Bucerias (pronounced” buusaireeus”) is a pretty beach resort town on the NW shore of Banderas Bay. It is the next town over from Nuevo Vallarta, so not too far from us. The other night we decided to meet Judy and Bruce there for some live music over dinner.
We took a cab as it was our first time getting there but next time, we can take a bus and walk the last 20 minutes, we learned. We arrived early and took a stroll through the beautiful cobblestone streets, dotted with boutique hotels, shops and restaurants. It was very relaxed and interesting.
We found the local artisan market and Dave bought a buffalo carved out of ironstone wood. We wandered through the stalls chuckling at some of the tee-shirt and licence plate messages.
The highlight was going to the Encore for some great live music. A kick-ass blues band from Vancouver was playing. One of the members had been in the Downchild Blues Band and two in the Powder Blues band which Dave had enjoyed seeing in Vancouver several times in the early 80s.
The hostess was most engaging and fitted us in nicely. We had some great food and the band took the stage at 7 PM. Well the singer/trumpet player Will Ward sounded like David Clayton Thomas (of Blood, Sweat and Tears fame) and the rest of the band players – bass, keyboards, sax and drums were all professional musicians. It was a fantastic sound to behold and we enjoyed every minute of their 2 hour+ concert in the warm open air. Ms Armi Grand, owner of the restaurant is a talented jazz singer too and took the floor to sing a couple of beautiful numbers.
It was indeed a superb evening, our kind of music, our kind of place. We booked a front row table for March 6 when the Vancouver All Stars R&B Band returns. I mentioned this to Will the singer on the way out and he said they will have some new material then. Wow, got to love this place Bucerias!
Hasta luego amigos!