Singer-songwriter Chris Kenny is packing the house weekly at Incanto with her solo acoustic show, and on Open Mic nights with host Tracy Parks. Raised and educated in Ottawa, Ontario, she’s also lived in many other parts of the world, including England, East Africa and Mexico. Once host of a popular radio show in Canada, she’s been living and playing music venues in Puerto Vallarta for many years. Her musical influences include Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Bessie Smith. Chris has a unique, soulful voice, and accompanies herself on rhythm guitar playing jazz, classic rock and original blues. She has also produced other acts at Incanto under CK Productions, including Suzanne O. Douglas’ Carole King tribute and Master Violinist Diego Mondragon. Currently, she is collaborating with Azúca on a new project. You can see Chris Kenny on Thursdays at 7pm at Open Mic where she plays and accompanies on guitar, and during her popular solo show on Saturdays at 8pm. No cover.
Newly formed band, Azúca, debuted at Incanto several weeks ago and their popularity continues to grow. All formally educated in music, this all-male quartet plays Gypsy swing and Latin jazz, taking influences from different parts of Mexico, and from Cuba’s late music icon Celia Cruz. Band members include Carlos Calderòn from Guadalajara on guitar/vocals, Salomón Arroyo Pedraza from Puebla on trumpet, Jon Jamesson from Puerto Vallarta on bass guitar/piano and Shouma López from Ocotlán on percussion. The four met through their passion for music and by performing in some of the same local venues, recently coming together to form the new band. They are quite popular and play exclusively at Incanto on Wednesdays & Sundays at 7:30pm in the piano bar. No cover.
On Sunday, June 11th at 8pm, Incanto owner Tracy Parks will celebrate his birthday in the piano bar. Some of Tracy’s favorite bands will play, including Azúca, Tatewari, and more. All are invited to help him celebrate! Drink specials all night with two-for-one margaritas! Also in the piano bar are Sylvie & Jorge from the popular local band The Zippers on Tuesdays at 8pm. Singer/guitarist Gabriel Reyes plays Wednesdays and Fridays at 5pm. The Joanie Show, starring Joan Houston & Bob Bruneau, plays Fridays at 7:30pm. BINGO with Pearl fundraisers are held on Saturdays at 5pm with incredible special guests with all the fun benefiting the Ballet Folklorico Tradicionales (who have been invited to Shanghai, China to play the International Tourism Festival) and others. Last month they raised over 10,000 pesos for the IAMPV youth Orchestra School.
For more information and online tickets visit Incanto’s website www.IncantoVallarta.com. The cafe is open from 9am -11:30pm Tuesday thru Sunday, with piano music by Salvatore starting at 10am on the riverside terrace. Happy Hour is 2-6pm with two-for-one beers every day/night during the month of June. Incanto hosts public and private special events. For more information and bookings, contact General Manager, Gilberto Figueroa, at [email protected]. Incanto is located at Insurgentes 109 (at the Rio Cuale). Box Office opens at 10am. Phone them at 322 223 9756 for reservations. Closed Mondays.