Review: Shania Twain, Elvis and Opera Shine at Luna Lounge

Photo by Bonnie Gray

This past week was a blockbuster one for entertainment at Luna Lounge in Bucerias. First up on Thursday night, Annette Lafond, starring in a Shania Twain tribute show, “blew our socks off” with her incredible vocals and amazing look-a-like appearance and performance. Hey, Vallarta venues, you’d better grab this act for next season!

With multiple standing ovations and 2 encore demands from the audience, this was a stellar show! Annette was gorgeous, talented and had the audience in the palm of her hand! When I missed Shania’s gig in Vegas, I never expected to get a second chance to see her (well, it was almost like seeing her in person). The people sitting next to me, at first, thought she might be lip synching, because her vocals were so exactly matched to Shania. Her voice was that good!

This lady takes her career seriously, staying in perfect shape physically and vocally and flawlessly performing to her enthusiastic audience. She circulated around the audience, singing and hugging people and letting them take selfies in the process.

And who doesn’t like the country rock crossover music of Shania Twain, with songs like “I Feel Like A Woman,” “Honey, I’m Home,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “Still The One,” “You’ve Got A Way,” “The Way You Make Love,” “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” and an outstanding duet with her husband, “From This Moment.” Make sure to see Windsor, Ontario native, Annette Lafond when she returns again to the Bay, which I’m sure she will!

On Friday night, Rob Knight and Dino Macris, performed their Elvis Birthday Show at Luna Lounge to a sold-out crowd. It was as good as any Vegas tribute show that you could hope to see. Both award winning tribute artists, flawlessly performed to a audience of eager Elvis fans.

I never considered myself a die hard Elvis follower until I met and heard Rob Knight perform. Gradually, I have joined the fan club and Friday night sealed the deal with the most fabulous performance that I could have imagined. The costumes, the songs, the performances and the audience interaction were all first rate. Standing ovations and loud clapping and cheering abounded throughout the night.

Dino and Rob took turns performing a wide variety of Elvis songs like, “It’s Now Or Never,” “Margarita,” “The Wonder of You,” “Please Release Me,” “It’s Only Make Believe,” “Johnny Be Good,” “My Boy,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” “In The Ghetto,” “Impossible Dream,” and “American Triology,” just to name a few.

It would have been Elvis’ 81st birthday last Friday and Rob Knight and Dino Macris gave Elvis and the audience at Luna Lounge an amazing birthday celebration. Rob Knight returns to Luna Lounge on February 19th for another Elvis performance and can also be seen in Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday nights. Information on the PV show can be found at vallartatickets.com.

And finally on Saturday night, Isabella Jerowska, performed both opera and show tunes at Luna Lounge. Isabella holds a doctorate in music and a professorship at a leading Polish University. She is one of the world’s leading scholars on Gershwin and speaks at least five languages. She performs opera throughout Europe and also loves to vacation around Banderas Bay. This was her second and final performance while on vacation here.

Isabella performed songs like, “Cherubino,” “Isabella,” “Lauretta, “Habanera,” “Summer Time,” “Think of Me,” “Evita,” “Somewhere,” “Over The Rainbow,” “Minmerr,” “Send In The Clown,” “I Dreamed A Dream,” “Memories” and many others. With a pleasing combination of show tunes and opera, this was an interesting and enjoyable show!

Coming up this week at Luna Lounge are 2 X 1 Ribs and “The New Coyotes” on Monday, The Crazy Bitches Show on Tuesday and Wednesday, the always popular, Mexican Fiestadinner and show on Wednesday night and the amazing vocalist, Amy Armstrong in Spanglish on Friday night.

For more information or tickets go to www.lunaloungebucerias.weebly.com/

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