Cabo San Lucas is known for its raucous nightlife scene, and the great live music that can be found in local bars, clubs, and restaurants. And for all the attention given to Sammy Hagar’s latest unpublicized appearance at Cabo Wabo, or other headlining acts that come through town for special events, there is a great roster of less publicized talent that can be seen on a regular basis.
One of the best of the current crop is guitarist Cash Ross. The Philadelphia born Ross ended up in San Lucas through a roundabout series of events. After years of playing music in the United States and the Caribbean, he met his current girlfriend while doing a show in San Carlos, Mexico, and decided to stay in the country for a bit. After a brief stop in Ensenada, he came to Cabo four months ago and has been busily plying his craft ever since, much to the delight of local music lovers who appreciate his storytelling skills and sardonic humor.
With a set list that combines country with alternative folk and rock, covers and originals, Ross is one of the few local acts that does not focus on traditional Mexican music, high octane rock and roll, or old Jimmy Buffet covers. Describing his music as a “progressive country with a dash of Springsteen,” Ross hearkens back to an earlier generation of songwriting, one in which musicianship was defined not only by deft instrumental mastery and original material, but by the uniqueness and authenticity of your voice.
This hip, low-key style has gone over very well in Cabo, and Ross has become a musical fixture not only at Cabo Lounge, the de rigeur watering hole of locals and expats, but also at Rips, one of the most popular downtown tourist bars. In addition to Rips and the Cabo Lounge, Ross will soon be appearing at Cabo Nights, set to open at the former location of Pirate Porky’s