We are just heading out of a weekend with CHARO!!!!! For over 40 years she has been a venerable pop icon. We were delighted to present this comedienne, actress, singer, songwriter and incredible flamenco guitarist with the thick-as-ever accent and trademark phrase ‚ÄúCuchi, Cuchi!‚ÄĚ on our stage.
For anyone who joined us this weekend, I rest assured your head is still spinning; ours is! It was truly a captivating show, a 70 minute tour de force featuring an incredibly fitted red sequined jumpsuit, plenty of gyrating hips, suspect grammar, dancing, singing, hugging, kissing, a hilarious trip down memory lane and absolutely spellbinding guitar work.
The crowd was one of our most diverse. At first, I didn't understand how she could resonate with four generations of audiences. However when you gaze back on her career, you easily discover why.
She was introduced in the 60's when the famous bandleader Xavier Cugat hired her to be in his orchestra, in the 70‚Äôs her exposure exploded on American television when she became the most featured guest on ‚ÄúThe Love Boat‚ÄĚ and countless appearances on ‚Äúthe Carol Burnett Show,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe Sonny & Cher Show‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe Merv Griffin Show‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúThe Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.‚ÄĚ In the 90's when she returned on the scene dedicating herself to her true passion ‚Äúthe guitar‚ÄĚ, this classically trained guitarists‚Äô work on various projects landed her a Latin Grammy for ‚ÄėBest Female Pop Album‚Äô for her album ‚ÄúGuitar Passion‚ÄĚ and recognition by Guitar Player magazine as ‚ÄėBest Classical Flamenco Guitarist in the World.‚ÄĚ The twenty-somethings in the audience‚Ä¶and they were there, knew and loved her from VH1's reality show ‚ÄúThe Surreal Life‚ÄĚ and most recently her appearances on Geico Insurance commercials. Reinventing herself, decades before Madonna would make it fashionable, that‚Äôs how Charo‚Äôs charm, enthusiasm, artistry and passion are as inspiring today as they were forty years ago.
Luba and I were standing outside the club as the show concluded and one of the audience members gazed at us wide-eyed and a little flush and proclaimed "I just got a hug from CHARO-nothing can prepare you for that!" You could perhaps say that about the whole show.
With all the preconceptions Charo brings to mind, not everyone would place her in our kind of venue, but after the wonderful ride we were all treated to, I am so glad we did.
Well that‚Äôs all for now, until next time‚Ä¶we‚Äôll catch you at the show.
Dayla Arabella Santurri
General Manager/Public Relations Director
Scullers Jazz Club
Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston 400 Soldiers Field Road Boston, MA 02134
For tickets and information: 617.562.4111 Email: Info@ScullersJazz.com Ticket purchases are non-refundable.