Kim Kuzma in The 70's Show at The Palm Cabaret PV

Gary R. Beck - Beck's Best
December 25, 2016


Kim has been a huge favorite here for about eleven years with her shows selling out often. She used to perform at tiny beachside spots for groups of 30 to 40. She is constantly changing the song content so viewers may come often and not see the same show twice. Now she is paying tribute to the decade of the 70's. She appeared in a shiny dress and black wig resembling Donna Summer [or was it Cher?] and kicked us back to the seventies with "Fantasy" from Earth, Wind and Fire.

In addition to enormous disco hits known to any dance club goer or heard on the radio, she reprises standard pop tunes released in this time period. Her wide-ranging vocals and energetic stage presence excel and delight.

Kim has the innate gift of taking a very well-known song which has been recorded by hundreds and making it her own creation with the hot band. This attribute energizes the audience by hearing a new unique version, in her style.

Piel Canela once again serves as her backup band but they are far more than that. Her richly talented hot band is composed of the remarkable guitar stylings and vocals of Eduardo León, Fernando Huerta González on backup vocals and rhythm guitar, Luis Rascón, of former Luna Rumba, on percussion and cello and Roberto Falcon on bass. All four are terrific musicians and together with a vocalist like Kim are sheer ethereal magic.

Kim slowed it way down with the lovely ballad playing everywhere alongside disco music, 10CC's "I'm Not in Love". She grasps that tune and delivers a stunning version with lyrics she called "a mean song": "That doesn't mean you mean that much to me." During her beloved Chaka Khan singing "Ain't Nobody" the band was dancing off each other. She beseeched everyone to sing the chorus line "Ba de ya" in "September", the swinging dance song. The response was not loud enough so she shouted for volume and the audience complied.

During a well-earned break, Kim was able to catch her breath, so Chris Dilley, who is playing here currently and wowing the listeners, presented "Let it Snow". In addition to being live onstage, he is taped on the video screen in triplicate harmonies a cappella. This brilliant creation, which he calls a "Fuse Jam", caused the audience to erupt with both joy and wonderment. His voice is smooth and remarkable and one can understand why he is such a hit in major concerts.

Kim reappeared elegantly garbed since the decade is advancing and sported curly blond hair, not her own and very hot under the lights. She delivered "Shame" from Evelyn "Champagne" King and got us all bouncing and jittering. She is very interactive and vivacious with the audience. This rapport is one key why she has accumulated such a huge following on the shores of Bahía de Banderas. She is beloved, no doubt about it.

She started two songs slowly then broke into uptempo: "I Will Survive" and "MacArthur Park". Kim uses this manner to differ her renditions from others who have delivered them often from the stage. She rocked Gipsy Kings' "Bambolero", in Spanish, with Eduardo on much of the lead vocal. It is a rollicking Latin tune exploding Kim across the stage, left to right. Be apart of the scene: attend one of her shows and see why people adore and respect her.

You can catch Kim Kuzma in the 70's Show at The Palm Cabaret every Thursday at 7:00 pm through March, 2017.

Tickets are available online at The Palm Cabaret or at The Palm Box Office which opens daily at 10:00. Telephone is (322)222-0200.

The Palm Cabaret and Bar is located at Olas Altas 508 in Vallarta's Old Town Romantic Zone.

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