Pizza Papi the Place for Live Music in Mahahual

If you like live music while you are in Mahahual, you must go check out Pizza Papi.  Pizza Papi has live entertainment almost every day of the week.  The music ranges from Folk, Country, Rock, and Reggae  There are also different performers almost every night, and an “Open Mic” night on Mondays.

I went this past Friday to Pot Luck at Papi’s.

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At Pot Luck Denny Sprunger, Dave Gauci,  and Stefan Babchuk performed for a nice crowd.  Denny, Stefan, and Dave are expats from the USA and Canada, and spend the winters here.  They get together and perform at different places around Mahahual and Xcalak.  I went had some great lasagna, and listened to some good music.  They played a combination of Canadian-Indiana Rock and Country.

My lasagna and salad, excellent.

My lasagna and salad, excellent.

It is “Gringo” season here now, and there is always a crowd at Papi’s for the live entertainment.  The most popular night is Monday, when they have “Open Mic” night, and anyone can perform.  This attracts quite a crowd, and there are acts from all over the world performing there on Mondays.  Mahahual has a very unique and diverse population, and there is no telling who or what will step up to the mic there on a Monday night.  I have heard they have had an accordion player, salsa singer, and some European acts.  So if you can sing, or play an instrument, show up on Mondays at Papi’s, and join in.

On Tuesday nights, Javier Limmon performs his style of Mexican Rock, and there is never a cover charge at Papi Pizza, and smoking is allowed inside, which not a lot of places allow.  The place also has been remodeled, and the menu expanded with specials and other choices in Italian food.  There is also always plenty of seating.

On Thursdays David Iniques performs Reggae and Rock, in both English and Spanish.  Starting in February, due to popular demand, there will also be live music on Saturday nights, details to follow.

Below is a video I took Friday night at Pot Luck, the guys playing Buffet.



This Wednesday coming up, January, 18 2017, John Cooker will be performing live at Papi’s.

Cooker John is a folk and blues musician who has played in bands, and more lately solo or with a drummer or harmonica player. John learned fingerpicking from Artie Traum above Noah Wolfe’s music store on 48th street in Manhattan in the early 1960’s. A list of the subsequent bands and approximate dates follows.

The Downchildren – Played bars in Southhampton Long Island and Forlinis on Broadway.
This later became The Rain, which recorded one single for MGM and an album that was never released circa 1966.
Opened for Chuck Berry at The Village Theater, and The Loving Spoonfull at Asbury Park Convention Hall.
From a Buick 6 – by The Rain
From Left to Right: John Sagner, Bob Norman, Jan Egleson Peter Schubert, Lynn Spangler

Shortnin’ Bread – This included members of the previous group, and Mark Wenner who went on to form the Nighthawks – 1969

Living Proof circa 1970 – With Chris and Janet Morris..which later became the Christopher Morris Band..check out Chris Morris on Sound Cloud recorded at The Record Plant with Jack Adams-Cooker played bass.
Never Next Week – recorded 1969..Record Plant, NYC

Horselips – Band in Newton New Jersey, name came from ingredient on bologna package..opened for Crazy Horse at local high school 1971

Junction – Band based in Fort Collins Colorado, bass player again…cover band, played ski resorts..1974

Terraplane. 1978..recorded at House of Music in West Orange New Jersey..sample track forthcoming..played bars in Poconos and Northwest New Jersey
Missing decade..Second hand nylon string guitars in single room occupancy hotels…
Twice a Week – by Terraplane

Cooker John – 1990-Present

So if you want to see some good local and international live music and entertainment, check out Pizza Papi.  If you are a performer yourself, don’t forget to come by on Mondays be a part of the entertainment scene here in Mahahual, and perform on “Open Mic” night.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

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