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Bohemia Viva at the Palm Cabaret with Guest Star 'Dirty Diva' Amy Armstrong

The Palm Cabaret
November 14, 2015

Puerto Vallarta’s favorite Argentinian singers, Luis Lujan and Andrea Mottura of Bohemia Viva! help launch our 16th season at the Palm Cabaret with their signature sizzling Latin rhythms and sensual acoustic harmonies. Whether playing classic hits, or modern favorites, in both English and Spanish, Bohemia Viva! always brings the house down!

Luis and Andrea’s popularity in the Banderas Bay area has soared in recent years and continued over this summer in San Miguel de Allende, where they thrilled new audiences with their incredible musical talent. They’ve just released their first CD – available for purchase at their shows, and will once again collaborate with our resident Dirty Diva, Amy Armstrong, in her new music and comedy show, ‘Spanglish’ throughout the season.

Experiencing the magic of Bohemia Viva! is an absolute must, and it’s the perfect way to spend a romantic evening in Puerto Vallarta.

Their show also reflects the places their shows have taken them and the important people they met who have influenced them. They particularly mention guitarist Gil Gutierrez, poet Rick Roberts, photographer Nicolas Robert Nickifor and Tracy Parks, a force behind the Palm.

Luis and Andrea left Argentina five years ago. A terrible accident at a large music venue in Argentina caused the deaths of many audience members. The government closed all music venues until it could confirm they were safe.  Luis had nowhere to play. Andrea had just graduated from seven years of university and “sought a liberating vacation” in Cordoba where Luis lived and worked as a graphic designer.  They met at a disco party called “The Bizarre Party.”  Andrea notes the party was aptly named to reflect their lives at that time. They commiserated with each other over the lack of live music and ten minutes later were driving to another city singing each others favourite songs. They fell in love and began to rehearse together. They started playing in small towns around Santa Fe, Argentina, where Andrea is from.

With nowhere to play in Argentina, one of Luis’ friends invited him to Ceyala, Guanajuato to play with a group there. No guarantees. He left immediately. One month later Andrea followed. The band hired Andrea too but later sent Luis and Andrea out as a duo to help fulfil the bands many commitments. Bohemia Viva was born. Magic was created.

Luis and Andrea grew up in musical homes. In Andrea’s words, “music was the atmosphere of our childhood and adolescence, dictating the mood of the house each day, and defining the atmosphere in which we submerged our lives.”

Andrea’s musical influence included Italian music, female Argentinian blues singers, Mexico’s Chavela Vargas, the soundtracks to Almodovar and Woody Allan movies, Cuban music, tango and show tunes.

Luis’ influences include The Beetles, the Carpenters, national and international pop and rock, great classic ballads in English, the folk music from the north of Argentina and the song writer troubadours. Luis and Andrea note that influences on their music is a never ending process.

Last year Bohemia Viva toured Italy for eight months finishing with a sold out concert at the XV111C Villa Farsetti.

The National Hispanic Cultural Centre in Albuquerque, NM has booked Bohemia Viva to tour New Mexico from July 2016 to June 2017. The USA will be the fourth country Bohemia Viva has performed in since leaving Argentina.

Bohemia Viva will be opening at the Palm Cabaret in Old Town Vallarta on November 19 with further shows on November 21, 25; December 1, 5, 7, 10 and 19; January 2, 7, 16, 23 and 30; February 13, 26; March 5, 12 and 19.  All performances are at 7:00 pm except the November 25 and January 7 shows which will be 9:30 pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the Palm Cabaret Box Office, Olas Altas 508 in Old Town Vallarta (opens daily at 10:00 am), telephone is (322) 222-0200, or you may purchase tickets online at Vallarta Tickets.

For more information check out the Palm Cabaret and Bohemia Viva.

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