Canadian Superstar Jeffery Straker Wows the Crowd at Act II
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November 19, 2016

This artist was unknown to me which thrills since Danny Mininni continues to bring to town performers not known to a great many people. I love viewing such artists and Jeffery supplied a host of original songs coupled with creative, very personal covers of famous tunes. He is a storyteller in his lyrics. Add in a fine expressive voice, great delivery of piano accompaniment and Brodie Moniker on guitar, one has one big show which cannot be missed. He is a fresh breath of air to an already fabulous season. How can Act II get any better?

Jeffery hails from Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada, or is it Regina? Being Canada Day, the audience was heavily emblazoned in their hearts with the red maple. They enjoyed particularly his discussions of towns which the wind drifted by and familiar honky tonk saloons. Also, he has had concerts with several Canadian Symphony Orchestras. He sings along to his beautiful piano playing, which is the customary red one so apropos to the Red Room Cabaret with its plush red cloth throughout. His talents include taking the listeners into an inner sanctum of his life and wide experiences.

He weaves his personal tales, drawing the audience into his essence. Several of his compositions were "Love Ain't Chasing Me", "Birch Bark Canoe". "Mrs. Bell" and "You Make Me Want You". Jeffery revealed his approach to songwriting is "Say the most with the fewest words." His distinctive voice with marvelous range soaring to high notes enthralls and pleases the audience. Their response was vigorous and welcoming to this guest, now a solid fixture in our theater scene. He beamed with appreciation of his first concert here and said he knew why people fall in love with our Bahía de Banderas area. Another person absorbs the spirits and vows to return to our stages.

After relating that he had seen the piano on which Elton John did some composing, he launched into "Rocket Man", blasting himself and the viewers into outer space with his driving forceful delivery. Joni Mitchell is another of the myriad of Canadians who became legends, bestowing their art on the word. Jeffery paid her tribute with "Both Sides Now" and most impressive was that he took this oft-sung classic and gave it his own distinct interpretation. It is so pleasant not having to sit through another cover identical to the original. Stevie Nicks' "Landslide" was unique and he possessed the chords and notes soaring up, holding firmly, and down.

With what song would Jeffery end his concert tonight? He pulled out all the stops when discussing the very recent passing of fellow Canadian Leonard Cohen with, what else but "Hallelujah". Chills went down the spines of many people. He sang masterfully in his own way and possibly blew the socks of some of the assembly. His vocals were in top form and you felt the same as he did as he related the lyrics. That finale was sufficient to bring back the people gathered there discovering a new talent. Many friends will be told about him and the tickets will sell fast.

You can catch Jeffrey Straker at Act II on Act II Entertainment on November 19, 24, 26 at 7:30 pm and November 25 at 9:30 pm.

Visit Jeffery Straker online for more information.

Act II Entertainment STAGES complex is located at Insurgentes 300 (at the corner of Basilio Badillo & Insurgentes) 2nd Floor, Zona Romántica, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Telephone is 322.222.1512. Show info and tickets available online at Act II PV. Box Office opened daily at 11:00 am on show days with a 2nd Box Office location across the street from Garbos on Pulpito street in the Romantic zone. Email for questions or more info.

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