By Christie Seeley
I almost arrived late for the wonderful final concert of the season performed by Tatewari at Tree House Bar in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle on Monday, March 11. It would have been a travesty to have missed this wonderful event where joined by the lovely Perla Alarcón, Tatewari practically set the house on fire. The group expertly wove their original flamenco themes with the traditional songs sung beautifully by Perla. It was a work of art with a fiery ending where the guitars were actually shooting flames as they ended their last piece thrilling the already ecstatic audience.
Why was I late? A new friend I met at the San Sebastián concert of Media Luna and owner of Catamarans Christina treated us to a day of sailing on the Bay. The group of friends included the fun and entertaining fellows from Media Luna.
Carlos, the owner of the sailing vessel and his first mate Guilio Urango arrived in Puerto Vallarta a couple of years ago after sailing 14 days from Cartagena, Colombia where they had been operating tours for about four years in the 47 foot catamaran. They now offer exciting trips out of Marina Vallarta. Guilio, a talented musician as well as sailor has been joining Media Luna in performances at Incanto for the last several months, hence the invitation. It was a wonderful day on the bay and anchoring at Colomitos beach we enjoyed the crystal clear and inviting water a little longer than anticipated. The trip ended with instruments being brought out and an entertaining jam session as we pulled into port. Guilio on accordion and voice, his musician friends on keyboard and drums and Jaír Cabrera of Media Luna on guitar made for an awesome and unique experience that ended with me sprinting to catch a cab from the marina to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle for a quick change just in time for the fabulous Tatewari show.
Now for the diva. On Sunday, March 10, good friend and co-owner of Babel Bar, Héctor, dawned a gorgeous costume and treated Puerto Vallarta to a stunning impersonation of Spanish diva Rocio Jurado with her recording of Como Una Ola. Roció having been from near Hector’s birthplace in Cadiz, Spain and representing the genre of folkloric music Hector adores was a great choice for him. His team Babylonia took third place in the great charity event at Teatro Vallarta, What a Drag 2019 (Straight Men standing up against violence against women). The event raised $200,000 for the Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter. Hooray for all of the people who so expertly entertained us for the event! Our hats off to businesses who support the community! Good work Hector and Arancha!