The Costa Rica Blues Festival was the idea of Mauricio “Mo” Ledezma, leader of the local blues band Blues Devils. Mo, who missed the traditional summer blues festivals from the USA, decided to recreate them by organizing with a group of friends, the first festival, which took place at the Club Cubano in Escazú, San Jose, Costa Rica on February 2008.
Mo, who was born in Chicago to Costa Rican parents, founded his band in the year 2001, and has been very active ever since, bringing blues music and rock and roll all over the country.
Since 2008, the Cosa Rica Blues festival has brought many great artists from the USA and other countries such as Smokin Joe Kubek, Texas Johny Brown, Guitar Shorty, Donnie Walsh, Sonny Boy Terry, Chris Ruest, Gene Taylor, Diunna Greenleaf, Sparky Parker and Annika Chambers.
In 2015, the Festival took place in Playa Potrero, Guanacaste. Playa Potrero is the perfect stage for an outdoor festival, with the beautiful beach, the sun, great food, and course, the music. Since 2015, the festival has taken place is this magnificent scenario.
The Costa Rica Blues Festival is a charitable event that benefits an organization called Abriendo Mentes. This local NGO works on empowering individuals from rural/underserved communities in Guanacaste, Costa Rica to develop the skills they need to seize educational and economic opportunities for themselves and their families by promoting culture and teaching English, computers, sports and arts. All proceeds from the festival benefit Abriendo Mentes.