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18 June 2014

Calaveras County, Mexico & TEDxTalk

10252006_10152388416749578_2358884766754473129_nTours to the Gold Country and Mexico


It is always with great pleasure that I accept performance opportunities in California’s Gold Country.  For me, it is like stepping back in time.  I enjoy staying at the Historic Hotels like the National Hotel in Jackson, CA and the Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill, CA.  This area is peaceful and makes for a wonderful get-a-way.  I feel at home when I pass through Chili Gulch which is the plaque that honors all the Chileans that came to this country during the Gold Rush.  I love the fact that Mark Twain wrote about the Frog Race that still takes place in Murphys, CA.  There are antique stores everywhere that reminisce about days gone by.


I started off the intensive weekend by giving a talk at the TEDxConstitution Drive (Menlo Park) posted below “From Body Casts to the Stages of the World”, after which I performed for the German American School Fundraiser in Los Altos Hills.  Then I was off to the Gold Country where I performed at the Petroglyphe Art Gallery in Mokelumne Hill, CA.  My hosts, Denise Ebbett and her grandchildren Daniel 6, McKenna 12 and Dylan 9, made me feel right at home.  The audience was super warm and appreciative.  After the concert I had a fantastic meal at the Hotel Leger and slept beautifully in my candlelit room with balcony and fireplace.  The following day I taught a Masterclass at the Bret Hart High School which was sponsored by Altus Flutes.  I get a kick out of teaching and the kids always love experiencing my “Intro to Beatboxing” instruction.  We all had a great time.  I drove home only to re-pack my bags the following morning at 4am…. for Mexico!


I flew to Puerto Vallarta and immediately, THE SAME DAY, I had to perform.  That was really “cutting it close”.  But it’s all worth it when I get a standing ovation from 2,000 cheering people.  I collapsed to sleep that night from exhaustion.  I had a great day in Cabo San Lucas where it was a cloudless, spectacularly brilliant day.  I chose to go snorkeling.  What a treat!  Although, it was not Tahiti where I was Scuba Certified, it was refreshingly amazing.  The tip of Cabo San Lucas is always a breathtaking sight.  From the teal colored waters, to the natural arch and caves, Cabo is always an enchanting panorama.  I had a lot fun creating the James Bond Spoof that you can view on my Facebook page.