Getting Ready for Fall and Winter Music in Puerto Vallarta

By Christie Seeley

Summer season in Puerto Vallarta is wrapping up and venues are gearing up for the fall/winter season.  Babel Bar on the Rio Cuale has presented some great music in its outdoor garden area next to the river for the last several months.  Spanish guitarist Diego Mateo and Nacho Flores, a maestro on many wonderful string instruments, make up the talented group Moruno, along with Santiago Martin, Spanish vocalist and guitarist and Dani Choy on percussion have brightened up many Saturday afternoons.  Eduardo Leon and Zoe Wood have joined them with gypsy guitar, voice and original compositions.

Just down the island at the Insurgentes bridge, the restaurant/bar/theater Incanto has offered a very nice summer program, just finishing up with Lady Zen, Greater Tuna, Gypsy Rumba—great shows in the theater, and musical presentations by Zoe Wood, Eduardo Leon, Santiago Martin and his group, Red Suitcases, Joby Hernandez at Open Mic and of course Pearl’s Bingo afternoons and Denis Crow’s late night sing alongs in the Piano Bar continue.  They have kept us all entertained and cool in the heat with their air conditioning and dry and out of the rain on stormy nights.

Cuates y Cuetes down by the pier in the Zona Romantica featured Moruno Sunday and Tuesday evenings and the sought after flamenco group Tatewari on Wednesday evenings all summer long, along with daytime performances by Esaú Galván flamenco guitarist on Saturday at brunch and Nacho Flores and Magali Uribe on Wednesday and Thursdays.  Moruno also played on Fridays for lunch.  All great talents and wonderful shows.

Our hardworking impresarios are busy now lining up the wonderful shows we will enjoy this fall and winter.  I know for certain we can expect some great entertainment from the fiery flamenco group Tatewari.  Incanto will present the release of the group’s new cd 12.4 (4th cd in 12 years playing together) in December with a wonderful show including new music (all original compositions), guest artists, flamenco dancer and accompaniments. In their hometown of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle they also have five tremendous concerts lined up for the season.

Los Bambinos return to their restaurant/bar in October with great food and fun music that entertains loads of regular and new fans all season long.

The extremely popular guitar group Media Luna will be back from San Miguel de Allende at Incanto for the season starting in December!  They have many new sounds in store for us as well as the pieces we loved last year.  They are excited to return!

Cuates y Cuetes will fill out their nightly calendar of music including our very favorites Tatewari and Moruno and new groups as well.  We will keep you informed.

River Cafe will continue to feature Raul Simental with Oscar Terrazas, Bob Tansen and other guests.

I personally am very much hoping to see Gato Negro, an incredible group from Leon, Guanajuato here in December.  They are extremely talented and play an innovative jazz manouche (French gypsy inspired jazz) that will thrill us all. They keep very busy in Leon but Osmar Esquivel on violin, guitar and accordion who you may remember from a few years ago with Moruno, misses Puerto Vallarta and would love to see his old friends again as well as introduce the group and the new music of their cd Ciudad de Arcilla including a beautiful piece, El Muelle, which he composed right next to the pier while he lived here.

The fall/winter season begins in October and builds up as the months progress.  October, November and December are great times to visit as the full onslaught of winter visitors has not yet arrived and one has cooler weather and a somewhat quieter period to enjoy the tranquil and yet musically exciting Banderas Bay area.