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By Shandra Keesecker-Rivero
Donning shorts, sandals, and a comfy beach shirt, trop-rock minstrel Mark Mulligan delighted a full house at Carribbean Parrot on Friday evening, Oct. 4th. Mulligan is no stranger to these parts after having resided in Puerto Peñasco for stints at a time, as told through a number of his songs. In one of these, Mark includes lyrics about memorable dives such as the former Margaritavilla on the way to the Mirador. Other tunes bring up images of walking on the beach with no one around, or fishing out in the Sea of Cortez. Mark is currently up for two Trop Rock Music Association Awards: one for his most recent album Back to Laid Back as well as his song “Too Much Wishing, Not Enough Fishing.” Awards will be given out at the TRMA Awards Oct. 31st in Key West, Florida.
While Mark was here, he extended an invitation to anyone into Trop-Rock to pack up their bags and a hammock and plan to attend his 2014 Island Fest, from April 4th – 6th. This year the Island Fest is within driving distance as it’ll take place in San Carlos, Sonora, and include the likes of Kelly McGuire and James “Sunny Jim” White. More information at: Mark Mulligan’s Island Fest
It’s worth noting there was no entry fee for Mark’s Friday night’s performance in Puerto Peñasco, which opened with the musical talents of Jesse Gerardo. Instead, people were asked to donate any amount they wished to help out local charities. The Las Conchas Community Relations Committee, which works with a number of local charities and groups in town, was delighted to report that after covering performance expenses they managed to raise over $300 US from the night’s donations.