Friday, February 1, Palm Cabaret, Arte Puro at 7 pm. There are still some tickets available for this sure to be sold-out concert with brilliant flamenco guitarist Wolfgang “Lobo” Fink and Geo Urich, violinist and guitarist of Duende and Luna Rumba. This will be fabulous. Period.
The most critical fundraiser of the year for I AM PV (Instituto de Artes Musicales Puerto Vallarta) takes place first in Nuevo Vallarta this Thursday at Jardin Montenegro. Everyone who knows Cuates y Cuetes Restaurant/Bar down by the Pier knows Martin and his fantastic saxophone stylings. This is his lovely garden venue in Nuevo Vallarta.
The second classical performance of ‘Sonidos de Vallarta’ is Saturday, February 2 at 7 pm., at the Cuale Cultural Centre. Come at six for wine and hors-d’oeuvres. For those who aren’t sure where the cultural center is – get on the Island and walk away from the sea, cross Insurgentes Street, and keep going until you find it at the opposite end of the Island. The large patio fronting the Cultural Center will be the location of more concerts this season and all summer long. See my other column From Here in this issue for a bit more background detail.
Saturday, February 2, at Incanto Theatre. The remarkable Amberley Beatty stars as Patsy Cline. Amberley surprised a whole lot of people last season including Tracy Parks, owner of Incanto and self-professed Patsy Cline Snob. He loved Amberley’s reincarnation of Ms. Cline so well, he added another show immediately to his roster. That one too sold out. Showtime for “Real Patsy” is 7 pm.
Michael Danckert is a musical chameleon – changing his voice, mannerisms and on-stage persona so completely it’s baffling. So far this season he has brought to life Mick Jagger’s voice and swagger; Roy Orbison’s shy demeanor, operatic voice, and brilliant guitar work. In the Eagles Tribute, Michael rocked on guitar and piano and that voice creating those impeccable harmonies with Cape Breton Island native Aaron Solomon, that made/keep the Eagles famous. Before this issue hits the streets the two of them will have come and gone as the Beach Boys.
When I go to Tribute shows, I make a habit of asking folks around me, their thoughts and feelings of what they are hearing and seeing. This is mostly because I am not a fan of anybody it seems so I don’t know any of the songs for the most part. I couldn’t name more than one Garth Brooks song, and Neil Diamond was popular when I was otherwise engaged, but I am so much a fan of Will Chalmers who does both of these singers such justice, that I am amazed at his talent and his effect on an audience. How wonderful to be able to take people back in their lives years and decades sometimes where we were young and to hear again the music that helped shape who we have become.
To all of Merv Buchanan’s terrific stars that appear here in Vallarta at Incanto and El Rio BBQ, The Luna Lounge in Bucerias, take a bow with my heartfelt thanks.