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When it comes to live music in Puerto Vallarta, there is something for just about every live-music lover to enjoy. Here are five musical options you won’t want to miss.


Transport yourself to New York’s lower east side as you indulge in a variety of martinis at Garbo (South Side). Enjoy the intimate atmosphere while Cristina and Nacho (vocals and piano and guitar, respectively) specialize in bossa-nova, samba and boleros every Thursday and Saturday evening.

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Discover Mexico’s folk song repertoire from the 1900s to the 1940s with Daniel and Camila, also known as Frijoleros, who perform flawlessly, even down to the traditional two-part voice harmony and guitar accompaniment. This charismatic duo can be found in several venues around town, but they will make your Mexican dinner particularly memorable at El Arrayán (El Centro, pg.94), where they perform Saturday evenings.


Bring your dancing shoes to La Bodeguita del Medio (Malecón), where the house band performs contagious traditional Cuban music just about every night. A favorite spot for salsa and Latin music lovers, La Bodeguita is a perfect place for dining and dancing under the stars. Indeed, when you least expect it, the retractable roof opens!


You can’t beat the people watching at Puerto Vallarta’s Main Plaza in front of Los Arcos Amphitheater, where you never know which performers will appear on any given night. But you can always count on the Municipal Band on Thursday and Sunday evenings, when it is not uncommon for folks to just get up and dance. And it’s free!


Graham Cook and Blaine Selkirk, also known as 2Slick, invariably show a crowd a good time, rockin’ away to a variety of American pop songs. Catch them at No Name Café’s main level on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and then go upstairs, where you will have front-row seats to a spectacular Malecón sunset and the Papantla Flyers show.