Comings and Goings: Spring Jazz

Comings…

Thursday, March 21 at Cuates y Cuetes on the beach by the pier, Tom Coster, Honored Guest, plays with Martin Montenegro at the 23rd Annual Music and Jazz Festival that continues to March 28th.

Saturday, March 23 at Incanto at 7 pm, the debut of “Country Roads” starring Paul Aleman. I have a front-row seat for this performance by my lovely friend Paul whose crystal clear voice and exceptional guitar work brings back the endearing, always relevant music of John Denver. This show is selling out fast; Paul’s second performance is on the 25th, Monday – also likely to be packed!

Thursday, March 28th, at Incanto at 7 pm, Opening Night of the third season of the great Vallarta Vocalistas. Eight local expats – each one a star – join to create sometimes-fun, often exhilarating takes on songs you will likely know and cherish. Every year they produce a brand new show that reflects hundreds of hours of rehearsals among friends that adore one another and the ‘work.’

Friday, March 29th, at the Palm Cabaret at 7, the soonest I can get to see – again – the incredibly talented Jimmy James.He stunned theatregoers last fall with his vocal impressions and his easy, vulnerable, just this-side-of-shy-persona on stage.Jimmy will be at The Palm Cabaret for two weeks, don’t miss him. Really.

…and Goings

David Bowie. This tribute show by Canadian Jeremy Wright left me spellbound. I asked Jacqui Birchall to please ask him to meet me on Incanto’s terrace after his matinee for a quick, informal interview and was inordinately happy when he agreed. Forty-five minutes of chatting evaporated in one second and made him late for his ride. He is staying in Bucerias and performing at the Luna Lounge as other artists besides David Bowie.

As usual, I checked with audience members to see how the artist lived up to their expectations – across the board they were thrilled with every aspect of the show. Costumes, make-up, song choices, mannerisms – everything correct. Another comment – Jeremy is not used to performing Bowie with tracks; usually, he has a full orchestra or band behind him. This is also true of his other tribute shows – he is a pianist, guitarist, and actor. I will have more on Jeremy after his last performance at Incanto as one of the Brothers Gibb aka the BeeGees.

The tribute to Led Zeppelin was so great: see my review entitled “Kashmir” elsewhere in this issue.

Marcia Blondin