Spencer Day, Natalie Douglas and Lobo, Esau, and Latcho’s fiery Flamenco at Incanto

Singer-songwriter Spencer Day returns Jan. 10-24 at 7:30pm after a stellar year celebrating the worldwide release of his new Billboard chart-topping album ‘Angel City’. People magazine calls him “A lapsed Mormon with the looks and charm of a matinee idol, Day’s vocals are sensual, breathy, and intimate”. As in past seasons, Spencer will welcome some local musicians to join him. These are ticketed events in the piano bar.

Ten-time MAC Award-winner Natalie Douglas returned recently to Incanto’s intimate piano bar and a standing ovation for her stunning opening night performance. In her new show, Scrapbook, she shares personal stories and poignant moments from her youth and sings the music of the 70s (mostly) that inspired her along the way. Her captivating renditions of Elton’s John’s, ‘Someone Saved My Life Tonight’, and Roberta Flack’s version of ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ are showstoppers and were both accompanied by some interesting backstories and surprises. Celebrating twenty-two years of working together, she is accompanied by her MAC Award-winning pianist, comedian, and Music Director, Mark Hartman. These are ticketed events, now playing through Jan 17. Mark Hartman can also be seen in the piano bar on Wed., Fri., Sat. at 9:30pm is his own show. Request your favorites and sing along around the piano.

Incanto’s successful Season Tribute Series continues with all-live spot-on tributes. Montreal based Cliff Stevens stars as Eric Clapton on Wed. Jan. 9 at 7pm. Canada’s Gavan Rousseau sings the hits of The Four Seasons in his popular tribute to frontman Frankie Valli on Jan. 15 at 7pm. Will Chalmers sings the hits of Garth Brooks on Jan. 19 at 7pm. Canadian duo, Tequila Sunrise, pays tribute to The Eagles on Jan, 26 at 7pm. And California Dreamin’ sings The Beach Boys and Friends on Jan. 30 at 3pm. More of your favorites coming this season.

Internationally renowned flamenco artists, Wolfgang ‘Lobo’ Fink (Willie & Lobo) and Esau Galvan (Tatewari), come together for an evening of fiery guitar music with a blend of Gypsy, Latin, Celtic, Flamenco, Middle Eastern, Rock, Jazz, Tango, and Salsa. One night only. Jan. 13 at 7pm. Also, see Lobo with Latcho Bartelson of ‘The Blond Gypsies’ with special guest, Andrea, when they reunite after 40 years for two presentations only of ‘Primal Groove’ on Jan. 20 and Feb.10 at 7pm.

Canadian master-showman Andrew Johns plays dual keyboards and sings the voices of Elton John, Billy Joel, Queen and more. Spot-on vocals and hilarious impersonations in a high energy performance that will have you up dancing in no time! Now playing through Feb 1.

Extended again by popular demand, Incanto’s clever and popular adaptation of the off-Broadway hit, Naked Boys Singing! has taken this fun, sassy, and witty musical comedy to new heights! Six young Latino actors sing and dance their way into your heart completely naked in this endearing show that is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. Directed by original conceiver/director Robert Schrock, it boasts sold-out performances and standing ovations! Now playing, in English, through Jan. 29.

Miss Margarida’s Way, a clever stage play by Roberto Athayde, transports audiences back to the eighth grade, where Miss Margarida teaches the real facts of life. This “tragicomic monologue for an impetuous woman” is interactive, hilarious, and ultimately poignant, as this dark comedy attempts to create order out of chaos. Starring Celeste Innocenti and directed by Ramiro Daniel (Princesas Desesperadas), Presented in English. Jan. 3 – Feb. 28. All shows at 3:30pm.

Media Luna plays intense and high-energy flamenco and huapango originals and covers. Standing ovations are the norm for this young band originally from San Miguel de Allende that is again taking Vallarta by storm. They will welcome a variety of special guest musicians throughout the season. Thursdays at 7pm.

Cheko Ruiz presents ‘The Music of The Gipsy Kings and More!’ on Sundays at 9:30pm. Featuring many of Vallarta’s premier musicians, including singer-songwriter Zoe Wood, percussionist Danny ‘Choy’ Renteria, and a new horn section.

In the Piano Bar…

Singer-songwriter, Stolie, plays on select Sundays at 5pm with a variety of originals and covers on acoustic guitar and piano. She’s unique, eclectic, fun, and very popular with audiences. Next shows Jan. 13 and 27.

Miguel ‘Mike’ Rodriguez plays Jazz Piano on select Sundays at 5pm. He is a very gifted musician and plays regularly for Lady Zen. He will welcome some guest musicians to accompany him. Next shows Jan. 20 and Feb. 3.

Singer-songwriters Joby Hernandez and Tongo, who plays his own handmade flutes and drums, play Mondays at 5pm with vocals in English and Spanish.

Singer-songwriters Zoe Wood and Eduardo León present Nuevo Flamenco, jazz, swing, and Latin covers and originals with Danny ‘Choy’ Renteria on percussion. They will also welcome special guest musicians. Mondays at 7:30pm.

Singer-songwriter George Gracia plays acoustic guitar and sings in English and Spanish. Tuesdays at 5pm.

The ‘Blue Knote Jazz Duet’ features seasoned band members Jorge Hernandez (The Zippers) on guitar and vocalist Chris Watters. Smooth Jazz/Bossa Nova that is a hit with audiences. See website calendar for dates/times.

Pianist Jean-Guy Comeau (‘Jay-Gee’) plays French, Latin and American love songs and classics in ‘Totally Romantico’. Wednesdays from 5-7pm.

‘The Red Suitcases’ band plays your favorite Latin and American classic rock/pop covers in English and Spanish. See website calendar for dates/times.

Singer-songwriter Edgar Roxha sings in English and Spanish and plays in a mellow, easy-listening style. Thursdays at 5pm.

Pianist Dennis Crow plays standards and show-tunes on Sun., Mon., Tues. at 9:30pm. Join him around the piano and sing along!

Open Mic is on Thursdays now at a later time, 9pm, hosted by Tracy Parks and Joby Hernandez. Sing, dance, play an instrument. No cover. Arrive early to sign up.

The Joan Houston Show, Fridays at 5pm with Bob Bruneau at the piano, features familiar favorites from ‘The Great American Songbook’ and lots of laughs.

Bingo with Pearl is on Saturdays at 4pm. Great prizes including gift certificates, show tickets, and cash with drink specials and live entertainment. Loteria is held on the third Saturday of the month with a variety of guest hosts.

Salsa Dancing/Lessons are on held on Sundays and Wednesdays at 8pm (upper terrace) with professional instructor Francisco Ledezma. Lessons are free with your food/drink purchase. Beginners welcome.

Incanto’s riverside terrace is now open mornings at 10am featuring light fare, coffee, juices, and fresh fruit. Tues.-Sun.

New hours 10am-11:30pm Tues.-Sun. Mondays 4pm-11:30pm. Happy Hour with 2×1 house cocktails and beer 4-6pm. For more information and online tickets visit Incanto’s website www.IncantoVallarta.com. Casual dining is available on two riverside terraces and in the air-conditioned piano bar. Contact them at [email protected] or call 322 223 9756 for reservations. Located at Insurgentes 109 (at the Rio Cuale).

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