Just when you think you have things figured out, everything gets scrambled. This is what happens to me when I try to track the whereabouts of my favorite musicians. There are changes on the part of venues and changes in their own scheduling goals. I try my best to keep my readers informed so you can enjoy the very best music during the days, weeks, or months you spend here in the musical paradise that is Puerto Vallarta.
The return of the talented group, Media Luna, to Puerto Vallarta was celebrated Sunday, November 3, to a full house of exuberant fans at Babel Bar on the River Cuale Island with ovations! The exciting gypsy rumba/Latin fusion ensemble will be featured there every Sunday (except November 9 when they will be away performing in Puebla). You can also catch up with them and their new full band in a spectacular show on November 12 at Incanto Cabaret Theater, where they will thrill the audience with their first show of the new season. Showtime is at 7 pm.
The fabulous flamenco group Tatewari, long-time residents of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, kicks off their season at Incanto on Tuesday, November 5, with guest songstress, the beautiful and talented Perla Alarcón. They will perform alternating Tuesdays at 7 pm for the season. You can also catch them at Cuates y Cuetes next to the pier in the Romantic Zone at their new time, Mondays from 8-10.
Moruno has long been a favorite of mine. The group is presenting some impressive new shows at both Cuates y Cuetes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and some new shows at Incanto beginning Friday, November 8, at 7 pm. The full group this year is a marvelous combination of original members – the multi-talented Nacho Flores and Diego Mateo, with the addition of Roberto Falcon on bass and Jaime Ramon on percussion. Their renditions of jazz manouche, Mediterranean, and other jazz favorites are awe-inspiring.
Brazilian jazz wonder Brian Macedo with his band Trem de Minas will be featured this Sunday, November 10, at Babel Bar and plays Sunday evenings at Cuates y Cuetes. I caught their performance on Day of the Dead. They were spectacular!
At Babel Bar, owner Arancha will feature Diego Mateo and Oscar Terazzas’ Síndrome de Willy on Thursday; Esaú Galván and Perla Alarcón on Friday; Zoe y Leon on Saturday; and Trem de Minas on Sunday from 1-3 this week. They will all be excellent shows and such a comfortable setting at an attractive hour to hang out with friends listening to beautiful music.
Many of these entertainers are featured along with several new projects inspired by their creative explorations and networking at our first ever Bahia World Music Festival, December 7 and 8, on the beautiful grounds of Oscar’s Tequila Distillery (see www.worldmusicfestival.mx for more information).
This festival is the result of the hard work of my friend Jaír Cabrera of Media Luna and me. We hope to make it an exciting annual event. We want to bring together exceptional talent from Vallarta and other regions of Mexico representing different genres of music, much of it not available locally.
For more details, see my website: vallartasounds.com, where I also maintain an updated calendar of these events for your convenience.