Girls Just Wanna Weekend
January 30 - February 3, 2019
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
We are absolutely blown away by the incredible community and unparalleled positive energy that surrounded our first trip to paradise for Girls Just Wanna Weekend. Thank you to all the fans, artists, and staff who believed in the vision and joined us on this inaugural journey to Mexico!
Beginning with Brandi’s beautiful toast to start the weekend, we could feel magic in the air. Mornings started with fitness activities like water aerobics and yoga, afternoons were filled with blue skies and fun poolside activities like lip sync contests and sushi rolling classes, and evenings were spent watching out for everyone’s favorite permanent residents on the legendary monkey tour.
One highlight was the Indigo Girls' songwriting workshop where we asked Amy & Emily questions about their history together, songwriting process, and shared the joy their music has brought. Another highlight was Brandi-oke, where 10 participants were selected out of over 140 submissions to sing karaoke to Brandi Carlile's songs with Brandi, Tim Hanseroth, and Phil Hanseroth as the backing band! Each performance was unique and amazing - congratulations again to all who participated!
As the sun began to set we watched shows on the Heaven Beach stage, enjoying amazing tunes with our toes in the sand or floating in the Caribbean Sea. A quick bite to eat later and we were in the Concert Courtyard at the amazing Main Stage area surrounded by bars and specialty catered food by our friends at E&M Munchies. (Did someone say churros?!)
Our amazing artists brought magic to the stage as we sang and danced along with songs both old and new. From bonafide legends Shawn Colvin, The Indigo Girls, and Mavis Staples to future legends Maren Morris, Lucius, and KT Tunstall, there was no shortage of talent to be heard at Girls Just Wanna Weekend 2019.
Brandi Carlile performed multiple times on the Main Stage including two unique sets with her band, one songs in the round performance with the other fabulous women on the lineup, and of course, the legendary Ladies of the 80s show which had us all dancing and singing with joyful unity; the perfect way to close out an amazing event together!