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THE SPOTLIGHT CLUB

If you were lucky enough to be part of the sellout crowd last night you know that Us Two was undoubtedly one of the best bands Lakeside has ever been fortunate enough to enjoy. Daniel and Noemi put on a show worthy of the best Las Vegas act. Daniel’s powerful voice and beautiful harmonies with the lovely Noemi are a pure delight. They had the crowd jumping all night to an incredibly diverse song list, from The Monkeys to ABBA. Most of the crowd knew every word to every song. The minute they started California Dreamin’ (1966 – The Mamas & the Papas) the dance floor was packed. 

Noemi is from Guadalajara and studied at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Guadalajara. Daniel is from Cordoba, Veracruz and studied at the Conservatory of Music in Querétaro and joined bands throughout North America. Noemi moved to Purto Vallarta in 2005 and spread the word of her vast singing talent. Both Noemi and Daniel sang in various bands throughout North America, absorbing various styles and musical genres. Then in 2012, Noemi and Daniel discovered each other and blended their incredible talents, creating “Us Two”. They do a number of different shows, from just the two of them to a twelve piece band on occasion. Daniel said they are currently working on five new shows. 

Lakeside is very fortunate that this great band will be back at the Spotlight Club six more times in the coming months. Don’t miss them.  

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THE SPOTLIGHT CLUB

Not quite a total sellout last night for the Big Band and quite the different crowd. Very few people dancing and people got downright ugly when your fearless reporter tried to take photos of the band. Within a second they told me to move. Not very polite. Despite the mood of the crowd Diana and the band put on their usual fantastic show. She’s a treat to watch. Diana did a new number in Spanish and sure found her groove on the song. A great addition to their repertoire. Don’t forget the Big Band is at the club every month. Don’t miss them.

MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

The celebration of Mexico’s Independence was a day packed with all sorts of fun, like the beer drinking, the hotdog eating and the jalapenos eating for adults, and apple and doughnut eating for the kids, plus fantastic music from the Mariachi band from Guadalajara, colorful Mexican dancers and music on into the night. Somewhat surprising was that there were very few immigrants among the throngs of Mexicans. This was Mexican culture at its best and not to be missed.

Sure have to give these kids an “A” for effort. Time after time they got a group together and almost made it to the top, only to have all the kids below them holding them up suddenly collapse. They simply tried again and again until they were successful. Way to go, kids! 

DIA DEL CHARRO

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Chery Lynn Ferrari

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Mexican Independence Festivities

PROGRAMA 2018

REGATA DE GLOBOS

DIA DEL CHARRO

COMMEMORATION

MARIACHI REAL AXIXIC

JUEGOS TRADICIONALES

TORNEO DE PESCA

The Spotlight Club

Yet another sold out night last night at The Spotlight Club with this amazing entertainer and his great band. The typically older crowd loved knowing every song Dwight did. They cheered when hearing just the opening chords for the songs they knew so well. Dwight has an incredible vocal range, going from his deep baritone to falsetto in an instant. Dwight has played Las Vegas, Asia, Europe. he’s also opened for the famous “Canadian Tenors” and has performed alongside Barry Ivan White (Ex-member of the Platters) He hasn’t played in our area for about four years now, so he said he really enjoyed being back in town. He and his band are very popular in Puerto Vallarta, and, after last night, he’ll be just as popular here.

The Spotlight Club

Rafael Terríquez’s Big Band was born in 2015 with the purpose of spreading and enjoying live music, and with the desire to have an orchestra in the Chapala Riviera. The group has around 18 musicians on stage, Mexican and foreign.

Our Musical Director, Rafael Terríquez “El Pili” has a great musical career and his inspiration and yearning for the Great Bands gave rise to the creation of this musical group. Among the artists with whom the trombonist from Jalisco has worked are Celia Cruz, Vicente and Alejandro Fernández, Juan Gabriel, Eugenia León, Lupita D’Alessio, Ricardo Montaner, Paulina Rubio and many others.

Rafael Terríquez’s Big Band was born in 2015 with the purpose of spreading and enjoying live music, and with the desire to have an orchestra in the Chapala Riviera. The group has around 18 musicians on stage, Mexican and foreign.

Our Musical Director, Rafael Terríquez “El Pili” has a great musical career and his inspiration and yearning for the Great Bands gave rise to the creation of this musical group. Among the artists with whom the trombonist from Jalisco has worked are Celia Cruz, Vicente and Alejandro Fernández, Juan Gabriel, Eugenia León, Lupita D’Alessio, Ricardo Montaner, Paulina Rubio and many others.

Once again a packed house at The Spotlight Club, dancing to the Rafael Terriquez Big Band, a wonderful tribute to the big band era of decades ago. The fifteen piece band played both great old tunes by bands like Glen Miller but also did some newer material from people like Stevie Wonder. A highlight of the night for this reviewer was the appearance of Rafael’s daughter, Diana, who is a truly gifted singer and certainly easy to look at. She belted out some great tunes, both old and new and had such a professional stage presence. A real treat!

Don’t forget that this amazing band is playing once every month at the club. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl’s or email stables86@hotmail.com. They are at the club September 22nd.

The Spotlight Club

Friday, August 17th, 2018
The enchanting Ms Christine Deaver played to another full house at the new Spotlight Club last night, with her wonderful mix of great tunes and hilarious banter. On stage, she’s a force to be reckoned with, to the delight of the crowd. Somewhat larger than life on stage, true to her roots in Los Angeles and Puerto Villarta, I had the distinct privilege of sitting down with her after her show.

Having researched Ms Deaver prior to the show I knew she had been asked just about every question imaginable, so instead I thought I would focus on her thoughts about Ajijic and the local music scene.

Christine has played here before at the club Mark Rome owned in downtown Ajijic, El Piao Rojo and at the Ribera del Lago Auditorium. She said she fell in love with the area the first time she visited. Her parents summer here and she said when it comes time for her to hang up the mic she may well retire here. She said the people here are so warm and friendly, a feeling shared by many who visit Lakeside. When asked to compare her audience in Lakeside with Vegas and PV she said she loves the audiences here because they are so engaged in her show. Sometimes she worries about her mix of tunes and banter, but when the crowd is so interactive with her she has the most fun performing.

When asked about the local music scene Christine said she is always working when she is here so she doesn’t get a chance to see much of the local talent at other bars, although she has managed to see the very popular Jamm Band at Adelita’s. She is very enthused that Mark is bringing true cabaret, which is defined as a mix of song, dance, comedy and theatre back to Lakeside. The Spotlight Club will still feature great musical acts, like the Ol Country Boys,  Rafael Terríquez’s Big Band, appearing tonight at the club for dancing, but will be featuring more cabaret acts such as Christine.

If you haven’t caught her show you still have two nights left to see her. She’s at the club Wednesday, August 22nd and Friday, August 24th. The show starts at 7:00.  Tickets available at Diane Pearl’s, The Spotlight Club and the Dildoria. 

She’s witty, she’s hilarious, and that girl can SING!! Christine Deaver’s “Is Like, Totally 80’s!” show is funny and very entertaining. Not y people can carry a one-person show and totally entertain, but Christine does. I wouldn’t miss it!

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