The Inside Scoop on Sammy Hagar’s Annual Cabo Birthday Bash
When Mercury Insurance first contacted Jake Britt, the winner of our first Sammy Hagar Birthday Bash Sweepstakes, we discovered he is a diehard Redhead. He and his wife Lisa recently traveled to Cabo to attend two nights of the highly-coveted Birthday Bash, meet the legend himself and explore the sights.
Here, Jake gives an insider’s look into what it was like to finally be able to check Sammy’s Birthday Bash off his bucket list.
MERCURY: What was the first thing you did once you landed in Cabo and traveled to your hotel?
Jake: Once we arrived at the hotel, the AXS TV crew was there waiting for us. They recorded our initial reaction to the hotel while we walked around taking it all in. The crew was amazing and quickly made us feel at ease. Once we finished recording, we went to our room and were amazed at the beautiful view of the pool and ocean. After we unpacked, we made our way out to explore the resort and put our toes in the sand.
MERCURY: How did you spend your downtime between shows? What activities did you take advantage of in Cabo?
Jake: This was my and Lisa’s first time away that wasn’t a “family trip,” so it was nice to do things at our own pace and enjoy spending time together. On the first day, we just enjoyed the resort before heading to downtown Cabo for dinner and the show. The second day began early with horseback riding, which was good as the temperature started rising quickly. Horseback riding was fun and it was hilarious watching everybody trying to get their horses to go where they wanted. The last day was spent enjoying the beautiful resort, the pools, fitness center and the beach before getting ready for the final show.
MERCURY: Jason Bonham, Michael Anthony and Vic Johnson were listed for the show line-up. Were there any surprise guests and who were you most excited to see (aside from Sammy, of course)?
Jake: Along with Sammy and the rest of the guys from The Circle, there were also surprise special guests. Jerry Cantrell, Vinnie Paul, and Alex Gonzalez all joined in at different times to rock out with Sammy. It was awesome seeing those guys perform and having so much fun on stage. The set list covered everything from Sammy’s solo career, Van Halen, Chickenfoot, Alice In Chains, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and more! The shows were amazing and easily the most fun I’ve had at a concert.
MERCURY: What was it like to meet Sammy?
Jake: The evening that we were to meet Sammy was filled with anticipation and excitement. Once we made it up to the meet-and-greet area, we barely had time to look at some of the historic photos on the walls when Sammy came out to meet us. I have to say that I was somewhat star-struck and was grinning ear to ear. Sammy met Lisa and me and chatted it up to the camera about us winning the contest. You could tell that Sammy tries hard to make sure everybody feels welcome and to meet everybody there. The moment passed in a blink of an eye, but that grin was fixed to my face for the rest of the night.
MERCURY: Will you and Lisa go back for Sammy’s Birthday Bash next year?
Jake: Lisa and I have already discussed it and we will most definitely try to head back to Cabo for Sammy’s Birthday Bash next year! Just like Van Halen’s song Cabo Wabo says, “You go there once, you’ll be there twice.” Truer words have never been said … or sung.
MERCURY: What advice would you give next year’s sweepstakes winner to help them prepare? Is there anything they should pack, places they should visit or restaurants to try out?
Jake: That is a great question. The first thing that I would tell next year’s sweepstakes winner is that they are about to embark on an amazing adventure. Lisa and I had such a great time, more than we could have ever expected. The best advice that I can give is to relax, go with the flow and try to take in as much as possible. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity so enjoy it to the highest level. When you see the people standing for hours in the heat for a chance to get into the show, you will truly appreciate everything that winning the sweepstakes brings.
Regarding restaurants, we honestly didn’t have a bad meal while we were there. The seafood is phenomenal and the portions are huge. From the nicest restaurant to the corner taquerias, we really enjoyed it all. Cabo San Lucas is a great town and we always felt safe and welcome and we can’t wait to get back there again.
MERCURY: Any additional comments?
Jake: Lisa and I would like to thank Mercury Insurance and Sammy Hagar for giving us the opportunity to be a part of something as special as this trip was. We also want to give our love and gratitude to everybody that we had the pleasure of sharing this trip with us. The awesome folks from Mercury Insurance, AEG Global and AXS TV truly made this the most memorable experience that we’ve ever had and we feel proud to call all of them our friends.