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Best Rock 'n' Roll Road Trip Phoenix 2009 - Circus Mexicus with Roger Clyne

Even though they're not very active in the sleepy resort town, warring Mexican drug lords have put a damper on things in Rocky Point. But Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers still put on one of the best parties you'll ever attend. Clyne, who's made a career out of mythologizing the restless beauty of life in the border towns in the Sonoran Desert, gives his diehard fans ("Peaceheads" they're called, much to their chagrin) from across the country a chance to live his songs for a weekend with this now-annual event. Even for non-fans, it's a blast: Circus Mexicus is like partying in Key West with Jimmy Buffett during his deadbeat years. The event culminates in a three-hour show in which the Tempe-bred former Refreshments singer and his band play pretty much every song in their catalog while fireworks periodically explode overhead, but the entire weekend is a blast for anyone who enjoys Tecate, tacos, or the beach.

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Jewell Hill
Jewell Hill

Perfect winner here! I couldn't agree more! I've been to two RCPM Circus Mexicus joyfests/concerts and intend to make it a family & friends tradition henceforth. Drove from CO one year with a a posse of fun-loving, song-singing Peacemakers, flew last year (so economical from CO), and it was fantastic! I can recommend this trip to anyone, whether they've yet to discover your local treasure/genius (Roger Clyne) or not. The beach was lovely, Sea of Cortez cool & crystal clear, the food was fab, cervesas were icy-cold, lodgings elegant & affordable, locals were friendly, and RCPM ROCKED the whole place. We're saving up for next June as I write. Congratulations and muchas gracias mi hermanos - RCPM! ;-)