Hey Folks, Steve here…
I have always enjoyed visiting Mexico either on tour or on a vacation. Mexico City, in particular, is deeply cultural and the government puts a keen focus on artistic value.
Just driving through the city one can tell that the art scene thrives. LaCasa Azul in the Coyoacan district is phenomenal.I have always found the Mexican people to be warm andfriendly with firm family values, and the fans are just wild!
So you can imagine the surprise and delight when we werecontacted by Roberto Padilla Domínguez, Technical Secretary of the Cabinet of President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, and was extended a formal invitation to Los Pinos (the official residence of the President of Mexico, equivalentto our White House) on Sunday, May 28, 2017, where I was given a “Special Acknowledgment and Distinction for Brilliance in a Musical Career.” Phew!
It was a wonderful event. Pia and I were courteously shown around the beautifully manicured 20-acre presidential grounds and attended a charming ceremony where some very nice words were spoken and some lovely gifts were received.
Mexico is a multicultural nation with deep ancestral traditions, and they have always been accompanied by a vast musical diversity. I felt privileged and grateful to receive this considerate honor and would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Mexico, its people and its diplomats for not only honoring me, but for the recognition they give to so many American and International artists.
You guys rock.