Departing Bucerias and its thriving music scene, one might wonder how much better life could possibly get. Welcome to my world! Head north out of town on highway 200, veer right, and you’re off to La Cruz; straight and welcome to Sayulita (eventually).
La Cruz is a bustling fishing village with a world-class marina that has thrived with an abundance of sailors who have spent many hours on the lonely oceans learning to play musical instruments, and they are only too happy to share their talents (?). There is no shortage of restaurants and bars to showcase these skills.
The Britannia sponsors a Tuesday night open-mic, hosted by Mike Curlette and The Turn, where you never really know who might show up, but you can be assured of good music, dancing, food, and a visit to a castle.
The Octopus Garden or Treehouse Bar, across from the Britannia, is an interesting building that hosts a hostel, Huichol art gallery, an upstairs bar with a tree growing thru the washroom, and a concert/banquet/restaurant area. On any given night there is a variety of events and music of all genres. Some events are free (tip bucket for musicians) while others have cover charges. Kudos to Alfredo for all the announcements he shares on social media, you’re usually informed of what is happening at the Octopus Garden.
Ana Bananas continues with their “never a cover” policy, and music Friday by JAM, Sunday by “unconfirmed”, and Monday by Vallarta’s Soul Trip. Don’t forget daily morning breakfast and gossip. I spoke recently with a musician who hopes to play out there; he is looking forward to Meatloaf Monday.
Osos, at the marina, with its million peso view, has The Remedy playing Saturday nights, and based on past years, will bring in additional nights for music as the season picks up.
The Green Tomato, upstairs, in the town square above the “Black Bull”, had entertainment last year and appears ready to continue to provide a place for live music.
At a minimum, I hope the black bull returns.
The La Cruz Inn, on the other side of the town square, is offering improved sidewalk tables and shade, street side music, and their popular menu items.
There are many establishments in La Cruz I have not mentioned that support live music.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place to confirm what music was available, and where?
The Vallarta Tribune publishes a “Live Music Calendar” every week; ask your local venues to submit their music listings.
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The Tip Bucket.
We are fortunate to experience many great musicians in the Bay area. None of them become rich by entertaining us; inner happiness perhaps, for doing what they love, but financial security, NO, they appreciate tips. Some of them even work for meatloaf!
Remember: Tipping is not a city in China.
Many bands play several gigs a day, and sometimes, are unable to perform that third “otra” song, not because they are disinterested, but they have to tear down and get to their next gig. Having said that, my favorite chant is, “Five more”.
A Personal Tip.
Not to be confused with the Tip Bucket, but do not miss visiting “My Cakes” in La Cruz or trying one of their amazing desserts in local restaurants. Take my word on this one.
Keep on Rocking.