Summer Music: Singer/Composer Jose Carlos Wows

Award-winning singer, composer and wonderful showman Jose Carlos recently put on quite a performance at Incanto Cabaret Theater, with beautiful songs—mostly his own—an incredible array of musicians accompanying him, and even a fellow composer, his son. The sold-out house was very appreciative!

A ‘modern troubadour’ by his own account, has a very attractive manner of presenting his music. He shares with the audience the sentiments that are conveyed through his thoughtful lyrics and the personal experiences that led to the creation of each song. As a result, the audience truly has the feeling of sitting in his living room sharing an intimate musical experience. He usually performs by himself, accompanied by his own guitar. However for his debut at Incanto, he produced a very professional show featuring some of the best musicians Puerto Vallarta has to offer: On piano, the very talented and supportive Carlos Santana, co-producer of Jose Carlos’ new CD and a good friend; the amazing cellist Luis Rascon, a frequent collaborator with several local bands; incredible guitar backup by Balta Arteaga; the ever favorite bass player from Ciudad Juarez, Roberto Falcon; and impressive percussion by Jesus Estrada. The combo produced an event comparable to what you would expect in a Las Vegas showroom. A highlight of the evening was the touching onstage appearance of Jose Carlos’ son, Christian.

José Carlos’ new CD, to be released in early July, is full of subjects important to him such as father-son relationships, Mexican traditions and, of course, love. We look forward to more shows by him very soon. Currently, you can catch Jose Carlos along with Memo Suarez at La Palapa Restaurant/Bar Tuesday through Sunday from 8-11 PM.

Christie Seeley

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