Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Shores of Lake Chapala, Mexico
All that Jazz!
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Seating all ready for tonight's
grown up since we first started living here in 1993. In recent years this
malecon has been built (a broad walking area down by the lake) which is
a feature for local residents, families and tourists from Guadalajara,
especially on weekends.
On the other side of the malecon
is a beach called Playa Chacaltita.
This weekend, the town hosts the
7th Sample of International Jazz.
Everybody who was anybody would be there.
Every night, every seat
was filled and it was standing room only
A dozen bands from various countries
sang, drummed and played music. There were Emmy award winners, Grammy award
winners and selections of music from North America, Mexico, Central America,
Cuba, and World Music.
It was a visual and
El Pescador - Jesus the Fisherman
From the stage and a little to the right,
is a tribute to Jesus the Fisherman. Sitting in the lake a short distance
from the beach is a man made concrete island. When the lake water is down
(Lake Chapala is a cyclical lake with wet and dry seasons affecting its
water levels) people just walk the beach area and up the steps to this
Currently, due to a
bonus of water in recent years, a raised walkway was built that makes it
easy to visit this little island and get a view of the city of Chapala from
out in the lake.
A women's a cappella band called The
Selections of modern, classic, and Mexican jazz songs were sung, with the
women making rhythm with vocal sounds and the snapping of fingers. Here they
are singing Billie Holiday's Lady Sings the Blues.
The stage and two digital side screens
As you can see, the seats are all full.
There are two digital screens, one on each side of the stage giving close
ups of the current band who is performing. The screen behind the bands was
alive with colorful images swirling, evolving and bursting into colorful
The Adrian Oropeza Trio
Adrian is playing drums/percussion with
Benjamin Garcia on the bass. Alex Mercado, who is playing the keyboard, is
outside the photo to the left.
As you can see, electric colors bathed
the stage and changed constantly.
Billy with a mesera serving
wine to the crowd
I don't know how it is in the U.S. these
days, but it is common place in Latin America to have servers offering wine,
beer and liquor to patrons attending
events or concerts. Coffee and bottled water are also available, but
they are at the main table near the light engineer.
The Adrian Oropeza Trio
Here you see the full
Trio with Alex Mercado on the keyboard. Notice the background screen has
changed once again.
Waldo Madera Group
This is Daniel Berroa on percussion from
the Waldo Madera Group. We were over 100 feet away standing at the back of
the seating area, and we could feel the sound from these congas physically
pounding in our chests!
Daniel and Waldo (who
was playing a conventional drum set to the right of this photo) were
exchanging licks, mimicking exactly what the other was doing. Hands were
flying, cymbals were clashing and drums were beaten. This drum
"introduction" before the whole group showed up on stage lasted close to 10
Who would have guessed
that a duet of drums could be so riveting?
View of the stage from
the beach area
(Editor's note: The
stone construction in the middle of the photo leading out to the right, is the
walkway to the El Pescador statue.)
The music event started at
about 7:30pm each night, but people were already in their seats before 7pm.
Those who came later or who preferred to walk around, sit on the beach, or enjoy
some food during the concert sat in the back area which you see here.
There were absolutely NO
worries about hearing the music, as it echoed all throughout this area of
Chapala. We could hear the concert clearly from our apartment terrace three
What a pleasant social
event. As you can see here in this photo, lots of Mexicans also brought their
children to enjoy the music and colors. While we walked around the cordoned off
area and the malecon itself, we met many of our friends who were
attending each night's show.
The weather was perfect for
a tee-shirt or light jacket, the music was lovely, palm trees were lighted up
decoratively, and the tropical gardens along the walkways were picture perfect.
If you would like to hear
some of the music from the concert, click on the link below:
Watch the Video here
And for the
Band evening click here
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About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are
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topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of
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they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since
1991. They wrote the popular books, The
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