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JEFF BREWER’S Tribute to John Fogerty & CCR Merv Buchanan ot since Buddy Holly’s time has a rock’n’roll band been treated as shabbily as CCR was treated by Fantasy Records. In his 2015 book Fortunate Son, John Fogerty relates how they were trapped in a one-sided, 10 year contract more suitable for an unproven artist than a million selling band. And, not only were they tricked into to giving up their song


copyrights, they were also robbed of their life savings by the company’s scheme to put millions of dollars of their royalties in a shady offshore bank which later collapsed. The Blue Velvets was formed in the early sixties by John Fogerty, Stu Cook, Doug Clifford and Tom Fogerty. On the suggestion of Fantasy Records executives, the band’s name was changed to The Golliwogs when they signed with the label in 1964. But prior to the release of their first album in 1968, it was again changed to Creedence Clearwater Revival. Performing their own unique brand of California swamp rock, CCR became a worldwide phenomenon, headlining at Woodstock, drawing hundreds of thousands to their concerts and selling truckloads of albums. Their most popular song, “Proud Mary”, written by John Fogerty, has been covered by more than 100 artists. But problems with Fantasy Records, the strain of touring,

and discontent with John’s singleminded, highly successful leadership and domination of the band’s music, led to their break-up in 1972. Regardless, CCR’s recordings have remained a radio staple and have sold more than 26 million copies. They were inducted into The Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and are one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “top 100 bands of all time”. New Brunswick native Jeff Brewer is the ideal artist to perform a tribute to the music of John Fogerty and CCR. Adept at both piano and guitar, he knows CCR’s music inside out and has the voice and stage presence to meet the challenge. Equally popular are his “Pianoman” tribute to Billy Joel and his dueling pianos style “Face To Face” tribute to the hugely successful Elton John/Billy Joel world tour, in partnership with the brilliant Jeffrey Scott. Casinos, cruises, concerts and dinner shows are all part of Jeff’s life. He is an energetic, exciting crowd pleaser who loves to “get’em dancin’ in the aisles”. No stranger to Mexico, Jeff appears at The Luna Lounge, in Bucerias, on January 18th and at El Rio BBQ, in the Paso Ancho neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta, on January 6th. More information is available at and here in The Tribune. *Copyright 2018.Allrights reserved.

Comings and Goings Marcia Blondin

Long-time columnist Marcia blondin resurrects this preview/review column each season evoted to local entertainment that he has had the pleasure of seeing lately or in seasons past.

Dame Edna


he long-anticipated return of Michael Walters is now. Dame Edna takes center stage for her opening night Wednesday the 26th, at thePalm Cabaret on Olas Altas. I think Michael is here for two weeks only so run and get your tickets. I will have a full review next week. Over at Incanto, the Tribute artists start arriving in earnest next week. I am planning on a minimum of five shows in January. Before the close of 2018, Frank Sinatra and Elvis will have come and gone. The line-up for next year is so impressive and includes tributes to theRolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and OMG….Garth Brooks…, and Roy Orbison. The Blues Brothers in February, and Rod Stewart and Queen in March. I have seen perhaps half of these entertainers so be prepared for some true Comings before the Goings! At the Boutique Theatre, those Desperate Princesses aren’t finished

celebrating Christmas in Switzerland yet. Catch them – if you can still get tickets!!!! December 29th at 8:30 pm and 7 pm on the 30th. Had the great privilege to attend another of Paco Ojeda’s music appreciation lectures last week at the Boutique Theatre. TheIntroduction to Opera contained a full explanation of Turandot which, coincidentally, opened Opera Season this year in Guadalajara’sTeatro Degollado. We also got to hear one of my favorite arias from that Puccini opera “Nessum Dorma.” Beautiful. I will try and get a full schedule of Paco’s super-interesting lectures so that I can tell you about them beforehand. Until next week.

cans specifically for Doña Mari and for the gentle people who help her over a curb or up a hill. Love always multiplies, as her beautiful smile exudes love and appreciation for all of the above. Each time I speak with her she ends our conversation with “Que Dios la Bendiga” which translates to “May God Bless You”. This wells me up, whatever one might believe it’s a lovely sentiment. I’m filled with appreciation that indeed God has blessed me. Ending a year of challenges and many blessings I’m filled with gratitude for those who serve me so greatly in La Cruz. From the business people who help make it easier for me to serve my guests; specifically restaurants and

bars to the vendors of all kinds… and the musicians… wow! Daily my guests tell me how this enhances their vacation and is why they return. One guest recently reiterated a sentiment I hear often “I’m amazed by the variety of great music and restaurants in such a small town… we’re coming back!” Appreciating and giving thanks is appropriate and necessary for me at this time of year. To all who have made my life better, taught me a lesson, volunteered in our community, donated to causes, brought items for those less fortunate, called, emailed or otherwise reached out to me when they suspected I needed it… and for all those who give to Doña Mari. May 2019 bring you blessings beyond your wildest imagination. May the world experience true peace. May love be the energy we feel in all interactions. I have Faith of this. I Hope you achieve your goals and/or intentions. I LOVE you for reading my column. I appreciate Madeline for allowing me the opportunity and I shall continue to share about the wonderful people of La Cruz with you. Que Dios la Bendiga

Life in la Cruz Cindy Bouchard

Cindy Bouchard, an expat Canadian runs a Boutique Inn, Villa Amor del Mar in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. She and her husband Chris are living and lovin’ in Vallarta–Nayarit. If you want more info on La Cruz or desire… A very special vacation contact

Faith, Hope and Love in La Cruz


y the time you read this Christmas will be a memory, and celebrations for New Year’s Eve will be in full swing. This time of year has me reminiscing of all things beautiful and those not so. I don’t set goals anymore, more like intentions. Focusing on what I desire, how I’d like to BE in the world and what I’m willing to let go of, inspires me.

I’ve been eager to write about a lovely lady in our town but as I need someone to help translate it keeps getting put on the backburner. Doña Mari turns 99 soon - on July 22nd, 2019, as she told my hubby, so I better get to it. I don’t know her story and I hope to get more info later. What occurred to me in setting my intentions for 2019 is that so much of how Doña

Mari affects our world is who and what I want more of in my life. Faith… Doña Mari seems to have a certain faith, every day collecting tin cans, enough to feed her family, trusting there’s always enough. Hope… I’m surmising she must have hope that there will be enough each day as she returns to the marina property and the streets of La Cruz collecting more each day. AND the most important is LOVE… the love of our community for Doña Mari; from the guys who provided her with her cart, and Leon who customized it by painting her name on it, to all those who slip pesos to her, to the many folks around town who keep the

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Issue 1134, December 27 - January 2 , 2018  

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico The Vallarta Tribune is the longest running free English language newspaper in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We publish w...

Issue 1134, December 27 - January 2 , 2018  

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico The Vallarta Tribune is the longest running free English language newspaper in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We publish w...