New Monthly Sunday Gospel Brunch with Jim Lee at Incanto Puerto Vallarta
Tracy Parks/Gary Beck - Incanto
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October 25, 2017

Join us for our second special monthly event on Sunday, November 12th at 12:00 noon in the Incanto Piano Bar.

$16 USD, or 300 pesos at the door, plus gratuity, includes choice of entree, one Mimosa or one Coffee with a refill. Upgrade to Bottomless Mimosa for a total cost of $21 USD, or 400 pesos at the door, plus gratuity. Also includes breakfast breads table basket & water service.

Following is a review by Gary Beck of the opening Gospel Brunch on October 15:

The sold-out and with a waiting list gathering witnessed the first in a series of gospel brunches. Jim Lee, producer Living Vallarta, came up with this sterling idea and Tracy Parks, owner Incanto, hosted.

They arranged a marvelous brunch of stirring soulful songs and tasty food. This will be a monthly event and judging by the crowd, joy will fill the air of Puerto Vallarta. Jim proclaimed that this town is bursting with spirituality, one of the many reasons to live here.

Maestro Salvatore Rodríguez, Mexico's Liberace, serenaded on the piano while we obtained our drinks and chatted with many friends. Inspirational speaker Val Delmar listed some of the attributes of living in the Bahía de Banderas area and gave a thoughtful examination of the love of fellow man and encouraged everyone to live life to the fullest, treating each other well, in spite of any differences. We are very fortunate to be living in this environment where local Nationals are the friendliest to be found. Today's event he termed "Soul Food".

Gina Pressley was our first featured guest gospel soloist at our Sunday Gospel Brunch, and gave us a truly amazing "Amazing Grace". She was accompanied on piano by Salvatore. "This is a community of healers." She admitted that she had never sung this tune and softly edged into "God Bless The Child." Listeners realized what many of us already knew: this lady is a fabulous songbird and a stunning beauty to match.

Chris Kenny took to the chair and with her guitar sang and strummed. Show after show, Chris is getting better and better after all these years entertaining her audiences. She announced that she would be performing October 29 to the end of November in the downstairs stage, a ticketed event, with her newly assembled band MexiCanada and will be in the bar solo Saturdays in December. She rendered a soulful, bluesy and gospel-oriented "Que Será Será [Whatever Will Be Will Be]." The production was far from the versions heard through the years, like by Doris Day. It sent spiritual vibrations throughout the room. She was joined at the mic by Joan D. Houston and the two of them presented 1907's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." It was a fine spiritual hymn for uplifting, straight from a gospel revival. Chris added Joni Mitchells' gem "Circle Game" making us all think about life, looking both backward and forward.

There was a surprise special close to the Gospel Brunch. Hulda Hicks drove quickly down from Nuevo Vallarta to demonstrate how her talents led to a vocalist on season one of "The Voice" and employment at the new upcoming Vidanta and "Cirque du Soleil". She sang a gospel standard "Oh Happy Day" with choruses echoing her path along the lyrics. She circulated around the guests stirring their feelings. "I'll Take You There" from The Staple Singers bounced off the walls with visions of hand-clapping while standing and swaying back and forth while wearing long robes. "Time After Time" was thoughtful and promising...."If you're lost you can look - and you will find me."

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This is a ticketed event in the Piano Bar. Next special Sunday Gospel Brunch will be November 12. Reservations are required at Incanto Vallarta. Box office is open daily except Monday from 9:00 am until 11:00 pm.

Incanto is located in Old Town Puerto Vallarta at Insurgentes 109, just south of the Río Cuale. Telephone is (322) 223-9756.

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