Five Encores of 'Shades of the Blues' on the Paradise Stage

Mikki Prost - Paradise Community Center
January 23, 2013

Mikki Prost is thrilled to announce the re-opening of her popular Shades of the Blues performances at Paradise Community Center, accompanied by Jarrett Lewis, adding his own special talents and flavor to the show by playing saxophone, clarinet and flute.

Show dates are on January 23, February 6, March 6 & 20 and April 3. Doors open at 6:30 for dinner & drinks. Show time is at 8:00 pm.

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the release of the first blues recordings, including "Memphis Blues" in 1912. Since it's inception, many other genres of popular music have incorporated some form of the blues. Most of us are aware that the blues often center around deep sad moments of depression that translated into song; the blues originated in the late 19th century with the African-American slaves.

In this continuing production of Shades of The Blues, Mikki Prost celebrates The Blues and its profound impact on our culture today. Her goal is to entertain you with her resonating and soulful voice, and inspire you with anecdotes and some historical significance of many of the songs she sings.

Prost says, "Music always invokes special memories for me, and I enjoy doing that for others through my music." She hopes to leave you with memories of time past, and a reminder of how good it's gotten since then.

Joining forces with Mikki is Jarrett Lewis, a talented local musician who serenades us with his saxophone, clarinet and flute throughout the show.

Delighted audience members at previous shows describe Shades of The Blues as "fantastic" and "very entertaining." The visual look of the show has also wowed people with a lovely backdrop and beautiful gowns.

Mikki Prost Biography

Mikki Prost's stage career began at age 5 when she appeared in her first dance recital. She's been mesmerized by the stage ever since. Her dance training led her to become a professional ice skater in her late teens. She then put her stage aspirations on hold in order to create a family.

Mikki sailed to the PV area almost 23 years ago. But it wasn't until 2001 when her longing to return to the stage finally came to fruition, when she connected with Spotlight Productions and appeared in Steel Magnolias as Clairee. =

Since then, Mikki has danced, sang and acted in more than 40 productions through the Bay area. Last season, she delighted us with portrayal of Queen Isabel de Catolica in the Writer's Theater Group. She also produced and starred in the one-woman show, "A Tribute to Patsy Cline."

We're delighted to welcome Mikki back to the Paradise Stage for her newest production, "Shades of The Blues."

Jarrett Lewis Biography

Jarrett Lewis began his musical career at the age of 7 with the clarinet. He studied at the University of California - Irvine, when he was 15 years old. Jarrett was fortunate to be selected as principle clarinetist with the university's youth symphony under the direction of Zubin Mehta.

It wasn't until Jarrett was in his 30's that he took up the saxophone and flute. Then he discovered the joy and gift of improvisation.

Jarrett has lived in the PV area for 20 years. He sailed into Banderas Bay on his sailboat, which is where he met Mikki Prost and formed an instant friendship. Jarrett has produced two CD's and his music has been playing on the University of Guadalajara radio station for nearly a decade.

Jarrett makes an excellent addition to "Shades of the Blues" by accompanying Mikki during portions of many of these wonderful songs.

Advance tickets are only 200 pesos or 250 at the door. Add the advance dinner upgrade for only 175 pesos. Limited VIP Reserved Seating is also available for an additional 150 pesos; this includes upgraded reserved seating near the stage as well as two drinks from the Paradise Cantina.

Paradise Community Center is located in Old Town Vallarta at Calle Pulpita #127. You can also purchase tickets at the Saturday market at PCC or online here.

Thank you so much & we hope to see you there.

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