All new at Incanto: Paco Ojeda’s ‘Viva Mexico’, Singer George Gracia and stage play ‘El Grito’

George Gracia is a local singer-songwriter who is known for his acoustic guitar music featuring soul, pop, and blues. Originally from the state of Veracruz, music came naturally to him at a young age. His passion for performing was only enhanced after relocating to Puerto Vallarta some years ago.

“I began to understand that music has no borders and can not be stopped or pigeonholed by our own limitations.” – George Gracia

Friends and teachers helped him to grow personally and musically, and his personal experiences and emotions helped create many of his heartfelt lyrics, creating honest music with a positive message in both English and Spanish. He joins Incanto’s weekly piano bar lineup on Sundays at 5pm.

Award-winning director Ramiro Daniel (Princessas Desesperadas) presents his stage production of ‘El Grito’ for a limited run. Presented in Spanish, it is the story of an unemployed local woman who, from her own unique perspective, explores Mexico’s history, connecting the most notable historical events leading up to the present day, and forecasting the future of the nation that is full of challenges in a mixture of comedy and drama. Sept. 21, 22, 28, 29 at 8pm.

Local Artist Armando Reyes will present his ‘Life Drawing’ Art Workshops on a new day, Wednesdays, at 8pm in the theatre. Art supplies will be provided or you are welcome to bring your own. There will be a nude male model and the artist will share his knowledge and techniques and provide input and feedback. Your first drink is included. Visit Incanto’s website for more information.

Paco Ojeda on Music presents another in his music lecture series with ‘Viva Mexico’. In his own words, “There is much more to Mexican music than ‘Cielito Lindo’,’Bésame Mucho’, ‘La Bamba’, and other popular Mexican songs, we sometimes force feed our tourists. In this lecture, we will take a close look at Mexico’s rich music history, from the first composers that sailed to America with Spanish conquistadors in the 16th Century, to some of today’s most vibrant contemporary composers.” Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7pm.

Paco Ojeda also returns as host of Dinner & Movie which resumes on Tuesdays at 7pm. There is a variety of classic films presented and special dinner menu offered in the air-conditioned theater.

In the piano bar –

Tongo plays Latin/Cuban rhythms on his handmade instruments and sings in English and Spanish. Tuesdays at 5pm.

Singer-songwriter Edgar Roxha plays acoustic guitar and sings in English and Spanish. Tuesdays through Oct. 2 at 7pm.

Joby Hernandez plays pop/rock/classic favorites in English and Spanish on Wednesdays at 5pm. Also, see him as co-host of Open Mic on Thursdays at 7:30pm.

‘The Red Suitcases’ band plays Latin favorites and American classic rock/pop covers in English and Spanish Sundays and Wednesdays at 7:30pm.

Pianist Dennis Crow plays standards and show-tunes Tues., Wed., Fri. (5pm), Sat., Sun. at 9:30pm. Gather around the piano and sing along to your favorites! ‘The Joan Houston Show’ returns to Fridays at 5pm on Sept. 28.

Singer-songwriters Zoe Wood and Eduardo León play Nuevo Flamenco and Latin standards, covers, and originals with Danny Renteria on percussion. Thursdays at 5pm.

Luis Villanueva sings Latin favorites and American pop/standards in English and Spanish accompanied by Fernando Uribe at the piano/guitar. Fridays at 7:30pm.

Cheko Ruiz and Friends present familiar acoustic Latin/gypsy flamenco rhythms and covers on Saturdays at 7:30pm. Special guest musicians join each week.

Salsa Dancing/Lessons are on held on Sundays and Wednesdays at 8pm (upper terrace) with instructor Francisco Ledezma. All are welcome and lessons are free with your food/drink purchase.

Two Happy Hours daily 4-6pm and 10pm-close. ‘The Zen Hour’ features soft music and 2×1 tickets offered on select shows 4-5pm daily in the piano bar.

For more information and online tickets visit www.IncantoVallarta.com. No cover in the piano bar. Current hours are 4pm-11:30pm Tues.- Sun. Casual dining is available 4pm-11pm on two riverside terraces and in the air-conditioned piano bar. Riverside breakfast service resumes in October. Happy Hour 4-6pm and 10pm-close. Contact them at [email protected]. Incanto is located at Insurgentes 109 (at the Rio Cuale). Call 322 223 9756 for reservations.

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