Boquete Jazz Festival: The beautiful Chiriqui Highlands have long been one of Panama’s most favorite vacation and retirement spots, and the jewel of Chiriqui province is beautiful Boquete (GPS 8º 46′ 30″N, 82º 26′ W) home of about 25,000 including some 2,500 retired expats from all over the world.
Located at an elevation of 3,000 ft it is also the home of some of the best coffees in the world.
BOQUETE JAZZ FESTIVAL VOLCAN BARU
The cool, crisp mountain air on the slopes of towering Volcan Baru, Panama’s highest mountain, delicious fresh mountain water.
An abundant nature with lots of flowers, flamboyantly flowering trees and hundreds of species of birds plus the closeness to two oceans have attracted visitors from all over the world.
The natural beauty of Boquete is the perfect setting to stimulate the creative talents and artistic abilities of those who live here as well as those who come for a visit.
So it is no surprise that this small town hosts a lively art and music scene which culminates in the annual Boquete Jazz Festival.
Right from the start in 2007 the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival has been the biggest music event in the province of Chiriqui.
Since 2012, the event was also the first ever festival in Panama to showcase first-class international Blues acts in addition to notable Panamanian and Latin American artists featuring Jazz and Latin American music styles, and they were a great success!
The Boquete Jazz Festival is an annual non-profit, community-based event that is organized and run exclusively by unpaid volunteers. It is not a commercial event.
VISION, MISSION AND DEDICATION
The main activities are the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival, and the support of musical education in local schools as well as giving scholarships to talented students.
Our vision is to firmly place Boquete on the national and international map of Jazz and Blues events that are not to be missed.
Our mission is to promote the musical arts and tourism in the Chiriqui highlands and beyond by attracting growing numbers of Panamanian as well as international music-aficionados to this beautiful area.
Our dedication is to support musical education at schools in the Boquete area. To this end 100% of the festival profits go to our Music for Schools program to buy musical instruments and to improve musical education in schools.
Here’s a partial line-up for Boquete Jazz Festival 2017, but there’s a lot more to come: Lowrider, Carolyn Wonderland, Guy Davis, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Maria Rivas, Randy Oxford and Ron Hacker.