In 1997, I had just ended a yachting job and was looking for a little drop-out location near Puerto Vallarta. Through friends in La Cruz, I was coaxed to attend a small music gathering, That’s where I first met Latcho, a wild-haired, slightly disheveled, German musican who had arrived in the area after living and playing music with Spanish gypsies. When I heard him sing and play, I knew I was in the presence of musical greatness. His music and life partner, Andrea also joined him in Mexico and together they have carved out an impressive niche for themselves in the ever growing and expanding Puerto Vallarta music scene.
Outwardly, these 2 superb musicians are sleek, well-dressed and refined, but they have retained their wild gypsy hearts that pour out in their amazing music! Enjoy the untamed power of real inspired Gypsy Flamenco Music. Fast-paced or romantic, they create an authentic sound that is simply irresistable. Latcho and Andrea’s music takes influences from around the world and back through time. Both passionately play and sing, as they authentically produce the mysterious and moving sounds of gypsy flamenco.
To trace the origins of this amazing sound, you have to go back some 30 years to El Sacromonte, the gypsy quarter of Granada, Spain, where Latcho lived and learned how to play Spanish guitar from the masters of Flamenco. Touring with his band Lailo, Latcho played with Antonico Reyes, a member of the Gipsy Kings family and other notable musicians of the time in Europe. He met his partner Andrea, (a Flamenco dancer and guitar playing member of the all-girl group ChicaBouM) while they were both touring Europe with a wild west show. Later they travelled and performed with a circus. They experienced real gypsy life and have lots of stories to tell!
In 1996, Latcho and Andrea decided to leave Europe and relocate to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, when lifelong friend Lobo (of Willie &Lobo fame) touted the area as paradise. Since then, Latcho and Andrea have been performing throughout Mexico, United States and Europe.
The Palm Cabaret is thrilled to welcome back, Latcho and Andrea: The Blond Gypsies for a performance on Monday, November 30th at 7pm. They have additional shows scheduled at The Palm Cabaret on Dec 29, Jan 19, 29 and March 15th. All season, Latcho and Andrea have regular weekly performance dates at the following restaurants. Reservations are highly recommended.
Every other Monday, 8-10:30pm, Sandrina’s, Bucerias, tel# 329-2980273 (Bonus show Wednesday, December 9)
Thursdays, 7-10pm, Don Pedro’s, Sayulita, tel# 329-2913090
Fridays, 8-10pm, Black Forest, La Cruz, tel# 329-2955203
Latcho and Andrea are also available for private events. For more information about this fabulous duo, go to their website at latchoandrea.com.
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