Fundraising efforts continue for blues musician, Chris Kenny
Chris Kenny has been singing “The Blues” at Puerto Vallarta venues, restaurants and bars for many years. Chris got her start in PV performing at Dreams Resorts. During the off season, she has also been an entertainer on Alaskan cruises. She is well known and liked by her audience and other performers in the music biz around the Bay. Recently Chris has been diagnosed with oral cancer and has had to return to Canada for treatment.
Before Chris headed back to Kingston, Canada for medical treatment, “Friends of Chris Kenny” put together a “Chris Kenny Benefit” at El Rio Restaurant & Bar on Saturday, December 2nd. Over 400 people attended the afternoon of music and friendship that raised funds to assist Chris. There were door prizes and a 50/50 raffle that was generously donated back to Chris Kenny and many local businesses donated paintings, jewelry, trips and other gifts for the silent auction .
Tammy Prust helped spearhead the fund raiser and was assisted by Trish Hudson, Brett LaMar, Patti Grace, Kathleen Lutz, Marilyn McPhail and Kurt Sinner.
Now a “GoFundMe” page has been started for Chris to provide additional funds for her living expenses and cancer treatment. Chris has contributed so much as a musician to the Puerto Vallarta music scene over the years and now she needs our help her during this challenging time. The best way to help Chris is to make a donation, so she can concentrate on getting better and doesn’t have to worry about medical and living expenses. Please go to: https://www.gofundme.com/chris-kennys-medical-fund to read further about Chris Kenny and how you can help.
We’d also like to thank all the entertainers that participated in the fundraiser at El Rio BBQ on December 2nd. Five local, top notch bands donated their time and talents to the event, so there was incredible music throughout the entire afternoon. Gilbo (Bob Tansen and Gilberto Luna) opened with some of our favorite songs like “Dock of the Bay,” “Heart of Rock n’ Roll” and “Lady Madonna”, just to name a few.
Next up was The Joker Trio Band with their fun rockabilly sound. They took songs like “Stray Cats” and “Sweet Dreams” and added a rockabilly flare to them. The Joker Trio is one talented band that you’ll want to see sometime.
The third band was Tres Cuartos, a Mexican high energy rock/metal band. They performed familiar rock n’ rock, a little heavy metal and some great Spanish songs as well.
Sylvia and the Zippers were up next, with more high energy songs, like “Move Like Jaggar” and “I Will Survive.” Sylvia is a seasoned performer and great singer. She kept the dancing and party going with some upbeat songs and banter.
And to finish up the afternoon , The Texas Embassy Blues Band performed some gritty, sultry “blues.” They were the perfect band to conclude a fantastic afternoon of musical entertainment.
It was a wonderful experience coming together for music and to show our friendship and love for Chris Kenny. Now we are asking the community to step up again and help Chris. She has a long road back to recovery and needs our love and support. In Puerto Vallarta we appreciate our local musicians and Chris Kenny is one the very best! Please keep Chris in your thoughts and prayers and if at all possible consider helping her through the “GoFundMe” page.