Never underestimate the power and attraction of REALLY GOOD MUSIC on people. Most of us are hardwired to worship at the feet of the truly gifted as they charm and enchant us with their extraordinary voices, their emotions, their stories and all those special talents that make top artists really great!
The Palm Cabaret in Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta has been doing just that for 17 years and this season they have expanded their Cabaret outreach to the town of Bucerias. With seating for 80, new sound and lighting along with a remodeled interior, they are off to a good start, as they begin their first season on the North Shore.
Tonight, I met the owners, Gustavo and Adriana, who are eager to reach out to tourists and residents of our community, as they bring more great music to the area. Amy Armstrong, one of the top performers at The Palm Cabaret Puerto Vallarta, is providing her creative leadership this season to both venues.
Amy also began her regular Tuesday night show tonight at The Palm Bucerias and was joined by Luis and Andrea of Bohemia Viva fame. Having all performed together at The Palm in years past in “Spanglish,” these 3 were extraordinary tonight with their amazing vocals, totally in sync tight harmonies, timing and stage presence. Luis was incredible on the acoustic guitar and provided a simple, yet powerful accompaniment for the singing.
Anyone, who’s ever heard Amy Armstrong perform knows she can hold her own vocally, and is as good as the likes of Midler, Trainer, Gaga, Adel, Cher and the list goes on. She has, perhaps, one of the best voices that I have ever heard this side of a 20,000 seat arena. With years of cruise ship and cabaret performing, she has been best known as one half of the musical duo, “Amy and Freddy.” They were even chosen as finalists on “America’s Got Talent” a few years back. Freddy will be joining her in Mexico for a few performances in the coming months.
Luis and Andrea are remarkably talented and also happen to be life partners. Both from Argentina, they have demonstrated fierce commitment to their craft and have developed into a top musical act at The Palm Cabaret in Vallarta, along with branching out into other international performing engagements. As a side note, you won’t find nicer, more down to earth people anywhere! They are truly great people who communicate their music in the most exciting and original way!
Tonight we enjoyed songs like, “Try” by Pink, “Yesterday” and “Come Together” by the Beatles, “All of Me,” “Stand By Me,” “Hotel California,” “Superstar” by the Carpenters, “All About That Bass” and even a twist on Brittany Spear’s “Hit Me Baby One More Time” and many more!! Amy is known for her over-the-top hilarious comments and she had some great zingers tonight! Luis and Andrea added some drama, dance and great musicianship to the mix as well.
This new venue has a lot going for it. There’s good lightening, sound, attentive staff, very committed, professional musicians and attractive pricing. The musical acts are top Cabaret/Night Club acts performing in Vallarta, but drawn from talent world wide. These are extremely talented, creative people that provide an original, satisfying evening of entertainment. Also, when you consider that it takes most of us at least an hour each way to drive into Old Town to see Cabaret entertainment, we can thank our lucky stars that they are now bringing it out here to Bucerias.
Those of us who have been around awhile, have endured some struggling, garage-band style entertainment of bygone years. We are perhaps the most grateful for how the music scene has evolved into world class entertainment.
Tonight, The Palm Bucerias shared a fantastic show with our community. As Amy, Luis and Andrea finished their last song, the audience erupted into cheers, clapping and 2 standing ovations. These delightful entertainers indulged us with a final encore of the favorite, “Time After Time.” I, for one, will be back on another Tuesday night to hear, “Amy Armstrong and Friends.” Amy will continue to bring special guest performers to The Palm Bucerias for her Tuesday shows. Kim Kuzma with Piel Canela will be returning for more shows this season and Gypsy Rumba will make regular appearances as well, just to name a few!
For more information about upcoming shows, check out The Palm Bucerias on facebook. To purchase tickets go to: vallartatickets.com. The Palm Bucerias is located in El Centro Bucerias at Miguel Hidalgo #2. Their telephone number is 329-298-2653.