Check out the latest happenings at the Palapa Society from our Newsletter, including updates on new and existing programs, Hurricane Odile relief efforts, and exciting news about our dream of finding a permanent home for The Palapa Center. You can view it by clicking here.
Thanks to the hundreds of benefactors from all over the world over $90,000 dollars was raised for hurricane relief for Todos Santos, through GoFundMe http://www.gofundme.com/eskrns, and ICF www.icfdn.org, in addition to all ticket sales from the Todos Santos Music Festival.
Donations continue to come in for Hurricane relief and, although the main part of our relief program has come to an end, we continue to accept these donations which will be used for relief programs in the local ranches and surrounding areas as needed. We are proud that we were able to field three teams of workers, six days a week during the last three months.
Each application for aid was assessed, the need evaluated, and confirmed after completion. Through these three months over 200 lamina (metal) roofs were constructed that had been blown away in Hurricane Odile providing safe living spaces for these families.
In addition 10 complete shelters were constructed for people who had lost entire homes. Hundreds of boxes and bags of food were delivered both locally and to the sierras, families were aided in replacing clothing, kitchen appliances and household items blown away in the Hurricane, and 30,000 was donated to the Hogar de Ninos to rebuild one of their shelters.
100 percent of the donations that were received were used to pay for the relief efforts, and we thank every one of you who were part of this team to bring relief to the people of Todos Santos. We appreciate the continued support of donations and we thank you all for believing in us!
Our small town of Todos Santos, in Baja California Sur took a direct hit from Category 3 Hurricane Odile on Sunday, Sept 14th, 2014. The devastation is huge leaving no services of power or water. The markets from our small town have been depleted of supplies, many homes have been leveled, and people are struggling to survive. Still this small pueblo shows the true heart of the people of Baja with their spirit of endurance and community cooperation.
The Palapa Society of Todos Santos AC is so grateful to be able to help so many of our local towns people recover from Hurricane Odile. With your contributions we will help to feed, clothe and rebuild the homes and lives of our people in this beautiful Pueblo Magico. There are so many who have lost so much but have survived this disaster with hope and dignity. Together Todos Santos is strong and will persevere.
The Palapa Society Todos Santos is assisting more than 150 people who lost their homes and were totally displaced. We have assisted in all their needs while they are temporarily housed in Todos Santos. Phase 1 of this effort is to provide food, water, shelter and clothing.
Phase 2 of Palapa Society’s relief effort will include larger needs in the community, reconstruction and assistance with building materials for people who lost their homes.
Your generous donation is welcomed by the Palapa Society of Todos Santos Team. We are working hard in helping people in the community.
This relief effort will become a reality thanks to your generous contributions!
The Hotel California and Vaso Loco, LLC, a company founded by guitarist Peter Buck, present the fourth annual Todos Santos Music Festival, a two-week music event benefiting The Palapa Society, A.C. and other local charities. The festival, held in Todos Santos at the legendary Hotel California and in the historic Town Plaza, will take place on January 15-17 & 21-24, 2015. Tickets are now available online here.
The lineup, curated by Peter Buck, features artists spanning the rock, alt-country, and Latin genres. The festival’s first weekend will feature alt-country pioneers Old 97’s and The Jayhawks as well as 2014 Grammy Award-winning Latin quartet La Santa Cecilia. The second weekend will present performances by singer-songwriter and former Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst joined by indie Californian folk-rock band Dawes, famed indie-folk artist M. Ward, revered southern alternative country rockers Drive By Truckers, and Mexico’s critically acclaimed genre-bending ensemble Nortec Collective.
The popular local music showcase, which premiered last year as part of the festival, will return on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. The showcase will feature emerging artists from the Southern Baja community.
The 2015 festival will also welcome back special guest performers including: Peter Buck’s solo project, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, acclaimed musician and songwriter Chuck Prophet, former Dream Syndicate bandleader Steve Wynn, and vocalist-guitarist Kevn Kinney of Drivin’ N Cryin’.
The proceeds from this year’s festival will again benefit The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C., who will distribute a portion of the proceeds to other Todos Santos Charities. More information
Hotel California and Vaso Loco, LLC, a company formed by former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, will host the third annual Todos Santos Music Festival, a seven-day music event benefiting the Palapa Society, AC, who will distribute a portion of the proceeds to other Todos Santos charities. The festival will be held in Todos Santos, located in the southern Baja region of Mexico on January 16-18 & 22-25, 2014.
The Todos Santos Music Festival will feature several nights of live performances at the Hotel California, with the final show taking place in the historic Todos Santos Town Plaza. The lineup, curated by Peter Buck, features a diverse collection of artists ranging from music industry legends to emerging local talent. Confirmed acts include: Peter Buck’s solo project, alternative rock supergroup The Minus 5, the reunion of acclaimed ‘80s alternative rock group The Dream Syndicate, Southern rock outfit Drivin’ n Cryin’, breakout Mexican indie-pop group Torreblanca, Mexican rock fusion band Twin Tones, and Cumbia band Sonido Gallo Negro. The 2014 festival will also feature, for the first time, a local music showcase featuring the best up-and-coming talent in the Southern Baja area.
You can purchase tickets on our website here.
Join us in the launch of our 2013 Campaign to fulfill our vision and need for a permanent Palapa Society Center. In 2012, through the generosity of Peter Buck and Chloe Johnson, The Palapa Society was given temporary use of a building in the San Vicente neighborhood of Todos Santos to house The Palapa Center. Their kindness gave us a safe and convenient environment to administer community programs. It was their intention that The Palapa Society use this opportunity to begin a campaign to raise funds for acquisition of real property and the construction of a permanent Palapa Center. In 2013, we launched the “Palapa Building Campaign Fund” to make this opportunity a reality.
You can help us fulfill our vision by making a donation to the “Palapa Building Campaign Fund”
• Online: An on-line US tax deductible contribution can be made through the International Community Foundation.
• Direct Deposit/Wire Transfer: A direct deposit or wire transfer donation can be made to The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. account (please note, for “Palapa Building Campaign”) to:
Blvd. Benito Juárez, esq. Zaragoza s/n, Todos Santos, B.C.S., MX
Account No.: 0171817345
Routing # (CLABE): 12040001718173454
Swift Number: BCMRMXMMPYM
Branch Number: 5226 Todos Santos
2013 Todos Santos Music Festival Art Auction.
We are excited to announce that there will be an Art Auction during the Todos Santos Music Festival, with all proceeds benefiting The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, AC. The Auction will be held between sets on Friday, January 18th, 2013 at The Hotel California. Some of the items for Auction include:
• REM memorabilia,
• Art from local Todos Santos artist Gabriel Rodriquez,
• Michael Stipe has contributed bronzed cassette sculptures
• A Eastwood guitar signed by the 2013 TSMF Musical Artists
and so much more. Read more about it here.