regardless, everybody agrees it’s a weekend when clocks rotate counterclockwise, music fills the air and people from all walks of life join as one.
Here's what you can expect below, check back often for updates.
VOTED BEST ROCK N ROLL ROAD TRIP BY PHOENIX NEW TIMES, 2009.
SELECTED AS ONE OF THE 101 BUCKET LIST THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE BY PHOENIX MAGAZINE, 2013.
NOMINATED BEST OF MUSIC FESTIVAL BY PHOENIX NEW TIMES, 2015.
For those early birds needing a head start on their attitude adjustment, Thursday can be a relaxing day to discover Puerto Penasco before the crowds arrive. Head over to Shark Bite or Beach Bum on the Malecon to watch the sun set over the Sea of Cortez. Visit Latitude 31 for a view of the harbor or Sr. Amigos for drinks on the waterfront. Wrecked at The Reef and Boo Bar are always busy showing whatever sports you're missing from back home. See what the local fisherman brought in that day or leave the cooking to somebody else at one of the many seaside restaurants.
The music kicks off at Banditos followed by an evening at our favorite third world cantina in Cholla Bay, JJ's Cantina. Cold beer, warm tacos and plenty of tequila set the tone for what's to come the entire weekend. Admission is included with any pre-purchased Circus Mexicus ticket, otherwise it's $10 at the door for the Thursday performances at JJ's Cantina.
Forgot to buy your tequila before you left home? Banditos will be selling bottles of Mexican Moonshine inside their Cabana Bar all weekend in addition to shots by the glass. Want to support Circus Mexicus' charity efforts? Buy your raffle tickets Thursday, Friday or Saturday for your chance to win great prizes and experiences. More importantly, all of the money raised stays in Penasco to help D.I.F., La Casa de Esperanza para los Ninos, The Penasco Youth Sports Foundation and Equine Therapy for Kids.
See the CM Schedule page for scheduled performances.
Start your day with breakfast at Rosy's or Guiseppe's. Go snorkeling, para-sailing or see Penasco from the air in an Ultra Light. Rent a wave runner or an ATV. Swim, lay out on the beach, or take a boat trip to Bird Island. Golf at nearby courses including 2 Jack Nicklaus Signature designs. Read your favorite self help book.
Grab lunch at Al Capone's Seafood and Pizzeria with live music on the patio beginning at Noon. The fun continues at Banditos around 4:00 with an acoustic sets inside. Doors at the Mexican Moonshine Main Stage open at 6:00, the first of four bands will plug in at 7:00 including The Refreshments with Brian Blush followed by RCPM both doing their first sets, fireworks, surprise guests and who knows what else? Details can be found at the CM Schedule tab.
Have you ever seen RCPM from backstage? This is your opportunity buy purchasing Backstage VIP Passes while supplies last, which not only include admission to both the Friday and Saturday shows, but will get you access to the Peacemaker Lounge presented by Socko Energy and stage deck views just a few feet away and level with all of the bands behind and side stage. A limited number of VIP tickets will sell out, get yours today. Admission to all other shows throughout the weekend are included.
For those not within walking distance, parking for the Friday and Saturday night shows will be available at the Sonoran Sea for a $5 charity donation.
Still haven't had enough? An after hours show on the outdoor stage at Banditos will start immediately after RCPM.
Roger Clyne’s annual Rock and Beach Soccer Tournament on the beach at Wrecked At the Reef starts at 9:00...AM that is! Wrecked At the Reef is located less than a mile west of the Sandy Beach condos toward Cholla Bay. Over 100 players vie for bragging rights for a year in the name of fun. Even more come out to support them, watch 3 bands perform on the patio stage, take a warm swim in the Sea of Cortez or master their favorite beach games of inactivity. Proceeds benefit The Penasco Youth Sports Foundation. Allow a few minutes for a quick afternoon siesta, water and a well earned shower.
Then prepare to rock your socks off again! Night two of The Refreshments with Brian Blush and Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers is back on the Mexican Moonshine Main Stage including more great bands, fireworks and different Refreshments and RCPM set lists from Friday night.
Past Circus Mexicus guests have included Cracker, Sand Rubies, The Pistoleros, Johnny Hickman, The Black Moods, Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Strolling Bones, Sons of Bill, The Railbenders, Dead Rock West, Shurman, Brian Blush, Angie Stevens, Andy Hersey, Massy Ferguson, Eddie Spaghetti of The Supersuckers, The Jons, The Toluenes, Jim Dalton, Todd Snider, Tramps and Thieves, Elvis Before Noon, Jason Boots and Random Karma. Who knows who’ll show up this year?
The rock will continue to roll into the wee hours with another after hours show at Banditos immediately after RCPM's set.
Hungry? Of course you will be so join us roof top at the inaugural Xochitl's Breakfast Jam in Cholla Bay at 9am. Revive yourself with a great breakfast, Mexican Moonshine Tequila Maria's and more. Beginning at Noon, JJ's Cantina plays host to the Mananathon, a day long jam session geared to those who can delay their trip back to reality until Monday. Bands from the entire weekend will get together playing whatever they want and taking turns sitting in with one another. It's a chance for fans to hang with the bands, float in Cholla Bay, find your misplaced keys, get an autograph or form a caravan for the way home.
Banditos will cap off the weekend with Jim Dalton's now infamous Domingo Borracho Show. Eddie Spaghetti will join Jim for the shenanigans this year.
All shows are Rain or Shine and ticket sales are final. If weather forces a delay in the show, RCPM will make every effort to return and finish the show.
Photography at Circus Mexicus shows is permitted for personal use, not for commercial applications. Please do not use flash photography after the third song.
In 2008, RCPM challenged themselves to record 8 songs in 8 days in a makeshift Cholla Bay recording studio which eventually became the foundation for the Turbo Ocho album. They captured the process with an HD video camera and uploaded the highlights daily on the band’s website. Much of that video is available today on the DVD side of the the Turbo Ocho CD available at peacetimegoods.com. Excitement to perform those songs coupled with cabin fever fed the idea to announce an impromptu sunset concert on the patio at JJ’s Cantina on the 8th day. With very little notice, a few hundred fans dropped everything and headed for Mexico to hear those songs performed for the first time.
Since then, January Jam at JJ’s has become an annual mainstay on RCPM’s touring calendar. Response from the greatest rock-n-roll fan base in the world has given RCPM a chance to create another weekend where the rock sizzles while much of the U.S. remains frozen.
January Jam will take a break in 2016 and we look forward to its return in January, 2017.
All shows are all ages with kids under 14 free accompanied by a paying adult. Those under 18 must leave the premise immediately following the performance.