A new addition to the entertainment scene in the past several years has been CK Productions, who has brought world class musical performances to Vallarta. Chris Kenny, PV’s most acclaimed blues singer, created CK Productions. With Chris’ incredible contacts with phenomenal musicians, she has sponsored many outstanding shows in spectacular locations around PV.
In coordination with Incanto Vallarta, CK Productions presents 2 shows on Sunday and Monday, March 26th and 27th featuring the astonishing talent of Diego Mondragon. A few times each winter, Diego Mondragon flies down from San Diego and wows audiences in Puerto Vallarta with his world class violin playing. This isn’t “high brow” music, which I’m sure he can expertly play, but rather music that pours out of his fiery, Latin soul. Diego gives a pulsating, non-stop, thrilling performance each time he picks up his violin and Puerto Vallarta comes out in big numbers each time he schedules a show here.
Diego loves his audience and connects so well with them through his music and lively personality. He doesn’t passively stand on stage playing, but confidently moves, dances and floats through the audience. Each performance is a personal gift to his fans and he always flashes that trademark smile that touches our souls!
Diego Mondragon has performed across the globe, playing for presidents and in choice venues world wide. Born in Mexico City and raised in California, he has a deep respect and appreciation for his Mexican, French and Spanish heritage, which comes out in his musical style and expertise.
Diego played his first solo violin concerto at age 10 and eventually became the first chair in San Diego’s South Bay Youth Orchestra. At 15, he received a full scholarship to the Royal British Conservatory in England. He credits Herb Albert, Jean-luc Ponty, Joe Venuti, Stephen Grappel and Didier Lockwood as his early jazz influences.
Truly a renaissance man throughout his life, Diego Mondragon has studied psychology, music and many other subjects. Along with his busy performance schedule, he operates Amadeus Productions, a musical entertainment company. He has a zest and passion for life that he exudes, whether he’s speaking or playing music.
A truly unique performer, with the training, experience and soul of a master musician, Diego Mondragon is an extraordinary talent. When he smiles, he lifts the spirit and when he plays he captures the soul! Don’t miss Diego Mondragon’s two night limited engagement in Puerto Vallarta on March 26th and 27th at 8pm.
Joining Diego Mondragon as guest entertainers for this event are Jose Rosales on percussion and Nandini Santallian with extraordinary Arabian style dancing. Nandini is a world class dancer who has won awards in Mexico, Egypt and the United States for her amazing performances.
More shows at Incanto
Latcho & Andrea: The Blond Gypsies transport their audiences musically to a real gypsy fiesta on the beach in Southern Spain. You’ll surrender to the sights and sounds of authentic gypsy rumba flamenco and the stories they share. This is the world where Latcho & Andrea first became known as the “Blond Gypsies”, playing side by side with members of the internationally famous Gipsy Kings family. Their next performance is March 28 at 7:00. They will continue their performances on Tuesdays at 8:00 through April 25. Due to their popularity, early reservations are recommended.
Luna Rumba’s DUENDE is a unique blend of Celtic, rumba, and flamenco with a fiery twist. They combine music with technology and the results are mesmerizing. DUENDE plays on Fridays at 7:00 through March 31. And from Broadway’s Godspell, vocalist Eric Krop, accompanied by the talented MAC award-winning Nate Buccieri on piano, are currently playing through March 25. Both are incredibly gifted musicians and their talent and chemistry on stage makes for a fun and entertaining evening.
Singer-songwriter Stolie plays in the piano bar on Mondays starting at 5:00. Pianist Jean-Guy Comeau (Jay-Gee) and singer/guitarist Gabriel Reyes also play on select dates. NYC’s Michael McAssey presents catchy cabaret tunes and sing-alongs Tues.- Sat. at 8:00 & 10:00. BINGO with Pearl will be held on March 25 with proceeds benefiting local youth organizations. And Incanto is now serving breakfast and lunch on their beautiful riverside terrace Tues.- Sun. 9:00 – 2:00, with live relaxing piano music by Salvatore, the ‘Mexican Liberace’. Their dinner service begins at 4:00 daily. Reservations are recommended.
Tickets and more information are available online for all upcoming shows at Incanto’s website www.IncantoVallarta.com. Box Office opens at 10:00 AM daily. Incanto is located at Insurgentes 109 (at the Rio Cuale). Phone them at 322 223 9756 for reservations.