News from Around Banderas Bay | January 2008
|Kosmas Opening at Coco Tropical a "Hit"|
Bob Cohen - PVNN
Last Saturday night felt like a high school reunion as a crowd of 80-90 people, many of whom had known each other for years, came for dinner, drinks and entertainment by Kosmas at Coco Tropical Restaurant and Beach Club.
|The combination of top-notch entertainment and excellent international cuisine prepared with a Mediterranean flair makes for a fun-filled, feel good kind of night on the town.|
The Greek entertainer, who played for over 30 years in the New York City area before retiring and splitting his early semi-retirement time between Athens Greece, where he spends eight months a year before escaping to Puerto Vallarta for four months each winter, seems to have the ability to let people enjoy each other. It is just that simple, but few are as successful as he.
After spending his last five winter escapes playing at another local venue, Kosmas built up a following, and brought many of them to his Saturday night debut at Coco Tropical, a popular Puerto Vallarta restaurant owned by world renowned Chef Heinz E. Reize.
I have a strong feeling that Heinz made the right move by bringing Kosmas in to play at his restaurant. The combination of top-notch entertainment and excellent international cuisine prepared with a Mediterranean flair makes for a fun-filled, feel good kind of night on the town.
Kosmas' opening night at Coco Tropical drew a full house, and we can expect the same each and every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night until he leaves for Greece at the end of March.
|Kosmas has drawn an almost cult-like following over the last five years he's spent entertaining in Puerto Vallarta.|
|The beautiful and talented Julie Callaghan, got up on stage to sing a popular French song.|
|Coco Tropical owner Heinz Reize is thrilled to have Kosmas playing at his restaurant.|
From his first song, "What a Wonderful World," followed by early '60s rock and roll songs that got people dancing, to Broadway tunes and classics sung in Spanish, Italian, Brazilian, Greek and French, to his grand finale - a rousing rendition of the Rolling Stones "Satisfaction" - everyone not only delighted in this guitar and organ playing Greek singer's 2 1/2 hour performance, but also enjoyed the exquisite cuisine and drinks served by Coco Tropical's attentive staff.
A very dear friend of mine, Kosmas has drawn an almost cult-like following over the last five years he's spent entertaining in Puerto Vallarta. His talent and his outgoing personality seem to encourage audiences to enjoy themselves - and keeps them coming back for more.
During his break and after his show, I watched as he stopped at every table to chat with every person, thanking them for dining at Coco Tropical. Kosmas seems to remember everyone that has ever seen him perform and personalizes his show to the group attending. He invited requests, of which he had many, and was able to accommodate all of them.
During his second set, Kosmas enticed diners to get back on the dance floor to work off their dinners. He also encouraged a bit more audience participation, inviting his good friend, the beautiful and talented Julie Callaghan, up on stage to sing a popular French song and even letting me join him in singing "Brown Eyed Girl," a hit from the mid '60s.
Of the 80 + people in attendance, I knew close to half and recognized many others who were drinking, singing along, getting up to dance, then going back to enjoy their dinners. Most everyone I spoke to that night not only raved about Kosmas' performance, but also remarked at how superb the food was.
Throughout the evening, I also noticed that many people who were walking along the beachfront stopped to watch and listen to Kosmas' performance, and I am sure that some of these people will be dining at Coco Tropical in the very near future.
Kosmas will be playing at Coco Tropical every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm throughout the "High Season." But given that his opening night dinner show was such a hit, I would strongly suggest calling 222-5485 or stopping by the restaurant, located at Basilio Badillo #101 on Los Muertos Beach, for reservations.
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Check out our profile of Kosmas HERE on BanderasNews.