Mayan Holidaze, Jan 2011
Mayan Holidaze 2011
January 20-24, 2011
Now Sapphire Resort
Puerto Morelos, Mexico - Mayan Riviera
For 3 years, we cherished our experiences with the Biscuits & Umphrey's in Jamaica. But we decided to take it up a notch…move to Mexico and add our good friends STS9. Well the vibe just got even better with them around! And to boot, Now Sapphire in gorgeous Mayan Riviera was such a stunning resort that we all walked around for a week with our mouths gaped open. Wonderful restaurants, ideal soft beach, friendly Mexican hospitality and we were all in one resort with a bigger stage just steps away from our rooms! What could make us happier?
The way it worked was that each of the 3 bands played 2 full shows plus one special set. The special sets were OUTSTANDING: The Biscuits performed as Tractorbeam, one of their alter egos which is very sought after by Biscuit fans, STS9 performed Axe the Cables, their RARE acoustic ditty and Umphrey's created Eliga La Musica, an all request set by their fans. It was spectacular all around. Brendan Bayliss & Jeff Austin sang sweet songs at sunset under the guise of 30db, Jake Cinninger hosted an AWESOME Guac Making Contest, Emancipator and The Album Leaf were great support acts and one of the major highlights of the week was the major NFC/AFC Championship party. Everyone came ready to root for their favorite team and the resort set us up with an amazing Mexican buffet style spread, just like it would have been back in the states at a Super Bowl Party!
It was just over the top all around. We fell in love with the resort day and night and just couldn't wait to get back next year!