The Nashville Music community has a strange and wonderful fascination with Isla Mujeres. Although only 30 minutes off the Cancun coast, it feels a million miles away in vibe, appearance and energy. This tiny Caribbean spec is a secret second home for many Nashville writers, artists and music industry folks. On any given day you can be in the Chedraui (the island’s central grocery store) and find so many familiar faces, it’s like visiting the Green Hills Kroger.
Isla Mujeres is an isolated and peaceful jewel, where golf carts and walking are the main means of transportation. Traveling its grid of tiny streets you’ll discover lovely people, great beaches, fishing, swimming and just peaceful, restful living! Some ex-pats refer to the Isla as Mexico’s “Greenwich Village.” There are no chain restaurants or hotels, only local family owned stores loaded with Mexican community charm.
The Island Time Fishing and Music Fest (Feb. 15-20, 2016) is an annual week-long event to benefit the Island’s Little Yellow School House. It’s been quietly going on for years, with everyone from Craig Wiseman to Phil Vassar donating performance time and talent to create a magical week loaded with one-of-a-kind performances at radically cool small beach venues. There’s music every day and night from A-list songwriter rounds, to full band performances, barefoot on the beach!
The “Founding Fathers Quartet” comprised of Jon Stone, Nick Norman, Lewis Brice and Joal Rush has been the event’s anchor talent and organizer. These guys have been rocking the Fest for years and through their circles the word escaped in the Nashville music community of how much fun the week is and done in support of an amazing cause.
What is truly rewarding is that the week of music, will raise enough funding to fully operate The Little Yellow School House for another year! It’s a loving and special facility, providing life skill and essential educational guidance to extreme special needs children.
Each year the artists, roadies, sound folks, organizers, event staff and even the folks cleaning up are all strictly volunteer! This means that every penny and peso goes to the school. It’s such a remarkable expression of generosity from Nashville’s music community. As you’ll see below the caliber of these artists, musicians, and songwriters means Isla music fans will have unique access to a incredible list of performers.
Skip Bishop of Studio 1Bee Entertainment, is one of many “Isla-Holics” who live in Nashville and visit the island several times a year.
How to get involved…
Kellie Pickler, Jerrod Niemann, Love & Theft,
and More Set to Perform at
Island Time Music and Fishing Fest
ISLA MUJERES, Q.R., Mexico (October 5, 2015) – The island paradise of Isla Mujeres will welcome an informal delegation of Nashville musicians, singers, and songwriters—along with fans, fun lovers, and fishermen—for The Island Time Music and Fishing Fest, Feb. 15-20, 2016. This year’s performance lineup includes both promising and pedigreed artists and an appealing mixture of styles, genres, and repertoires. A partial list of those songwriters and entertainers scheduled to appear includes (in no particular order) Kellie Pickler, Jerrod Niemann, Blackjack Billy, Love & Theft, LOCASH, Lucas Hoge, Kyle Jacobs, American Young, Nick Norman, Natalie Stovall, Lewis Brice, Joal Rush, Hailey Steele, Rob Hatch, and Ryan Rickman.
The event’s six day schedule features a series of intimate, live performances in local venues (including a luxurious private residence) along with a fishing tournament that coincides with the winter migration of sailfish to the local waters.
“There’s not another gathering like this anywhere else in the Caribbean,” observes Chris Shannon of island-based Mundaca Real Estate, a Canadian businessman, who has made his home in Isla Mujeres for over a decade and spearheads fundraising for the school. “The music, the people, the spirit of the locals—it all comes together for one incredible week. The money we raise keeps the Little Yellow Schoolhouse going and growing.”
Proceeds from event tickets, the fishing tournament, an online memorabilia auction, and sales of commemorative merchandise will fund the operations of the Little Yellow Schoolhouse, which provides services to the special needs children of Isla Mujeres at no charge.
Bundled tickets for the event range from $199 to $249 per person and additional pricing for select events is also available (IslandTimeMusicFest.com)
About The Little Yellow Schoolhouse
The Little Yellow School House in Isla Mujeres began with one room, six students and a really big dream. Thanks to generous donors, and years of support from the Island Time Music and Fishing Festival, the school now has six classrooms, full-time teachers and over 50 students. The school has achieved a 70% success rate of returning local special needs children to traditional school environments.